The Ohio State University Center for Historical Research provides a stimulating intellectual environment for studying important historical issues around the world. Each year the Center brings together scholars from various disciplines to examine issues of broad contemporary relevance in historical perspective. The annual program of the Center is organized around a central theme, which will be explored through a series of twelve seminars. The Center welcomes for year-long residency visiting senior, junior, and dissertation fellows chosen through an international competition. Additional visiting and OSU faculty will join the program to conduct seminars. Fellows will be chosen according to the relevance of their research projects to the annual theme of the Center. Since history is inherently a discipline that draws inspiration from the research methods of other academic disciplines, in addition to historians, visiting fellows and seminar leaders will be drawn from a range of fields whose scholarship relates to the annual themes, such as anthropology, art history, law, literary and cultural studies, philosophy, political science, geography and economics. The Center will also involve colleagues at Ohio State from history and other departments, since most of the annual themes proposed have broad interdisciplinary appeal.
Director: John Brooke
2015-2017 Program: Family, Kinship and Household: New Perspectives
During 2015-2017 the Center for Historical Research will offer a two-year program of lectures, seminars and workshops exploring the theme of "Family, Kinship and Household: New Perspectives".
The overall aim of the program is to explore new approaches to the study of families, kinship and households that have emerged over the past couple of decades. The history of the family, for example, has been revitalized by scholars interested in the history of race, gender and sexuality who have documented some of the ways in which the family across time and place has been a site of dynamic change laden with cultural meaning. Simultaneously, the incorporation of age and generation as analytical categories in historical scholarship have spurred new studies of the dynamics of social and cultural change, and the operations of power in families and households. Recent interest in the history of children and childhood has also drawn renewed attention to families and households, and to the ways in which kinship has been produced, and reproduced across time and place. Finally, the ‘material turn’ in history and the resurgence of economic history has brought renewed attention to the complex relationship among domestic spaces, family structures, and changing economic conditions. The CHR program is designed to bring these separate, and often distinct, new fields of inquiry into conversation with each other and examine the contours of what might be called a New Family History.
Program Chair for 2016-2017:
Birgitte Søland, History
Program Steering Committee:
Robin Judd, History
Jane Hathaway, History
Lucy Murphy, History
Daniel Rivers, History
Kristina Sessa, History
Mytheli Sreenivas, History and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Mary Thomas, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies