It's been another busy few months for history graduate students here at the University of Iowa.

Talks and Travels

One of the highlights of our organization's year happened in mid-October, with the visit of our annual Guest Speaker. Professor Carol Symes (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). She participated in a number of workshop activities with graduate students, and also delivered a very well-received and well-attended keynote speech, "Performative Texts, Popular Literacies, and the Media Revolution of Medieval Europe." (See event flyer to the right.)

While some people were coming to visit us, some of our own members were roaming further afield. Katherine Massoth travelled to Taos, New Mexico, to participate in the Food Across Borders: Production, Consumption, and Boundary Crossing in North America Symposium of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies of Southern Methodist University and the Comparative Border Studies Program at Arizona State University. The symposium focuses on how food practices have created coercions and collaborations across North America. Katherine and the other participants will meet again in Scottsdale, Arizona on February 20-21, 2015 for a public symposium.

Michelle Seiler, who is undertaking research in the UK as a Schallek Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, wrote a blog post about the historical parallels between self-government in modern Scotland and in the medieval British borough, one on medieval chess-playing delinquents, and another on the medieval churches of the English town of Ipswich.

Back here in Iowa City, Marlino Mubai spoke at our October Forum (see below right) on the challenges historians face when writing about events which they themselves experienced first-hand. In "'I write what I lived': Personal experience and historical research in Mozambique", Marlino discussed how growing up during the Mozambican Civil War has shaped both what he chooses to study and how he carries out his research. In our November forum, Eric Zimmer spoke on "Four Hours in Indian Country: Calvin Coolidge, Pine Ridge, and Indian Policy Reform in the Late Progressive Era."

The Forum is a monthly space in which graduate students can share their work in progress with a supportive and helpful audience of faculty and peers. All graduate student members of the Department of History are welcome and encouraged to present at the Forum.


Paul Mokrzycki published a new article:

"'A Flower Smashed by a Rock': Race, Gender, and Innocence in American Missing Children Cases, 1978-Present." The NeoAmericanist 7:1 (Fall/Winter 2013-2014). [Read online]

This reflects Paul's doctoral research on the politics of child protection in the modern U.S. He has also contributed to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, entitled "The Midwest Revealed: Not Always So Sunny," about his efforts to establish the Middle West Review, a new interdisciplinary journal focused on the history of the American Midwest.

Another member of our Americanist contingent, Eric Zimmer, also had a new publication:

"Settlement Sovereignty: The Meskwaki Fight for Self-Governance, 1856-1937." The Annals of Iowa 73:4 (Fall 2014).

Kristi DiClemente is pictured to the right volunteering to learn how to spin wool during a panel session of the Midwest Medieval History Conference. She gave a paper at this conference in mid-October on an aspect of her doctoral research, concerning marital disputes in late medieval Paris. She published an article on another area of her research in the most recent issue of Hortulus:

"Martial Affection and Expectations in a 14th Century Parisian Court." Hortulus: the Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies 11:1 (Fall 2014), 3-24. [Read online]

Yvonne Seale published a book review in the Fall 2014 issue of Hortulus:

Review of Celia Chazelle, Simon Doubleday, Felice Lifshitz and Amy G. Remensnyder, eds., Why the Middle Ages Matter: Medieval Light on Modern Injustice. New York: Routledge, 2012, in Hortulus: the Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies, 11:1 (Fall 2014), 67-71. [Read online]


Member Paul Mokrzycki won the William F. Holmes Award for best paper presented at the annual Southern Historical Association conference by a graduate student or junior faculty member.

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