Human Rights, Anticolonialism, and the Global Cold War

Course Number: History 698.002

Times: Wednesday 4:00-7:00

Instructors: Penny Von Eschen, Pamela Ballinger, in partnership with Dong-Choon Kim (Sung Kong Hoe University, Korea), Vjekoslav Perica (University of Rijeka, Croatia), and Marta Verginella (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

This one-time course offering provides an exciting opportunity to explore new frameworks and sources for understanding the historical period conventionally labeled the “Cold War” while simultaneously engaging in dialogue and exchange with overseas faculty partners and their students.  Over the course of the semester we will conduct virtual classes with: Dong-Choon Kim (Sociology, Sung Kong Hoe University, Korea), Vjekoslav Perica (History, University of Rijeka, Croatia), and Marta Verginella (History, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) along with their students. Professor Kim and Perica will also visit our classes as noted on the syllabus. We will have several additional guest speakers. Funded by a Rackham Global Engagement Grant, the course offers a unique opportunity to develop projects in the context of broad international engagements; it also offers a hybrid between a research seminar in which students focus on producing their own original field paper and graduate reading or topics seminar.  The course is designed to support research papers while offering the flexibility to opt for a historiographical (or field appropriate) readings paper.  Exploring the intersections of multiple dynamics, the course is intended to accommodate a wide range of research topics across the long twentieth century.  Because we are focused on developing student research projects and on quality of discussion with overseas partners, we emphasize an introduction to diverse analytic frames and the quantity of our reading will be less than that of a typical readings course (averaging three-four chapters/essays per week). Organized across the winter semester of 2013, the course will also offer a capstone conference in September 2013, where students will have the opportunity to present their work virtually and in some cases, in person, to our collaborators and other colleagues.