History News Wrap-Up

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Prof. Xiaoyuan Liu’s new book, To the End of Revolution: The Chinese Communist Party and Tibet, 1949-1959, was just published by Columbia University Press. In To the End of Revolution, Liu “draws on unprecedented access to the archives of the Chinese Communist Party to offer a groundbreaking account of Beijing’s evolving Tibet policy during the critical first decade of the People’s Republic.” Congratulations, Xiaoyuan!

Prof. Holly Shulman has been awarded the Association for Documentary Editing's 2020 Lyman H. Butterfield Awards for her work on the Dolley Madison Digital Edition. This award honors the memory of Lyman Henry Butterfield, whose editing career included contributions to The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, the editing of the Adams Family Papers, and publishing the Letters of Benjamin Rush. Congratulations, Holly! 

Prof. Karen Parshall was recently named co-editor, along with Sergei Tabachnikov, of The Mathematical Intelligencer, a journal published by Springer Nature dedicated to the history and culture of mathematics, emergent mathematical communities around the world, new interdisciplinary trends, and relations between mathematics and other areas of culture. Congratulations, Karen! 

The Journal of Asian Studies has  just published an article co-authored by Prof. Joseph Seeley and Aaron Skabelund, ““Bite, Bite against the Iron Cage”: The Ambivalent Dreamscape of Zoos in Colonial Seoul and Taipei.” The article “examines the zoological gardens established by Japanese imperialists in colonial Seoul (1908) and Taipei (1914). Drawing on multilingual sources, it argues that zoos explicitly exposed the unequal interethnic and interspecies hierarchies that undergirded the colonial project.” To access the article, click here.

Prof. Paul Halliday’s "The Suspension Clause: English Text, Imperial Contexts, and American Implications" (Virginia Law Review 2008) was recently cited in the U.S. Supreme Court, in three of the opinions and on both sides in a detention case involving judicial oversight of political asylum claims. 

On June 19th, The Washington Post published an article by Prof. Grace Hale, “Video alone can't solve the problems of policing.” Hale writes, “the long history of images of racial violence in the United States suggests that we need to question...the idea that more cameras -- not just bystanders with phones but police body cameras and other forms of surveillance -- will fix the problem of law enforcement violence.” To read the article, click here.

On June 26th, National Geographic published an essay by Prof. John Mason, “Why does this legendary Black photographer's work continue to resonate today?”, on the work of Gordon Parks and protest photography in Minneapolis. You can read his essay here.