This seminar provides an interdisciplinary, supportive community for graduate students in the early stages of dissertation preparation who are examining violence and social conflict in the early modern world (ca. 1400-1700). Participants will learn research methodologies for utilizing archival sources and explore interdisciplinary approaches to war, civil conflict, religious conflict, peasant revolt, colonial conflict, massacre, assassination, dueling, and other forms of violence. Each student will workshop a draft dissertation chapter or proposal and receive constructive feedback from the instructors and seminar members.
The seminar will meet on four Fridays over the course of the year: October 14 and December 2, 2022; and March 24 and May 12, 2023.