June 2013

This program aims to stimulate academic research projects in the areas of Archaeology and Art History as well as projects in the fields of History, History of Islam, Architecture and the Fine Arts.

Conveners: Mario T. Garcia, Chicano Studies, garcia@history.ucsb.edu Ellen McCracken, Spanish and Portuguese, emccr@spanport.ucsb.edu Description: This group is concerned with the historical and contemporary experiences of people of Chicano/Latino background in the United States. Numbering some 45 million people, Chicano/Latinos have become the largest minority group in the United...

Conveners: Margaret McMurtrey, Religious Studies mcmurtrey@umail.ucsb.edu Ann Plane, History plane@history.ucsb.edu The American Indian and Indigenous Peoples Research Focus Group has been created by graduate students, faculty members, and community members who want to build research relationships between different disciplines and research projects interested in issues within indigenous communities nationally and...

Dr. Ninotchka Bennahum, Theater & Dance bennahum@theaterdance.ucsb.edu Dr. Stephanie Batiste, English & Black Studies sbatiste@english.ucsb.edu Dr. Ruth Hellier-Tinoco, Music rhellier-tinoco@music.ucsb.edu Relationships between and explorations of performance and politics form the core of this new Research Focus Group. Working at the intersection of scholarship, artistic practice, and political life, we aim to...

William Fleming, East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies wfleming@eastasian.ucsb.edu Luke Roberts, History lukerobt@history.ucsb.edu We have come together as an interdisciplinary group of graduate students and faculty members from the departments of History, East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies, Religious Studies, Music, and Film & Media Studies to examine, discuss...

  Sarah K. Harris' research interests include information technology regulation and access, digital media literacy and utilizing ethnography to measure IT policy impact. In 2013, she earned her Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies, with a doctoral emphasis in Global Studies, from UC Santa Barbara. Her dissertation,...

  Ayla Bozkurt Applebaum is an ethnic Kabardian from Turkey. Kabardians are among the Circassian people which, although indigenous to the Northwest Caucasus, live primarily in exile in Turkey and the Middle East due to their expulsion by Czarist Russia in the mid 19th century. Dr. Bozkurt...

Barbara L. Taylor is a Doctoral Candidate in Music. Her dissertation is titled The Ghosts of Banjos Past: The Early Banjo Revival and Remapping America's Racial Terrain. Diverse cultural activists are contesting conventional knowledge of early banjo history as they construct a subversive reading of "America's...

Rahul Mukherjee is a Doctcoral Candidate in Film and Media Studies. His dissertation is titled Competing Knowledges, Uncertain Futures: A Study of Mediated Technoscience Publics in India. "Through case-studies in India, my dissertation explores media’s role in science controversies. The cases include arguments about effects of...

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks proposals that use cost-effective methods to digitize nationally significant historical record collections and make the digital versions freely available online.

Andrew Magnusson is a Doctoral Candidate in History. His dissertation is titled Muslism-Zoroastrion Relations and Religious Violence in Early Islamic Iran. My dissertation examines Muslim-Zoroastion relations in Iran between the seventh and eleventh centuries. It challenges the lachrymose narrative of Zoroastion history which  blames Muslim prosecution for...

Kuan-yen Liu is a Doctoral Candidate in English. His dissertation is titled Animal-Human Analogy and the Order of Things: A Comparative Study of Victorian British and Late-Qing Chinese Darwinism. This research project will explore the cross-boundary interaction of Darwinism with philosophy, socio-political thought and literature in...

Zachary Horton is a Doctoral Candidate in English. His dissertation is titled Scale and Alterity: Ecology, Media, and Technics After the Human. This dissertation is an interdisciplinary effort to analyze current techno-scientific discourses for underlying scalar frameworks that constrain personal, local, and transnational efforts to think other...

Eugene Yelchin (Award-winning children's writer and illustrator) Wednesday, June 5 / 4:00 PM Old Little Theater Award-winning children’s writer and illustrator Eugene Yelchin will speak about the dramatic role reading played in the Soviet Union, the courage of writers and their readers, and how the struggle...