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First Millennium Network Presents: Constructing the Past in the First Millennium

The First Millennium Network’s Fall Colloquium for 2018, “Constructing the Past in the First Millennium."

Event Information

Friday, November 9

Francis Scott Key Hall (FSK) room 0106.

Join us for Constructing the Past in the First Millennium, a Fall seminar presented by the First Millennium Network. The First Millennium Network seeks to extend this reorientation in scholarly perspective by finding creative ways to encourage interdisciplinary and comparative study of the entirety of the first millennium of the Common Era, particularly in Western Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic world. The Network places special emphasis on the diversity of, and interconnections among, the religious communities within first millennium societies—Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Manicheanism, Zoroastrianism, etc.—in their multitude of forms.


Friday, November 9

  • Courtney Booker (University of British Columbia), “Carolingian Harts and Minds: or, On Remembering to Forget to Remember”
  • Fred M. Donner (The University of Chicago), “Reflections on early Islamic historiography”
  • Helmut Reimitz (Princeton University), “History, genre and identity in the post-Roman West”
  • Alison Vacca (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), “Stories of Sex and Power in the medieval Caucasus”


Sponsored by the Department of History and Middle East Studies, Miller Center for Historical Studies


Steering Committee:

Jennifer Barry, University of Mary Washington

Antoine Borrut, University of Maryland College Park

Samuel Collins, George Mason University

Jennifer Davis, Catholic University of America

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