William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
March 30, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
This lecture explores how we might tell histories of violence in ways that capture their local specifics, but also transcend the temporal, geographical, and disciplinary borders that often delineate the form that such histories can take. Three subjects will be explored: first, the problem of disciplinary provincialism; second, the transformative experience of fieldwork; and, third, the practice of historical empathy.
These stories will set the stage for a broader reflection about how histories of violence can be told in ways that break new empirical and theoretical ground while capturing the attention of the widest possible audience.