In a world dominated by escalating environmental, social, and political crises, Heather Ferguson, associate professor of history at CMC, believes that the discipline of history serves as a mechanism that introduces a “pause” in potentially volatile debates. Studying the past requires caution, an awareness of difference across geographies, experiential frames, and chronologies, and the time to construct an argument based on contextual analysis. She will illustrate how studying an early modern empire, shaped by the Ottoman dynasty and lasting for almost 600 years, yields new frameworks for analyzing how categories of difference are meticulously constructed through a convergence of institutional structures and everyday practice which, centuries later, help us "see" the definitions that shape our own contemporary experiences.
Wednesday, November 20 at 5:30pm to 5:30pm
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
385 East 8th Street, Claremont, CA