Reflections on 2020

Published: October 16, 2020

COVID will change history The global pandemic will change history. An illness that will kill at least a quarter of a million Americans within a year must have a massive impact. The many people not included in that number who sicken with the disease—especially those who experience long-term health consequences or who rack up insurmountable…

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CMRS Co-Sponsored Workshop: Lyric Meditation, Islamic Philosophy, and Comparative Religion in the Works of Bidel of Delhi

Published: October 16, 2020

The UCLA Program on Central Asia invites you to the multidisciplinary workshop, Steadfast Imagining: Lyric Meditation, Islamic Philosophy, and Comparative Religion in the Works of Bidel of Delhi (d.1720) organized and led by Prof. Domenico Ingenito (UCLA, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures) and Dr. Jane Mikkelson (University of Virginia) in cooperation with scholars working in Persian Studies, Islamic…

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Director’s Letter, Fall 2020

Published: September 13, 2020

The Director’s annual letter is a serious task because it conveys a commitment to the project of the coming academic year and to a vision of a long-term future. But as I set to writing it this summer — the summer which never really came — the task is a radically altered one. How is…

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Call for Presenters: Reflections on 2020

Published: September 12, 2020

As part of CMRS’s regular biweekly email news blasts, we’d like to offer the Center’s faculty and students an opportunity to reflect on the remarkable times we are living in. Please send us your thoughts and observations–in an audio or video recording (5 minutes maximum) or in writing (500 words maximum)—on the intersections between your…

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Call for Papers: Animals and Humans on the Move

Published: August 31, 2020

A Viator essay cluster, edited by Przemysław Marciniak. The relationship between humans and their nonhuman traveling companions changed over time, and over the distances they traveled. Who would Don Quixote be without Rocinante, or Alexander without Bucephalus? This cluster of short essays proposes to look at moving/traveling animals and animals as the companions of traveling/moving…

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

Published: August 24, 2020

For Fall 2020, Professor Sarah Beckmann (Classics) presents the CMRS/LAMAR Seminar “The Late Antique World: Transitions and Transformations Between Classical and Medieval” (CLASSIC 250), an interdisciplinary seminar focusing on late antiquity as an historical period and scholarly construct. Using primary evidence (art, artifact, literature), modern scholarship, and varied methodological approaches, this course examines the origins…

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Job Opening: The Wellman Chair in Medieval History

Published: August 23, 2020

The UCLA History Department seeks a senior historian of any region of Europe (including the Byzantine world) focusing on any period from late antiquity to 1400. We are searching for a senior Associate or a Full Professor with a distinguished research and publication record, who is a leader in the field as well as a…

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UCLA-CMRS Supports Black Lives Matter

Published: June 19, 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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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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