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The Future of Medieval France

Thursday, Feb 23, 2023 - Saturday, Feb 25, 2023

An international conference on the past, present, and future of medieval studies in Europe. In honor of John W. Baldwin. Organized by Professor Meredith Cohen (Art History, UCLA) and Professor Zrinka Stahuljak (CMRS-CEGS Director).

Bringing together scholars of medieval France from the Anglophone and Francophone worlds, the conference will honor the legacy of John W. Baldwin who bridged the two and look into the future of medieval France in the global context. What does it mean to study medieval France today, when academic research and funding trends increasingly seem to decenter France? While this conference focuses on France, the reflection is relevant for all of Europe. Why and how, then, should we study medieval France and Europe? How can we reform or decolonize the medieval European fields from within while remaining true to the time period, its geographies, mentalities, and connectivities?

Conference speakers include:

  • Patrick Boucheron – History, Collège de France
  • Mary Channen Caldwell – Musicology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Florent Coste – Medieval Literature, Université de Lorraine
  • Michael T. Davis – Art History, Mount Holyoke
  • Beate Fricke – Art History, University of Bern
  • Marisa Galvez – Comparative Literature, Stanford University
  • Benoît Grévin – History, CNRS
  • Sarah Guérin – History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
  • William Chester Jordan – History, Princeton University
  • Shirin Khanmohamadi – Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University
  • Katarina Livljanić – Medieval & Renaissance Voice, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
  • Robert A. Maxwell – Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
  • Dany Sandron – Medieval Art, Sorbonne Université, Faculté des Lettres
  • Carol Symes – History, University of Illinois

The conference will be held on the UCLA Campus on February 23-24.

“Barlaam and Josaphat,” a concert in conjunction with the conference by the Dialogos Ensemble, led by Katarina Livljanić, will be held at the Getty Center on February 25 from 3-4:15 pm.

Concert-related links:
Trailer 1:  https://youtu.be/uH-QYO5Xskk (introduction)
Trailer 2:  https://youtu.be/rRManNdwYCM (story)
Song 1: https://youtu.be/uhGzxJaHxSc (Era in qual tempo)
Song 2: https://youtu.be/zBffKHNM0IQ (Poyde Baarlam)

Image credit: The Royal Couple with Astrologists, 1469
Follower of Hans Schilling (German, active 1459 – 1467), illuminator and from the Workshop of Diebold Lauber (German, active 1427 – 1467), illuminator
Ink, colored washes, and tempera colors, Leaf: 28.6 × 20.3 cm (11 1/4 × 8 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig XV 9, fol. 22v, 83.MR.179.22v

Ink, colored washes, and tempera colors, Leaf: 28.6 × 20.3 cm (11 1/4 × 8 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig XV 9, fol. 22v, 83.MR.179.22v


Thursday, Feb 23, 2023
Saturday, Feb 25, 2023
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CMRS Center for Early Global Studies