Historical Studies

Peter Paret , Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, passed away peacefully at age 96 at his Salt Lake City home on September 11, 2020. A German-born American and acclaimed cultural and intellectual historian, Paret studied...
Khaled Fahmy , incoming Member in the School of Historical Studies, and Kathleen Coleman , Member (2017–18) in the School, have been elected to the British Academy as Corresponding Fellows. The British Academy is a fellowship of approximately 1,400 leading national...
Jonathan Haslam speaks at the podium in Wolfensohn Hall at the IAS
“Not until reading this account did I realise that I spent my entire adult life as an intellectual tourist.” For H-Diplo , Jonathan Haslam , George F. Kennan Professor in the School of Historical Studies, tells the story of his many-branched intellectual career, reflecting...
Marian Anderson
“The lesson of Anderson’s time in Europe is stunning in its simplicity and, for that reason, has been easy to dismiss. She showed up. Even under the threat of violence. Even with the shadow of Nazism looming over her like a dark cloud, she showed...
Ludwig van Beethoven
“[ Kira Thurman ] says she can’t speak to the question of Beethoven’s race. However, she suggested that those who focused on whether or not the composer was black are missing an important part of the picture: the number of black composers, including [George]...
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Writing for Bibliotheksmagazin , the magazine of the Berlin State Library, Christoph Rauch covers the digital conversion of the library's extensive manuscript collection taking place as part of the Zaydi Manuscript Tradition (ZMT) project, headed by Sabine Schmidtke , Professor in the School of...
Angelos Chaniotis
Angelos Chaniotis , Professor of Ancient History and Classics in the School of Historical Studies, has been elected member of the Greek Council of Higher Education. The five-member board is the highest authority for quality control, evaluation, and strategic planning of all institutions of...
Margaret Graves
Arts of Allusion: Object, Ornament, and Architecture in Medieval Islam (Oxford University Press, 2018) by Margaret Graves , Member (2015–16) in the School of Historical Studies, has been awarded the 2019 ICMA Annual Book Prize. Conferred by the International...
Helmut Hofer, Alondra Nelson, James Stone
Helmut Hofer , Hermann Weyl Professor in the School of Mathematics, Alondra Nelson , Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science, and James Stone , Professor in the School of Natural Sciences, have been elected to the American Academy...
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Institute for Advanced Study a three-year grant of $350,000 to complete digitization of one of the world’s largest squeeze collections. The project will establish worldwide open access for more than 30,000 paper...
Karina Urbach
Karina Urbach never thought she’d have to study anti-Semitism in her own time. But Urbach, a native of Germany, has become increasingly aware of the rise in violence against Jewish people and institutions during her time as a Visitor at the Institute...
Aaron Michael Butts
Aaron Michael Butts , Member in the School of Historical Studies, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. The fellowship will support Butts's continued work on a book project he is currently developing at IAS. Tentatively titled "The Conversions of Ethiopia:...