Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World

Creating a new vision of integrated, multidisciplinary research and teaching in global premodern studies at the University of Minnesota and across academia

The Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World creates a new confederation of the many extant premodern studies constituencies at the University of Minnesota and establishes a new synergistic mission to promote integrated, multidisciplinary research and teaching in global premodern studies.

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Opening Reception and Panel Discussion for ‘Turkish Rugs on Tudor Walls’ –– Minneapolis Institute of Art 06/20/2019

Please join us on Thursday, June 27th 6 - 8 pm for the Opening Reception of "Turkish Rug on Tudor Walls" at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. https://new.artsmia.org/event/opening-reception-and-panel-discussion-for-turkish-rugs-on-tudor-walls

Opening Reception and Panel Discussion for ‘Turkish Rugs on Tudor Walls’ –– Minneapolis Institute of Art Join us for the opening reception and panel discussion for “Turkish Rugs on Tudor Walls: 16th-Century Trade between England and the Islamic World” in Mia’s English Tudor Room. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Rich colors and histories to be added to Mia's Tudor Room 05/13/2019

CSPW and the Minneapolis Institute of Art have been teaming up to reinstall the Mia Tudor room with a temporary exhibit featuring the relationship between Early Modern England and the Islamic world. The exhibit will officially launch in June. https://www.mndaily.com/article/2019/04/n-rich-colors-and-histories-to-be-added-to-mias-tudor-room

Rich colors and histories to be added to Mia's Tudor Room A University of Minnesota alumna and several graduate students are working to install an exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art that better showcases the relationship 15th and 16th century England had to the Islamic world.  

Tasting at Tattersall –– Minneapolis Institute of Art 02/06/2019

Join us on March 4th to toast this exciting collaboration between the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, Tattersall Distilling, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the CSPW Premodern Food Lab! Tickets are on sale now!
https://new.artsmia.org/event/tasting-at-tattersall

Tasting at Tattersall –– Minneapolis Institute of Art Whether you prefer your history shaken or stirred, you won’t want to miss this unique tasting experience at Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis. You’ll sample historic concoctions like pear ratafia, milk punch, and saffron-infused bitters, along with foods inspired by recipes from the past. Tat...

12/17/2018

The Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World (CSPW) and the Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) program at the University of Minnesota are pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for our collaborative project "An Enlightenment Print Phenomenon Unbound: Building a Digital Portal for Exploring Bernard and Picart’s Religious Ceremonies and Customs of the World".
JB Shank (CSPW, CEMH, and UMH History) and Benjamin Wiggins (DASH) will serve as co-principal investigators on this project.
You can see the full list of new NEH recipients and learn more about their projects here: https://www.neh.gov/news/neh-announces-148-million-253-humanities-projects-nationwide.

11/06/2018

Turns out if you really want a lasting record of your vote, pot sherd is the way to go.
Early 5th century BC Athenian ostrakon (sherd of pottery inscribed with the name of a politician proposed for exile, the so-called "ostracism") against Aristides, son of Lysimachos. Found in River Eridanos, currently exhibited in Room 12 ("private life") of the Kerameikos Archaeological Museum (Athens). Picture by Giovanni Dall'Orto, November 12 2009.

10/04/2018

These tasty pickles made from premodern recipes will be available for sampling at the Bell Museum's Food Fest this weekend. Members of the Premodern Food Lab will be available from 11 am-2 pm Saturday and Sunday to talk pickles! https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/event/foodfest/

09/18/2018

The Premodern Workshop is launching a new series this Friday on multidisciplinary research. Join us for a panel discussion on how to develop successful collaborative partnerships.

Perspective | Most people think ‘whiteness’ is innate. They’re wrong: It was created to keep black people from voting. 04/27/2018

Katharine Gerbner (UMN History and co-organizer of the CSPW Atlantic Workshop) has an op-ed in the Washington Post today on the political history of "whiteness" and black voting rights.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/04/27/most-people-think-whiteness-is-innate-theyre-wrong-it-was-created-to-keep-black-people-from-voting/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.1926e8a68ebe

Perspective | Most people think ‘whiteness’ is innate. They’re wrong: It was created to keep black people from voting. When slaves got close to voting rights, slaveowners changed the rules of the game.

01/25/2018

CSPW Fellowships for the European University Institute's
Summer School in Comparative and Transnational History
September 2018
Apply by February 16, 2018

The Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World will be offering 2 to 3 fellowships for University of Minnesota graduate students to attend the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute's (EUI) Summer School in Transnational and Comparative History. The Summer School will take place in September 2018 in the historic Villa Salviati in Florence, Italy. CSPW will cover round trip airfare to Florence and the participation fee which covers hotel accommodations and meals.

If you are interested in applying for a fellowship to attend the EUI Summer School, please complete an application form and provide a CV and a short statement of purpose (max. 2 pages single spaced) including an explanation of how the program would benefit your research and a brief description of your involvement in CSPW. Applications should be submitted to [email protected] by Friday, February 16th, 2018.

Those selected for the fellowship will be asked to provide a short report on their experience following the Summer School.

Why Experts Don’t Believe This Is a Rare First Map of America 12/13/2017

A story in which our partner, the James Ford Bell Library, and their amazing collections play a role in debunking a fraudulent map.

Why Experts Don’t Believe This Is a Rare First Map of America Christie’s had planned to sell the map this week, for possibly $1.2 million, but withdrew it from an auction when questions arose about its authenticity.

11/13/2017

Visit the Owen H. Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine to check out their new exhibit, Underwater, which explores humans, health, and science in watery spaces.

11/01/2017

The Premodern Scientific Instruments Guild is a new program to explore and experiment with premodern scientific instruments and practice. We hope to build this into an outreach program that will share historic scientific practices with K-12 students.

Photos from Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World's post 06/20/2017

Happy summer from the CSPW! It's picnic season!

Photos from Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World's post 04/26/2017

Join CSPW, HSTM, and CEMH for a series of events with Jessica Riskin (History of Science, Stanford)!

Photos from Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World's post 04/20/2017

We're looking forward to two exciting symposia tomorrow, April 21!

Timeline photos 03/27/2017

Join us tomorrow for talk by Shakespeare scholar Richard O'Brien!

Timeline photos 03/01/2017

Join the CSPW Digital Premodern workshop tomorrow 3/2 for a presentation by Emily Francomano (Georgetown)

Timeline photos 02/08/2017

Join us tomorrow for a talk by Claudia Rapp (University of Vienna): "Byzantium as a Global Culture"

Timeline photos 11/30/2016

Tomorrow!

¡Sacabuche! 11/10/2016

¡Sacabuche! ¡Sacabuche! is a premiere sackbut and vocal ensemble that is based in Sackville, Canada and began as a collegium ensemble of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute. ¡Sa

Timeline photos 10/13/2016

We're at Discovery Across Disciplines today 12-2pm in the Great Hall, Coffman Union. Come say hi and put a pin in the map!

09/21/2016

We're teaming up with the Center for Early Modern History and the James Ford Bell Library for two great events this week!

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