Conferences

Catholicism in the Americas: Historical Participations and Contemporary Challenges
Friday, 21 March 2014, Copley Formal Lounge, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Co-sponsored by Americas Initiative, Georgetown College, Office of the President, Georgetown Institute for Global HIstory


Redes: An Exploration of the Film and Music of Mexico, 1910-1940
Friday, 11 April 2014, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Co-sponsored by Americas Initiative, Film Studies, Georgetown Institute for Global History


The Critical Silk Road Studies, planned for 2014-2015

In 2014-2015, Prof. James Millward (History) and Prof. Michelle Wang (Art History) will convene faculty from Georgetown and area institutions to investigate the invention and development of the concept of the Silk Road as well as its on-going impact, its potential and its limitations for framing fields of academic inquiry and even policy-making. Today, the term "Silk Road" serves as a rubric in contexts ranging from the undergraduate curriculum to institutional funding and international symposia, and has become a household word through educational television and other popular media. Yet seldom has its definition been examined, and it remains a challenge to overcome the chronological, regional, linguistic, and disciplinary compartmentalization of specialists to see the workings and effects of the trans-Eurasian Silk Road as a broader phenomenon. But this is what we plan to do: to enjoy invited presentations from a wide range of experts while considering collectively the macro-level issues from a perspective that is interdisciplinary, inter-regional and longue durée. This will bring together scholars of ancient and modern history, art history, religious studies, literature, musicology, anthropology, archaeology, as well as foreign policy academics and practitioners in an interrogation and exploration of the notion of the Silk Road and its usefulness towards understanding both past and present.


The Soviet Gulag: New Research and New Interpretations
Thursday, April 25 through Saturday April 27, 2013
Georgetown University campus

Sponsors: Jacques Rossi Memorial Gulag Research Fund; Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History; Office of the Dean of Georgetown College, Department of French, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

The conference highlights the growing wave of empirical contributions to the history of the Gulag and attempts to interpret its meaning for the Soviet system, Soviet society, Stalinism, and broader conceptual problems in the field.  It also attempts to place the Gulag in the broader arc of forced labor and penal policy both in Russia and in other countries.  It includes a plenary panel on the state of the field, several keynote lectures, and workshop sections with pre-circulated papers on "big pictures" and "new research."  There will be a screening of the documentary film "Confronting Amnesia: Frozen Memories of the Russian Gulag" and discussion with filmmaker John J. Michalczyk.

 


World War II, Nazi Crimes, and the Holocaust in the USSR
December 7-9, 2012
The Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Sponsors:
Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC
Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Georgetown Institute for Global History, Georgetown University, Washington DC
German Historical Institute, Moscow
Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History
Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Centre d’études des mondes russe, caucasien, et centre-européen, École des hautes études en sciences sociales.

In the past decade, three related fields, each interdisciplinary in its own right, have developed exponentially but sometimes in isolation: the study of wartime Stalinism, the study of the Nazi occupation of Soviet territories, and the study of the Holocaust in the East. This conference will bring together the latest research conducted in all humanities and social science disciplines in order to foster new analytical perspectives and cross-fertilization in these and other key areas.


Cultures of Violence: Thursday February 21 through Saturday February 23, 2013
Georgetown University, Copley Formal Lounge, Feb 21 and 22, McGhee Library, ICC
 Bldg, Feb 23 2013

Co-sponsored by Georgetown University Office of the Provost, Department of History, Institute for Global History, Asian Studies, Center for German and European Studies, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs; King's College London Department of History; and Jawaharlal Nehru University Center for Historical Studies.

This is the first of three annual conferences which will gather scholars from different disciplines, regional specializations, and institutions to reflect on the history and politics of violence within societies and to explore ways in which violence mediates processes of modernization and development.

Cultures of Violence Workshop Program


Becoming Indigenous: Asserting Indigeneity
Thursday March 14 through Saturday March 16 2013

Sponsored by the the Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences Americas Initiative Program

This conference will focus on indigenous peoples in Canada, Mesoamerica, and the Andes.  Panels will include scholars from the faculty of Georgetown University and other institutions to engage the early post-conquest questions of "becoming indigenous", to consider the changing ways of indigenous lives and identities surrounding the 19th century transitions from colonial to national rule, and will explore assertions of indigenous rights in the late 20th century and contemporary times.


The Soviet Gulag: New Research and New Interpretations
Thursday April 25through Saturday April 27, 2013
Georgetown University Campus

Co-Sponsors: Jacques Rossi Memorial Gulag Research FundKritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History; Dean’s Office, Georgetown College; Department of French, Georgetown University.

The conference highlights the growing wave of empirical contributions to the history of the Gulag and attempts to interpret its meaning for the Soviet system, Soviet society, Stalinism, and broader conceptual problems in the field. It also attempts to place the Gulag in the broader arc of forced labor and penal policy both in Russia and in other countries. It includes a plenary panel on the state of the field, several keynote lectures, and workshop sections with pre-circulated papers on "big pictures" and "new research." There will be a screening of the documentary film “Confronting Amnesia: Frozen Memories of the Russian Gulag,” and discussion with filmmaker John J. Michalczyk.