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December 5, 2005

Faculty News

 

The Organization of American Historians has appointed Lendol Calder to be its representative to the National Council for History Education (NCHE).  Dedicated to promoting the importance of history in schools and in society, the Council links advocates of history education in schools, colleges, museums, historical councils, and community groups to tackle issues of common concern.  Calder will join Board members representing the Smithsonian, the History Channel, and Colonial Williamsburg, and academic and publishing luminaries such as David McCullough, Carol Berkin, Akira Iriye, and Gordon Wood, to help make the case to policymakers and the public that historical study is the precondition for intelligent political and personal judgment.  Calder's two-year term will begin May 2006.

 

Peter Kivisto has just published five articles in The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy, which was edited by John Protevi.  The book, which became available in October, is published by Edinburgh University Press.  Yale University Press has recently contracted to publish the book in North America.  Peter wrote entries on Max Weber, Georg Simmel, ideal types, rationalization, and understanding.

 

Mariano Magalhães was elected president of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists at the organization's annual meeting.

 

Scott Magelssen has signed a contract with Scarecrow Books for his forthcoming book, Living History Museums: Undoing History Through Performance. The book will offer a new genealogy of living museum performance in the U.S. and Europe and will examine the performance practices these institutions use in their programming, vis-à-vis contemporary theory in theatre history and new historiography. Living History Museums are unique and vitally important among American cultural institutions in that they merge historical exhibits with live costumed performance. They are also deeply problematic. Promising visitors historical accuracy and authenticity, living museums have fundamentally compromised their programs through a long allegiance with the tourism-entertainment industry and by pursuing methods of performance and historiography that are becoming increasingly outmoded.

 

Stephen Warren recently attended the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, November 16-20, 2005, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  He delivered a paper entitled, "The Greatest Travelers in America: Shawnee Survival in the Shatterzone."  In this paper Stephen argued that the history of place-less peoples, those who were both forced and pulled from their central places in the proto-historic period, has much to teach us about American Indians.  For one, the Shawnee diaspora reveals that ritual performance, cosmogonic myths, language, and kinship are far more significant markers of identity than a kind of sacred geography.  In short, this article critiques a central belief about American Indians, which is that their identities emanate from the land itself.  Stephen’s article will be included in an edited volume by Robbie Etheridge, professor of anthropology at the University of Mississippi, entitled Mapping the Shatterzone (Nebraska, 2007).  

Teaching Sociology published a review of Immanuel Wallerstein’s World-System Analysis: An Introduction that Warren Fincher wrote.  It appears in the October 2005 issue.