The UC History Department was well-represented at this year’s annual American Historical Association Conference. Professors Brianna Leavitt-Alcantara, Robert Haug, and Shailaja Paik all presented papers.

Professor Briana Leavitt- Alcantara presented her paper entitled “Devotional Networks and Spiritual Geographies: Single Women in a Spanish American City.” Brianna was joined by historians from Boston College, Princeton University, and the University of California, Santa Cruz for a panel on Latin American History called “Escape and the City: Violence, Movement, and Women’s Lives in Urban Spanish America.”

Professor Rob Haug presented his paper “Between the Limits and the Gaps: Conceptualizing Frontiers in Medieval Arabic and Persian Geographies,” which discusses how social, cultural and political changes were manifested in the border areas of Medieval Afghanistan, Iran and the one-time Soviet Central Asian states which served almost as a “perpetual frontier.” Professor Haug was joined by historians from the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gettysburg College, and Brown University in a panel titled “Medieval Muslim Imaginings of Place.” For more on Rob’s presentation, click here.

Professor Shailaja Paik presented her paper “Deviant Sexuality and the Struggle for Survival: Investigating Caste-Based Sexual Labor and Everyday Living of Tamasgirs (Folk Performers) in Maharashtra.” She spoke on the panel “Boundary Crossings: Circulating Ideas and Lives in South Asia, 1800–2000,” which focused on labor and migration, revealing the prevalence and variety of flows of people, goods and ideas within and beyond South Asia.

For more details on this year’s conference, click here.

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