Doing decentered history – the global in the local – lecture by Natalie Zemon Davis

Lecture by Holberg Prize laureate Natalie Zemon Davis at the Holberg Prize Symposium 2010. The theme of the symposium was “Doing decentered history – the global in the local”.

Decentered history is one of Holberg Prize Laureate Natalie Zemon Davis’s main interests. In a long series of books, such as Fiction in the Archives (1987), Women on the Margins (1995) and Trickster Travels (2006) she has insisted on relational perspectives, a multiplicity of voices, and the foregrounding of otherwise silent or marginal actors.

Natalie Zemon Davis is adjunct professor of history and professor of Medieval studies at University of Toronto, and the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emerita at Princeton University. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she graduated from Smith College and then received her master’s degree at Radcliffe College in 1950. She received her doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1959 and has since been awarded many honorary degrees. Her teaching career has taken her to Brown University, the University of Toronto, the University of California at Berkeley, and Princeton University. Professor Davis was also president of the American Historical Association in 1987, the second woman to hold the position.

See also our interview with Natalie Zemon Davis

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