New CMRS Conference Proceedings

Published: November 2, 2016

Three new books by our faculty members—CMRS Director Massimo Ciavolella, and Professors Sharon Gerstel and Matthew Fisher—have just been published. All three are based on the proceedings of conferences that were sponsored and organized by the Center. Viewing Greece: Cultural and Political Agency in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean, edited by Sharon E. J….

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Celebrating Paul Freedman at CMRS Conference

Published: October 11, 2016

In Spring 2017, Boundaries in the Medieval and Wider World:Essays in Honour of Paul Freedman is available from Brepols Publishers. This book, part of the UCLA-CMRS series Cursor Mundi, is a collection of papers presented at the UCLA-CMRS conference. Colleagues and students of Yale University Professor Paul Freedman (Chester D. Tripp Professor of History; Chair,…

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LAMAR Seminar Fall 2016

Published: August 16, 2016
Chaucer Astrolabe, 1326; British Museum.

CMRS sponsors the Fall 2016 Late Antique, Medieval, and Renaissance (LAMAR) Seminar which is being taught this quarter by Professor Christine Chism and listed as English 244 with the generic name “Old and Middle English Literature.” This seminar, “Knowledge and Transculturation in the Premodern World,” explores transculturations of knowledge in the late antique, medieval, and…

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Charlene Villaseñor-Black Wins Faculty Prize

Published: July 18, 2016

Congratulations to CMRS faculty member Charlene Villaseñor-Black from the UCLA Department of Art History, the winner of this year’s Gold Shield Faculty Prize for recognition and reward to mid-level faculty in UCLA departments with undergraduate degree programs. We’re very excited to be working with Prof. Villaseñor-Black and Dr. Mari-Tere Álvarez of The J. Paul Getty…

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Sharon Gerstel Wins 2016 Runciman Award

Published: June 15, 2016

We are delighted to announce that UCLA Art History professor and CMRS faculty member Sharon Gerstel has won the prestigious 2016 Runciman Award, an annual literary award offered by the Anglo-Hellenic League. Her winning entry is Rural Lives and Landscapes in Late Byzantium: Art, Archaeology and Ethnography which is the first book to examine the…

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St Catherine’s Manuscripts at UCLA

Published: April 26, 2016

The Ahmanson Foundation has awarded a major grant to the UCLA Library to fund key aspects of the Sinai Library Digitization Project.  This major project – initiated by the fathers of St. Catherine’s Monastery of the Sinai, Egypt, and made possible through the participation of the UCLA Library and the Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (EMEL)…

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The DNA of Shakespeare’s Works

Published: April 26, 2016

CMRS Faculty Robert N. Watson (Department of English) has written an article detailing his research on a statistical analysis of Shakespeare’s plays which confirms his hunches about word use in the plays and validates his correction of disputed lines in Romeo and Juliet. “…if my recent publications on this can convince the world to fix…

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Andy Kelly on Satan

Published: April 13, 2016

UCLA’s Distinguished Research Professor Henry Ansgar Kelly spoke about the Devil, based on his book Satan, a Biography. Andy’s lecture was for the Annual William and Lois Matthews Samuel Pepys Lecture on April 7, 2016. Click here to listen to the lecture. Satan, a Biography is published by the University of Cambridge Press.

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Re-Thinking Medicine

Published: March 23, 2016

Can traditional medical experience, knowledge and wisdom help rethink present-day medicine? That was the question asked by an international panel of scholars, scientists, physicians, and practitioners at “Medical Traditions for the 21st Century,” a two-day conference held at UCLA, February 27-28, 2016. These experts crossed the borders of traditionally defined disciplines to look at this…

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Hearing the Lost Sounds of Antiquity

Published: March 16, 2016

The project began because Sharon Gerstel, an art history and archaeology professor at UCLA, realized something was missing from her already-deep understanding of Byzantine art. “What struck me was, we always look at paintings without thinking about the sonic accompaniments,” she told me. “So many paintings of a certain period contain representations of hymns and…

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