Upcoming Events

  • Paola Bertucci is associate professor of history at Yale University. She has published extensively on the public culture of science in eighteenth-century Europe, and is the author of prize-winning essays on secrecy, selective visibility, and industrial travel in the Enlightenment. 

    Open to the public. Presented by the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World.

    Academic Calendar, University Dates & Events, History, Cultural Studies, Languages
  • In 2019, a shooter of the synagogue in Poway near San Diego invoked the story of Simon of Trent, a Christian boy whose death the spring of 1475 led to one of the most notorious trials of Jews in European history, as one of the reasons why he decided to attack and kill Jews. In the US, Great Britain, and the Middle East, the trope of “blood libel” is often evoked in cartoons and violence. While other anti-Jewish libels waned, this one continues to endure. Magda Teter will discuss the enduring power of this libel and explain how and why it came to be rooted in Christian imagination, reaching beyond medieval Europe to contemporary America and the Middle East.

  • A page from a naval register of enslaved rowers, ca. 1682. Toulon, Service historique de la Défen...
    5:30pm - 7:00pm

    The 42nd William F. Church Memorial Lecture

    Smith-Buonanno Hall

    Gillian Weiss (Case Western Reserve University) and Meredith Martin (New York University) will give a talk on “Remembering Mediterranean Slavery in Early Modern France.” 

    The transnational movement to confront the legacies of Atlantic slavery has seen statues topple, memorials rise and exhibitions open across the globe. For the most part, however, the phenomenon of early modern galley slavery – and, in particular, enslaved Muslim oarsmen on France’s Mediterranean galleys – has escaped contemporary reckoning. This lecture explores the traces of two thousand esclaves turcs (enslaved Turks) purchased to row on King Louis XIV’s vessels while considering some of the factors shaping their depiction in monuments and museum displays. Ship design, naval weapons, medals, paintings, and prints depicting Ottoman and Moroccan subjects helped proclaim royal supremacy in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. What are the stakes of remembering these individuals today?

    Presented by the Department of History.

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  • Daniel Strum’s research analyzes the mechanisms that promoted honesty and diligence in overseas commercial relations in the early modern sugar trade linking Iberia, Brazil and the Netherlands. He is currently working on a book project that highlights the coevolution of plural legal systems, transnational professional reputation mechanisms, and social constraints within diasporas (Sephardim in particular) against the backdrop of the Atlantic imperial rivalries and religious confessionalization. It explains how and why merchants chose different mechanisms to govern distinct types of transactions.

    More information coming soon.

    Presented by the Center for the Study of the Early Modern World