GSHA 2010 Annual Conference

“The Ruptures of War: A Conference on War, Culture, and Society”

CGU’s History Department, Graduate Student History Association, & Phi Alpha Theta


When: Spring 2010
Where: Claremont Graduate University
How: Send a 250-word abstract by December 14th via email or via mail

Graduate Student History Association
School of Arts and Humanities
Claremont Graduate University
121 East Tenth Street
Claremont, CA  91711

War is the most intense nexus of politics, violence, culture, society, and nature. The fact that it is with us constantly is exemplified by Foucault’s provocative question: “If we look beneath peace, order, wealth, and authority, beneath the calm order of subordinations, beneath the State and State apparatuses, beneath the laws, and so on, will we hear and discover a sort of primitive and permanent war?” This conference is designed as a way to explore the multifarious ways in which war affects cultures and societies. The idea of war is neither constrained by temporality nor discipline, and it is enmeshed in the human condition. War is essentially an organizing principle by which we hope to discuss many diverse topics, which can include but are not limited to:

  • trauma
  • suffering
  • gender
  • the environment
  • memory
  • race
  • affect
  • political violence
  • ideology
  • technology
  • secrecy
  • human rights
  • torture
  • justice
  • power
  • genocide


Saturday, April 10th, 2010

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Registration in Burkle Building Lobby

9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Session 1

Panel 1: “The Cold War Diaspora”
Panel Chair:  Janet Farrell Brodie, Professor of History, Claremont Graduate University

Andrew Kerr, University of California, Davis, “Contaminated Refuge: The Fight for Vieques, Puerto Rico–A Study of Cold War Environmentalism”

Gabor Molnar, California State University, Sonoma, “Land and Freedom: The Hungarian Revolution and 14 days of Independence”

Kristina Munz, Claremont Graduate University, “Witnessing Trauma: Fragmentation and Identity in Bao Ninh’s The Sorrow of War

Panel 2: “The Civil War and American History”
Panel Chair:  Stuart McConnell, Professor of History, Pitzer College

Tony Yang, University of California, Riverside, ” From Reverence to Entitlement: The Story of Civil War Pensions, 1865-1914″

Adam Thomas, University of California, Irvine, “Finding the Lost ‘Lost Generation: the Absence of Tragedy in Civil War Memory”

Brian McCabe, Claremont Graduate University, “Theodicy & Patriotism: Emily Dickinson’s Civil War”

Panel 3: “War:  Intellectual Perspectives”
Panel Chair:  Patricia Easton, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Claremont Graduate University

Katie Brost, California State University, Northridge, “Antigone Gets Her Way: Politics and Protest in Brecht, Fugard and Gambaro”

Michael McGowan, Claremont Graduate University, “Black Bishop to White Knight: Religion, War, God, and Humanity”

Desmond Stevens, University of California, Riverside, “The Composer’s Ethic and the ‘Spirit’ of the War”

11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Session 2

Panel 1: “War, Film, and Theory”
Panel Chair: Steven Hulbert, Ph.D. Candidate, Claremont Graduate University 

Lauren Kelley Bond, California State University, Fullerton, “A Jew, a Nazi, and Lyotard Walk into a Bar:  Allowing Comedy into Holocaust Discourse”

Hannah Lim, University of California, Los Angeles, “The Crisis of Masculinity and Memories of the Korean War: Changing Representations in Melodrama”

Eric Morales-Franceschini, University of California, Berkeley, “Betrayals of Silence and Belated Apocalypse: M.L. King Jr., Apocalypse Now, and The Fog of War

Viktor Schmagin, University of California, Berkeley, “The Truth Shall Set You Free?  Reclaiming wartime humanity in The Penal Battalion and The Human Condition

Panel 2: “Colonialism, Race, and Representation”
Panel Chair:  Marlene Daut, Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and English, Claremont Graduate University

Christina Alegria, California State University, Long Beach, “The Politics of Interior Space in Femmes D’alger Dans Leur Appartement by Eugene Delacroix”

Rosanna Nunan, University of California, Irvine, “Hybridity and Crisis of Colonization in the Romance Plots of The Leatherstocking Tales”

Daniel Vidrio, California State University, Fullerton, “Misinterpretation and Mistranslation during the Conquest of Mexico”

Greg Rogers, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, “Imperial War and Provincial Self-Interests: The Government of Colonial Rhode Island, 1739-1748”

1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., Lunch in Burkle Courtyard

Keynote: “Missing Total War,” Joshua Goode, Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and History, Claremont Graduate University

3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m., Session 3

Panel 1: “War, Culture, and Memory”
Panel Chair, Cynthia Scott, Ph.D. Candidate, History Department, Claremont Graduate University

Jessica Ambler, University of California, Santa Barbara, “‘Hannibal is Inside the Gates!'”

Andrew Keating, University of California, Berkeley, “‘More Sacred than the Family Tomb’: British Crimean War Cemeteries and the Creation of National Space”

Constance Turpel, Mills College, “Scientific Above All Things: Medicine and the National Murder of a Patriotic Soldier in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

Panel 2: “The Domestic Scene:  America During the World Wars”
Panel Chair:  Hal Barron, Professor of History, Harvey Mudd College

Craig Scott, California State University, San Francisco, “Selling Barbary Coast Brothels: Factors Changing San Francisco’s Criminal Justice During World War I”

Laura Bellew Hannon, University of California, Riverside, “The Worst Fashion From an Economic and Patriotic Point of View”: The American War Production Board and Clothing Design Restrictions”

Panel 3: “Identity, the Other, and Conflict: The Case of the Middle East”
Panel Chair:  Cheryl Van Den Handel, Claremont Graduate University

Nasser Mufti, University of California, Irvine, “Vegetative States”

Benjamin Acosta, Claremont Graduate University, “Between Physical War and Identity Conflict: The Evolution of Violence/Resistance among Israelis and Palestinians”

Sahar El Zahed, California State University, Northridge, “A Comparative Frame Analysis of Coverage of the Israel-Gaza Conflict by the New York Times and the Guardian

Craig Anderson, Claremont Graduate University, “Islamic Jihad and Fear of the Other in the Ideology of Holy War”