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.