Historical Studies

Carissa Harris

In 2020–21, Carissa M. Harris, Member in the School of Historical Studies and Associate Professor at Temple University, is exploring how anger became feminized in the late medieval English popular...

Jewish-Muslim Intellectual History Entangled: Textual Materials from the Firkovitch Collection, Saint Petersburg, edited by Camilla Adang, Bruno Chiesa, Omar Hamdan,...

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The conversion of Hagia Sophia, then the greatest church of Christianity, into a mosque in 1453 by Mehmet the Conqueror was not a historical paradox. Over the centuries, places of worship often...

Myles Jackson

Myles W. Jackson, Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, is a historian of science who explores the intersection between science, technology, music, history, and society. His

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Cord Whitaker

Cord Whitaker, Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study Member in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, is researching nineteenth- and twentieth-

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"Plague in an Ancient City" by Michael Sweerts

Angelos Chaniotis is Professor of Ancient History and Classics in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute of Advanced Study. His research encompasses the social, cultural, religious, and economic history of the

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Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a professor of History and Italian Studies at NYU, while a Member in the School of Historical Studies this spring, has been working on a book entitled Strongmen:

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Nicola Di Cosmo

Nicola Di Cosmo is Luce Foundation Professor in East Asian Studies in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study. A scholar of China and inner Asia from

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In the summer of 430 B.C.E., a ship from Egypt arrived in Piraeus with an uninvited guest onboard: the "plague." The symptoms of this yet-to-be-identified disease—hypotheses range from typhoid fever to viral hemorrhagic fever—are described by the...

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Franz Werfel (1890–1945) ends his novella Pale Blue Ink in a Lady's Hand with the protagonist Leonidas dozing off: “While sleeping under the oppressive dome of the ever-louder music, Leonidas knew with inexpressible clarity that today an...

Suzanne Akbari

On December 4, 2019, Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, gave the talk "What Is the Value of the Humanities? How We Read (and Write) Today," examining how we engage with literature...

Cord Whitaker gives a lecture in the Dilworth Room at IAS

On November 1, 2019, Cord Whitaker, Friends of the Institute for Advanced Study Member in the School of Historical Studies, gave the talk "Black Metaphors: How Modern Racism Emerged from Medieval Race-...