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History Students Celebrate Research Week: Longhorn Research Bazaar

Tue, May 16, 2017
History Students Celebrate Research Week: Longhorn Research Bazaar
Counter-clockwise from top left: Jennifer Levin, Amanda Faulkner, Katherine Rickert, Elizabeth Jones, and Alexandra Dolan

The diverse research of UT History majors was on display last week as the university celebrated Research Week, sponsored by the School of Undergraduate Studies. History students showcased their impressive historical research projects through posters and talks at a variety of Research Week events. (See also: Honors Thesis Symposium, 2017)

History students made a strong showing at the interdisciplinary Longhorn Research Bazaar, held in the Union Ballroom on Wednesday April 19. In general, posters presentations challenge students to crystallize their research questions, evidence, and arguments and communicate them as concisely as possible. Student presenters also have to be able to think on their toes to answer questions as viewers circulate during the session. These posters demonstrated History students’ considerable skills, particularly the ability to analyze challenging archival primary sources.

RickertKatherine Rickert, a History and Liberal Arts Honors senior, was interested in the historical roots of  modern stigmas associated with suicide. Her poster, “Controlling Death: Suicide and the Eighteenth-Century English State,” showed how she analyzed over 2,000 coroner’s records from the Sussex Record Society, British National Archives, and Old Bailey Online Database to explain why the English state––not just the Church––would be so interested in prosecuting suicide.

FalknerFor her poster “Women's Networks in Early Modern Amsterdam,” History and Liberal Arts Honors senior Amanda Faulkner deciphered an enormous quantity of difficult 17th-century handwritten correspondence.  As she examined letters between Dutch women and their sailor husbands, Faulker recalls her amazement that the “sentiments were so familiar”––spouses often chided one another for writing too infrequently.

Senior History Honors student Elizabeth Jones also tackled challenging primary sources for her “De Jure: A Comparative Analysis of the Formation of Slave Law in Louisiana and Texas.” Jones, who intends to enter law school after graduation, navigated legal records and correspondence at the Briscoe Center, Texas General Land Office, Jonesand Tulane Louisiana Historical Center to reconstruct the distinct paths taken by the two former Spanish colonies as they evolved toward a harsher “Americanized” system of slave jurisprudence.

History students’ posters also showcased interdisciplinary and digital history. Senior Alexandra Dolan, a double major in History (Honors) and Art, drew on her skills in historical and architectural analysis, as well as graphic design, for her poster, “Identity Crisis: The Architecture of Postwar Reconstruction in the City of London.” Integrating maps and quotations from historical newspapers and architecture journals, Dolan examined the roots of contemporary “disposable architecture” Dolanin the failures of post–World War II Modernism.

History Junior and Plan I Honors student Jennifer Levin’s poster “Going Digital: Presenting UT Campus History in the 21st Century” explained her ongoing project to create an interactive digital historical map of the UT campus. The map uses on photographs, maps, diaries, and other artifacts from the Briscoe Center for American History and the PCL Map Collection to allow visitors to uncover the layers of history embedded in UT campus buildings and gathering places.

LevinHistory posters from the Longhorn Research Bazaar will be on public exhibit on the first floor of Garrison Hall as exemplars of this growing genre of scholarly communication.

Photos at left, from top:
Katherine Rickert, Amanda Faulkner, Elizabeth Jones, Alexandra Dolan, and Jennifer Levin

See also:

Longhorn Research Bazaar poster session photo gallery

Photos by Trent Lesikar, School of Undergraduate Studies

History's Undergraduate Research Page

History Students Recognized in First Annual Student Writing Flag Contest

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