Historical Studies

Writing for Frieze , Kira Thurman , Member in the School of Historical Studies, celebrates Jessye Norman, the late African American soprano who, Thurman writes, "was a gift to art music and to those listeners who, like me, needed to know that it was...
The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and its international partners have received a €10 million Synergy Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to fund a multidisciplinary study of more than 100 medieval cemeteries located across central and eastern Europe. The project, HistoGenes, will seek...
Professor Francesca Trivellato leads a seminar on Early Modern European history at IAS
“I do not believe I have ever read a nonfiction book, let alone a history book, that reads part history, part mystery . Yet, Francesca Trivellato pulls it off magnificently in her highly learned book, The Promise and Peril of Credit .” In the Journal...
Columba Stewart speaks during a seminar at IAS
Father Columba Stewart , Member (2016–17) in the School of Historical Studies, has been selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to deliver the 2019 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. The signature annual public event given by the NEH, the lecture is...
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"What these [medieval] moral theologians were grappling with is something with which we are still grappling in many ways, that is, how to support the expansion of market forces, including financial instruments that have the potential of benefiting the state and society at large, and...
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Celestial Bodies , written by Jokha Alharthi and translated by Marilyn Booth , Willis F. Doney Member in the School of Historical Studies, has been awarded the Man Booker International Prize 2019. The prize, which is awarded to author and translator equally, recognizes the...
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Suzanne Conklin Akbari, widely recognized for her intellectual range and interdisciplinary accomplishments in the field of Medieval Studies, will join the Faculty of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, effective July 1, 2019. Specializing in medieval literature, Akbari is involved...
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Myles W. Jackson , Professor in the School of Historical Studies, will give the commencement address at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena in Germany on June 28, 2019. Jackson's lecture, “What Is, and to What End Do We Study, the History of Science” (titled after Friedrich Schiller's...
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Sabine Schmidtke , Professor in the School of Historical Studies, has been elected to the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres as a Foreign Corresponding Member. Also among the newly elected Foreign Corresponding Members are former IAS Members Werner Eck and Amneris...
Angelos Chaniotis , Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), will present “Mithras at Bloomberg: Memory Feeling, Faith” at Bloomberg’s new London Headquarters on May 22, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. (BST) discussing one of the UK’s most...
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"Against the general tendency to diminish the relevance of the humanities, and history in particular, I wanted to reaffirm the value of academic research, even the seemingly most abstruse research, to understand some long-term dynamics of modern capitalism." Francesca Trivellato , Professor in the...
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Wolfgang Günter Lerch reviews the German translation of Professor Glen Bowersock 's The Crucible of Islam (Harvard University Press, 2017) in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . Lerch writes, "Much of what Bowersock brings is not new, but very revealing in...