Date: Monday, September 30, 2019, 2:00-3:30 pm.
Place: Intercultural Center (ICC) 662, Georgetown University, 3700 O st. NW Washington DC, 20057.
Title: "Improvements, by God's Mercy:" Natural Disaster Response and Christian Identity in Late Medieval Valencia.
Abstract: In this talk Dr. Agresta will discuss her current book project, God, Humans, and Nature in Late Medieval Valencia. The book is an analysis of the relationship between God, human beings, and nature, as imagined by the Christian rulers of the religiously mixed city. Based on archival research on Valencia's municipal records from the fourteenth century to the early sixteenth, the book argues that the governing elite moved from a fairly technocratic approach to the environment in the fourteenth century to an overwhelmingly religious one by the mid-fifteenth. This shift away from infrastructure and toward ritual reflected the city's changing relationship with its own Christianity and its crusading past. Reversing the traditional narrative of technological progress, the book shows how religious concerns shaped the governance of the environment in a multi-faith context, with implications for the history of both religion and environment in the pre-modern period.
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