2021-22 Fall/Winter - History: Topic Courses

HIS221H5F - Themes in Medieval History: Gaming the System: Perceiving the Middle Ages in Video Games (A. Ellis)

This course explores representations of the medieval past as we find them in one of the most integrative and widespread forms of modern media- video games. Due to the predominating cultural narrative both in popular culture and popular perceptions of the medieval past, the games selected are set in medieval England and Scandinavia. Together we will play and discuss these games alongside historical documents and sources, and you will learn how to critically analyze cultural fantasies of the past and where they came from, how to close read historical texts and dissect modern media, and how to use Omeka, an online exhibit creation software.


HIS308H5S - Themes in the History of Women Before 1800: Witchcraft in the Atlantic World, c. 1350-1800 (A. Logue)

This course aims to familiarize students with the historiography of women and gender history through a comparative analysis of witchcraft in the early modern Atlantic World. We will examine how accusations of witchcraft were deployed by family members, neighbours, and state actors to curtail women’s spiritual and secular authority. Major themes in the course include gender and sexual difference; colonialism, empire, and slavery; women as healers and medical practitioners; and orthodox and heterodox spiritual practices and experiences, including mysticism, demonic possession, and obeah.


HIS395H5F - Topics in History: Colonial Violence and Revolution in Kenya (J. MacArthur)

This course examines colonial violence and revolution through the case of the Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya. We will look at the impact of settler colonialism; local moral economies; gender and generalional dimensions; propaganda, revolutionary thought, and forms of violence; decolonization, memory, and the legacies of conflict.


HIS493H5S - Advanced Topics in Global History: Decolonizing Africa (J. MacArthur)

This research-intensive seminar looks at alternative histories of decolonization in Africa, including revolutionary nationalisms, secessionist movements, and pan-Africanism, as well as, ongoing debates over boundaries, citizenship, and sovereignty in postcolonial Africa.


HIS494H5F - Advanced Topics in History of the Americas: Revolution and Counterrevolution in Latin America (K. Coleman)

This seminar examines testimonial literature from the civil wars that ripped Guatemala and El Salvador apart during the 1970s and 1980s. We will read Rigoberta Menchú and Carolyn Forché alongside the United Nations Truth Commission Reports. Each student will produce an original final project, in the form of an essay, a podcast, or a video.