Historical Studies

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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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-...

Gossuin de Metz's "Image du Monde"

To be bewildered is, literally, to be lost in the woods. Not lost in the beautiful and well-marked paths that wind through the Institute forest but trapped and disoriented in a dangerous place with the fear that you might never escape. The...

Book cover for "Black Metaphors" by Cord J. Whitaker

In the late Middle Ages, Christian conversion could wash a black person’s skin white—or at least that is what happens when a black sultan converts to Christianity in the late thirteenth- or early fourteenth-century English romance the King of...

In 2019–20, Cord J. Whitaker, Member in the School of Historical Studies and Associate Professor at Wellesley College, is interested in the history and development of race...

Portrait of Karina Urbach

Karina Urbach, Visitor in the School of Historical Studies since 2015, is a German historian with a special interest in the Nazi period (1933–45). She has written several books on nineteenth- and twentieth-...

In How We Read: Tales, Fury, Nothing, Sound (Punctum Books, 2019), a new book coedited by Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, contributors explore reading as a passive,...

On the occasion of the spring meeting of the IAS Board of Trustees in May 2019, Sabine Schmidtke, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, speaks on the vast, global, and indispensable Islamic manuscript...