Advanced Schools present original research to young academics, who learn about the latest advances in their disciplines from world-class scholars.

The annual Advanced School in Humanities features the interdisciplinary exploration of religious, cultural, social and political ideas. The Schools assume different formats including visits to nearby libraries, lectures, hands-on workshops and roundtables, and discussions of study materials. 

The General Director of the School is Professor Anthony Grafton, multiple-prize recipient. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

General Director

Anthony Grafton

Anthony Grafton

General Director
Princeton University

Early Modern Europe & History of Science

Professor Grafton’s current project is a large-scale study of the science of chronology in 16th- and 17th-century Europe: how scholars attempted to assign dates to past events, reconstruct ancient calendars, and reconcile the Bible with competing accounts of the past. He hopes to reconstruct the complex and dramatic process by which the biblical regime of historical time collapsed, concentrating on the first half of the 17th century. Professor Grafton’s special interests lie in the cultural history of Renaissance Europe, the history of books and readers, the history of scholarship and education in the West from Antiquity to the 19th century, and the history of science from Antiquity to the Renaissance. He joined the Princeton History Department in 1975 after earning his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1975) in history from the University of Chicago and spending a year at University College London, where he studied with Arnaldo Momigliano.

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Professor Grafton likes to see the past through the eyes of influential and original writers, and has accordingly written intellectual biographies of a 15th-century Italian humanist, architect, and town planner, Leon Battista Alberti; a 16th-century Italian astrologer and medical man, Girolamo Cardano; and a 16th-century French classicist and historian, Joseph Scaliger. He also studies the long-term history of scholarly practices, such as forgery and the citation of sources, and has worked on many other topics in cultural and intellectual history. Professor Grafton is the author of ten books and the coauthor, editor, coeditor, or translator of nine others. Two collections of essays, Defenders of the Text (1991) and Bring Out Your Dead (2001), cover most of the topics and themes that appeal to him. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1989), the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (1993), the Balzan Prize for History of Humanities (2002), and the Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award (2003), and is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the British Academy. In 2011 he served as President of the American Historical Association. At Princeton he is the Henry Putnam University Professor of History.

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The 6th Advanced School in the Humanities: The Crusades and the Societies of the Latin East


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Event date: 28 May - 2 June 2023 


Anthony Grafton, Princeton University



Iris Shagrir, The Open University of Israel
Anna Gutgarts, University of Haifa
Jonathan Rubin, Bar-Ilan University


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The Advanced School for graduate students and post-docs will focus on the Crusades and the Latin East through a comparative and analytical prism. It will benefit from the accessibility of the rich crusader sites and remains throughout Israel, from recent advances in data analysis and from new approaches to textual evidence. During sessions and field trips, we shall expose young scholars to the most recent theoretical and methodological approaches in medieval studies, and encourage their critical thinking on traditional themes.

Themes and topics will include: New angles on the cultural history of Frankish settlements in the East; crusader cities in a Mediterranean context; immigrant societies compared; the integration of archeological data and texts; biographies, politics, and the (re)construction of historical identities; crusades studies and diversity.

Each of the selected topics will be dealt with in more than one way. Thus for example, the theme ‘Crusader cities in a Mediterranean context’ will engage comparatively with different Mediterranean and Crusader cities such as Acre, Jerusalem, Constantinople, Rome and Fustat/Old Cairo, and examine diachronic aspects of continuity and change.

Over a week-long gathering, sessions will focus on relevant methods, such as the creation and use of databases, or approaches, such as the archaeology of decline or of prosperity, spatial analysis, and cultural history.

Students will gain knowledge of a variety of subjects outside their immediate research topics, and more importantly about cutting-edge methodologies and research questions, related to urbanism and settlement, literary and material culture, as well as current trends and research agendas in the study of the crusades and the Latin East. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates. Successful applicants will be notified in early 2023 and will be offered travel and accommodation funding.


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