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February 2017

E. A. Moody Medieval Philosophy Workshop

Saturday, February 25 - Sunday, February 26

Organized by Professor Calvin Normore (Philosophy, UCLA), the topic of this year’s workshop is the “Deadly Sins.” Saturday, February 25 10 AM – Peter King (Toronto) – “Moral Fatigue” 11:30 AM – Janelle Aijian (Biola) – “Wishing and Hoping: Diverging sources of understanding acedia” 1 PM – Lunch 2:30 PM – Bonnie Kent (U.C. Irvine) – Anger, Justice, and the Guise of Virtue 4 PM – Chantelle Saville (Auckland) – “Luxuria: Robert Holcot on Deadly Sin” Sunday, February 26 10:30…

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Building on the Inquisition. How Did Poverty-Minded Friars Pay for Big Buildings?

Tuesday, February 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

A distinctive feature of the new religious orders of the thirteenth century (Franciscans and Dominicans among others) was their adoption of apostolic poverty. Friars focused their action on charity and outdoor preaching to convert the urban poor from heretical practices. In this talk, Caroline Bruzelius (Anne Murnick Cogan Professor of Art and Art History, Duke University) describes how the friars began to create large churches and preaching piazzas that changed the character of medieval cities in Italy, and asks how…

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Mapping, Modeling, and Apps. Experiments in Scholarship and Teaching in the Humanities

Tuesday, February 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Annual Armand Hammer Art History Lecture New digital tools are transforming the ways in which we do research and teach. Caroline Bruzelius (Anne Murnick Cogan Professor of Art and Art History) shares how at Duke University, the Wired! group has been experimenting with integrating technologies into traditional courses. They have also created a lab running six or seven concurrent research projects with teams of graduate and undergraduate students working side by side. The projects range from a GIS database that…

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March 2017

Fables of The Bees in Sixteenth-Century France

Wednesday, March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable Throughout the Renaissance, the interest in insects lagged behind the study of zoology and natural history. Yet the honeybee represents an exception because of its symbolic dimension in the Bible as well as in the Greek and Roman literary heritage. In this talk, Professor Cynthia Skenazi (French and Italian, UC Santa Barbara, and CMRS Associate) shows how Pierre de Ronsard’s poetry offers a way to explore how references to bees brought together politics, religion, gender, and poetry in…

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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.…

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“Translatio imperii”: The Formation of Emotive Literary Identities & Mentalities in the North

Monday, March 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The importation of French courtly material in thirteenth-century Norway and Iceland completes a cycle  of cultural transmission and expansion begun almost four centuries earlier with the Viking expansion  outward from the Northern peripheries of the known world to the neighboring insular regions of the  British Isles, to Northern France and finally to the medieval center of the world, Jerusalem. This talk by Sif Ríkharðsdóttir (University of Iceland) addresses the way in which such cross-cultural literary exchange partakes in the formation…

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CANCELED–Monarch, Maiden & Fool: The Book of Esther in Early Modern German, English, & Yiddish Drama

Wednesday, March 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CMRS Lecture CANCELED To Be Rescheduled Scholars of Yiddish literature have proposed that the first extant Purim-Shpil (Purim Play) continued the tradition of early modern English and German dramatizations of the Book of Esther. In this talk, Professor Chanita Goodblatt (Foreign Literatures & Linguistics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) will focus on the carnivalesque aspect of these plays, involving issues of misrule, as well as the social and political consequences of what Joy Wiltenburg terms “Disorderly Women and Female Power.”…

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Medieval Books – Torn, Fetid, and Dripped On

Thursday, March 9 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture Is it possible to derive historical meaning from the grubby fingerprints and torn leaves that scholars find inside medieval books? Can surviving medieval manuscripts be matched to contemporary accounts of the mistreatment of books – those of Geoffrey Chaucer, whose Wife of Bath famously tears leaves from her husband’s book; or those of the fourteenth-century bibliophile Richard de Bury, whose medieval reader’s “nails are stuffed with fetid filth as black as jet” and whose “nose, running…

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King Richard III: the Resolution of a 500-Year-Old Cold Case

Thursday, March 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

King Richard III was one of the few English kings for whom the precise location of his grave had been lost. In 2012, during an excavation, his putative remains were found underneath a carpark in Leicester. Dr Turi King led the genetic analysis which led to the identification of the remains as those of King Richard III. Turi King, PhD (Reader in Genetics and Archaeology, University of Leicester) will discuss the case from the very beginning covering the archaeology, osteology,…

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May 2017

California Medieval History Seminar

Saturday, May 6 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

The spring session of California Medieval History Seminar meets at the Huntington Library to discuss four pre-distributed research papers. Participants are expected to read the papers in advance and come prepared to discuss them. Speakers and paper topics are announced by e-mail. To be added to the announcement list contact us. Advance registration is required — write to cmrs@humnet.ucla.edu to register. Seating is limited and by pre-registration only. A fee may apply. More information about the seminar is at cmrs.ucla.edu/seminars Support for…

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