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Love-Politics: Lesbian Wedding Practices in Canada and the United States from the 1920s to the 1970s

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2018-02-27
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Lesbians have organized and participated in same-sex wedding ceremonies since the 1950s, but never without controversy, and the controversies have been as much among lesbians and gays themselves as between those opposed to homosexuality and those in favor of sexual rights. This article examines lesbian weddings in the United States and Canada in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s to consider the meaning of such ceremonies in the social, political, and temporal context in which they occurred. Building on Elizabeth Kennedy and Madeline Davis’ argument that butch and femme culture in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s was feminism in its pre-political stage, I argue that women of color and white women who in the 1970s campaigned for state recognition of their marriages represent one aspect of butch and femme culture in its political stage. Because these political demands stood in opposition to white feminists’ argument that marriage was an oppressive institution that should be abolished, this article invites us to question assumptions embedded in the analytical tools used by queer theorists and historians of sexuality, namely the emphasis on resistance against normativity as indicative of progressive politics.

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How to Avoid Falling into Traps When Discussing Urban China: Four Strategies

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2016-07-13

China’s Other Rural Revolutions 中国的另一种乡村革命

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2014-12-10
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Rural electrification and population control have as much to do with technology as they do with politics.  This leads to the question of whether technological or political change was more revolutionary in the Chinese countryside since 1949?  Which type of change had a more lasting impact?  Official class status labels are gone, but the lights are still on.  Of course, technology and politics are intertwined and cannot be examined in isolation from one another, but scholars have tended to overemphasize politics (阶级斗争、政治运动、阶级成份) while overlooking other forms of transformation that brought fundamental changes to the countryside.  I suspect that this is because the Chinese Communist Party’s own emphasis on politics has been so prominent, especially during the Mao years.  Yet every noisy political treatise was matched by quietly distributed manuals about how to operate machines or apply pesticides.  Eagerly reading materials about political campaigns while ignoring dry technical manuals leads to an unbalanced view of what was so revolutionary about the Chinese revolution in the countryside.  It reveals more about the scholar than it does about the society he or she is studying. 

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Conference presentation

Oral Sources and PRC History: Best and Worst Practices

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2016-04-02
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After grappling with such methodological dilemmas of finding interviewees, building trust, and recording or transcribing conversations, scholars of PRC history face different challenges as they shift from field research to the writing stage: how to present oral testimonies on the written page, and how to integrate oral history with textual sources. Drawing on the author's experience conducting more than one hundred interviews about the rural-urban divide, the aftermath of accidents, and the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, this paper offers practical advice about:- When to name names and when to protect anonymity;- How to track down interview subjects mentioned in written sources;- How to balance the scholarly impulse to frame and condense oral testimonies with the benefits of letting interviewees speak for themselves;- Which types of written sources most fruitfully complement oral histories. In addition to discussing the author's own discoveries and mistakes, the paper also highlights the contributions and shortcomings of other recent works that draw on oral testimonies.

We are Learning Turkish

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2015
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We are Learning Turkish (Türkçe Öğreniyoruz), a complete course in Turkish, comprises four volumes. Each volume has 10 chapters that aim to help students understand, write, read and speak the Turkish language through a step by step approach.

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Book

Still Working in the Shadow of Men? An Analysis of Sex Distribution in Publications and Prizes in Canadian History

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2016-02-01
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Dataset

Iraq Through the Lens of 1882

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Date created: 
2013-03
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Article

الأقباط وصراع السلطة على الأحوال الشخصية

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2012-12
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Article

Films for the Classroom: Silences of the Palace

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2011-11
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Article

Imagining an Imperial Race: Egyptology in the Service of Empire

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2004
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Chroniclers of Egyptian archaeology have questioned the "scientific" pretensions of native Egyptologists to a far greater degree than they have questioned such pretensions among their European forbears, the purported pioneers of "scientific" Egyptology. Such a focus upon Egyptian nationalists' appropriation of Egyptology as a symbolic means by which to bolster political agendas, although warranted, has tended to harden, in the absence of comparable questioning of European appropriations, the predominant view of "selfish" Egyptians "fiddling" with the "scientific" findings of "impartial" European Egyptologists. Yet, images of the ancient Egyptians were eminently flexible means to distinctly functional, political ends in the hands of purportedly "scientific" Egyptologists.

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Article