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December 2021

Reading Against Distraction in Early Medieval England

Friday, December 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Junior Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop This session with Assistant Professor Erica Weaver (English) explores intersections of attention, obedience, and performance in 10th- and 11th-c. Benedictine monasticism as she examines these issues in her book Reading Against Distraction in Early Medieval England. Reviewers are Bruce Holsinger (University of Virginia) and Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe (UC Berkeley). These workshops aim to provide quality feedback on a first full draft of a pre-tenure book manuscript in preparation for publication. Workshop participants are faculty members…

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January 2022

Ancient and Modern Categories: How Historians Formulate Race

Monday, January 10, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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A lecture by CMRS-CEGS Associate Yonatan Binyam, President's Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. In this talk, Dr. Binyam reviews some of the objections against premodern race studies and clarifies some of the arguments, models, and approaches utilized in the field. More specifically, he presents race-making as a comparative category to analyze modes of social formation in antiquity, illustrating the value that premodern race studies hold for the study of…

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February 2022

Magdeburg, 1554: Flacius Illyricus Applies for a Grant

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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A lecture by Professor Anthony Grafton (Princeton University). Ecclesiastical history began in the 1550s, when the Lutheran Matthias Flacius Illyricus organized a collaborative century-by-century history of Christianity. This confessional project never reached completion, and its thick volumes met with severe criticism from co-religionists as well as Catholics. Nonetheless, it provided a new model for the study of the past, inspiring a revolution in historiography. That’s the standard story. It’s not wrong: Flacius did many original things: for example, writing and…

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Invisible Persons, Invisible Texts: Translation and Translators in Medieval and Modern Afghanistan and the West

Thursday, February 17, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
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A book panel with Arezou Azad and Jawanshir Rasikh discussing Professor Zrinka Stahuljak’s recent book Les Fixeurs au Moyen âge: Histoire et littérature connectées. Organized by the UCLA Program on Central Asia.

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RESCHEDULED The Future of Medieval France

Thursday, February 24, 2022 - Friday, February 25, 2022

RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 2023 An international conference on the past, present, and future of medieval studies in Europe. Organized by Associate Professor Meredith Cohen (Department of Art History, UCLA) and Professor Zrinka Stahuljak (CMRS Director, Department of Comparative Literature, and European Languages & Transcultural Studies, UCLA). Schedule and location to be announced.

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April 2022

Illustrating the Vitae patrum: The Rise of the Eremitic Ideal in Fourteenth-Century Italy

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 314,

The Annual Richard & Mary Rouse History of the Book Lecture In the late third and fourth centuries, a number of men and women from Egypt, Palestine, and Syria chose to make a daring break with society, renouncing their familial claims and wealth so that they could lead a life of perfection in the desert. By withdrawing from society to the desert to undergo the ultimate test of faith, these men and women, known to later generations as the Desert…

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