Medieval History Seminar Programs since 1995

Faculty and graduate students whose research was presented and discussed at meetings of the California Medieval History Seminar:

SPRING QUARTER 2018 (April 28, 2018)

  • Allison Perchuk (CSU Channel Islands) – “Landscapes of St Gregory: Topography and Hagiography in Early Medieval Italy”
  • Sabina Zonno (USC) – “Wisdom and Nobility of Mind: The Game of Chess in Some Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century European Manuscripts”
  • Rory Cox (University of St Andrews) – “Medieval and Modern Waterboarding – from barbaric torture to torturing barbarians”
  • Sherri Franks Johnson (Louisiana State University) – “The Battle over Santa Cecilia della Croara: Canons, Monks and Monastic Reform”

WINTER QUARTER 2017 (February 3, 2018)

  • Brenda Deen Schildgen (UC Davis) – “Domestic Violence in the Commedia”
  • Eugene Smelyansky (University of California, Irvine) – “Networks of Heresy and Persecution: German Waldensians, 1390- 1404”
  • Piotr Gorecki (UC Riverside) – “The Paradox of Piast Power: A Contemporary Observer in His Context”
  • Jane Beal (University of La Verne ) -“The Unicorn as a Symbol for Christ in Medieval Culture”

FALL QUARTER 2017 (November 3, 2017)

  • Geoffrey Koziol (UC Berkley) – “The Devil in the Cloister: Sacred Space and the Feudal Mutation (writ large)”
  • Esther Liberman Cuenca (Fordham University) – “Town Clerks and the Authorship of Borough Custumals in Medieval England”
  • Judson Emerick (Pomona College) – “Staging Imperial Burial in the Cathedral at Speyer: How King Henry IV (1056-1106) Manipulated a Long Carolingian/Ottonian Architectural Tradition to Claim a Priestly, Pastoral Role in the Church”
  • Sarah Hanson (UC Santa Barbara) – “Women and Work in a Time of War: Exile and Economic Activities in Douai during the Franco-Flemish Conflict (c. 1297-1305)”

SPRING QUARTER 2017 (May 6, 2017)

  • Norman Underwood (UC Berkeley) – “Let’s Be Professional: Clerical Discipline and Organization in the Third and Fourth Centuries.”
  • Warren Brown (Caltech) – “The Pre-history of Terrorism”
  • Justin Rose (UC Riverside) – “Crafting Spaces of Authority in Constantinople,” chapter 1 from “Descending from the Throne: Byzantine Bishops, Ritual and Spaces of Authority”
  • Thomas Barton (University of San Diego) – “Historicized Rationality: Deciphering Inter-faith Violence in the Medieval Crown of Aragon”

WINTER QUARTER 2017 (February 18, 2017)

  • Margaret Trenchard-Smith (Independent Scholar), “Unfit to Nurse: Ancient and Medieval Medical Writers on Women and Infants Disqualified from Breastfeeding
  • Maureen C. Miller (University of California, Berkeley), “Clothing as Communication? Vestments and Views of the Papacy c. 1300”
  • Marie Kelleher (CSU Long Beach) & Adam Franklin-Lyons (Marlboro College), “Crisis Event or Crisis Era – the Famines of 1333 and 1374 in Catalonia”
  • Monica Keane (Independent Scholar), “The Decameron’s Tuscan Tradition: Love, Literature and Florence”

FALL QUARTER 2016 (November 5, 2016)

  • Jennifer Jahner (CalTech), “After Becket: Interdict and the Rhetoric of Collective Injury”
  • Joe Figliulo-Rosswurm (UC Santa Barbara), “‘In this city, the greatest discord is to be seen’: Social Conflict, Political Culture, and the Florentine popolo in the late Thirteenth Century.”
  • Hilary A. Haakenson (CalPoly Pomona), “Trade, Translatio, and Transcendence: Visions of Empire in the Cartography of Pietro Vesconte”
  • Leah Klement (CalTech), “Rebel Historiography: Violence and Documentary Culture in the Alliterative Morte Arthure

SPRING QUARTER 2016 (May 7, 2016)

  • Norman Underwood (UC Berkeley), “The Clergy by the Numbers and the Letters in Late Antiquity”
  • Sarah Whitten (Hobart and William Smith Colleges), “Franks, Greeks, and Saracens: Violence, Empire, and Religion in Early Medieval Southern Italy”
  • Alison Perchuk (CSU Channel Islands), “The Monk as the New Elijah”
  • Tom Barton (University of San Diego), “Mosques and Tithes: The Non-Christian Foundations of a Christianized Landscape”

WINTER QUARTER 2016 (February 13, 2016)

  • C. Stephen Jaeger (University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign), “Godfrey of St. Victor and the End of Medieval Humanism”
  • Christina Bruno (History, Fordham University), “Church Law and Society in Late Medieval Bologna: A Franciscan Vademecum in Context”
  • Nancy van Deusen (Music, Claremont Graduate University), “Moving Bodies, Moving Time: Understanding Motion through Sight and Sound, Figura, Diagramma, and the Medieval Latin Translation of Plato’s Timaeus”
  • Jeffrey N. Weiner (UC Davis), “The Polyxena Pattern Then and Now”

FALL QUARTER 2015 (November 7, 2015)

  • Gavin S. Fort (Northwestern University), “Penitents and Their Proxies: Penance for Others in the Early Middle Ages”
  • Daniel Melleno (UC Berkeley), “New Contacts and New Dangers: Louis the Pious and the North”
  • Tyler Lange (UC Berkeley), “Reevaluating the Business of Late Medieval Church Courts”
  • Piotr Górecki (UCR), “Piast Poland and the Legal Systems of Medieval Europe: A Case Study”

SPRING QUARTER 2015 (May 2, 2015)

  • R. I. Moore (Newcastle University), “Principles at Stake: an Update on the Argument about the ‘Cathars’”
  • Lucille Chia (UC Riverside), “The Life and Afterlives of the Buddhist Qisha Canon, Thirteenth-Fourteenth Centuries”
  • Benjamin Saltzman (UC Berkeley), “The Secret Seized: Political Epistemology in Anglo-Saxon Law”
  • Elizabeth Comuzzi (UCLA), “Exploitation or Opportunity? The Nature of Apprenticeship in Castelló d’Empúries 1260-1310”

WINTER QUARTER 2015 (March 14, 2015)

  • Paul Chevedden (UCLA), “Eleventh-Century Papal Crusade Policy and El Cid’s Crusade Alliance with Pope Urban II”
  • Kristine Tanton (USC; UCLA), “An Angelology in Stone: The Sculpted Angels at Conques”
  • Mary Stroll (UC San Diego), “Anaclet II and the Papal Schism of 1130-1138: An Overview”
  • Adam Mowl (UCLA), “The Property of the Prince or the Community? The Ownership of Money and Popular Sovereignty in Nicole Oresme’s De Moneta

FALL QUARTER 2014 (November 8, 2014)

  • Alison Perchuk (California State University, Channel Islands), “Schismatic (Re)Visions: The Basilica of Sant’Elia near Nepi and Sta. Maria in Trastevere in Rome, ca. 1120–1143”
  • Esther Liberman Cuenca (Fordham University), “Oral Tradition, Written Custom: The Making of Borough Custumals in Medieval England”
  • Sharon Farmer (UC Santa Barbara), “Jews, Lombard Moneylenders, and Parisian Silk Women in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries”
  • Eugene Smelyansky (UC Irvine), “Conversion, Repression, Reform: Peter Zwicker and German Waldensians, 1391-1404”

SPRING QUARTER 2014 (May 3, 2014)

  • Rebecca Cerling (USC), “Finding Their Place: Benedictine Child Oblates in Eleventh-Century Canterbury”
  • Pippa Salonius (Humboldt State University), “Art, Authors, and Authority in Orvieto: the Curia and the Friars”
  • Sara Petrosillo (UC Davis), “Falconry and Medieval Poetry”
  • Giovanna Montenegro (UC Davis), “Mandeville and Marco Polo in German Fifteenth and Sixteenth-Century Cosmography and Cartography”

WINTER QUARTER 2014 (February 8, 2014)

  • Sean Griffin (UCLA), “Byzantine Liturgy and the Primary Chronicle: How Prince Vladimir Became the First Bishop of Rus”
  • Ned Schoolman (University of Nevada), “Aristocratic Families and Noble Lineages in Ravenna’s Long Tenth Century”
  • Nicole Archambeau (UCSB), “Sin and Doubts of Conscience as Sicknesses of the Soul in the Canonization Inquest for Delphine de Puimichel, 1363”
  • Randolph Head (UC Riverside), “The Challenges of Accumulation and the Evolution of Inventories”

FALL QUARTER 2013 (October 26, 2013)

  • Maureen Miller (UC Berkeley), “Visual Rhetoric and Reform in Medieval Rome”
  • Daniel Melleno (UC Berkeley), “‘The Rex Francorum and the Gens Danorum’: Political Interaction Before the 830s”
  • John Eldevik (Hamilton College), “Saints, Pagans, and the Wonders of the East: The Medieval Imaginary and its Manuscript Contexts”
  • Marijane Osborn (UC Davis), “Cold Cases of Two Princes: Reassessing the Alleged Murders of Hrethric and Hamlet”

SPRING QUARTER 2013 (May 4, 2013)

  • Leanne Good (UC Los Angeles), “The Political Monastery: Kremsmuenster’s Role in Establishing Secular Authority in Eighth-Century Bavaria”
  • Alan Bernstein (University of Arizona, Emeritus), “Hell and the Future, c. 1000 C.E.”
  • Abby Dowling (UC Santa Barbara), “‘Pour le Were’: Land and Natural Resource Management in Artois during the Franco-Flemish Conflict, ca. 1302-1307”
  • Kevin Roddy (UC Davis), “X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry and a Range of Medieval Coinage: Insights and Surprises”

WINTER QUARTER 2013 (February 9, 2013)

  • Gerda Heydemann (Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften), “Cassiodorus and the Psalms: Exegesis and Politics in the Sixth-Century Mediterranean”
  • Geoffrey Koziol (UC Berkeley), “Changing Templates of Kingship in Late Carolingian and Early Capetian Royal Diplomas”
  • Kate Craig (UC Los Angeles), “Space, Power, and Precedence: Expressing Friendship and Competition through Journeys of Relics, 10th-12th Century”
  • Joan Dusa (UC Los Angeles), “Why Did the Papacy Distrust Stephan Dusan of Serbia?”

FALL QUARTER 2012 (November 10, 2012)

  • Nancy McLoughlin (UC Irvine), “Translatio studii: University Wisdom and Deadly Sin at the French Royal Court
  • Joseph Figliuolo (UC Santa Barbara), “‘This is how dogs die!’: The Rhetoric of Community in the Florentine Countryside, 1343-49”
  • Sherri F. Johnson (UC Riverside), “Convents and Orders in Late Medieval Bologna”
  • Monica Keane (UC Davis), “Ideal Governance and Dystopian Florence: Communal Politics in the Frame of Boccaccio’s Decameron”

SPRING QUARTER 2012 (May 12, 2012)

  • Colleen C. Ho (UC Santa Barbara), “Panni tartarici: The Significance of Mongol Textiles to Italian Ecclesiastical Communities in the Early Fourteenth Century”
  • David Ringrose (UC San Diego), “Europeans Abroad, 1400-1700: Strangers in Not-so-Strange Lands”
  • Warren Brown (Caltech), “The Norms of Terror in Medieval Europe”
  • Eugene Smelyansky (UC Irvine), “The Rhineland Cities and Inquisition: Heresy, Persecution, and the Contours of Urban Politics in Mainz and Strasbourg, 1390-1400”

WINTER QUARTER 2012 (February 11, 2012)

  • Dana M. Polanichka (Wheaton College), “Frankish Women on the Hunt: The Gendering of Court and Politics under Charlemagne and Louis the Pious”
  • Dorothy F. Glass (SUNY-Buffalo and Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY), “The Sculpture of the Baptistery at Parma, Innocent III and the University of Paris”
  • Sarah Whitten (University of Nebraska, Omaha), “Remembering and Forgetting in Twelfth-Century Southern Italian Chronicles”
  • Thomas Barton (University of San Diego), “Micro-Convivencias: Kings, Lords, and Jews and the Quest for Royal Authority in the Crown of Aragon”

FALL QUARTER 2011 (November 5, 2011)

  • Brenda Deen Schildgen (UC Davis), “Divine Providence in Orosius”
  • Jesse W. Torgerson (UC Berkeley), “The Word in Time: The Chronological System of George the Synkellos”
  • Maryann Shenoda (UC Los Angeles), “Avenging Islam: Warrior Martyrs of the Medieval Coptic Church”
  • Sharon Farmer (UC Santa Barbara), “Paris and the Mediterranean: The Evidence from the Silk Industry”

SPRING QUARTER 2011 (May 21, 2011)

  • Kathryn Ringrose (UC San Diego), “The Byzantine Body”
  • Maureen C. Miller (UC Berkeley), “Women, Men, and Reform: The Making of Liturgical Vestments and Ecclesiastical Change”
  • Jennifer R. Hammerschmidt (UC Santa Barbara), “Beyond Vision: On the Impact of Rogier van der Weyden’s Descent from the Cross”
  • Nancy Van Deusen (Claremont Graduate University), “Communities of Learning, Augustine the Bishop and Early Augustinian Houses”

WINTER QUARTER 2011 (February 12, 2011)

  • Julian Hendrix (UCLA), “Prayer for the Dead in Carolingian Monasticism”
  • Maryanne Kowaleski (Fordham University), “Living by the Sea: Women and Family in Medieval English Maritime Communities”
  • Richard Unger (University of British Columbia), “Late Medieval Energy Metabolism and the Environmental Impact of the Black Death”
  • Edward M. Schoolman (University of Nevada) , “Reassessing the Early Medieval Sarcophagi of Ravenna”

FALL QUARTER 2010 (November 6, 2010)

  • Kathryn L. Jasper (UC Berkeley), “The Economics of Reform: Peter Damian and Fonte Avellana in the Eleventh Century”
  • Teofilo F. Ruiz (UC Los Angeles), “Royal Entries, Princely Visits, Triumphal Celebrations in Spain, c. 1327-1640”
  • Susannah F. Baxendale (UC Los Angeles), “Trust in Practice: Aspects of Late Medieval Business and Trust among the Alberti and their Parenti”
  • Tyler Lange (UC Berkeley), “Peasant Politics, Comital Justice, and Royal Authority in the County of Tonnerre, 1481-1555”

SPRING QUARTER 2010 (May 15, 2010)

  • Charity Urbanski (University of Washington), “Old French Historiography: Situating the Roman de Rou and Chronique des ducs de Normandie”
  • Jessica Elliott (UC Santa Barbara), “‘Iudaei devocionem simulantes?’: Representations of Converted Jews in French Chronicles before and after the Expulsion of 1306”
  • Piotr Gorecki (UC Riverside), “Ambiguous Beginnings: East Central Europe in the Making, 950-1200”
  • Irene Bueno (European University Institute, Florence), “False Prophets and Ravening Wolves: Biblical Exegesis as a Tool against Heretics in Jacques Fournier”

WINTER QUARTER 2010 (February 27, 2010)

  • Melanie C. Maddox (Unviersity of St Andrews), “Biblical Inspiration in the Anglo-Saxon and Irish Ideal of the Civitas”
  • John Ott (Portland State University), “Becoming Bishop: Clerical Culture and Episcopal Formation in the Archdiocese of Reims around 1100”
  • Sarah Whitten (UC Los Angeles), “Judges and Advocates: the Development of Judicial Officials in Early Medieval Southern Italy”
  • Nancy McLoughlin (UC Irvine), “‘As a very dutiful daughter to a father’: A Challenge to the Queen Regent’

FALL QUARTER 2009 (November 14, 2009)

  • Thomas Sizgorich (UC Irvine), “Ka’b and ‘Umar Go to Jerusalem: Jewish Knowledge, Christian Stories, and Muslim Memory in the Early Islamic World”
  • Cristina Stancioiu (UC Los Angeles), “Unraveling Medieval Cretan Dress”
  • Anthony Perron (Loyola Marymount University), “Ius commune and consuetudo in Poland and Scandinavia, ca. 1150-1250: Toward an Understanding of the “Church of Custom” on the High-Medieval Fringe”
  • Kristin Noone (UC Riverside),“The Magic of the Knight Life: Malory, Medievalism, and Arthurian Fantasy”

SPRING QUARTER 2009 (May 16, 2009)

  • Michelle Armstrong-Partida (UCLA), “Priestly Wives: The Role and Acceptance of Clerics’ Concubines in the Parishes of Late Medieval Catalunya”
  • Sharon Farmer (UCSB), “The Landscape of Hesdin and Its Sicilian Models: Cultural and Environmental Approaches and Adaptation”
  • Karen Frank (UCSB), “Wives, Mothers, Daughters, and Aunts: The Role of Women within the Family in Fifteenth-Century Jewish Perugia”
  • Marie-Helene Rousseau (Royal Holloway, London), “The Dissolution of Chantries at St Paul’s Cathedral, London”

WINTER QUARTER 2009 (February 14, 2009)

  • Alison Perchuk (Yale University), “Vetustum monasterium sancti Heliae: History, Liturgy, and Memory in a Twelfth-Century Italian Monastic Church”
  • Maureen Miller (UC Berkeley), “Let Them Exhibit Holiness: Clerical Clothing and Conciliar Concerns before 1215”
  • Björn Weiler (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, and Aberystwyth University), “Matthew Paris on the writing of History”
  • Elizabeth Casteen (Northwestern University), “Filia peramantissima: Filial Piety, Saintly Friendship, and the Apogee of Johanna I of Naples”

FALL QUARTER 2008 (November 22, 2008)

  • Helmut Reimitz (Princeton University), “Cultural Brokers and Ethnicity in the Merovingian Kingdoms”
  • Dana Polanichka (UCLA), “Defining the Church: The Use and Meaning of Ecclesia in Carolingian Texts”
  • Mary Harvey Doyno (Columbia University), “Lay Sanctity and the Sienese Commune”
  • Judith Bennett (USC), “Women and Compulsory Service in Late Medieval England”

SPRING QUARTER 2008 (May 31, 2008)

  • Jennifer Davis (Caltech), “Many Solutions to Every Problem: Redundant Delegation in Charlemagne’s Administration”
  • Warren Brown (Caltech), “Violence, the Princes, and the Towns in Twelfth Century Flanders”
  • C. Stephen Jaeger (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), “Philosophy, ca. 950-1050”
  • Christine Ekholst (Stockholm University, and Visiting Scholar, USC), “Defending One’s Rights. Aspects of Violence, Honor, and Gender in Swedish Medieval Law”

WINTER QUARTER 2008 (March 1, 2008)

  • Maya Soifer (Stanford University), “Negotiating Jewish-Christian Coexistence: Intercommunal Conflicts and Cooperation in Medieval Castile”
  • Scott Wells (California State University, Los Angeles), “Mobility and Identity in the Lives of Hermann Contractus of Reichenau (1013-1054)”
  • Sam Cohn (University of Glasgow), “Epidemiology of the Black Death and Successive Waves of Plague”
  • Jennifer Hammerschmidt (UCSB), “On the Subjectivity of Seeing: A New Look at Late Medieval Viewers”

FALL QUARTER 2007 (November 10, 2007)

  • Courtney Booker (University of British Columbia), “Per fas et nefas: The Strange History of Nithard’s Historiae.”
  • Edward Schoolman (UCLA), “Testamentary Practice in Early Medieval Ravenna”
  • Anna Harrison (Loyola Marymount University), “Liturgy and Community among the Thirteenth-Century Nuns at Helfta.”
  • Mark O’Tool (UCSB), “Louis IX and the Foundation of the Quinze-Vingts: Disability, Piety, and the Care of the Blind”

SPRING QUARTER 2007 (May 12, 2007)

  • Robert Bartlett (St Andrews), “England-Birth of a Name”
  • Marie-Helene Rousseau (University of London, Royal Holloway), “Praying for the Dead: Chantry Foundations at St Paul’s Cathedral, London”
  • Caroline Barron (University of London, Royal Holloway), “The Jubilee Book of London 1376-1387”
  • Michael Barbezat (UC Davis), “‘With His Own Bodily Eyes’: The Other World, Materiality, Doubt and Proof in the Tractatus de Purgatorio Sancti Patricii

WINTER QUARTER 2007 (February 17, 2007)

  • Geoffrey Koziol (UC Berkeley), “Politics and the Palace: Diplomas under Charles the Bald”
  • Suzanne Mariko Miller (Stanford), “Negotiating Uneasy Boundaries: Venetian rectors as mediators in medieval Dalmatia and Istria”
  • Melanie Maddox (University of St Andrews), “The Holy Civitas: Jerusalem, the Celestial City, Church Fathers, and Biblical Inspiration in Anglo-Saxon and Irish Latin Sources from the Fifth to the Eleventh Centuries”
  • Hend Gilli-Elewy (Cal Poly Pomona), “Mongol Court in Baghdad (1258-1335)”

FALL QUARTER 2006 (November 11, 2006)

  • Mary Stroll (UC San Diego), “Roger II Outwits the Papacy”
  • Kathleen Stewart (UC Berkeley), “Mary on the Frontier: BPT, Santes Creus MS 55”
  • Boris Todorov (UC Los Angeles), “Bulgarian Tsars Reading Bulgarian History (12-14th C.)”
  • Núria Silleras-Fernández (UC Santa Cruz), “Chapter 3: The Family from ‘Maria de Luna: Power, Piety and Patronage in Late Medieval Spanish Queenship’”

SPRING QUARTER 2006 (May 20, 2006)

  • Gadi Algazi (University of Tel Aviv), “Formae vitae: Organizing the Life of the Mind in Medieval Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Contexts”
  • Courtney M. Booker (University of British Columbia), “Histrionic History, Demanding Drama: The Penance of Louis the Pious in 833, Memory, and Emplotment”
  • Sebastián Salvadó (Stanford University), “Liturgy of the Thirteenth-Century Military Orders in the Crown of Aragon”
  • Anthony Perron (Loyola Marymount University), “‘Dignitatis Precipue Amplitudo’: Metropolitan Authority in the Danish Church under Eskil and Absalon (1133-1201)”

WINTER QUARTER 2006 (February 25, 2006)

  • Marie A. Kelleher (California State University, Long Beach), “Crimes of Passion: Sexual Transgression and the Legal Taxonomy of Women”
  • Srdjan Rajkovic (UCLA), “History and Historiography: Is There a Final End of an Empire? Byzantium between the Ottomans and the West: Gennadios Scholarios and Cardinal Bessarion”
  • Aline G. Hornaday (UC San Diego), “The Maubeuge Cycle Family and the Expansion of Hainaut”
  • Susannah Baxendale (UCLA), “Kinship and Conspiracy in Late Medieval Florence”

FALL QUARTER 2005 (November 5, 2005)

  • Arne Jaaska (UC Los Angeles), “Encountering Roman Cities in Early Medieval Alamannia”
  • Lisa Bitel (University of Southern California), “Tools and Scripts for Cursing in Medieval Ireland”
  • John Eldevik (California Polytechnic University, Pomona), “Driving the Chariot of the Lord: Siegfried I of Mainz (1060-1084) and Episcopal Identity in an Age of Transition.”
  • Charity Urbanski (UC Berkeley), “Wace’s Roman de Rou and the Subversion of Royal Propaganda”

SPRING QUARTER 2005 (May 21, 2005)

  • Chris Wickham (University of Birmingham), “Peasant Societies in the Post-Roman World: Comparative Studies”
  • Corinne Wieben (UC Santa Barbara), “Foster-mother of vipers: Santa Verdiana, Episcopal Conflict, and the Development of the Commune of Castelfiorentino”
  • Jehangir Malegam (Stanford University), “True and False Peace. The Limits of Mediation in Eleventh-Century Flanders”
  • Clementine Oliver (California State University, Northridge), “The First Political Pamphlet? The unsolved case of the anonymous account of the Good Parliament of 1376”

WINTER QUARTER 2005 (February 26, 2005)

  • James D’Emilio (University of South Florida), “The Charter of Theodenandus: Writing, Ecclesiastical Culture, and Monastic Reform in Tenth-Century Galicia”
  • Sherri Franks Johnson (UC Riverside, and Cal State San Bernadino), “Unions and Suppressions of Nunneries in Late Medieval Bologna”
  • Shennan Hutton (UC Davis), “Women’s Economic Activities in Fourteenth-Century Ghent”
  • Brian Catlos (UC Santa Cruz), “Towards a General Theory of Ethno-Religious Interaction: The Case of Medieval Iberia”

FALL QUARTER 2004 (November 6, 2004)

  • Alan E. Bernstein (University of Arizona), “Hell in the West, 400-800: From Internal Discipline to External Sanction”
  • Brenda Bolton (University of London, and Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley), “‘The Caravan Rests’: Innocent III’s Use of Itineration”
  • Tanya Stabler (UC, Santa Barbara), “What’s in a Name? Clerical Responsibilities of Parisian Beguines (1200-1328)”
  • Wendy J. Turner (Augusta State University), “Administrating the Lands and Medicating the Minds of the Feeble-Minded”

SPRING QUARTER 2004 (May 29, 2004)

  • John Eldevik (California Polytechnic University, Pomona), “Diabolic Contracts: The Leasing of Pievi and Perceptions of Order and Power in Early Medieval Italy”
  • R. I. Moore (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), “Marginalising the majority: Religion and the People of Medieval Europe”
  • Amanda Jane Hingst (UC Berkeley), “The Places of the Past in Orderic Vitalis’s Historia Ecclesiastica”
  • Warren Brown (California Institute of Technology), “Conflict, Writing, and Personal Relationships in the Early Medieval Formulas”

WINTER QUARTER 2004 (February 28, 2004)

  • Carrie Benes (UC Los Angeles), “Roman Foundations: Constructing Civic Identity in Late Medieval Italy”
  • Maureen C. Miller (UC Berkeley),“A ‘Shotgun Wedding’? Episcopal Weakness and Ritual Marriage in Medieval Florence”
  • Jochen Burgtorf (California State University, Fullerton), “Peace-Keeping Forces in the Latin East? The Military Orders Revisited”
  • Virginia Jansen (UC Santa Cruz), “Bishops and Building: The Ideological Mode in the Architecture of Thirteenth-Century England [with focus on Salisbury Cathedral]”

FALL QUARTER 2003 (November 8, 2003)

  • Claudia Rapp (UC, Los Angeles), “Holy Texts, Holy Men and Holy Scribes: Aspects of Scriptural Holiness in Late Antiquity”
  • Jay Rubenstein (University of New Mexico), “Putting History to Use: Three Crusade Chronicles in Context”
  • Brian R. Carniello (UC Santa Barbara), “Notarial Identity: Marriage Strategies and Guild Matriculations in Medieval Bologna, c. 1280-1294”
  • Heather Webb (Stanford University), “‘The smell of my own blood’: Saint Catherine of Siena’s Productive Heart”

SPRING QUARTER 2003 (April 5, 2003)

  • Victoria Sweet (UC San Francisco), “Body as Plant, Plant as Body: Viriditas in Hildegard of Bingen’s Causes and Cures”
  • Maryanne Horowitz (Occidental College), “Humanist Horticulture: Twelve Agricultural Months and Twelve Categories of Books in Piero de’ Medici’s Studiolo”
  • Scott Kleinman (California State University, Northridge), “The Æðelen of Engle: Cultural Identity in Layamon’s Brut”
  • Claire Waters (UC Davis), “Sermones ad Status and Old Wives Tales; or, The Audience Talks Back”

WINTER QUARTER 2003 (February 22, 2003)

  • Sherri Franks Johnson (University of Arizona), “Nunneries and Orders in Thirteenth-Century Bologna”
  • Aline G. Hornaday (UC San Diego), “The Maubeuge Saints: Their Spiritual Reciprocity with the Secular World of Medieval Hainaut”
  • Jasonne Grabher O’Brien (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, and Fairleigh Dickinson University), “Giovanni da Legnano’s De duello: The Laws on Duel According to a Fourteenth-Century Jurist”
  • Teofilo Ruiz (UC Los Angeles), “Itemizing the World: Property and Language in Late Medieval Castile”

FALL QUARTER 2002 (November 2, 2002)

  • Christoph Sonnlechner (University of Vienna and UCLA Visiting Scholar), “Land-use Strategies in the Eastern and Western Alps During the Early Middle Ages. An Environmental Approach”
  • Henry Ansgar Kelly (UC Los Angeles), “Chaucer’s Knight and Henry Bolingbroke in Lithuania: Heathens, Converts, and Schismatics”
  • Gang Zhou (UC Davis), “The Chinese Renaissance: A Transcultural Reading”
  • Kevin Roddy (UC Davis),“Seeking a Desert Where None Can Be Found: Paradigmatic Antecedents to Hermits and Hermiticism in Fifteenth-Century England”

SPRING QUARTER 2002 (June 1, 2002)

  • Jason Glenn (USC), “Flodoard and the Contested See of Reims, 925-948”
  • Mary Stroll (UC San Diego), “Strange Bedfellows: The Pope and the Emperor in 1122”
  • Drew G. Miller (UC Santa Barbara), “Torturous Tonsuring: Violence, Communication, and ‘Anticlericalism?’ during the Reign of King Edward I (1272-1307)”
  • Nancy Mcloughlin (UC Santa Barbara), “For the sake of the University of Paris: the targets of Gerson’s condemnations at Constance”

WINTER QUARTER 2002 (February 9, 2002)

  • Lisa M. Bitel (University of Southern California), “Body of a Saint, Story of a Goddess: Origins of the Brigidine Tradition”
  • David A. Traill (UC Davis), “Walter of Châtillon’s Prosimetron In Domino confido (W.3): Where, when, and for whom was it first performed?”
  • Brett Whalen (Stanford), “Symbolic Greeks: Post-Biblical History and Latin Christian Identity in the Works of Joachim of Fiore”
  • Kathryn Ringrose (UC San Diego), “Transcending the Material World: Eunuchs and Angels”

FALL QUARTER 2001 (November 3, 2001)

  • Jane Beal (UC Davis), “Translating Authority in Trevisa’s English Polychronicon”
  • Joshua C. Birk (UC Santa Barbara), “Religion, Ethnicity, and Royal Power in Twelfth-Century Sicily”
  • Warren Brown (Caltech), “Charters as weapons. On the role played by early medieval dispute records in the disputes they record”
  • Eona Karakacili (UC Davis), “Rethinking Development in Pre-Industrial England: Agrarian Labor Productivity Rates before the Black Death”

SPRING QUARTER 2001 (May 12, 2001)

  • Mary Stroll (UC San Diego), “Calixtus II and the Canterbury/York Primacy Dispute”
  • Clementine Oliver (UC Berkeley), “A Political Pamphleteer in Late Medieval England”
  • Scott Waugh (UC Los Angeles), “The Making of a Courtly Saint: The Lives of Edward the Confessor in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries”
  • Brenda Schildgen (UC Davis), “Chaucer, Pagan Philosophy, and the Ethical Debate in the Canterbury Tales”

WINTER QUARTER 2001 (March 3, 2001)

  • Helen Maurer (UC Irvine), “Delegitimizing Lancaster: The Yorkist Use of Gendered Propaganda during the Wars of the Roses”
  • Gerd Althoff (University of Münster), “Promises Made, Promises Made to be Kept: The Obliging Power of Staged Rituals in the Middle Ages”
  • Asa Mittman (Stanford University), “Crossing Boundaries: Apotropaism in the Ruthwell Cross”
  • Anna Maria Busse Berger (UC Davis), “Tonaries and the Memorization of Georgian Chant”

FALL QUARTER 2000 (October 28, 2000)

  • Deanna Forsman (UC Los Angeles), “Merovingian Factional Politics and the Archbishop of Canterbury: Cross Channel Relations in the mid-seventh Century”
  • Jason Glenn (USC), “Religious and Intellectual Life in Tenth-Century Reims: Richer and Reims”
  • Nancy Caciola (UC San Diego), “Mystics, Demoniacs, and the Physiology of Spirit Possession in Medieval Europe”
  • Wendy Turner (UC Los Angeles), “’Afflicted with Insanity’: Changes in Legal Perception”

SPRING QUARTER 2000 (May 20, 2000)

  • John Eldevik (UC Los Angeles), “The Count, the Bishop, his Tithes and their Churches: Negotiating the Possession and Payment of Tithes in Medieval Austria 990-1070”
  • Philippe Buc (Stanford), “Texts and Events in Ninth-Century Carolingian Political Culture”
  • Ray Kea (UC Riverside), “The Phenomenology of al-‘umran: Towns, Commerce, and Public Texts in Christian Nubia and Islamic Kanem (6th-14th centuries)”
  • Luminita Florea (UC Berkeley), “Nec videmus nisi per speculum in enigmate–Musicus and Cantor: or, What did John of Tewkesbury Know?”

FALL QUARTER 1999 (November 6, 1999)

  • Mathew Kuefler (San Diego State University), “The Gender Politics of Christian Self-Castration”
  • Susan Taylor Snyder (UC Santa Barbara), “Sexual Theory and Practice in the Dolcinian Movement”
  • Dallas Denery (UC Berkeley), “Peter of Limoges, Perspectivist Optics and the Displacement of Vision”
  • Piotr Górecki (UC Riverside), “A Historian as a Source of Law: Abbot Peter of Henryków and the Invocation of Norms in Medieval Poland, c. 1200-1270”

SPRING QUARTER 1999 (May 29, 1999)

  • Warren Brown (Cal Tech), “Conflict, Interest, and Authority in Early Carolingian Bavaria”
  • John S. Ott (Stanford), “Urban Space, Memory, and Episcopal Authority: Amiens, 1073-1144”
  • Pegatha Taylor (UC Berkeley), “Missionaries on Crusade: Ecclesiastical Participation in the West Slavic Crusade of 1147”
  • Joan Cadden (UC Davis), “’Nothing Natural is Shameful’: Vestiges of a Debate about Sex in a Group of Late Medieval Manuscripts”

WINTER QUARTER 1999 (February 27, 1999)

  • Carol Braun Pasternack (UC Santa Barbara), “Conversion and Gender in Anglo-Saxon England”
  • Maryanne Horowitz (Occidental College and UCLA, CMRS Associate), “Medieval and Renaissance Vegetative Images”
  • Teofilo Ruiz (UC Los Angeles), “On the Margins of Society in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain”
  • Jennifer Heindl (UC Berkeley), “The Anonimo Romano and Cola di Rienzo”

FALL QUARTER 1998 (November 21, 1998)

  • Laura Wertheimer (UC Santa Barbara), “The Origins of a Medieval Construct: Illegitimacy in Late Antiquity”
  • Kenneth B. Wolf (Pomoma College), “Voluntary and Involuntary Poverty in the Lives of St. Francis of Assisi”
  • Sharon Farmer (UC Santa Barbara), “The Beggar’s Body: Constructing and Deconstructing Male Beggars in Thirteenth-Century Paris”
  • David Foot (UC Davis), “The Quiet City: Civic Identity and Papal Statebuilding in Fourteenth-Century Orvieto”

SPRING QUARTER 1998 (May 30, 1998)

  • Patrick J. Geary, UC Los Angeles, “Land, Language, and Memory in Europe 700-1100”
  • Deborah Gerish (UC Santa Barbara), “Ancestors and Predecessors: Royal Continuity and Identity in the First Kingdom of Jerusalem”
  • Aline Hornaday (UC San Diego), “Measurement Standards and Early Medieval Attitudes”
  • Eric J. Goldberg (University of Virginia), “Sancta ac venerabilis dominica crux sua: The Political Theology of Louis the German’s Portrait in the Ludwig-Psalter”

WINTER QUARTER 1998 (February 28, 1998)

  • Emily Albu (UC Davis), “Devils and Wolves: The Normans in Their Histories”
  • Stephen Humphreys (UC Santa Barbara), “Egypt in the World System of the Later Middle Ages”
  • Linda G. Jones, “Contesting the Sacred: Competing Arenas of Islamic Discourse in Mamluk Syria”
  • Kathryn A. Miller (Stanford University), “On the Border of Infidelity: Muslim Communities in Christian Spain”

FALL QUARTER 1997 (October 18, 1997)

  • Kevin Roddy (UC Davis), “Politics and Religion in Late Antiquity: The Roman Imperial Adventus Ceremony and the Christian Myth of the Harrowing of Hell”
  • Maureen C. Miller (Hamilton College), “The Episcopal Residence in the Early Middle Ages: The Domus Sancte Ecclesie”
  • David Foote (UC Davis), “Writing and the Confluence of Ecclesiastical and Civic Cultures: The Administrative Reforms of Bishop Giovanni of Orvieto (1211-1212)”
  • Sabine von Heusinger (University of Constance/UC Berkeley), “Johannes Mulberg (+ 1414): A Life between the Great Schism, the Dominican Observance and the Beguine Controversy”

SPRING QUARTER 1997 (May 31, 1997)

  • Philippe Buc (Stanford University), “Martyre et ritualité dans l’antiquité tardive: Horizons de l’écriture médiévale des rituels Annales HHS, 52 (1997) 63-92.
  • Warren Brown (UC Los Angeles), “The Manipulation of Norms in Disputes in Early Medieval Barvaia”
  • Sharon Farmer (UC Santa Barbara), “Manual Labor, Begging, and Conflicting Gender Expectations in Thirteenth-Century Paris”
  • Helen Maurer (UC Irvine), “Margaret of Anjou and the Politics of Mediation”

WINTER QUARTER 1997 (March 8, 1997)

  • Phyllis Jestice (UC Davis), “Women’s Rule: The Regency of Otto III and Ottonian Power”
  • Raymond LaVoie (UC Los Angeles), “Relics and Royal Treasures: St Dionysius, Emperor Arnulf, and Imperial Identity at St Emmeram in the Eleventh Century”
  • Geoffrey Koziol (UC Berkeley), “Truth and Its Inconsequences: Of Forgeries and Fictions in the Early Middle Ages”
  • William North (UC Berkeley), “Torn Between Two Loves: Action and Contemplation in the Exegesis of Eleventh-Century Reformers”

FALL QUARTER 1996 (November 16, 1996)

  • Hans Hummer (UC Los Angeles), “Back to the Future for a Precarial Kin-Group? The Rodoins and the Saargau of the Cartulary of Weissenburg”
  • Carol Lansing (UC Santa Barbara), “Gender and Civic Authority: Sexual Control in a Medieval Italian Town”
  • Claudia Rapp (UC Los Angeles), “Ritual Brotherhood in Byzantium”
  • Laura Wertheimer (UC Santa Barbara), “Bastardy, Authority, and Patronage in the English Clergy, 1198-1348”

SPRING QUARTER 1996 (June 1, 1996)

  • Cynthia L. Chamberlin (UC Los Angeles), “Lawsuit in the Cathedral: Pes de Menta vs. the Cathedral Chapter of Seville, 1324-1348”
  • Piotr Górecki (UC Riverside), “Witnesses, Neighbors, Mediators, and Friends: In Search of Legal Communities in Thirteenth-Century Poland”
  • Geoffrey Nathan (UC Los Angeles), “Domestic Slavery in Late Antiquity: Le Meilleur des Châteaux Possibles”
  • Kathryn Ringrose (UC San Diego), “Language, Eunuchs, and Gender in Byzantium”

WINTER QUARTER 1996 (February 3, 1996)

  • Richard E. Barton (UC Santa Barbara), “’Zealous Anger’ and the Renegotiation of Aristocratic Relationships in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century France”
  • Christine Marie Harker (UC Riverside), “Translatio Memoriae: The Construction of Corporate Memory in William of Malmesbury’s de antiquitate Glastonie Ecclesie and its Thirteenth-Century Continuations”
  • Phyllis G. Jestice (UC Davis), “Remembering Odilo: Re-remembering Abbots at Cluny”
  • Conrad Rudolph (UC Riverside), “Hugh of Saint Victor’s The Mystic Ark and the Multiplication and Systematization of Imagery in the Mid-Twelfth Century”

FALL QUARTER 1995 (December 2, 1995)

  • Sharon Farmer (UC Santa Barbara), “Matter Out of Place? Elite Discussions of Single Women in High Medieval Paris”
  • James Given (UC Irvine), “The Inquisitors of Languedoc and Medieval Penal Practice”
  • Andrea Hood (UC Berkeley), “Dissent as Heresy: Viterbo in the 13th Century”
  • Susan Snyder (UC Santa Barbara), “Gender and Status in the Inquisitorial Register of Jacques Fournier”