Prof. Ilaria Scaglia, Ph.D.
2003 - 2011
Ph.D. in History, State University of New York at Buffalo
Dissertation title: “The Diplomacy of Display: Art and International Cooperation in the 1920s and 1930s”
2003 - 2006
M.A. in History, State University of New York at Buffalo
Thesis Title: “Non-National Borders: A Transnational Approach to International Relations”
2001 - 2002
M.A., Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia (Venice, Italy), Department of ForeignLanguages, ITALS (Institute for the Teaching of Italian as a Second Language)
Thesis title: “Voice to the Children: Influence of the Chinese Educational System on the Expectations of Young Chinese Students in Italy”
B.A.,Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia (Venice, Italy), Department of Chinese Languageand Literature, Summa cum laude.
Thesis title: “Words of Wine: History, Lexicon, and Culture of Drinking in China”
2013 - present:
Assistant Professor, Department of History and Geography, Columbus State University
2011 - 2013:
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History and Geography, Columbus State University.
Administrative Positions (last two years):
2016 - present:
- Membership Coordinator, Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH) (2016 - 2019)
- Member of Committee on Women in SHAFR (2016 - 2019)
2015 - 2016:
- Member of the Graduate Committee, Department of History and Geography, Columbus State University (2015-2016)
- Member of the International Education Committee, Columbus State University
2014 - 2016:
- Chair of the Subcommittee for the International Learning Community Program, Center for International Education (2014 - 2016)
- Member of the University Grants Committee, Columbus State University (2014 - 2016)
- Program Director, Study Abroad in Cuba (site visit in the Fall 2015; courses start in 2017) (2014 - 2016)
- Member of Search Committee for Mildred Miller Fort Foundation Visiting Scholar in European Studies
2014 - 2015:
Chair of the Curriculum Committee, Department of History and Geography, Columbus State University (CSU)
Grants, Fellowships and Awards
2016 - 2017:
Volkswagen - Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Germany.
- Loudermilk Research Grant – Dept. of History and Geography, Columbus State University.
- Outstanding Faculty in Study Abroad/International Education, Delta Nu Chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society.
Loudermilk Research Grant – Dept. of History and Geography, Columbus State University.
Visiting Fellowship for Research at the Graduate Institute of International and Developmental Studies in Geneva, Switzerland; additional support from Columbus State University Research Grant.
2013 - 2014:
Faculty Development Grant – Dept. of History and Geography, Columbus State University.
2012 - 2013:
Loudermilk Research Grant – Dept. of History and Geography, Columbus State University.
2007 - 2008:
- Year-long Dissertation Fellowship for Research in Europe, Dept. of History, SUNY Buffalo.
- Research Grant, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) – German Academic Exchange Service.
Plesur Preliminary Prospectus Research Fellowship in Lausanne, Switzerland, Dept. of History, SUNY Buffalo.
Teaching Award, Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award Program, Department of General Education, SUNY Buffalo.
2003 - 2007:
College Fellowship, College of Arts and Sciences, SUNY Buffalo.
John F. Kennedy Institute — Summer Semester 2017
History of Internationalism, Ilaria Scaglia, Tuesdays 14:00-16:00
My current project (“The Emotions of Internationalism: 'Feeling' International Cooperation on the Mountains in the Interwar Period”) investigates how emotions affected internationalism in the interwar period, 1919-1939. It examines the work of the League of Nations (particularly its functional sections devoted to Health and Intellectual Cooperation) and a wide range of other international associations active on the mountains in the 1920s and 1930s in order to explore how they tried to shape not only what people thought but also what people felt about internationalism in this period.
Looking at mountains as concrete and metaphorical sites for international cooperation reveals dynamics that traditional frameworks based on the nation-state have misinterpreted or overlooked. People involved in internationalism placed a high value on emotions, expressed them profusely, and tenaciously chased them as they considered them an important part of their work. As a result, internationalist ideas and practices came to be defined by their perceived ability to suppress the animosity left by the First World War, to help people manage national pride and universalist aspirations, and to elicit friendship among peoples and nations.
- “The Aesthetics of Internationalism: Culture and Politics on Display at the 1935-1936 International Exhibition of Chinese Art,” Journal of World History 26, 1 (March 2015), 105-137.
- “Branding Internationalism: Displaying Art and International Cooperation in the Interwar Period.” In Nation Branding in Modern History, edited by Carolin Viktorin, Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht, Marcel Will, and Annika Estner (New York: Berghahn Books, 2017). Proposal accepted by Berghahn Books, publication pending approval.
- “Images from the 1935-1936 International Exhibition of Chinese Art in London.” In Nation Branding in Modern History, edited by Carolin Viktorin, Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht, Marcel Will, and Annika Estner (New York: Berghahn Books, 2017). Proposal accepted by Berghahn Books, publication pending approval.
Conference Papers (last three years)
- Spring 2017: John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Research Colloquium (January 30, 2017): “Managing Internationalism and Emotions at the UIAA (International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation), 1932-1951.” Invited talk.
- Fall 2016: Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany. Conference: “Failing at Feelings. Historical Perspectives (1800-2000).” Paper: “Feeling Internationalism – or not – at the University Sanatorium of Leysin, 1922-1961.” Paper has been accepted and included in the program.
- Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany. Fall 2016 Colloquium (December 13, 2016). Paper: “Images of Internationalist Emotions, 1919-1945.” Invited talk.
- Summer 2016: World History Association conference in Ghent, Belgium (July 2-5, 2016). Panel organizer: “International Conflict and Cooperation in the Field of Art.” Paper: “‘Exceptional acuity of vision and a power of touch:’ Representing Mountains for Internationalist Purposes in the Interwar Period.”
- Summer 2016: 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) in San Diego, CA (June 23-25, 2016). Panel organizer: “What Do Emotions Do? Or How Emotions Made Us Rethink about ‘Agency’ and ‘Causality’ in International History.” Paper: “Managing Emotions in International (and Internationalist?) Schools, 1919-1939.”
- Spring 2016: AHA Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Panel organizer: “Interpreting Mountains: Histories, Narratives, Geographies.” Paper: “Noble and Representative Sentiments Come Free”: Mountains and Emotions in Internationalist Rhetoric, 1919–45.”
- Summer 2015: World History Association 2015 conference in Savannah, GA (June 30, July 2, 2015). Paper: “Branding Internationalism: Displaying Art and International Cooperation in the Interwar Period."
- Summer 2015: 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) in Arlington, VA (June 25-27, 2015). Panel organizer: “Interwar Internationalism.” Paper: “Mountain Peaks, Wine-barrels, and Drunken Wives: Practical Cooperation on ‘the Alps’ and the Definition of Internationalism in the Interwar Period.”
- Spring 2015: Georgia Association of Historians Conference, Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA (February 19-21, 2015). Paper: “Making Peace on the Alps: Mountains, Emotions, and Internationalism, 1919-1948.”
- Spring 2015: Southeast Conference Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS), The University of Virginia (January 16-18, 2015). Panel Moderator: “Politics, Protests and Economic Development.” Paper: “Branding China’s Internationalism: Displaying Art and International Cooperation in the Interwar Period”
- Fall 2014: New York and Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (NYCAS and MARAAS) Conference, “Asia Transforming: Old Values and New Presences,” Hofstra University (September 18-20, 2014). Paper: “Alpinism on the Himalayas: Defining Internationalism and the Relationship between ‘East’ and ‘West’ in the 1920s and 1930s.”
- Spring 2014: Culture & International History V: “Stage & Performance – Theatricality in International History since 1500,” Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany (April 27-30, 2014). Paper: “The Aesthetics of Internationalism: Art and Politics on Display at the 1935-1936 International Exhibition of Chinese Art.”
- Fall 2013: Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MAR/AAS) Conference, University of Delaware (November 1-3, 2013). Panel Chair: “Transformative Moments in East Asia: Literature, Art, and Architecture.” Paper: “‘Balm in Years of Strain:’ Displaying Internationalism through Chinese Art.”
- Summer 2013: The Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA “US Cultural Diplomacy,” New York City & Washington D.C. (June 24th - 28th, 2013). Paper: “Cultural Diplomacy’s Past and Present: Historiographical Debates and Longstanding Questions.”
- Spring 2013: Week-long Seminar, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin, Germany (February 13-17, 2013). Paper: “The Interwar Roots of Cultural Diplomacy.”
- Spring 2012: AHA Annual Meeting in Chicago. Panel organizer: “Transnational Peace Networks and Communities of Pacifism from the 1920s to the 1960s.” Paper: “The Peaceful World of Burlington House: Displaying Art, Cooperation, and Internationalism in the 1920s and 1930s.”