Natalie Zemon Davis Annual Lecture Series - Averil Cameron: Arguing it out: discussion in Byzantium III. Jews and Muslims

Open to the Public
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 5:30pm
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
The social and cultural history of Byzantium seems at first sight unsuited to the kind of thick description at which Natalie Zemon Davis excels. Yet recent scholarship that aims to locate Byzantine culture and society within new global and transnational approaches to history demands a more nuanced understanding. In these lectures Prof. Cameron will explore the question of what kind of thick description can be provided. She will focus on the long twelfth century, a time of intense creativity as well as of rising tensions, and one for which literary approaches are currently a lively area in current scholarship. She will argue for their integration within a broader approach to Byzantine social and cultural history focusing on discourse, and drawing on the many kinds of dialogue texts (secular and religious) that were a key feature of Byzantine textual production. - See more at: