HISTORY 499 Sections – Fall 2018

HIST 499 – Section 01 – MW – 12:30-1:45PM – LA1-301 – Dr. Li        Field(s): World, Asia
Material Culture and Daily life in the Early Modern World – This section aims to enhance students’ understanding of the early modern world through two unique perspectives: material culture and daily life. Students will read Fernand Braudel’s The Structures of Everyday Life and further examine the most recent scholarship on material culture and daily life in global scope. We will explore the material culture of connections through the production, transaction, and consumption of tea, ceramics, spices, and etc. Students will learn the shifting meaning of the scale of history by tracing the global lives of things—from a local product to a global desire/craving/fashion. This section requires students to analyze written and visual primary sources to write a research paper on any material cultural connection or daily life in the early modern world.

HIST 499 – Section 02 – W – 6:30-9:15PM – LA3-108 – Dr. Quam-Wickham            Field(s):  US
Americans and the Sea – This seminar will investigate the encounters of Americans in and with the oceans of the world. A vibrant new research and historiographical subfield, the “new thalassology,” explores the relationships of oceans and the people who travel across them, who work on them, and who live and play on their shores. The “sea” here signifies not only oceans but also, as new maritime historians write, smaller maritime spaces: bays, seacoasts, beaches, islands, and the many spaces in between. Oceanic life and its environmental histories, cultural representations of marine life in literature and and films, marine sports, and imagined maritime worlds are also included in this new area of historical inquiry. Americans have a long and complicated relationship with maritime spaces; free and unfree, alike, have crossed them to reach our shores. Americans have worked, played, and fought on the seas. Seacoasts have been contested spaces, with access and enjoyment of these spaces determined by race, ethnicity, and class. Finally, we often derive our identities in relation to these spaces: We are known, of course, as “The Beach.”


HIST 499 – Section 03 – TuTh – 12:30-1:45PM – LA1-309 – Dr. Schrank      Field(s): US 
Countercultural Capitalism – In History 499, we will be exploring the topic of “Countercultural Capitalism” and the different ways radical ideas of the 1960s and 1970s influenced, and have been appropriated by, American consumer culture. Vegetarianism, “green” products, spirituality, alternative medicine, yoga, recreational drugs, and feminist sexuality were key features of the countercultural experiments of the 1960s and played a role in the new social movements of the 1970s. Today, many of these practices and products have become mainstream features of an enormous wellness economy that overwhelmingly celebrates individuality over collective action despite claims to social equality. This course will examine the intersections of social movements, capitalism, and American popular culture and consider the shifts from “hip” to “hipster,” “art” to “artisanal,” and “mind expansion” to “mindfulness.”


HIST 499 – Section 04 – TuTh – 3:30-4:45PM – LA1-309 – Dr. Flamein       Field(s): Modern Europe; US
A History of Ambition – 
This seminar will provide students with a better understanding of the processes, projections, and impacts of social mobility on Western Civilization (both European and American culture) and of the most recent European research into social identities and social mobility. Students will consult both primary sources and current historiography, in developing an original research paper from amongst the following topics:  Social inequality, social violence, social representation, history of networks, history of entrepreneurship, the distortion and hybridization of identity, evolving notions of optimism and self-confidence, alternative perceptions of social reality, manifestations of exclusion, fame, and posterity.   


Oral History Program

402. Oral History Methods (1) Dr. Ali IgmenTo acquire basic skills and an understanding of the complex practical, theoretical and ethical issues surrounding the practice of oral history, this one-unit course is offered every semester in the history department. It begins the third week of the semester and meets for eight class sessions. Students must also conduct a mini research/field work project. 498O. Directed Studies in Oral History (1-3) Dr. Ali Igmen This course is individually supervised research, with the topic to be determined by the student. Student conferences are scheduled on an individual basis. Other courses with an oral history component:

301. Methodology of History (3) – Alkana, Berberian, Cleary, Shafer, Vatter

Oral history is one of the historical methodologies introduced in this class, required of all history majors, and students can elect to do an oral history project as part of the course requirement. 473. California History (3) -Quam-WickhamIn some sections of this course, oral history methodology is introduced and an oral history project is assigned For further information contact: Ali Igmen, Oral History Program Director, Department of History, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840. Tel.: (562) 985-8765. Fax: (562) 985-5431. E-mail: