Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

IHS Fellows to study Histories of Darkness and Light across time and cultures in 2015-16

Tue, May 5, 2015
IHS Fellows to study Histories of Darkness and Light across time and cultures in 2015-16
Profs. Bianca Premo, Mark S. Micale, and Paul Hirsch


Next year, the Institute for Historical Studies will host three leading historians in their field as residential fellows under the theme of Histories of Darkness and Light. The fellows are Paul Hirsch, Mark S. Micale, and Bianca Premo, joining the Institute from, respectively, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and Florida International University. 



Paul Hirsch
(Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Swann Fellow in the History of Caricature and Cartoon at the Library of Congress. He is the author of "This Is Our Enemy: the Writers' War Board and Representations of Race in Comic Books during World War II," in the Pacific Historical Review. During his year at IHS, Paul will complete a book manuscript for the University of Chicago Press that traces the covert co-optation, by multiple federal agencies, of the comic book medium during World War II and the Cold War, and the resulting political, military, and cultural controversies at home and abroad. Paul's work in cultural and diplomatic history has received funding from the National Science Foundation, New York University, and the Borchard Foundation.

Mark S. Micale (Ph.D., Yale University, 1987) is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The author of numerous books (read more about his publications here), Mark will spend the upcoming year at the institute writing a book entitled "The Global Psychiatric State." This study examines the ways in which the myriad of theories and therapies of the mind are increasingly being replaced in our own time by a single pan-psychiatric world that rests on a unitary model of psychopathology, diagnostic naming systems, set of therapeutic practices, and research agendas.

Bianca Premo (Ph.D., UNC Chapel Hill, 2001) is Associate Professor of Latin American History at Florida International University. Her book project, “The Enlightenment on Trial,” explores how ordinary, and often illiterate, Spanish colonial litigants advanced new notions of natural rights, equality and freedom at the same time, and even before, European philosophers enshrined these ideas in print. During her time as an IHS fellow, Bianca notes, “I look forward to thinking more about the history of people and places left in the shadows of grand narratives of the Enlightenment.” Having authored the award-winning Children of the Father King: Youth, Authority and Legal Minority in Colonial Lima (UNC Press, 2005) and co-edited Raising an Empire: Children in Early Modern Iberia and Colonial Latin America (UNM Press, 2007), Bianca participated in the IHS conference “Centering Families in Atlantic Worlds, 1500-1700” in spring 2011, from which the William & Mary Quarterly collected a special issue (70, no. 2 April 2013).

Read more about the IHS theme in 2015-16, “Histories of Darkness and Light,” here, and check the web calendar and Like us on Facebook to learn about next year's scheduled programming.

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