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Boundaries in the Medieval and Wider World: Conference in Honor of Paul Freedman

Friday, Oct 14, 2016 - Saturday, Oct 15, 2016

CMRS Conference

Paul Freedman (Chester D. Tripp Professor of History; Chair, History of Science, History of Medicine Program, Yale University) is a scholar who cannot be easily classified. He is a medieval historian, a social historian, a scholar of Spain and of Church history. Additionally, he is firmly established as a leading scholar in food studies. Both in and out of medieval studies, Freedman’s work always brings into consideration boundaries that are challenged or crossed: public and private; personal and institutional; spiritual and secular; elite and peasant; exotic and familiar.

Paul Freedman, Professor of History, Yale University
Paul Freedman, Professor of History, Yale University

In this conference (organized by Teofilo Ruiz, Thomas Barton, Susan McDonough, Sara McDougall, and Matthew Wranovix), contributors present and discuss the articles they have provided for the forthcoming Festschrift Boundaries in the Medieval and Wider World: Essays in Honour of Paul Freedman (Brepols 2016). These conference proceedings thus identify, assess, and elaborate on Professor Freedman’s remarkable achievements and celebrate his innovative approach to scholarship by examining the legal, political, social, spiritual, and sensory boundaries of medieval Europe and beyond.

Click here for a PDF version of the conference program.

3:30 Welcoming Remarks:
Scott Waugh (Executive Vice-Chancellor, UCLA)
Massimo Ciavolella (CMRS Director, UCLA)
Festschrift editors
Session 1: Law
Chairs: David Nirenberg (The University of Chicago) and Marie Kelleher (California State University, Long Beach)
4:00 Thomas W. Barton (University of San Diego)
“Resisting the Call to Arms in Medieval Catalonia”
4:15 Sarah Ifft Decker (Yale University)
“Jewish Divorce and Latin Notarial Culture in Fourteenth-Century Catalonia”
4:30 Jeffrey A. Bowman (Kenyon College)
“Countesses Gone Wild: Lordship and Violent Women in the High Middle Ages”
4:45 Susan McDonough (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
“Captured at Home: Gender, Family, and the Burden of Captivity”
5:00 Break
5:15-6:00 Open discussion
8:30 Coffee, Tea, and Pastries
Session 2: Religion
Chairs: Maureen C. Miller (University of California, Berkeley) and Dan Smail (Harvard University)
9:00 Sara McDougall (John Jay College, CUNY)
“The Monk-King and the Abbess-Countess, Dynastic Lineage in Twelfth-Century Aragon and Boulogne”
9:15 Annalena Müller (Universität Basel)
“Women, Heresy, and Aristocracy – The Ties that Bound Robert of Arbrissel”
9:30 Michelle Herder (Cornell College)
“Serving in the Cloister: Slaves, Servants, and Discipline in Late Medieval Nunneries”
9:45 Lauren Mancia (Brooklyn College, CUNY)
“Praying with an Eleventh-Century Manuscript: A Case Study of Paris, BnF MS lat. 13593”
10:00 Break
10:15 Open discussion
11:00 Break
Session 3: Peasants and Historiography
Chairs: Jessica Goldberg (UCLA) and Teofilo Ruiz (UCLA)
11:15 Agnieszka Rec (Chemical Heritage Foundation)
“The Cult of St. Isidore the Labourer in Poland”
11:30 William Chester Jordan (Princeton University)
“The Gleaners”
11:45 Adam Franklin-Lyons (Marlboro College)
“Mediterranean Dreams”
12:00 Break
12:15 Open Discussion
1:00 Lunch Break
Session 4: Food, Medicine, and the Exotic
Chairs: Antonio Zaldivar (California State University, San Marcos) and William Chester Jordan (Princeton University)
2:30 Matthew Wranovix (University of New Haven)
“Pastors of the Soul, Healers of the Body: Parish Priests and the Practice of Medicine in the Late Medieval Diocese of Eichstätt”
2:45 Azélina Jaboulet-Vercherre (Institut d’Etudes Politiques)
“Wine Preference in Medieval Cultural History, an Individual Choice?”
3:00 Bobbi Sutherland (University of Dayton)
“Court Cookery Transformed”
3:15 Teofilo Ruiz (UCLA)
“You Eat What You Are: The Social Meaning of Food in Late Medieval Castile”
3:30 Break
3:45 Open Discussion
4:30 Closing Remarks
David Nirenberg (The University of Chicago)
William Chester Jordan (Princeton University)
Paul Freedman (Yale University)
Advance registration not required. No fee. Limited seating.
Self-pay parking in lots 2, 3, 4, and 5. More parking information at
Funding for this conference is provided by the Armand Hammer Endowment for the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; the Peter Reill Chair in European History, and the UCLA Department of History. Please contribute at cmrs.ucla.edu/giving .


Friday, Oct 14, 2016
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016



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