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Visiting Fellows

Semester 1 (Bullough Fellow 2018-19) Dr. Daniel Lord Smail

Dr. Daniel Smail has been appointed the Donald Bullough Fellow and is visiting us in St Andrews for the first semester of the 2019-2020 year. While here, Dr. Smail is continuing the research of the DALME project by creating the necessary linkages in the content of their visual library, expanding their Latin lexicon and building lexicons in Middle French and Catalan.

Professor Smail is a Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of History at Harvard University, where he works on the history and anthropology of Mediterranean societies between 1100 and 1600 and on deep human history. In medieval European history, his work has explored the social and cultural history of the cities of Mediterranean Europe, with a focus on Marseille in the later Middle Ages. He has covered subjects ranging from women and Jews to legal history and spatial imagination, which was the subject of his first book, Imaginary Cartographies: Possession and Identity in Late Medieval Marseille (1999)His recently published book, Legal Plunder: Households and Debt Collection in Late Medieval Europe (Harvard University Press, 2016), approaches transformations in the material culture of the later Middle Ages using household inventories and inventories of debt recovery from Lucca and Marseille. Smail’s work in deep history and neurohistory has addressed some of the methodological and theoretical underpinnings of these approaches to the human past. His most recent article in this vein asks whether there is a history of the practice of compulsive hoarding. His books include The Consumption of Justice: Emotions, Publicity, and Legal Culture in Marseille, 1264-1423 (2003); On Deep History and the Brain (2008), and, with Andrew Shryock and others, Deep History: The Architecture of Past and Present (2011).

Professor Smail will present a workshop on “The Documents of Slavery in Later Medieval Provence,” This will take place on November 22nd (Week 10) at 1pm in the Old Class Library. Readings will be circulated closer to the event and lunch will be provided by the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research. If you would like to attend could you please email as soon as possible to reserve a place.

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