Historical Studies

China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region—known to some of its residents as East Turkestan—is home to 21 million people, most of whom are Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and others who share the Muslim faith. The region accounts for less than 2 percent of the country's population, and yet...
The Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome is collaborating with the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, to provide open access to approximately 5,000 digitized Zaydi manuscripts from Yemen and neighboring countries that are held by Italian libraries. Earlier this year,...
Applying a comprehensive analysis of genetic, historical, and archaeological factors in two 6th-century barbarian cemeteries, researchers have gleaned new insights into a key era known as the Migration Period that laid the foundation for modern European society. Spanning the 4th to 8th centuries, this epoch...
Christian Habicht , a celebrated historian of the Hellenistic period and leading authority on Greek epigraphy, died at the age of 92 on the morning of August 6, 2018, in Princeton, New Jersey. He was Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies at...
Cynthia Hahn , Member in the School of Historical Studies, is among the five new Fellows and Corresponding Fellows selected by the Medieval Academy of America for their notable contributions to the field of Medieval Studies. For more information about the Fellows of the...
Glen W. Bowersock , Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies, reviews Josephine Crawley Quinn's In Search of the Phoenicians for the New York Review of Books, writing, "What people call themselves speaks to us memorably about their traditions, their aspirations, and...
The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute will host a workshop on Near Eastern Studies after Patricia Crone on Monday, June 4, 2018. Participants, including Sabine Schmidtke , Professor in the School of Historical Studies, and Joseph Witztum , former research assistant to the late...
The exhibition SPOLIA – 22 Transcripts is on view at the Institute for Advanced Study’s Simons Hall and the Historical Studies – Social Science Library from May 4 to October 31. “Spolia” are recycled stones—building blocks, reliefs, tombstones, etc.—removed from their original context to be...
Myles W. Jackson, an internationally renowned historian of science whose breadth of research extends from molecular biology and physics to intellectual property and privacy issues, has been appointed to the Faculty of the School of Historical Studies, effective July 1, 2018. Jackson is currently the...
The Institute for Advanced Study and the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies have jointly organized the "Literary Genres and Their Changing Functions among Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages" workshop. Participants will include co-organizers Sabine Schmidtke , Professor in...
Through a study of the tree-ring record of archaic logs from Mongolia's Orkhon Valley, Nicola Di Cosmo , Luce Foundation Professor in East Asian Studies in the School of Historical Studies, and collaborators revealed a drought that lasted nearly seven decades. The dominant civilization...
The School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study has received a $315,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the Zaydi Manuscript Tradition initiative, led by Sabine Schmidtke , Professor in the School of Historical Studies. The literary...