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Talking History with Natalie Zemon Davis

When it comes to stories of reinvention and forging new paths, there’s one historian whose body of work stands out. This week, Danièle sat down with Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis over a cup of tea and talked about some of her favourite trailblazers, how she sees Medieval Studies today, and how historians can use their work to bring people together across cultures.

Natalie Zemon Davis is currently an Adjunct Professor of History and Anthropology and Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. Among her honours is being named Companion of the Order of Canada and being awarded the National Humanities Medal by U.S. President Barack Obama. The books she authored mentioned in this interview include The Return of Martin Guerre and Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds.


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The play based on her book Trickster Travels is called Birds of a Kind.

Back at the very beginning of in 2008 we had the pleasure of interviewing Natalie – you can read that interview here.

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Top Image: Photo by Derek Shapton. Courtesy Natalie Zemon Davis