Founded in 2007, the Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History has provided a dynamic space for scholarly inquiry and exchange. Embodying the history department’s commitment to excellence in research and teaching, the Institute organizes international conferences, fosters scholarly presentations and roundtables, promotes critical discussion of historical themes and methods, and encourages reflections on the origins and legacies of historical events.
Through its multifaceted programming, the Institute for Historical Studies serves as the intellectual heart of the history department, offering a venue for scholars to share their work and building bridges to other department and centers at the university, as well as the broader Austin community. Each year, the Institute sponsors an international residential fellowship competition around a specific theme of critical importance to the historical profession and of general relevance to understanding the problems of the contemporary world. Applicants may be at the senior, mid-career, or junior level. The Institute’s annual theme culminates in a spring conference that brings together academic scholars from around the nation and the world. The Institute also offers limited visiting research affiliation for scholars who wish to conduct research at the University of Texas.
The programming of the Institute also includes the History Faculty New Book Series, where members of the history department share the findings of their most recent publications with colleagues, affiliates, and students. Showcasing the historian’s pivotal role as the guardian of public memory, the Institute’s Commemorations series hosts roundtable discussions to assess the making and meaning of landmark events on their anniversaries. These forums are widely publicized and open to the general public. The Institute also sponsors or co-sponsors numerous events, including lectures, symposia, and films, working closely with other centers, departments, and academic units across the university.
Housed in Garrison Hall, the Department of History’s newly renovated, longtime home, the Institute for Historical Studies is a meeting place for historians and historically-minded scholars of all fields and periods. For more information on the Institute’s policies and programs please review our website.
Watch: "Loving" film trailer
On Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 3:30pm, in CLA 1.302B, join IHS for "'Loving' After Fifty Years."
The Supreme Court ruling in Loving v. Virginia held in 1967 that laws banning interracial marriage, which were on the books in sixteen southern states at the time, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment in denying principles of racial equality and the fundamental right to marry. On the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark case, an interdisciplinary panel examines the historical origins of anti-miscegenation laws in the United States, the struggles to overturn them, and the paths to greater color blindness and marriage equality after Loving.
Featuring panelists Jacqueline Jones, Chair of the History Department and Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas/Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History, University of Texas at Austin; Kevin Noble Maillard, Professor of Law, Syracuse University, and Contributing Editor, The New York Times, Jeff Nichols, Director and Screenwriter of the critically acclaimed feature film Loving. Read more and RSVP to attend.