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April 2022

Illustrating the Vitae patrum: The Rise of the Eremitic Ideal in Fourteenth-Century Italy

Tuesday, April 12 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Royce Hall Room 314,

The Annual Richard & Mary Rouse History of the Book Lecture In the late third and fourth centuries, a number of men and women from Egypt, Palestine, and Syria chose to make a daring break with society, renouncing their familial claims and wealth so that they could lead a life of perfection in the desert. By withdrawing from society to the desert to undergo the ultimate test of faith, these men and women, known to later generations as the Desert…

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Magdeburg, 1554: Flacius Illyricus Applies for a Grant

Wednesday, April 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce 314, Online + Google Map

A lecture by Professor Anthony Grafton (Princeton University). Ecclesiastical history began in the 1550s, when the Lutheran Matthias Flacius Illyricus organized a collaborative century-by-century history of Christianity. This confessional project never reached completion, and its thick volumes met with severe criticism from co-religionists as well as Catholics. Nonetheless, it provided a new model for the study of the past, inspiring a revolution in historiography. That’s the standard story. It’s not wrong: Flacius did many original things: for example, writing and…

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Islamic Sensory History: Notes on an Emerging Field

Monday, April 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Kaplan 365,

The sensory turn in many areas of the humanities has failed to make a significant impression on Islamic and Middle East Studies, and on the study of Islamic history in particular. In the last couple of years, however, there has been a rise in interest in historical manifestations of the Muslim sensorium. This is demonstrated by a series of symposia devoted to the topic on both sides of the Atlantic, contributions by single scholars as well as team-based research projects,…

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