January 4, 2015

Natalie Zemon Davis - Holberg Prize Symposium 2010: Decentering history

Natalie Zemon Davis, CC (born November 8, 1928) is a Canadian and American historian of the early modern period.

In 2010, Davis was awarded the Holberg International Memorial Prize, worth 4.5 million Norwegian kroner (~$700,000 US), for her narrative approach to the field of history.

On 29 June 2012, Davis was named Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest class within the order.

On 10 July 2013, Davis was awarded the 2012 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama for "her insights into the study of history and her exacting eloquence in bringing the past into focus."
Title: Holberg Prize Symposium 2010: Decentering history. Source: HolbergPrize. Date Published: December 5, 2013. Description:
Natalie Zemon Davis' lecture at the Holberg Prize Symposium 2010. Natalie Zemon Davis' is Holberg Prize laureate 2010.  
Natalie Zemon Davis is adjunct professor of history and professor of Medieval studies at University of Toronto, and the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emerita at Princeton University. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she graduated from Smith College and then received her master's degree at Radcliffe College in 1950. She received her doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1959 and has since been awarded many honorary degrees. Her teaching career has taken her to Brown University, the University of Toronto, the University of California at Berkeley, and Princeton University. Professor Davis was also president of the American Historical Association in 1987, the second woman to hold the position.
"Decentering involves the stance and the subject matter of the historian. Here, the historian does not tell the story of the past only from the vantage point of a single part of the world, or of powerful elites, but rather widens his or her scope, socially and geographically, and introduces plural voices into the account." - Natalie Zemon Davis [7:10 - 7:29].