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2008-2009 Global Exchanges

CHS International Doctoral Workshop II
Munich, Germany
sponsored jointly with the Amerika-Institut of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich
"Contested Narrativesin an American and Transatlantic Context" (May 28-29, 2009)

Over time interpretations of historical events acquire the status of orthodoxy. They seem true largely because they are repeated. They are transformed into common sense. Open-minded scholars working in the archives, however, often encounter materials that challenge these dominant stories. Their work invites a revision of the master narratives, even when, as occasionally occurs, the new interpretation sparks controversy. The CHS workshop invites graduate students to consider how traditional narratives become contested and how imaginative research forces us to rework the stories that we tell ourselves about the past.

This workshop allowed five NU students to meet and network with academics from several German universities, exploring vital issues of the profession in their two countries, while discussing the challenges and rewards of archival research on the basis of their pre-circulated 10-12-page papers. The participants were competitively selected by a subcommittee of the CHS Advisory Council.  Professors Michael ALLEN and Timothy BREEN accompanied the group to Munich.

The participants selected for the Munich workshops were as follows:

munich workshop participants

CHS International Doctoral Workshop in Galway, Ireland sponsored jointly with the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
"Surprises in the Archives: The Discovery and Interpretation of Unanticipated Sources of Evidence" (November 10, 2008)

The CHS received 10 applications that were reviewed by a committee of the CHS Advisory Council. The NU participants and papers selected:

galway workshop participants

NU participants enjoying a unique sunny day in Ireland.

president of national university of ireland, galwaygalway workshop participants prepare for discussion
The president of the National University of Ireland, Galway welcomes workshop participants in English and Gaelic and participants prepare for discussion.