Upcoming Events

As a department, we're committed to hosting scholars from other institutions, sharing our work with one another and discussing history with the public. We hope you'll join us for one of our upcoming events. 

Department Events

Sept 21-22, 2018: Addiction as a chronic illness? Promises and perils of a new drug policy paradigm

On September 21 and 22, join us for the symposium, Addiction as a chronic illness? Promises and perils of a new drug policy paradigm. Activists and physicians have worked hard to end punitive responses to addiction and recast it as a chronic illness treatable, in part, with medications like buprenorphine. But the “chronic illness” paradigm raises new questions: How to avoid the stigma and social limitations associated with chronic illness? How to prevent pharmaceutical industry influence over medication assisted treatment (MAT)? This symposium brings together leading scholars of addiction, pharmaceuticals, and chronic illness to explore the promises and perils of applying this paradigm to drug dependence and addiction.

The symposium is sponsored by The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy.

David Herzberg, UB College of Arts and Sciences Department of History, Faculty Profile.

Nils Kessel, Université de Strasbourg, Département d'histoire des sciences de la vie et de la santé, Faculté de Médecine.

Please pre-register for this free event: https://www.buffalo.edu/baldycenter/events/conferences/medicine.html

Sept 28, 2018: Early Modern Violence: A Symposium

Organized by the Early Modern Research Workshop
Henry Berlin (RLL) and Erik Seeman (HIS), Coordinators

This symposium examines what was distinct about early modern violence. The growth of state power, dramatic religious changes, and the emergence of race-based slavery all shaped early modern violence and how it was represented in literature. Echoes of that violence are with us today.

The four presenters are:

Susan Juster (Michigan, History)
Hal Langfur (UB, History)
Nicole Legnani (Princeton, Spanish and Portuguese)
Cynthia Nazarian (Northwestern, French and Italian)

The Symposium begins at 9:45 am and lasts until 4:15 pm in Park 280.  Please register for the event at  http://humanitiesinstitute.buffalo.edu/event/early-modern-violence-a-symposium/

October 5, 2018: Containers and Humans in Deep Time: Department Talk Daniel Smail

Scholars in the human sciences are preoccupied with the movement of things. Gifts and commodities gain meaning and value by being transacted, and transaction itself is seen as the glue that holds societies together. But in addition to exchanging things, people are also constantly removing things from circulation. The many forms of keeping and storing are all made possible by a very simple piece of technology: the container. As this paper will argue, containers have been entangled in human sociality across the deep history of our species. Containers are anti-entropy machines. Once invented, they enabled humans to manipulate time in an unprecedented fashion. Properly understood, the container should be seen as an engine of history.

Daniel Lord Smail is professor of history at Harvard University, where he works on deep human history and the history and anthropology of Mediterranean societies between 1100 and 1600. His current research approaches transformations in the material culture of later medieval Mediterranean Europe using household inventories and inventories of debt collection from Lucca and Marseille. Among other subjects, he has written on the practice of compulsive hoarding. His books include Legal Plunder: Households and Debt Collection in Late Medieval Europe (2016); with Andrew Shryock and others, Deep History: The Architecture of Past and Present (2011); On Deep History and the Brain (2008); and The Consumption of Justice: Emotions, Publicity, and Legal Culture in Marseille, 1264-1423 (2003).

The talk will be held from 1:15 pm to 3:30 pm in Park 532.

October 12-13, 2018: Radical Histories, Radical Futures

On Friday, October 12, a symposium brings together academics and community activists to reflect on the rich and radical history of ground-breaking work around gender and sexuality in Buffalo and at UB – and to envision the future of feminist and queer scholarship and activism as we celebrate the re-launch of the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies (one of the founding women’s studies programs in the US).

The symposium takes place on Friday, October 12th in Hayes Hall 403, on UB South Campus (3435 Main Street, NFTA: University Station). Registration begins at 11:30, and the symposium will run from 12 to 6 pm, with a reception to follow.

In addition to the symposium, on Saturday, October 13, from 12-3 pm, the Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project will host a “SHE WALKED HERE” historical street tour through downtown Buffalo, commemorating Buffalo’s lesbian bar history. The tour of former bar sites will feature a combination of guided tours, archival photos and audio recordings, and interpretive performances by local artists.

The tour begins at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library in Lafayette Square. The route can be driven, walked, or cycled, with some carpool options available. Register for the tour at: https://bit.ly/2NsQQd1, or on the group’s Facebook page @BuffaloNiagaraLGBTQhistory, or by emailing bflolgbtqhistory@gmail.com.

Following the street tour, from 3-5 pm, Madeline Davis, founder of lesbian studies and co-author of Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold, will preside over an archive tour of the Dr. Madeline Davis LGBTQ Archive of Western New York, at Butler Library on the Buffalo State campus, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, with a reception to follow in the library. Find out more about this archive, and view the finding aid, here: https://library.buffalostate.edu/archives/LGBTQ

Radical Histories, Radical Futures is presented by: UB Departments of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, and English; the UB Humanities Institute Queer Studies Research Workshop; UB School of Architecture and Planning; the Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project; and the Dr. Madeline Davis LGBTQ Archive of Western New York

*All events are free and open to the public* 

*Please direct any questions or accessibility concerns to cmvarnad@buffalo.edu*

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