Norman Cohn: A Colloquium

Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism in collaboration with Yale University Press

Event Information and Booking

7th July, 2012
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Central London location
Sham Ambiavaga, Frank Chalk, Lorenzo DiTommaso, David Feldman, John Gray, William Lamont, Paul Lay, Dame Jinty Nelson, Sir Michael Pepper, Daniel Pick, Marina Voikhanskaya
Antisemitism, Christianity, Genocide, Politics, Psychoanalysis
15th century and earlier, 20th century, 21st century
Norman Cohn

This Colloquium will consider the writings, influence and legacy of Norman Cohn FBA.

Session One: Pursuit of the Millennium
Millenarian Movements in the Medieval & Early Modern Period

Chair: John Arnold (Professor of History, Birkbeck, University of London)

William Lamont (Emeritus Professor of History, University of Sussex): ‘Norman Cohn: the Career’

Dame Jinty Nelson (Emeritus Professor of Medieval History, King’s College London):  ‘Norman Cohn and Medieval History’

Lorenzo DiTommaso (Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Religion, Concordia University, Montreal): ‘Pursuit of the Millennium:  A Half-Century On’

Session Two: Warrant for Genocide
Totalitarianism and Political Religion

Chair: Frank Chalk (Professor of History, Concordia University, Montreal)

John Gray (formerly Professor of European Thought, LSE):  ‘Apocalyptic Politics’

Daniel Pick (Professor of History, Birkbeck, University of London): ‘Norman Cohn & the Columbus Centre’

Session Three: Europe’s Inner Demons
The Demonization of Christians in Medieval Christendom

Chair: Dr Anthony Bale (Birkbeck, University of London)

David Feldman (Professor of History and Director, Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London): ‘Norman Cohn and Antisemitism’

Paul Lay (Editor, History Today; Senior Research Fellow, Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham): ‘Norman Cohn and Europe’

Frank Chalk (Professor of History, Concordia University and Director, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies) Montreal): ‘Norman Cohn’s approach to the Early Modern State and the Significance of Torture’

Session Four: Norman Cohn the Man, the Later Work

Chair:  Dr Michael Briant (University of Cambridge)

An open discussion with questions and comments on the issues that have arisen during the day, including the issue of the legitimacy of using psychoanalytic insights in the study of historical phenomena, or their value in illuminating current socio-political problems.

Contributions from Sham Ambiavaga, Lorenzo DiTommaso and around the table

Dr Marina Voikhanskaya (University of Cambridge): ‘Some recollections of Norman Cohn’

Podcasts & Videos

Watch: Norman Cohn: A Colloquium - Session One
Watch: Norman Cohn: A Colloquium - Session Two
Watch: Norman Cohn: A Colloquium - Session Three
Watch: Norman Cohn: A Colloquium - Session Four
Watch: Norman Cohn: A Colloquium - To close the day some recollections of Norman Cohn by Dr Marina Voikhanskaya

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