In the Fall 2017, I’m offering two courses in Saint Louis University’s History Department. One is our introductory History course, “Origins: Part 1,” primarily designed for first-year students. The other is a course for graduate students in our Medieval history program who are interested in learning more about how to do research into urban histories in the pre-modern period. The description is below.
Cities: From Late Antiquity to the Early Medieval Period
This graduate seminar is a survey of the development of cities from the later Roman Empire to the early Middle Ages. Focusing on an international array of archaeological research from the Roman and post-Roman Mediterranean to the Persian Empire and beyond, the course provides graduate students in the Medieval History program a crucial survey of topics and methodologies from an earlier time period that are useful in the study of urban history, more broadly. Some of our key theoretical areas of interest will be on identity, agency, landscape, memory, and religion; subjects include public amenities, sacred architecture, domestic architecture, and the role of art in public conversations about city space. In whole, the class will explore the kaleidoscopic ways urban spaces reveal urban histories in the pre-modern world from the third through eighth century CE.
Graduate students interested in studying with Prof. Boin should contact him directly.