Natalie Zemon Davis: Help us celebrate one of the greatest living historians on the planet at the university where she began her career!
One of the world’s greatest living historians and multidisciplinary scholars practicing today, Natalie Zemon Davis is a pioneer of women and gender history, founding participant of the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women (1973), mentor to generations of scholars and author of brilliant histories adapted to screen and stage. Second woman president of the American Historical Association (1987), she is a recent recipient of the National Humanities Medal, Companion of the Order of Canada and Holberg International Memorial Prize. Other prestigious distinctions include fellowships and visiting professorships from leading institutions around the world, prizes for pioneering and path-breaking books and honourary doctorates from such universities as Princeton and Concordia. She will present in “On Feminist Mentors” with contemporary Jill Ker Conway (more on Conway soon) and former students, leading Canadianists Veronica Strong-Boag and Linda Kealey, and leading Europeanist Elizabeth Cohen, among others.
Natalie Davis is also honouree and commentator of a flagship panel on Sunday morning: “Legal Entanglements, Border-Crossings and the Archives: Scholarly Interactions with Natalie Zemon Davis. It will address two key themes of our conference and her influential scholarship, bringing together scholars using similar methodologies for different eras and locales. Inspired by her use of notary records and legal narratives to probe the workings of gender and legal authority in various settings, the first theme has 3 speakers, two of them former students who are now senior scholars, presenting on notaries and masculinities in early modern Rome (Laurie Nussdorfer); notaries and gendered authority in colonial Peru (Kathryn Burns); and scribes in colonial India (Bhavani Raman). Those addressing the second theme of border-crossings and cultural encounters consider Franco-Caribbean slavery (Myriam Cottias); and cultural emissaries in early modern Europe, Middle East and North Africa (chair, Natalie Rothman).