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A Message from the Director, June 2020

Published: June 17, 2020

Dear Friends, On June 8, 2020, CMRS released a statement in support of Black Lives Matter. In it, we also reaffirmed our commitment to systemic and programmatic changes which we started to bring forward this year, first through our new five-year Research Axes plan and in new programming such as the CMRS symposium on “Early…

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Supporting Students

Published: June 16, 2020

CMRS is providing a total of $58,520 of financial support to graduate students for the summer of 2020. The Center was able to make these fellowships available in part by redirecting funding that would have been used for Spring Quarter 2020 programs that had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. CMRS has also…

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Works-in-Progress Happy Hours – Call for Presenters 

Published: June 15, 2020

Beginning this fall, CMRS will be hosting twice-monthly “Works-in-Progress Happy Hours” to promote intellectual exchange and collegiality, while most of us will be continuing to work and learn remotely. The Happy Hours will be scheduled from 5 to 6 pm via Zoom and are open to UCLA faculty and graduate students. They will consist of…

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Fall 2020 LAMAR Seminar: “The Late Antique World: Transitions and Transformations Between Classical and Medieval”

Published: June 15, 2020

CL 250 “The Late Antique World: Transitions and Transformations between Classical and Medieval” This course, taught by Professor Sarah Beckmann from the Department of Classics, is an interdisciplinary seminar focusing on late antiquity as a historical period and scholarly construct.  Using primary evidence (art, artifact, literature), modern scholarship, and varied methodological approaches, this course examines…

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UCLA-CMRS Supports Black Lives Matter

Published: June 8, 2020

As an Organized Research Unit of the University of California dedicated to the study of the deep history of structures, mechanisms, and representations of society, and with it the causes of power differentials, marginalization, violence, persecution, and intolerance, the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (UCLA-CMRS) voices its strongest support for the national movement…

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CMRS Reading Group for Graduate Students and Faculty

Published: June 2, 2020

CMRS plans to host a monthly medieval and Renaissance reading group for graduate students and faculty. We’re proposing an ongoing, online conversation through summer and into the next academic year. CMRS-affiliated graduate students and faculty can propose and share an article or a book particularly important for their research, and then participate in an informal…

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Call for Papers VIATOR

Published: May 18, 2020

Amidst this unique and shared journey, we at Viator continue to believe that looking to the past is an opportunity to shape our present and future. As the journal fills its 50th volume, changes are afoot. Allison McCann is the new publication manager for UCLA’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Viator’s landmark volume 50 will contain the last issues…

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A Portrait of CMRS Director Zrinka Stahuljak

Published: May 5, 2020

French magazine L’Histoire features an article about our formidable director in its current issue, offering a look at the interesting influences and intersections that led her to Medieval Studies and UCLA. Read the article at the L’Histoire website for a fascinating portrait of Professor Stahuljak.

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CMRS Faculty Update – Javier Patiño Loira

Published: April 21, 2020

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has awarded Javier Patiño Loira (UCLA, Spanish & Portuguese) a fellowship to complete his book Sharp Minds: Metaphor and the Cult of Ingenuity in an Age of Science (1639-1654). Sharp Minds tells a story at the crossroads of humanistic and scientific inquiry. It explores the 17th-century cult of…

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CMRS Faculty Update – Luke Yarbrough

Published: April 21, 2020

UCLA Professor Luke Yarbrough, of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, has received a fellowship from the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the 2020-2021 Academic Year. In partnership with Professor Uriel Simonsohn of Haifa University, he has co-organized a research group whose project is titled “Cultural…

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