Archive for the ‘Department News’ Category

The blogosphere goes early modern

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

A draft of Newton Key, “Crowdsourcing the Early Modern Blogosphere,” which is scheduled to be published in historyblogosphere: Bloggen in den Geschichtswissenschaften, ed. Peter Haber and Eva Pfanzelter (Munich: Oldenbourg Verlag, forthcoming, 2013), has been posted in an open source peer review version. It is available at for review and comments (simply register first) through mid-December 2012.

The open source peer review version is mentioned in the new Carnivalesque (no. 90) hosted by Adam Hooks at Anchora.

“Uncovering Hidden Lives in the Black Atlantic”

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

On September 20th Dr. Charles Foy participated in a panel on “Writing the History of the Black Atlantic” at Indiana State University’s 40th anniversary celebration of its African and African American Studies Program. Dr. Foy presented a paper entitled “Uncovering Hidden Lives in the Black Atlantic” in which he discussed how his Black Mariner Database can be used to recover the lives of black mariners and maritime fugitives.

The End of the Seven Years War: Celebration or Concern for Rhode Island’s Blacks?

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

On June 9th at Providence, Rhode Island Charles Foy presented a paper entitled “The End of the Seven Years War: Celebration or Concern for Rhode Island’s Blacks?” as part of a panel on “1763 in the Archives” at the John Carter Brown Fellows’ 50th Anniversary Conference. A video of Dr. Foy’s presentation can be seen at

Luis E. Valcarcel: Indigenista, Historian, Ethnologist, and Peruvian Leader

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

The “Memoirs” of Luis E. Valcarcel (edited by Jose Matos Mar, Jose Luis Renique and EIU professor Jose R. Deustua) were published in 1981. Valcarcel was a leading “Indigenista” in 20th century Peru. He wrote profusely and was twice Minister of Education and Culture in reformist governments dealing with questions such as bilingual education and the promotion of Quechua and Aymara cultures in Peru. The publisher (the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos) has now released a free, e-copy of the book. You can access it at

Plotting Sedition

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Newton Key brought together a panel on Plotting Sedition in Late-Stuart London for the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), held in Denver, Colo., Nov. 18-20. His paper was on Mapping Discourse at the Time of the Rye House Plot. Relatedly, he was elected to the Nominating Council of the NACBS.

Goth Strikes Twice

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Newton Key presented a panel titled “’Going Goth’: Anglo-American (Mis)uses of the Medieval Past” for the Midwest Conference on British Studies (Terre Haute, Ind., Nov. 4-6, 2011), with Angela Vietto and Chris Hanlon of Eastern’s English Department. His paper was titled “Imagining a Gothic Past in the Late-17th Century Britannic Archipelago.”  The panel was featured in a Daily Eastern News article.  While in Terre Haute, Prof. Key was contacted by CNN for a piece on Guy Fawkes and the 5th of November, which appeared in their CNN Belief Blog.  Eastern Illinois University, MA in History students Crystal Abbey, Melissa Greco, Benjamin ILL, Katherine Payne, Paul Shakeshaft, and Patrick Vonesh worked on the registration desk and helped with local arrangenments.

Booth Library 2012 Awards for Excellence in Student Research

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Applications are now being accepted for Booth Library’s awards program to promote and recognize excellence in student research. The awards program encourages students to utilize the wealth of information available at Booth Library to enhance their studies. These awards are not intended to duplicate or replace any other standing campus awards. Each entry will become a part of Booth Library Student Research and Creativity Collection.  Entries must be delivered to the Administration Office, Room 4700, Booth Library, no later than March 19, 2012.  The entry form is available online.

The Atlantic Charter and the Genesis of the Modern Human Rights Regime

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Professor Elizabeth Borgwardt of George Washington University:  The Atlantic Charter and the Genesis of the Modern Human Rights Regime.  Monday, November 14 at 5:00 in the Lumpkin Hall Auditorium.

Sedition Siting; or, London in Chicago

Friday, April 15th, 2011

The Chicago British History Seminar (Friday, 22 April 2011, 3-5 pm, Newberry Library, Towner Fellows’ Lounge) will next focus on “The Politics of Location:  Court and Anti-court in Restoration London.”   The CBHS will be discussing two papers:  “The Art of the Restoration Courtier” (by Bob Bucholz, Loyola University, Chicago) and “A Social Topography of Sedition in Restoration London” (by Newton Key, Eastern Illinois University).

We’ll be meeting.

Digital Humanities Teaching Talk: The Printed Wor(l)d before 1700

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

In this DH teaching talk, EIU historian, Newton Key, demonstrates how to navigate the challenging typeface and orthography of Early English Books Online (EEBO), a vast repository of books in English, 1473-1700, to search for words and images of the non-English speaking World. Maps, engravings, portraits, and even ephemera can be used relatively quickly to foster expertise in the Manchus, Mughals, Safavids, Ottomans, and beyond. EEBO (and other databases) can be integrated with other computer apps (Zotero, Wordle, Google Ngrams) even at the introductory level by students and professors across disciplines.  Talk is Wednesday, 2 March, noon, 1166 Coleman Hall (HA seminar room, SW corner Coleman).