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EIHS Lecture: Recovery and Epistemicide: Ancient Mediterranean Limit Cases

Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton University)
Thursday, December 2, 2021
4:00-6:00 PM
1014 Tisch Hall Map
Format: Registration required for in-person attendance OR streaming via Zoom. Details forthcoming.

Description: Pioneering advances in material culture studies over the past half-century and more sustained engagements with (some branches of) postcolonial theory have emboldened historians of the ancient Mediterranean to grant more and more space in their scholarship to the resistance strategies and survival tactics of imperially minoritized groups. At the root of this intensifying attachment to narratives of resistance is the belief that histories of the subaltern can be written; all we need to do is “read against the grain” of the literary sources, or avail ourselves of new frameworks for interpreting non-literary material evidence, in order to recover these histories. Organizing itself around the concept of epistemicide, my paper will reevaluate this historiographical tendency and propose some alternatives.

Biography: Forthcoming

This event presented by the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.
Building: Tisch Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Classical Studies, History
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History