by David Zierler

Last May, CENFAD and Temple’s History Department organized and hosted the first International History Workshop, under the direction of Dr. William I. Hitchcock. The conference was a great success; many of the top scholars in the field and up-and-coming graduate students convened in the Weigley Room for two days of rigorous and enlightening discussion on the present and future state of International History.

This May 19-20, Professor Hitchcock, with the assistance of graduate students Wendy Wong, Kristin Grueser, and David Zierler, will build on that success and stage a second International History Workshop. The theme for the 2007 meeting is “Occupations/Liberations: Framing 20th Century Military Interventions.” This timely topic serves as a common theme for scholars from various regional sub-fields whose work examines the political, military, or cultural occupations of territory by other states, and the resistance that such occupations often provoke. The workshop will encourage comparative analysis of liberations, their costs, their record of success and failure, their social impact on the “liberated,” and the way they become tainted and politically contested. The workshop will also engage in a dialogue about the uses of these terms in the formation of national memory and public discourse about war: one person’s liberation, after all, is usually another person’s occupation. The scholars invited are writing some of the most innovative scholarship in this field, and will present material from divergent methodological perspectives. The panels focus on various geographic locations in which the concepts of liberation and occupation have at times framed the use of political and military violence: Western Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. The workshop will take place in the Weigley Room on the 9th floor of Gladfelter Hall.