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EIHS Workshop: Categorical Imperatives: The Stakes of Scholarly Units of Analysis

Friday, October 30, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM
How do scholars determine the appropriate units of analysis for studying the past? What is at stake in the choice of a city, a province, a nation, a region, an empire, or even the world? This panel explores what is gained or lost when grouping people into naturalized territorial categories, as well as the agency of historical actors in rejecting or reconstituting these categories. Panelists will reflect on tensions between the boundedness of pre-given units of analysis and the freedom of historical actors to deploy, contest, or radically re-imagine the dominant ordering of their worlds from a diverse set of geographic and temporal perspectives: museums in late imperial Russia, gender and power in the Yuan court, interwar population exchanges in the Balkans, and multiculturalism and policing in 1980s Los Angeles.

Albert Cavallaro, Graduate Student, History, University of Michigan 
Andrea Valedón-Trapote, Graduate Student, History, University of Michigan 
David Helps, Graduate Student, History, University of Michigan 
Lediona Shahollari, Graduate Student, History, University of Michigan 
Michael Witgen (chair), Professor, American Culture & History, University of Michigan

Free and open to the public. This is a remote event and will take place online via Zoom. Please register here in advance:

This event is part of the Friday Series of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Link:
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Graduate Students, History
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History

The Thursday Series is the core of the institute's scholarly program, hosting distinguished guests who examine methodological, analytical, and theoretical issues in the field of history. 

The Friday Series consists mostly of panel-style workshops highlighting U-M graduate students. On occasion, events may include lectures, seminars, or other programs presented by visiting scholars.

The insitute also hosts other historical programming, including lectures, film screenings, author appearances, and similar events aimed at a broader public audience.