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Brian Forman

Biography

Brian Forman is a PhD candidate in history at Northwestern University with a focus on late medieval Europe. His dissertation entitled Weather, Disease, and Religion in the Late Medieval Midi examines how communities in the French Mediterranean reacted to natural disasters in the 14th and 15th centuries. Using the cities of Arles, Marseille, and Montpellier as case-studies, this dissertation analyzes responses to plague, drought, and flood alongside the precautionary measures taken against them, arguing that the shared experience of environmental catastrophe shaped civic identity, ritual, and governance in late medieval Europe.

Forman's research has been supported by the Bourse Chateaubriand, The Graduate School of Northwestern University, and the Interdisciplinary Cluster for Medieval Studies. Other research interests include the history of witchcraft, magic, and mysticism in medieval and early modern Europe. His minor field is in Jewish History. Forman received his MA in History from Northwestern University, and a BA in History from Earlham College.

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