The Department of History

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The department is happy to report that the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has awarded a collaborative research grant to Professor Adam Warren. Warren is joined on the project by Martha Few of Penn State and Zeb Tortorici of NYU. Their project is entitled "Postmortem Cesarean Operations and the Spread of Fetal Baptism in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires."

More details can be found at the Simpson Center for the Humanities

Well done Adam!

 

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Anne Melton graduated from UW in 2006 with a BA in History and a minor in Public Health and Community Medicine. She returned to UW a few years later to earn her MA in Museology in 2012, and is currently the Membership Manager at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. We caught up with her to ask her a bit about her career path and the role History has played in her life.

Faculty Book Corner

In Motherless Tongues, Vicente L. Rafael examines the vexed relationship between language and history gleaned from the workings of translation in the Philippines, the United States, and beyond. Moving across a range of colonial and postcolonial settings, he demonstrates translation's agency in the making and understanding of events. These include nationalist efforts to vernacularize politics, U.S. projects to weaponize languages in wartime, and autobiographical attempts by area studies scholars to translate the otherness of their lives amid the Cold War. In all cases, translation is at war with itself, generating divergent effects. Over the course of this journey, Rafael delineates the untranslatable that inheres in every act of translation, asking about the politics and ethics of uneven linguistic and semiotic exchanges.