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October 2015

CMRS Open House

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Please join CMRS Director Professor Massimo Ciavolella and the staff of the Center for our annual Open House celebrating the start of a new academic year.  This year marks CMRS’s 52nd year of promoting interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies of the period from Late Antiquity to the mid-seventeenth century. Come meet other faculty members, students, colleagues, and friends who share these interests and find out more about CMRS’s programs, fellowships, grants, and publications. The Open House will include a small used book sale…

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Conflict and the Law in Medieval Poland, 1100–1370

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable Professor Piotr Górecki (History, UC Riverside) previews his next monograph project, about the law in medieval Poland between the twelfth century and the end of the Piast dynasty. The project engages with several subjects current today in medieval legal history: disputing and its underlying processes; the court network and its alternatives; the meaning, autonomy, and role of norms, and their relationship to legislation; the significance, in all these areas, of specific generic actors—in Poland, above all the dukes; and…

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State Power, Political Conflict and Urban Ideologies in Medieval Northern Spain

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture The Later Middle Ages are known as a time of violent outbursts of rebellion and repression. Recent historiography, however, has shown that both violent conflict and peaceful resistance were intrinsic parts of daily life in Late Medieval towns in the Kingdom of Castile. Subversive speech and petitioning were used by subjects with the aim of modifying political practices and structures. This talk by CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Jesús Solórzano Telechea (Senior Lecturer, Medieval History, University…

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Graduate Student Meet-and-Greet

Thursday, October 22, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

CMRS invites graduate students in all fields of study to attend a social gathering to get acquainted with other students involved in topics pertinent to medieval and Renaissance studies. Come by and meet new colleagues and old friends! Advance registration not required. No fee. Limited seating. Image detail from Paradise (predella panel), ca. 1445, by Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia; (Italian, Sienese, 1398–1482). Tempera and gold on canvas, transferred from wood. Copyright Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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November 2015

Platonic Words: Paolo Sarpi and Roberto Bellarmino as Translators in the Venetian Interdict Crisis

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable Professor Darcy Kern (History, Southern Connecticut State University) considers translation practices in pre- and post-Tridentine Catholic Europe, particularly as they relate to the Venetian interdict crisis and the vernacular pamphlet battle between Paolo Sarpi and Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino. Close attention to debates about the meaning of words reveals that Sarpi, an anti-papalist and anti-Trent polemicist, adhered closely to Tridentine standards while Bellarmino did not. Topics of enquiry include the Platonic nature of words, the politics of translation, and anonymity.…

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