CANCELLED - A Reading with Carlo Ginzburg & Bruce Lincoln

Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Carlo Ginzburg & Bruce Lincoln


**This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the coming months.** 

"Ginzburg and Lincoln provide three essential services to those interested in this trial, werewolf scholarship in general, or the wider project of myth and ritual in comparative perspectives: a full translation of the trial documents, excerpts from historically significant secondary scholarship, and a conversation between the two authors on the merits and perils of different methodologies of interpretive approach."Phillip A. Bernhardt-House, author of Werewolves, Magical Hounds, and Dog-Headed Men in Celtic Literature
Carlo Ginzburg and Bruce Lincoln discuss Old Thiess, A Livonian Werewolf: A Classic Case in Comparative Perspective. They will be joined in conversation by David Nirenberg. A Q&A and signing will follow their discussion.
At the Co-op
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About the book: In 1691, Old Thiess, a Latvian peasant, announced before a court that he was a werewolf, one of the “hounds of God” who battles Satan and protects humanity. In the proceedings that followed, he gave unprecedented testimony, alternately confounding, astonishing, and patiently instructing judges, who could have had him burnt at the stake, in what it meant to be a werewolf. Here eminent scholars Carlo Ginzburg and Bruce Lincoln present the first English translation of the trial transcript and offer a uniquely comparative look at this extraordinary case, examining secondary literature and multiple analyses of the event and reflecting on issues of methodology.
About Carlo Ginzburg: Carlo Ginzburg has taught at the University of Bologna, UCLA, and the Scuola Normale of Pisa. His books, translated into more than twenty languages, include The Night Battles; The Cheese and the Worms; Clues, Myths, and the Historical Method; The Enigma of Piero della Francesca; History, Rhetoric, and Proof; The Judge and the Historian; Wooden Eyes, No Island is an Island; Threads and Traces; Fear Reverence Terror; and Nondimanco. Machiavelli, Pascal.
About Bruce Lincoln: Bruce Lincoln is the Caroline E. Haskell Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. His books include Apples and Oranges: Explorations In, On, and With Comparison and Between History and Myth: Stories of Harald Fairhair and the Founding of the State.
About the interlocutor: David Nirenberg is the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Distinguished Service Professor of Social Thought, Medieval History, Fundamentals, Middle East Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the College. He also serves as Acting Dean of the Divinity School. His publications include Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages, Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition, and Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam and Judaism Medieval and Modern.


Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637