William Bennett Munro Memorial Seminar

Friday, November 2, 2012
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Dabney Hall 110 (Treasure Room)
Catholic Cosmopolis: Rethinking Orientalism in Early Modern Rome
Daniel Stolzenberg, Department of History, UC Davis,

In this talk I will discuss my new research project, which explores Orientalist scholarship in Rome from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. I will argue that early modern Rome was a Mediterranean entrepĂ´t of information, facilitating the circulation of people, knowledge, and materials between Christian and Islamic societies. At the same time I will argue that Islamic religion and society were marginal subject matter to Oriental philologists in Rome and elsewhere in early modern Europe. Finally, I will speculate about the implications of these arguments for our understanding of the history of academic Orientalism as it evolved in the transition from the early modern to modern periods.

For more information, please contact Sinikka Elvington by phone at Ext. 1724 or by email at elvington@hss.caltech.edu.