This September, the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies launches its new biennial theme, “Senses and Longings,” featuring nearly fifty programs exploring the role of human perception, feeling, and emotion within the timescapes of human experience (link for a full description). The theme was chosen by the Institute's Steering Committee after considering nominations from History Department faculty and graduate students.

For 2015-16, a dozen scholars from the University of Michigan’s Department of History and beyond will engage the “Senses and Longings” theme in the Institute’s Thursday Series of lectures, the centerpiece of its programming. Speakers were nominated by faculty and graduate students from the Department of History and selected by the Institute's Steering Committee.

The Institute will announce 2015-16 workshops, symposia, and other special events later this summer. Next year’s speakers include:

  • September 10, 2015: Raymond Van Dam, History, University of Michigan
  • October 1, 2015: Carol Symes, History, Theatre, and Medieval Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • October 15, 2015: Paulina Alberto, History, Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan
  • October 29, 2015: Venkat Dhulipala, History, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • November 19, 2015: Patricia Hayes, History, University of the Western Cape
  • December 3, 2015: Martha Sandweiss, History, Princeton University
  • January 21, 2016: Tara Zahra, History, University of Chicago
  • February 4, 2016: Regina Morantz-Sanchez, History, University of Michigan
  • February 18, 2016: P. Gabrielle Foreman, English, Black American Studies, University of Delaware
  • March 10, 2016: Curie Virág, East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
  • March 24, 2016: Paul N. Edwards, History, School of Information, University of Michigan
  • April 7, 2016: Rüdiger Graf, Center for Contemporary History Potsdam

These events are made possible by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.