5 September - Gravensteen Lecture - David Nirenberg: "Does the History of Anti-Judaism have anything to do with the Present?"

The 2014-15 Gravensteen Lectures will kick-off with a lecture by Professor David Nirenberg (University of Chicago). Gravensteen, Rm. 11, 3-5pm. All are welcome.

Date & Time    
5 September 2014  

Gravensteen, Room 11  
Pieterskerkhof 6  
2311 SR Leiden  

Reception to follow at Het Prentenkabinet

Does the History of Anti-Judaism have anything to do with the Present?

Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans; Christians and Muslims of every period; even the secularists of modernity have used Judaism in constructing their visions of the world. What relationship do these uses have to each other?  Do past forms of life and thought affect later ones?  If so, can we write a history of these forms? And what, if any, hold might this history of past thought have upon ways in which we ourselves can think in the present?

Chair: Petra Sijpesteijn (LIAS/SMES)
Discussant: Kiri Paramore (LIAS/SAS-Japan)

Speaker Bio

David Nirenberg is Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Professor of Medieval History and Social Thought at the University of Chicago, Dean of the Social Sciences Division, and Founding Director of the university’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.  His books have focused on how Jewish, Christian, and Islamic societies have interacted with and thought about each other.  These include Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages (1996), Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition (2013); Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism Medieval and Modern (2014), and the forthcoming Aesthetic Theology and its Enemies: Judaism in Christian Painting, Poetry, and Politics (Spring 2015).   He has also written extensively on other subjects, including love, philosophy, and political theology.  A contributor to publications such as The Nation, The New Republic, and The London Review of Books, he is currently collaborating with a mathematician (his father) on a book exploring the various types of sameness that underpin the relative claims of different forms of knowledge, in the hope of discovering new ways of understanding both the powers and the limits of the sciences and the humanities.

The Gravensteen Lectures is a joint initiative started by LGI and AMT. This new series will bring out leading international scholars at the forefront of thinking through historic, contemporary, and emergent transcultural and international connections and their impacts. First Fridays, Gravensteen, 3:00-5:00pm. For the full schedule of speakers and more information about the series, click here.

Last Modified: 29-08-2014