Taking Up Space: An Interdisciplinary Conference

Hosted by Duke History Graduate Students and the History Department with support from the Graduate School, History Speakers' Fund, Sociology Department, Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South, and the Women’s Studies Program. The conference will take place on Duke's East Campus in the Friedl and East Campus Union buildings. Please RSVP to pmm21@duke.edu.

Emerging scholars across several disciplines will discuss a wide variety of approaches to questions of space and consider their application to historical inquiry. Drawing on diverse traditions, we hope to explore how to understand the production and productive capacity of sites, locations, scales, and geographies.

Conference Schedule

Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 - Duke East Campus

9:00 a.m. Breakfast Available

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Panel A-1: Migrant Constructions of Space (See abstracts) - 102 Friedl Building

- Elizabeth Baltes, Art History, Duke University, "From Roman Thoroughfare to Arab Suq: the transformation of Jerusalem's Cardo"
- Sarah Thomson Vierra, History, UNC-Chapel Hill, "At Home Abroad: Turkish Guestworkers’ Use of Space in West German businesses, 1961-1990"
- Thomas D. Mitchell, Carnegie Mellon, "‘A Latino community takes hold’: Reproducing semiotic landscapes in media discourse"
Commenter: Max Krochmal, History, Duke University
Chair: Engseng Ho, History, Duke University


Panel A-2: Modernizing Rural Space (See abstracts) - 225 Friedl Building

- Camelia-Maria Kantor, Geography, Claflin University, "Tradition vs. Transition Living Spaces: 'Creative' Destruction or Spatial Constitution of a New Modern Community in Rural Eastern Europe"
- Jennifer Atkinson, English, University of Chicago, "Back on the Map: The Rise of Literary Cartography in Late Nineteenth Century Journalism"
- Amy Elizabeth Curry, History, Millersville University, "Emancipation and Erosion on the South Carolina Piedmont: The Interconnectedness of Tenant Farming, Sharecropping, and Gully Erosion, 1860s-1930s"
Commenter: Elizabeth Brake, History, Duke University
Chair: Jacob Remes, History, Duke University

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Panel B-1: Controlling Public, Urban Space (See abstracts) - 225 Friedl Building

- Leigh Campoamor, Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, "Public Bodies, Private Cities: Child Street Workers and Urban Space in Contemporary Lima"
- Paul Ranogajec, Art and Architectural History, CUNY, "Virtue and Style in the Public Realm: The Space of Appearance and American Beaux-Arts Architecture"
- Christa Tooley, Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, "Remembering and representing Edinburgh: An urban aesthetics of development"
Commenter: Orion Teal, History, Duke University
Chair: Gunther Peck, History, Duke University

Panel B-2: Colonial and Subjugated National Spaces (See abstracts) - 115 Friedl Building

- Yvonne Garrett, Draper Interdisciplinary Program, New York University, "Breaking Boundaries: a Study of Native American Literary Voice on & off the Reservation"
- Debjani Bhattacharyya, History, Emory University, "The Politics of Dwelling: Notes towards a Spatial History of 19th and early 20th century Calcutta"
- Mark Soderstrom, History, Ohio State University, "Enlightening the Land of Midnight: Peter Slovtsov, Ivan Kalashnikov, and the Placing of Russian Siberia"
Commenter: Mitch Fraas, History, Duke University
Chair: Ketaki Pant, History, Duke University


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Plenary Lunch and Talk by Thomas Lekan, History, University of South Carolina, National Humanities Center Fellow, "The World is Your Homeland: On the Making of German Tourist Space in the 'Third World'" - Upper East Side (second-floor) of the East Campus Union Building

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Panel C-1: Interrupting Representation: Spaces of Performance, Identity, and Community (See abstracts) - 102 Friedl Building

- Georgia Paige Welch, History, Duke University, “'The Revolution is Going to Start in Atlantic City': Contesting the Miss America Pageant, 1968"
- Catherine A. Conner, History, UNC-Chapel Hill, "'As Long As I Have Not Lived in
Vain': Lula Menefee, Black Women’s Activism, and Redefining Citizen
Participation in Birmingham, 1969-1974"
- Justin Dieter Andres Perez, University of Notre Dame, "Pichanga de locas: Gay Gender, Language, and Volleyball in Callao, Peru"
Commenter: Kimberly Lamm, Women's Studies, Duke University
Chair: Michael Stauch, History, Duke University


Panel C-2: Transmitting Space: Manuscripts, Books, and Digital (See abstracts) - 240 Friedl Building

- Asynith Palmer, English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, "Digitizing the Built Environment, Reifying Boundaries: Negotiations of Territory in Urban Exploration"
- Alexandra Schultz, Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Iconography of a City: St. Denis, Paris and Athens in Bibliothèque Nationale Mss. fr. 2090-92"
- Sean Parrish, History, Duke University, "Cartographic Culture and Medical Authority in Sixteenth-Century Venice"
Commenter: Martin Eisner, Romance Studies, Duke University
Chair: Vanessa Freije, History, Duke University

Panel C-3: Spaces of Capital (See abstracts) - 225 Friedl Building

- Caley Horan, History, University of Minnesota, "The Post-WWII American Insurance Industry and the Production of Actuarial Space"
- Thomas Finger, History, University of Virginia, "Understanding Economies as Ecologies: A Spatial Analysis of the North Atlantic Grain Trade, 1800-1900"
- Stephen Nepa, History, Temple University, “The New Urban Dining Room: sidewalk cafes in postindustrial Philadelphia”
Commenter: Kristin Wintersteen, History, Duke University
Chair: Eric Brandom, History, Duke University


4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Keynote - Sam Truett, History, University of New Mexico, “Taking up Space in Transnational and Borderlands History” - Upper East Side (second-floor) of the East Campus Union Building


5:45 – 6:30 p.m. – Reception