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The Ark After Noah: Beasts, Books, and Bodies of Knowledge

Friday, March 3 - Saturday, March 4

This two-day symposium hosted at the University of California, Los Angeles and the J. Paul Getty Museum brings together scholars working on the aspects of image, text, knowledge, and culture that surround the bestiary tradition in the medieval world. Speakers will focus on how the development of encyclopedic texts and new structures of knowledge emerged on the manuscript page in and alongside bestiaries.

Organized by Matthew Fisher (Associate Professor of English, UCLA) and Elizabeth Morrison (Senior Curator of Manuscripts, J. Paul Getty Museum).

Generous support is provided by the Endowment for the UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies and Brian and Katherine Stokes.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
March 3 at UCLA Advance registration is not required; no fee. Limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Self-pay parking in lots 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Parking information at https://main.transportation.ucla.edu/campus-parking/visitors
For additional information: cmrs@humnet.ucla.edu | 310-825-1880 | cmrs.ucla.edu
March 4 at the Getty Center Advance registration is required.
To register, visit http://bit.ly/GettyArk or call 310-440-7300.
Parking is $15 per car and can be paid using the self-service pay stations.
FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017, UCLA ROYCE HALL ROOM 314
9:00 Registration, coffee, pastries
9:30 Welcoming Remarks
Massimo Ciavolella (CMRS Director, UCLA)
Elizabeth Morrison (The J. Paul Getty Museum)
Session I – Chair: Bryan Keene (The J. Paul Getty Musuem)
9:45 Susan Crane (Columbia University)
“Spiritual Materiality in Bestiary MS Bodley 764”
10:30 Break
Session II – Chair: Bronwen Wilson (UCLA)
10:45 Alexandra Paddock (University of Oxford)
“Wisdom in the belly of the whale: ‘Patience’ and the MS Arundel 292 bestiary”
Baudouin Van den Abeele (Université catholique de Louvain)
“Hunting Scenes in the Medieval Bestiaries”
12:15 Lunch Break
Session III – Chair: Matthew Fisher (UCLA)
1:45 Rémy Cordonnier (Bibliothèque de l’Agglomération du Pays de Saint-Omer)
“Bestiaries and Exegesis: Between Encyclopedism and Hermeneutic”
Rebecca Hill (University of California, Los Angeles)
From Spider to Elephant: The Scale of Knowledge in the Arabic Bestiary Tradition”
3:15 Break
Session IV – Chair: Jennifer Jahner (Caltech)
3:30 Emily Steiner (University of Pennsylvania)
“Translating Beasts: Animal and Human Life in the English and French Translations of De proprietatibus rerum
Emma Campbell (University of Warwick)
“Bodies of Knowledge in French Verse Bestiaries”
SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017, THE GETTY MUSEUM LECTURE HALL
11:00 Welcoming Remarks
Richard Rand (Associate Director of Collections, The J. Paul Getty Museum)
Matthew Fisher (UCLA)
Session V – Chair: Rebecca McNamara (UCLA)
11:15 Chet Van Duzer (The Lazarus Project, University of Rochester)
“From Mappamundi to Manuscript: The Incursion of the Monstrous Peoples into Two Bestiaries of the B-Is Family”
Debra Strickland (University of Glasgow)
“The Bestiary and the Hereford World Map: Exoticism, Exclusion, and England”
12:45 Lunch Break
Session VI – Chair: Larisa Grollemond (The J. Paul Getty Musuem)
2:00 Meradith McMunn (Rhode Island College)
“Beasts in the Rose Garden: Anthology Manuscripts with Beast Literature and the Roman de la Rose
Julie Orlemanski (University of Chicago)
“Art, Species, and Phoenician Ontology”
3:30 Break
Session VII – Chair: Elizabeth Morrison (The J. Paul Getty Musuem)
3:45 Jane Geddes (King’s College, Aberdeen University)
“The Case for Bridlington Priory: A Center for Bestiary Production?”
4:30 Reception
Image at top: An Elephant from the Northumberland Bestiary, English, about 1250 – 1260. J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 100 fol. 17v (detail); pen-and-ink drawing tinted with body color and translucent washes on parchment.
Download the event program (PDF)

Details

Start:
Friday, March 3
End:
Saturday, March 4

Organizer

CMRS
Phone:
310-825-1880
Email:
cmrs@humnet.ucla.edu
Website:
cmrs.ucla.edu