The Department of History is excited to announce the first annual Dissertation Prospectus Colloquium, to be held Friday, May 20, 2022, from 9:30am to 5:30pm in the John Hope Franklin Room.

Our third-year PhD students will present a short precis of their research plan in panels throughout the day. Please join us in celebrating as they embark on their independent research. All are welcome to attend the sessions and reception. To reserve a lunch, please register here by May 13, 2022.

The schedule of events is as follows, with the event poster included below.

9:30am Coffee and Pastries

Morning Session

Leila Blackbird, “The Middle Ground is a Shatter Zone: In the Wake of Settler Colonialism and Slavery on America's Third Coast”
William Birdthistle, “Clandestine Capital: A History of Private Investment Funds and their Managers”
Elizabeth Hines, “Anglo-Dutch Commerce, Religion, and War, 1634-1651.”
Arthur Schott Lopes, “The Politics of Progress: Regionalism, Development, and Governance on a Brazilian Frontier, 1930-1990”

11:30am -1:30pm Lunch break - Box lunches are provided to registered attendees. Register here before May 13, 2022.

Afternoon Session One

Xiaoyu Gao, “China's Currency Crisis and International Trade: Qing's Monetary System, Chilean Copper, and Japanese Copper Cash, 1800-1874.”
Maureen McCord, “The Developmental State and the Transformation of Bombay, c. 1665-1785”
Griffin Ridley, “Evaluating ‘Papal Monarchy’: Representations of Power in Medieval Italy”
Eduardo Terra Romero, “An International Perspective on the Brazilian Economy, from the First Oil Shock to the Debt Crisis”

Afternoon Session Two

Madeline Adams, “Material Culture and LGBT Social Worlds in the German Democratic Republic, 1973 to the Present”
Alexa Herlands, “Aja'ib, Mirabilia and Mauravilla in 13th century Iberia”
Camilo Ruiz Tassinari, “Light and Power: The Political Economy of Electricity in Mexico 1946-1980”
Ada Torres, “América and americanismo in the writings of Pedro Henríquez Ureña”

4:30-5:30pm Reception in the Social Sciences Tea Room

Unless otherwise noted, colloquium sessions will take place in the John Hope Franklin Room, Social Science Research Building, Room 224, 1126 E. 59th St. Chicago, IL 60637. For assistance, please contact To reserve a lunch, please register here before May 13, 2022.

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