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NIAS Seminar

Europe in the 15th C.: Work in Progress

When 16 March 2017 from 11:20 to 12:30 hrs
Where Conference Room, Jorishof, Korte Spinhuissteeg 3
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Historian Serena Ferente will hold a seminar about her new history of Europe in the fifteenth century. 

About the Seminar: Fifteenth-Century Europe - Imagination and Experience

"How does one frame an object of study as big and complex as 'Europe in the fifteenth century'? And how does the historian keep her potential readers (and herself) interested? My answer to these questions was a book plan with an unconventional structure. This seminar is about the process and the problems I am immersed into as I write it. After a general overview, I will give examples from the chapter I am working on now. It begins with a Catalan widow in Sicily, and then moves on to cover the Western Mediterranean, the convergence between trade and conquest, the structure of a wealthy household, sugarcane, and many (too many?) other things."

Note: this seminar is preceded by a 5-minute talk by psychologist Sarah Durston. 

About the Speaker

Janse w.jpgSerena Ferente is Senior Lecturer in Medieval European History at King's College London. At NIAS, she is working on a new history of Europe in the fifteenth century, the age of transition between the 'medieval' and the 'modern' and a decisive era for the place of Europe in the world.

About NIAS Seminars

NIAS Seminars are aimed to stimulate scientific cross-pollination within the NIAS academic community, but seminars are open to others who are interested. Please  if you wish to attend.

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