Christoph Giebel: Areas of Graduate Study

For more on Dr. Giebel's publications, scholarly interests and contact information, please see his faculty page.

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.



Autumn 2015

HSTAS 590: Topics in Asian History

Topic: Readings in Vietnamese History

For every seminar meeting where we will focus on a book, one or two student(s) will be assigned as “DJ” (“discussion jolter”) to present a brief analysis of the book and pose at least two written discussion questions and a quote.

In addition, students will write 2-3 pp. thought pieces on two books for which they have not been assigned as “DJ.”  Thought pieces are due in those class meetings when the respective books are being discussed.

Furthermore, students have a choice of:

-- writing three additional thought pieces on books for which they have not been assigned as DJ

-- writing a 8-10 pp. theme paper engaging with the readings in the course

-- writing a draft or annotated syllabus of a college course focused either on Viet Nam or a related subject matter and engaging with the themes discussed in this course


Spring 2015

HSTAS 532: Seminar in Southeast Asian History

HSTAS 532 is a continuation of the linked seminar series of HSTAS 530 and 532. Students are expected to be doing original research for a 25 page paper that will be pre-circulated to the class in weeks 8-10 and that will be due in its final form at the end of the quarter. Students are expected to meet regularly with Professors Giebel and Sears. Graduate students who did not take HSTAS 530 can join HSTAS 532 with the permission of the instructors, Professors Giebel and Sears. The students, however need to be working on Southeast Asian research topics. Research plans, if not already presented to the class in HSTAS 530, will be presented in Week One. HSTAS 532 is cross-listed with JSIS A 582.


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.