2016-2017 Schedule

September 30, 2016: “Impotent Husbands, Visiting Lovers or Polyandrous Wives?”
Indrani Chatterjee, Department of History, University of Texas-Austin

October 21, 2016: “Black Girls Matter: Histories of Family, Girlhood and the Jim Crow Justice System”
LaKisha Michelle Simmons, Department of Transnational Studies, SUNY-Buffalo

November 4, 2016: “Strange Bedfellows: Breadwinners, Feminists, and Marriage Law Reform in Postwar America”
Alison Lefkovitz, CHR Junior Fellow and New Jersey Institute of Technology

December 2, 2016: “Emancipation, Adoption, and Race in the British Caribbean and U.S. South”
Adam Thomas, CHR Junior Fellow

January 20, 2017: “The General Crisis is dead; long live the Little Divergence!”
Jan DeVries, Department of History, UC-Berkeley

“The General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century is an expression that refers to several efforts to supply early modern history with a new organizing principle. They seek to account for the decisive entry of Europe, or a part of it, to a recognizable modernity. Resistance to these efforts has been motivated, in part, to the claims of other historical “turning points” to act as the portal to modernity. For some time, all efforts to “explain” modernity, or to impose master narratives in general, has been out of fashion, and interest in the crisis waned. But over the past fifteen years, the influence of global history and the concept of the Great Divergence has revived interest in the early modern period as the locus of a fundamental parting of ways. Do these new studies have implications for the general crisis?”

February 24, 2017: “Blood Brothers: Hidden Histories of Male Intimacy in Africa’s Great Lakes”
Sarah Watkins, CHR Junior Fellow

March 24, 2017: “Family and Sovereignty Among the Ottomans: The Case of Hürrem Sultan, Slave, Lover, Mother, Queen”
Leslie Peirce, Department of History, NYU

April 7, 2017: “The Family between Antiquity and the Middle Ages: New Perspectives”
Kate Cooper, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Manchester, UK and
Kyle Harper, Department of Classics and Letters, University of Oklahoma

April 21, 2017: “Excavating for Generations and Households: Material Dimensions and Dreams in Colonial Congo”
Nancy Rose Hunt, Department of History, University of Florida