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"Martin Crusius (1526-1607) and the Lutheran Discovery of Ottoman Greece" by Richard Calis, Ph.D.
The 2021 Fritz Stern prize lecture will be delivered by Richard Calis for his dissertation, "Martin Crusius (1526-1607) and the Lutheran Discovery of Ottoman Greece." The prize is kindly sponsored by the Friends of the German Historical Institute.

From the comfort of his Tübingen home, and in ways that were both innovative and conventional, a Lutheran professor of Greek by the name of Martin Crusius (1526-1607) compiled the early modern period’s richest record of Greek life under Ottoman rule. Through analyses of an extraordinary well-preserved set of sources—hundreds of Crusius’s books and manuscripts have survived in Tübingen—my talk reconstructs the particular confluence of historical circumstances that allowed Crusius to become the period’s foremost expert on Ottoman Greece. I show how religion furthered ethnography and how unknown forms of Mediterranean mobility turned a deeply gendered professorial home into a site of trans-national and cross-cultural encounter, bookish, social, and otherwise. Telling Crusius’s remarkable story thus reveals how three fields of inquiry now often studied separately—the Lutheran Reformation, the history of the early modern Mediterranean, and the history of cultural encounter—were once a single arena of experience and investigation.

May 14, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Richard Calis
Richard Calis is a cultural and intellectual historian of early modern Europe. His work investigates the nexus of early modern scholarship, ethnography and encounter, and Christianity as a global phenomenon. He is currently a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge where he is working on his first book, a study of Martin Crusius (1526-1607), a Lutheran professor of Greek from Tübingen, and his examination of the lives and languages of the Greek subjects of the Ottoman Sultan. He obtained his PhD from Princeton University in 2020.
Kenneth Ledford
Professor Ledford is Chair of the Department of History at Case Western Reserve University and Co-Director of the Max Kade Center for German Studies. He holds appointments both in the Department of History and the School of Law. He teaches German history, German and European legal history, the history of European legal professions, historical methods, and the history of European Union law. His main research interests include the intersection of legal thought and middle-class formation in Germany in the 19th and 20th centuries, which results in his focus on the study of legal professions and legal professionals. He is author of From General Estate to Special Interest: German Lawyers 1878-1933 (Cambridge University Press), numerous articles on the history of German law and legal professions, and is currently completing a book manuscript tentatively titled Prussian Judges and the Rule of Law in Germany, 1848-1914.