Research Seminar

Each semester the history program hosts a research seminar which is designed to facilitate discussion about current and innovative research with students, faculty, and the local academic community.

Unless otherwise noted, all seminar meetings will be held at the NYUAD Saadiyat Campus on Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm.

Fall 2018

October 17, 2018

Charles Kabwete Mulinda, National University of Rwanda
July 1993: The Events that Made the Rwandan Genocide Possible
Time: 5pm

Dr. Charles Kabwete Mulinda is Associate Professor at the University of Rwanda, acting head of the Department of History and Heritage Studies, and postdoctoral research associate at the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda. D. Kabwete Mulinda completed his PhD in History in 2010 at the University of the Western Cape. He has published extensively on Rwandan history, democracy in Africa, China-Africa relations and genocide studies. 

Organized in collaboration the African Studies Symposium and the support of the Office of Global Education

October 28, 2018

Kathryn Brackney, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies and Yale University 
Beyond Bearing Witness: Art and Literature after the Holocaust, 1945-1963

Kathryn Brackney is a research fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies and a doctoral candidate at Yale University in modern European intellectual and cultural history. Her research has received supported from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the USC Shoah Foundation. Her article, “Remembering ‘Planet Auschwitz’ During the Cold War” is forthcoming in Representations.

Realism, visual minimalism, and fragmentation are the primary aesthetic approaches to Holocaust remembrance today in North America, Western Europe, and Israel; the formulation of these conventions has its own important history. This talk, however, will explore alternative patterns of representation in the writing and visual art of Holocaust survivors and Jewish refugees in the first two decades following World War II. Unlike Primo Levi in his extraordinary memoir If This Be a Man (1947) or Elie Wiesel in Night (1958), who attempted to document for the world the destruction of Europe’s Jewish populations, writers and artists like Avrom Sutzkever, Marc Chagall, Yehuda Bacon, and Paul Celan used a surreal visual idiom to address themselves to the dead and describe spaces where their murdered loved ones might live on. As they attempted to make sense of postwar life and mourning in different national contexts, indeterminate images of hybridity and afterlife linked their works together. Their poems, novels, and paintings convey enduring intimacy with the world they lost and, often, distance from the world of the living.


November 25, 2018

Sapin Mankengele, painter (DRC)
Popular Painting as History in the Congo — an Artist Talk 

Sapin Makengele is a self-taught Congolese popular painter from Kinshasa, DRC. His work depicts and comments upon social and political lifeworlds in the Congo and beyond. His paintings have been excited in group and individual exhibitions in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chad, Congo, France, the Netherlands, South Africa, and the United States. 

Organized in collaboration with the African Studies Symposium

Spring 2018

February 13, 2018

Stefan Hübner, National University of Singapore
Floating City Projects and Oceanic Commodity Frontiers: The Ups and Downs of Oceanic Urbanization since the 1960s

February 18, 2018

Abdoulaye Sounaye, Center for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin
Securing Sermon, Keeping Order, and Serving the Sunna in Niamey, Niger
Sunday, February 18, 12-1:30pm

March 6, 2018

Valerie Deacon, NYU Shanghai
Humanitarian Assistance in France during the Second World War

February 22, 2018

Public Event — Globalizing Histories, an NYUAD Institute Lecture Series
Steven Kotkin, Princeton University
Stalin in the Light of New Archival Evidence

April 3, 2018

Public Event — Globalizing Histories, an NYUAD Institute Lecture Series
Maya Jasanoff, Harvard University
Joseph Conrad in a Global World

April 18, 2018

Duane Corpis, NYU Shanghai
Noise as Confessional Conflict and the Soundscape of Religious Difference in Early Modern Germany

May 1, 2018

Vasileios Syros, Academy of Finland
Heavens in Cathay: China as a Mercantilist Utopia in Early Modern Political Thought