Past Reading Groups

Academic Year 2016-2017

Research Showcase—Date: 9/28
Theme: Rumor and Reputation (Individual Research Showcase)
 Books: Individualized

Fall Reading Group—Date: 11/30
Theme: Global Middle Ages
Book: Paul Cobb, The Race for Paradise: An Islamic History of the Crusades (Oxford: 2014)

Winter Reading Group—Date: 2/8
 Theme: Global Middle Ages
 Book: Bruce Campbell, The Great Transition: Climate Disease and Society in the Late Medieval World (Cambridge: 2016)

Academic Year 2015 – 2016

Fall 2015 Reading Group:

1)  Date: 10/6
     Theme: Cultural Encounter and Appropriation (Individual Research)
     Books: Individualized

2) Date: 12/7
     Theme: Rumor and Reputation

  • Fama: The Politics of Talk and Reputation in Medieval Europe, ed. Thelma Fenster and Daniel Lord Smail

Winter 2016 Reading Group:

1)  Date: 3/12
     Theme: Rumor and Reputation

  • Swords, Oaths, and Prophetic Visions: Authoring Warrior Rule in Medieval Japan, Elizabeth Oyler

2) Date: 4/15
     Theme: Rumor and Reputation

  • Past Convictions: The Penance of Louis the Pious and the Decline of the Carolingians, Courtney Booker

Academic Year 2014 – 2015

Fall 2014 Reading Group:

1)  Date: 9/16, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
     Theme: Networks and Communication (Individual Research)
     Books: Individualized

2) Date: 11/19, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
     Theme: Networks and Communication

  • Houari, Touati. Islam and Travel in the Middle Ages.  Translated by Lydia G. Cochrane. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Winter 2015 Reading Group:

1)  Date: 2/18, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
     Theme: Cultural Encounter and Appropriation

  • Hansen, Valerie. The Silk Road: A New History. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

2) Date: 4/2, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
     Theme: Cultural Encounter and Appropriation

  • Brubaker, Leslie. “The Elephant and the Ark: Cultural and Material Interchange across the Mediterranean in the 8th and 9th Centuries.” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 58 (2004): 175-195.
  • Hoffman, Eva. “Pathways of Portability: Islamic and Christian Interchange from the 10th to the 12th Century.” Art History 24, no. 1 (2001): 17-50.

Academic Year 2013 – 2014

Fall 2013 Reading Group:

1)  Date: 9/16, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
     Theme: The Country and the City (Individual Research)
     Books: Individualized

2)  Date: TBA
      Theme: State, Society, & Power

  • Bisson, Thomas. The Crisis of the Twelfth Century: Power, Lordship, and the Origins of European Government. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010
  • Innes, Matthew. State and Society in the Early Middle Ages: The Middle Rhine Valley, 400-1000. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Winter 2014 Reading Group:
Date: TBA
Theme: TBA
Books: TBA

Academic Year 2012 – 2013

Fall 2012 Reading Group:

Date: 11/15, 6:00 PM
Theme: PERIODIZATION (broadly defined)

Davis, Periodization and Sovereignty (2008)
Holsinger, The Premodern Condition (2005)

Winter 2013 Reading Group:

Date: TBA