Christoph Giebel: Areas of Graduate Study

Division: Asia--Pre-History to the Present

Professor Giebel offers fields covering the material and human history of Viet Nam from the beginnings to the present. Students focusing on the period before 1800 will emphasize local cultures and early kingdoms through the study of religion, architecture, art, archaeology, economics, ecology, and textual studies (literature, laws, chronicles, and oral traditions). Students working in the modern period will focus on the social, political, cultural and economic changes in Viet Nam from 1800 to the present. Emphasizes the growth of staes, imperialism, nationalism, the transformations of modernity, independence and the challenges of gendered, ethnic, and religious identities in the post-colonial world.



Winter 2015

HSTAS 530: Field Course in Southeast Asian History

This course is a theoretical and historiographical  introduction to the field of modern Southeast Asian history.  We will explore the ways in which the field has recently engaged the questions of nationalism, colonialism, and modernity, on the one hand, and problems of knowledge production and mnemonic practices, on the other hand,  all while the notion of "area studies" continues to be rethought.  In our reading of recent works focusing on Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar/Burma, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam, and the region, we will analyze how each work fits into the field as a whole and how each work stretches the boundaries of both the discipline of history and the study of Southeast Asia.

The course is structured on the assumption that students taking the class have some prior knowledge of the field or a specific part of it through coursework or study.  Because this course is a research seminar, by the eighth week of the class, students are expected to have formulated a research topic for which they will have Spring Quarter to produce a 25 page research paper to be presented next quarter in HSTAS 532, the second research seminar in this sequence.