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Past Answers to Current Concerns: Lessons from the past? Terms of the Debate and Some Examples

October 6, 2020 · 1:30 pm EDT · via Zoom – Registration Required

Climate Change and History Research Initiative; Program in Medieval Studies

The Climate Change and History Research Initiative, in partnership with the Environmental History Lab of the Program in Medieval Studies, and with the support of the Humanities Council, launches a new series of six online seminars entitled “Past Answers to Current Concerns: Approaches to Understanding Historical Societal Resilience.”

The presentations are open to the public. Each set of papers will be followed by a Q & A session of 30 minutes, after which the public section will close and a specialist project team discussion will follow.

Seminar 1: 

General introduction and a case study: How does an empire reconfigure itself? Rome and Byzantium, 5th – 8th centuries CE
Hugh Elton (Trent University), John Haldon (History) and Adam Izdebski (Max-Planck-Institute)

How do pandemics affect early medieval societies?
Lee Mordechai (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) and Merle Eisenberg (National Center for Socioenvironmental Synthesis)

The societal impacts of livestock plagues
Tim Newfield (Georgetown University) and Dr. Annelise Binois (University of Copenhagen)

Registration and Zoom information for Seminar 1

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