World History Theory Practice Conference: States, Borders, and Migrations - May 3

Nerina Rustomji Discussion

From: Nerina Rustomji
           St. John's University

St. John's University's History Department convenes a conference to foster research-driven conversations on the teaching of world history. World History Theory and Practice: States, Borders, and Migrations Conference will take place May 3, 2014, on our Manhattan (New York, NY) campus. Please join us! 

Registration may be found at the following site: Conference information may be found at 


900-945 Registration

945-1015        Introduction                                            

Michael Wolfe, Dean of Graduate Studies, St. John’s College, St. John’s University

Elaine Carey, Chair of History Department, St. John’s University

1030-12 BORDERS
1.      Locations                                       
Chair: Tracey-Anne Cooper, St. John's University

Xin Wen, Harvard University
“Where is the ‘West’ in Medieval Chinese Historiography?”

Xianhua Wang, Sichuan University & Visiting Scholar, Harvard University
“Sargonic Administration and the Border of Sumer”

Michael Hill, Rutgers University
“Nomads, the State, and Sedentary Societies in High-Medieval Eurasia: The Oghuz and the Qipchaqs in Eastern and Central Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia”

2.      Statelessness                                    
Chair: Christopher Pataky, St. John's University

Irina Mukhina, Assumption College
“Stateless and Borderless: Teaching World History I (to 1750) through the Prism of Interconnectedness”

Melissa Forstrom Al Kadhi, University of Westminster & Molloy College
“Erasure of States and Borders in Islamic Art Reinstallations”

Francesca Piana, Post-Doc Swiss National Foundation & Columbia University
"‘Crossing-over' and the Refugee Question: the League of Nations and Non-Governmental Organizations in the 1920s

3.      Shifting Boundaries                             
Chair: Chris Palladino, St. John's University

Reeju Ray, Queen's University
 "Contested Boundaries in Colonial Frontiers: Narrating Space and Settling Jurisdiction"

Aurobinda Mahapatra, University of Massachusetts, Boston
“Interrogating the States at the Border and Prioritizing the Borderlanders: The Case of Kashmir in South Asia”

12-130                 Lunch

130-3           MIGRATIONS

4.      Diaspora                                                
Chair: Helen Drivas, St. John's University

Robert Pascoe, Victoria University, Melbourne
“Italian Migration in World History”

Nicole Jacoberger, St. John’s University
"Lowly Laborers: Labor in Colonial Montserrat and the Cultural     Construction of Identity"

Joe Bongiorno, St. John’s University
“From and To Italy: An Evolution of Migration Patterns Since World War II and their Consequences on the Italian Nation-State and Conscience”

5.      Movement                                        
Chair: David Turpie, St. John's University

Timothy Nicholson, State University of New York at Delhi
“East African Students in an Imperial World”

Venkat Nagesh Babu Karri, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
“The Colour of Cinema is Red: History, Form and Culture of Erra (Red) Cinema”

Porscha Williams, St. John’s University
“The Great Plate Migration: African American Foodways and the Great Migration”

6.      Technologies                                    
Chair: Susan Schmidt-Horning, St. John’s University

Chao Ren, Tufts University
“Rickshaw: The Trans-Asian Urban Vehicle and the British Empire, 1870-1930”

Tom Mounkhall, State University of New York, Ulster
“Effective Teaching of World History: Islamic Architecture In Oaxaca, Mexico”

Jennifer Capani, St. John’s University
“The Holocaust in a Geographical Perspective: Analyzing Death Marches in History and Geography”

3-330            Coffee Break

330-500 STATES

7.      Empire                                           
Chair: Theodore Andrews, St. John's University

Jeffrey Taffet, United States Merchant Marine Academy
“Avoiding “Imperialism” as a Critical Thinking Exercise: Writing and Teaching Without Labels”

Andrew Bethke, Brandeis University
“The Empire as a State?: Historiographical Reification of the British Empire”

Sheryl Gordon, Nassau Community College & Hofstra University
“The Other Imperial Model: Central Asia Under Russian Imperialism”

8.      Identities                                              
Chair: Stephen Haller, St. John's University

David Bassano, Brookdale Community College
“Mental and Physical Boundaries in the Sierra Huichol”

Daniel Kelly, St. John’s University
“A Hagiographic Reassessment of Multinational Urbanism in the Post Crisis Byzantine State”

Jennifer Ciccolini, St. John’s University
“Ciao, Cioccolato!  The Italian and Italian-American Experience in Hershey, Pennsylvania: 1894 – 1939

9.      Bodies                                          
Chair: Eric Bekoe, St. John's University

Tiffany Trimmer, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
“The ‘Bring in Outsiders who will do the work’ Phenomenon in World History: Researching and Teaching about Global Labor Migration Diasporas”

Stephen McNulty, Rutgers University
“Child Anchors, Tourist Mothers: Children, Futurity and Exclusionary Citizenship in the U.S.”

515-6            TEACHING WORLD HISTORY PLENARY                 
Chair:                   Nerina Rustomji, St. John’s University
Discussants:     Tracey-Anne Cooper, St. John’s University
Susan Schmidt-Horning, St. John’s University
Kristin Sylvian, Director, Public History Program, St. John's University

Big, Global Questions: Questions/Answers


Nerina Rustomji
Associate Professor
History Department
St. John's University