HIST 890 (03) - Seminar: Historical Expl

Seminar: Historical Expl

Durham   Liberal Arts :: History
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2024 - Full Term (01/23/2024 - 05/06/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   5  
CRN: 54976
Seminar in one of the fields listed below: A) American History, B) Atlantic History, C) Canadian History, D) Latin American History, E) Medieval History, F) History, G) History of Islam, H) Ancient History, I) East Asian History, J) African History, K) Middle Eastern History, L) Historiography, M) Russian History, N) World History, O) British History, P) New Hampshire History, Q) Historical Methodology, R) Irish History, S) History of Science, T) Maritime History, U) Museum. May be repeated barring duplication of subject.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to unlimited times.
Equivalent(s): HIST 801
Cross listed with : HIST 690.03
Instructors: Kimberly Alexander

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/23/2024 5/6/2024 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm HORT 422
Final Exam 5/15/2024 5/15/2024 W 1:00pm - 3:00pm HORT 422
Additional Course Details: 

From Homespun to Fast Fashion: A Global History of Textiles

Professor Kimberly Alexander


Welcome to History 690/890, a seminar course that introduces you to the craft of history through the study of global textiles.


The course teaches you how historians think and pose questions as well as how they choose, weigh, and interpret evidence in their efforts to understand and write about the past. Focusing initially on four fibers--silk, wool, linen, and cotton—we will examine how people have clothed themselves across time and place.


We will explore creation and consumption of textiles through the histories of natural and synthetic fibers and dyes; processes such as weaving, knitting, block and screen printing; mass marketing and merchandising, and the importance of sustainability and eco-conscious production models.


You will read, discuss, and write on one text and numerous journal and online articles. In each case, you will analyze how historians constructed their arguments and assessing whether or not you think they successfully made their cases. By the end of this class, you will have developed a set of analytical skills that are essential to historians but can be applied beyond the walls of the university in a range of occupations that require critical thinking, writing, and speaking.


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