Pre-Modern Mediterranean 2012

Seminar Leaders:
Christelle Fischer Bovet, University of Southern California
Jason Glenn, University of Southern California
Claudia Moatti, University of Southern California

Year in Review

This seminar considers how people, products, culture, technology, and ideas moved through the Mediterranean; how economic practices inform identity; how to formulate and understand relationships between people of different faiths (i.e., Christians, Muslims, and Jews); and how new developments in the natural sciences and recent technological innovations have offered interdisciplinary research teams the opportunities to develop new evidentiary bases for the study of the period.  

Our workshops are led by prominent scholars from North America and beyond. The precise format of the seminar ranges from scholar to scholar: some pre-circulate drafts of work in progress; others share samples of the materials on which they are working; and sometimes they make more formal presentations. Whatever the format, however, we dedicate significant time to discussion of historical and historiographical implications of their work -in-progress and typically reflect on its methodological or theoretical underpinnings. In short, these workshops and the discussions they generate serve both specialists in the particular fields of our visiting scholars and those with no expertise in their fields.


William Harris, Columbia University

"Mental Illness according to Greek Medicine"

Friday, November 9, 2012
USC. University Park Campus
SOS 250, 2-4pm


The Humanities in Europe and in America

A conversation with Pascal Arnaud, Tom Habinek, Peggy Kamuf, and Vanessa Schwartz

Monday, November 26, 2012
USC, University Park Campus
Doheny Memorial Library, Polymathic Academy Space 241
12noon-2pm

Lunch will be provided to those who rsvp to emsi@usc.edu by Tuesday, November 20, 2012.


Pascal Arnaud, Université Lyon 2

"New Perspectives in Ancient Maritime History and Archaeology"

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
USC, University Park Campus
SOS 250, 4-6pm


Ian Moyer, University of Michigan

"A Polis of Priests"

Thursday, February 7, 2013
USC, University Park Campus
SOS 250, 4-6pm


Barbara Kowalzig, New York University

"Religion and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Greek Mediterranean"

Monday, April 29, 2013
USC, University Park Campus
SOS B40, 3-5pm

This event is co-sponsored by the Departments of Classics and History at USC and the Pre-Modern Mediterranean Seminar of USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.