Islam at the Foundations of Western Society: How Medieval Islam Shaped the Modern World
Wednesday, March 20
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Renison University College
Dunker Family Lounge
240 Westmount Rd. W., Waterloo
Free parking, light refreshments
About the speaker:
Steven Bednarski is a social historian of medieval crime and gender. He works on criminal records from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries to see how ordinary people lived, laughed, loved, and loathed. His first book, entitled Curia: A Social History of a Provencal Criminal Court in the Fourteenth Century is about to go on sale in North America. It tells tales of naughty townsmen and nasty knights. His second book, entitled A Poisoned Past: the Life and Times of Margarita de Portu, is a microhistory. It centres on the life of an epileptic woman accused of murdering her husband through poison or sorcery. Steven has written articles on wife abuse, child assault, lying, magic, the history of the caesarean section, notaries, fatherhood and primary schools.
Steven obtained his PhD from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in 2002, completed postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto's Centre for Medieval Studies, and has taught at St. Michael's College School, at the University of Toronto, at York University, and at the University of Waterloo. He is now Associate Professor of Medieval History at St. Jerome's University in the University of Waterloo, and Co-Director of their Medieval Studies Program, Canada's oldest and proudest interdisciplinary program in that field. He lives in Kitchener with his wife, two daughters, and a very fat twenty-one year old cat. None of whom give a lick about medieval crime or gender, but all of whom humour and support him.
240 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G4