"Looking west from Cambay: How Sadanand Vyas complicates the history of Indian science"

  • History HSMT Guest Lecture by Prof. Samira Sheikh

    Prof. Samira Sheikh, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, is a historian of early modern South Asia at Vanderbilt University. She has just completed a book on the dying days of a little kingdom in western India and is now planning a large-scale study of precolonial and early colonial Indian maps. She will give a guest lecture, “Looking west from Cambay: How Sadanand Vyas complicates the history of Indian science.” As political chaos shook the storied port of Cambay in the late eighteenth century, Sadanand Vyas drew a detailed map of his province of Gujarat, in western India.

    Axinn Center 219

    Open to the Public

Charles S. Grant Memorial Lecture by Professor Benjamin Madley

Charles S. Grant Memorial Lecture by Professor Benjamin Madley, UCLA
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    Charles S. Grant Memorial Lecture

    Benjamin Madley is an historian of Native America, the United States, and colonialism in world history. Educated at Yale and Oxford, he is Associate Professor of History and a member of the American Indian Studies Program at UCLA. He has authored or co-authored twenty journal articles and book chapters. His essays have appeared in journals ranging from The American Historical Review, California History, European History Quarterly, and the Journal of British Studies to the Journal of Genocide Research, Pacific Historical Review, and The Western Historical Quarterly.

    McCardell Bicentennial Hall 220

    Open to the Public

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“Millie Gone Brazil: Gender, Capitalism, and Caribbean migrants to Brazil in the early twentieth century”


“Millie Gone to Brazil: Gender, Capitalism, and Caribbean migrants to Brazil in the early twentieth century” is about the movement of Caribbean laborers to Brazil in the twentieth century. Most of the first group of laborers were male, and thus a mythology about the male migrant and migration emerged about Brazil in the Caribbean. Images of women migrants also emerged in Caribbean popular culture. These images and the accompanying mythology were steeped in stereotypical versions of masculinity. There are also examples of misogyny and outright violence against women. Dr. Rocha will tell us the story of this migration stream using the popular calypso song “Millie Gone to Brazil” and a point of departure. She will bring together Caribbean, and Latin American and feminist perspectives on south-south migration.

Sponsored by the History Department, Black Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, Global Migration & Diaspora Studies, International Global Studies, Luso-Hispanic Studies and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Departments.


Don Wyatt’s podcast with RCGA’s New Frontiers is now out.

You can find it here or on most major podcast platforms.

Poster of Don Wyatt's Podcast, "Understanding Slavery in Medieval China"
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New Frontiers Podcast with Professor Joyce Mao, Ph.D.: “China and the American Right”

“Asia First was an insistence that Pacific affairs receive as much if not more attention than European Atlantic relations in the Cold War. Its proponents, its supporters, many of whom were very powerful, conservative voices in the Senate and in Congress, felt like U.S. foreign policy after World War II was neglecting mainland Asia and therefore imperiling the whole Cold War.” —Joyce Mao

In this episode, Mark Williams talks with Joyce Mao, Middlebury College associate professor of history, about the Asia First initiative and, in particular, the effects that U.S.-China-Taiwan relations had on American domestic politics. Why were American conservatives so interested in Asia after WWII and in China particularly? In what ways, if any, did conservative concerns over China influence U.S. foreign policy, and how did conservatives’ interest in China help shape the development of the political right in the United States?

Joyce Mao’s book, Asia First: China and the Making of Modern American Conservatism, was published in 2015 by the University of Chicago Press.

A group of women meeting. Photo by Mary Ellen Mark, 1969 //Redstockings Archives
 Photo by Mary Ellen Mark, 1969 //Redstockings Archives

Undoing the Property Form: Feminist Consciousness Raising as a Practice of Freedom

A lecture and conversation with Liz Kinnamon (University of Arizona)

Thursday, April 7, 4:30pm

Robert A. Jones ’59 House (RAJ) Conference Room

This event will be livestreamed at the link below.


This talk examines 1960s and 70s feminist Consciousness Raising as an example of creating positive freedom—the “freedom to,” rather than the negative “freedom from.” Riffing off a tweet that went viral in 2019, Liz Kinnamon juxtaposes the model of the liberal subject created by pop therapeutic discourse with the work done by Second Wave feminists to forge liberation as a relational project. Kinnamon paints a picture of what radical feminist Consciousness Raising was; how it developed out of Third World liberation movements, such as in Vietnam and China, and Civil Rights; how it spread across the US and transnationally; and what kinds of effects these group practices had. If the tweet’s virality suggests a kind of tapping into the cultural zeitgeist, the talk asks what vision of social relations predominates today, and whether another form of relationship is possible. The talk draws from the Milan Women’s Bookstore Collective, an Italian feminist group; Indigenous critiques of European relationality; Marx; Freud; and primary Women’s Liberation documents from the US. 

Liz Kinnamon is a writer, teacher, and feminist historian, currently completing a PhD in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. Their book manuscript explores “attention” from a Marxist feminist perspective, following the importance placed on attentive capacity from plantations, through scientific management and contemporary tech cultures, to social movements. They are currently working to publish, with Carol Giardina, The Consciousness-Raising Correspondence, 1968-69, a collection of letters written between founding members of Women’s Liberation when the movement was first cohering in the United States. The letters show the effervescent thinking, connection, and effort involved in developing some of the movement’s basic theories — from “the personal is political” to the practice of Consciousness Raising. Kinnamon has published in such venues as Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theoryBookforum, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Cosponsored by the History Department, Academic Enrichment Funds, American Studies Program, The Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and The Feminist Resource Center at Chellis House, The Rohatyn Center and the Sociology Department


Elsa Mendoza

History Department Welcomes Elsa Mendoza

Elsa Mendoza, assistant professor of history, earned her MA and PhD in history at Georgetown University. She is a historian of slavery and interested in digital humanities. She is the associate curator of the Georgetown Slavery Archive and recently coedited Facing Georgetown’s History: A Reader on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation.

Read the full article: Middlebury Welcomes 44 New Faculty for Fall Semester


Poster for Joyce Mao lecture

Asia First: China and the Making of Modern American Conservatism

Professor Joyce Mao, PhD, will be giving the Stanton Sharp Lecture Webinar at Southern Methodist University on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 7:00 PM EST.

Click here to Register!