Medieval Studies 490

MEDIEVAL STUDIES 490 Research Seminar in Medieval Studies

Although MDVL 490 is not offered in 2018W, seminars in other units may fulfill the Medieval 490-requirement for Medieval Studies Majors.

In 2018W Medieval Majors may take HIST 490N The Early Modern Mediterranean taught by Professor John Christopoulos. Online registration for this seminar is restricted to History Majors, so you should email the Medieval Studies Advisor to arrange your registration in this course. You may also contact Professor Christopoulos directly, explaining that you are a Medieval Studies Major and request admission to his course.

Please email the Medieval Studies advisor ( when you have enrolled in this seminar so that she can edit your program in Degree Navigator accordingly to count it for the MDVL 490 requirement in the Medieval Studies Major.

(Double Majors in English and Medieval Studies may double count ENGL 490 or ENGL 491 for MDVL 490, if they are on appropriate medieval topics. Please consult the Medieval Studies Advisor.)

MEDIEVAL STUDIES 449 Graduating Essay or Supervised Study (6/12 credits) is available any year for independent study to write a lengthy paper based on original research. It is possible that these credits might be combined with another medieval course so that more systematic and intensive work might be undertaken under the supervision of a Medieval Studies faculty member. If no MDVL 490 course is available, three of these credits may fulfill the MDVL 490 requirement.  For further information, consult the Medieval Studies advisor.

HIST 490N 201 Seminar for Majors in History (3 credits):

The Early Modern MediterraneanMedieval Studies students should contact the instructor to register for this courseTerm 2:  Fri. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Prof. John Christopoulos, Department of History

Office: Buchanan Tower 1106
Phone: 604–822–5938

.               This seminar explores topics and debates in late medieval and early modern Mediterranean history, 1450-1750. Historically and in current affairs, the Mediterranean is often portrayed as a ‘borderland’ or ‘frontier’ separating vastly different cultures and peoples: the Christian and Muslim worlds; Europe, Asia and Africa. Historians, however, have shown that the Mediterranean has been a space of constant entanglement and exchange, a “liquid continent” where societies and cultures met, overlapped and co-existed, sometimes peacefully, sometimes violently, since ancient times. Through a range of secondary and primary sources, we explore the thoughts, beliefs, conditions of existence and life experiences of the women and men who crossed the Sea and lived on its shores.  Our focus is on the movement, both voluntary and forced, of individuals across the Mediterranean world, and the encounters and entanglements these produced. We also consider questions of scale and perspective. Should the Mediterranean be studied as a coherent unit or be studied in parts? How do our understandings of the Mediterranean as a site of historical analysis change when examined from national, religious, gender, and linguistic perspectives, or when approached from the Sea’s eastern, western, northern or southern shores? How does our image change when we move from a macro to a micro-historical perspective?