Associated Research Centers

The following UCSC centers, clusters, and initiatives provide extra-departmental intellectual homes to History Department faculty and graduate students through sponsored fellowships, workshops, and seminars.


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    Center for Cultural Studies

    The Center for Cultural Studies encourages a broad range of research in the rapidly evolving field of cultural studies through an ensemble of research clusters, conferences, workshops, visiting scholars, publications, film series, and a Resident Scholars Program. The Center's concern is to foster research across divisional as well as disciplinary boundaries.

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    Center for Jewish Studies

    The Center for Jewish Studies builds bridges with other disciplines, thereby illuminating the broad relevancy of Jewish Studies to the university and the wider community. CJS places Jewish Studies squarely at the center of the intellectual and cultural life of the campus and illuminate the central role that Jewish creativity has played in helping to shape human civilization for over three thousand years.
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    Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories

    The Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories was founded to support a variety of projects, arising out of the History Department and engaging in strong collaborations with colleagues in other disciplines, other campuses and other countries. The premier goal of the center is to promote truly collaborative and truly transnational research into the legacies of the Asia Pacific War in the Pacific region across the 60 years since the end of the war.
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    Center for World History

    The Center for World History fosters rich sets of lectures, conferences, pedagogical workshops, and scholarly conversations. This programming enhances the intellectual life of faculty and students at UCSC across numerous disciplines interested in the human past.
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    Digital Humanities at UCSC

    Digital Humanities at UCSC hosts regular and special events, including a lecture series, hands-on workshops, and reading groups. Through these events, Digital Humanities supports and encourages faculty, instructors, and students interest in: digital pedagogy, trends in digital humanities, project development and incubation, and critical approaches to technology and new media.

  • Research Clusters

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    Human and Environmental Networks in East and Southeast Asia

    The main intellectual objective of this cluster is to discuss the historical depth and regional connections of what we have conventionally called “East Asia” and “Southeast Asia.” The goal of the project is to foster a new spatial and temporal thinking regarding how human and environmental circuits and networks were built (or transformed) before and during the period when the eastern end of Eurasian landmass became modern.

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    The Problem of California: Landscapes, Infrastructures, Ecologies

    The purpose of this research cluster is to advance scholarly research that approaches California as a complex problem. The rich diversity of the Golden State makes it an especially exciting site for studying the relations between divergent social, economic, cultural, political, and ecological forces. It is this cluster’s goal to instigate critical discussion and debate around California’s turbulent past, vital present, and uncertain future.
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    Reviving and Reimagining the Center for World History

    This research cluster aims to revive and re-envision the Center for World History. They focus on new research in, and theoretical discussions of, world and transnational history. Of particular interest is discussing sub-themes, approaches, or world regions that best serve the research interests of our scholarly community, including but not limited to: global environmental history; oceanic regions, such as the Atlantic World; comparative gender history; and global indigenous histories.

  • Initiatives

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    Teaching and Learning in the Humanities Now

    The aims of this research cluster are twofold: to define the purpose and process of an education in a Humanities field, and to consider how to better use available tools—including both scholarship and technology—in order to teach current students, almost half of whom are first-generation college students. Rather than questioning the value of the Humanities, this cluster seeks to better define what an education in the Humanities should and can accomplish—and how—at the present time.

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