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October 2018

Marco Polo, Immigrant Historian of Mongol China

Thursday, October 25 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture Professor Margaret Kim (Department of Foreign Languages,National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan) examines Marco Polo’s treatment of the other within the framework of historical immigration to China under Mongol rule. Marco Polo left Europe as a teenager and lived in Asia for more than two decades. He spent a great part of the most formative years of his life, certainly the peak of his youth and most of his middle age, in China. While medievalists…

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California Medieval History Seminar, Fall 2018

Saturday, October 27 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Huntington Library, Seaver Classrooms 1 & 2, 1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino , CA 91108 United States
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The Fall 2018 session of the California Medieval History Seminar meets at the Huntington Library to discuss four pre-distributed research papers. Participants are scholars in the field at various stages of their careers. All attendees at the seminar are expected to read the papers in advance and discuss the research. Speakers and paper topics are announced by e-mail. Click here for additional information about the seminar. These are the papers under discussion at this seminar: Anthony Perron (Loyola Marymount University), “Outlaw Corpses,…

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Dante’s “Inferno” in the American Cinema Before and After World War II

Tuesday, October 30 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture In this presentation, Mirko Tavoni screens and comments on selected clips from three films produced in the United States between 1924-1944, and two films produced in the late 1990s. These films actualize Dante's Inferno within five – very different – contemporary stories. In the three pre-war films – i.e. Dante's Inferno by Henry Otto (1924), the homonymous Dante's Inferno by Harry Lachman (1935), and the Harlemwood production Go Down Death! by Spencer Williams (1944) –…

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November 2018

Understanding Medical Humanities

Friday, November 2 - Saturday, November 3
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Ahmanson Conference Medical Humanities is a relatively new and increasingly popular field of knowledge that is yet to be clearly defined. Broadly, it may be conceptualized as a discipline wherein medicine and its specialties intersect, at a given historical time, with the humanities. As such it is a dynamic area of endeavor where the impact of disease and healing science on culture is assessed and expressed in the arts and in the specific language of the various disciplines concerned…

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Thomas Becket and Henry II : Friends who Became Enemies?

Monday, November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Roundtable Leena Löfstedt (University of Helsinki and CMRS Associate) relates how the Becket controversy and murder in the cathedral coincide with the introduction in England of Gratian’s newly compiled Decretum. Her paper examines the complex relationship of King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket using twelfth-century Gratian-related material: an Old French translation of the Decretum, a Latin Decretum-manuscript from 1170-1180 including marginalia, French and Latin texts of Thomas Becket’s letters sent in 1166. Unafraid of each other, the former…

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December 2018

Artistic Expressions of Political Hierarchies in Aragon–Catalonia at the Turn of the Thirteenth Century: Painting, Poetry, Power

Monday, December 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Roundtable Please note: this Roundtable has been rescheduled from the originally scheduled date of October 29, 2018. In this talk, CMRS Affiliate Dr. Shannon Wearing explores the artistic and literary patronage of Alfonso II, King of Aragon and Count of Barcelona (r. 1162–96), with particular emphasis on the Liber Feudorum Maior, a cartulary documenting the king’s territorial holdings and the hierarchical power relationships between the lords of Catalonia. The Liber is one of very few examples of its genre…

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January 2019

“This is What I Have on My Bookshelf”: Jewish Autobiography and Descriptive Bibliography in the Islamic West

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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The 28th Richard and Mary Rouse History of the Book Lecture This year's History of the Book Lecture by Professor S.J. Pearce (NYU, Art & Science) explores the relationship between descriptive bibliography — writing in a detailed way about the contents of a library — and autobiography in the writing lives of medieval Jews and converts from Judaism in the Islamic west, that is, Spain and North Africa. It will look at autobiographical writings in which detailed library catalogues are…

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In/Attention: Classroom Distraction and Early English Drama

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Roundtable Standard histories of drama understand the emergence of liturgical performance—as recorded in Æthelwold of Winchester’s late tenth-century monastic customary, the Regularis Concordia—in isolation. In this talk, Erica Weaver (English, UCLA) situates it alongside contemporaneous school texts to establish that it is actually part of a wider performative mode that promoted heightened concentration as the ultimate goal of monastic life.

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English Bibles and their Paratexts, 1525-1611

Monday, January 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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The King James version, as we all know, has no illustrations, no glosses, no indices, no chronologies, and, basically, no nuttin except for a rather long and dull preface by Miles Smith, the soon-to-be Bishop of Gloucester. Earlier English bibles are much more interesting. They have multi-page charts that look like amusement park rides; woodcuts of the Annunciation with a star-faced Moses perched on the windowsill of Mary’s bedroom; patristic encomia on church music, celebrating its power to build community…

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