The Turin Humanities Programme and Fondazione1563 are pleased to invite doctoral students and early career researchers to submit their applications to the Summer School Writing global medieval history: comparative and connected approaches.
The Summer School aims to discuss connected and comparative approaches to the global Middle Ages, exploring new and avenues for research in fields such as politico-institutional, intellectual, religious, economic, and environmental studies.
A global approach to the study of the medieval period has only recently come to the fore and is yielding important results, which emphasise the potential of combining the longue durée with a wider geographical scale. While the term ‘Middle Ages’ has proved more pragmatically useful for areas outside the Euro-Mediterranean world than it could have been anticipated, research on the global Middle Ages demands collaboration across different areas of historical research and openness to languages and traditions of studies operating in separate academic disciplines and departments.
The Summer School intends to highlight the dynamic between connected and comparative approaches to the Middle Ages, offering opportunities for methodological reflections as well as examples and case-studies. One of such case-studies is the body-politic metaphor and its role in Euro-Mediterranean and East Asian political thought, as well as the challenges it poses to a comparative and connected intellectual history of the medieval period.
The THP Summer School provides a forum for postgraduate students and early career researchers in the field of humanities and the social sciences (history, philosophy, literature, art history, anthropology, religion) to engage with the most up-to-date academic debates and global historiographical currents on the global Middle Ages.
We encourage applications from researchers with a strong interest in
– the history of trans-regional contacts and exchanges in the medieval and early modern period
– comparative history
– ‘deep history’ and the history of the body
– environmental history
– intellectual history of the Middle Ages and the early modern period
– the history and anthropology of religion on a global scale
English will be the default language of the Summer School. The Summer School programme includes keynote lectures of Professor Hilde de Weerdt (Ku Leuven), Professor Nicola di Cosmo (Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University), Professor Daniel Smail (Harvard University), Professor Lucia Dolce (SOAS University of London), Professor Serena Ferente (University of Amsterdam), early career researchers’ presentations of original research, feedback sessions and roundtable discussions.
To foster dialogue between senior and young scholars, the Summer School offers its participants a unique opportunity to contribute to the broader discussion on theme of global medieval history with their own ideas and research. Successful applicants will also have the chance to present their papers in panel sessions which will be followed by a Q&A led by a panel discussant.