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March 2020

42nd Annual UC Celtic Studies Conference

Thursday, March 5 - Saturday, March 7
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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Click here to register to attend this event. Sponsored by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Celtic Colloquium, the Department of English, Dean David Schaberg and the Humanities Division, the Program in Indo-European Studies, and the Campus Programs Committee of the Program Activities Board. THURSDAY, MARCH 5 | UCLA ROYCE 314 2:00 Welcoming Remarks SESSION I 2:15 - Abigail Burnyeat (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands) “Ban-shenchus gu seanchas nam ban: Metatext, Audience, and…

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April 2020

CMRS Research Workshop

Tuesday, April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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“Gender, Architecture and Erasure in the Fifteenth-Century Andes” Stella Nair (Professor, Art History, UCLA) Women played critical roles throughout Andean History. Yet gender biases set forth in the Iberian colonization of the Andes and continued by scholars have silenced and effectively erased women’s roles in designing, constructing, and giving meaning to the Inca built environment. In this paper, Nair explores how surviving written and material records can provide critical clues to the ways in which indigenous women defined space and…

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Spatial Grammars: The Union of Art and Writing in the Painted Books of Aztec Mexico

Thursday, April 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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Annual Armand Hammer Art History Lecture This lecture by Elizabeth Hill Boone (Art History, Tulane), focuses on the painted books of Aztec Mexico, sixteenth-century documents that some people consider to be works of Art and others consider to contain Writing.  The talk thus explores that place where our Western conceptions of Art and Writing come closest together. The Aztecs and their neighbors conceptualized writing and image-making as a single cultural category, one that involved a nonverbal system of graphic communication…

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The Holy Mountains of the Western Italian Alps: Pilgrimage, Art, and Society in the 16th Century

Saturday, April 18
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Conference This conference, organized by Geoffrey Symcox (History, UCLA), explores the history and extraordinary art of the Sacri Monti and highlights the contributions of young scholars to this new field of research. The cluster of pilgrimage centers known as the Sacri Monti, or Holy Mountains, in the western Italian Alps, is attracting increasing scholarly attention. In part this is because in 2003 they were named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in recognition of their unique artistic character. The…

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Virtual Classrooms and Mercantile Mischief in Shakespeare’s England

Thursday, April 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture Professor Susan Phillips (English, Northwestern University). What happens when the schoolmaster is banished from the early modern classroom? The popular vernacular textbooks that flooded the European market in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries posed precisely this question when they claimed—on title pages and in prefatory material—not simply to stand in for the schoolmaster, but to displace him altogether. Most were practical how-to guides that offered entertaining dialogues and real-world scenarios to an audience of linguists…

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May 2020

California Medieval History Seminar, Spring 2020

Saturday, May 2 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Huntington Library, Seaver Classroom 3, 1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino, CA 91108 United States
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The Spring 2020 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. The papers under discussion will be available for download in advance of the seminar. Please…

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CMRS Research Workshop

Tuesday, May 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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"Haptic Phenomenologies: Bloody Fists and Feeling Fingers in The Secret History of the Mongols" Misho Ishikawa (Graduate Student, English, UCLA) This paper looks at Ming-era (ca. 1400) translations of The Secret History of the Mongols. The focus of the workshop is on how these texts attune to hands and fingers as the dominant metaphor for unification under Chinggis Khan. The author begins by arguing that touch is a necessary, but temporary, form of frictive contact throughout The Secret History. Chinggis, born…

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Law and Disorder: Fools, Outlaws, and Justice in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Saturday, May 16
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Symposium The word “fool” is itself a performer, a loaded term prone to an explosion of meaning even when handled with care. Even before the Middle Ages, this figure of ambiguity—called variously jongleur, jester, madman, storyteller--was both castigated as vulgar and heralded as purveyor of literary art, derided for revealing humanity’s foibles and yet welcomed for speaking wisdom in the guise of nonsense. In the early modern period, virtually all fools wore the mantle of outsider and rule-breaker. Modern…

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Archive and Theory: The Future of Anglo-American Early Modern Disability Studies

Friday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31
Willian Andrews Clark Memorial Library, 2520 Cimarron Street
Los Angeles, CA 90018 United States
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A conference sponsored by UCLA Center for 17th-and-18th Century Studies. Organized by Helen Deutsch (UCLA), Jason Farr (Marquette University), Paul Kelleher (Emory University), and Jared Richman (Colorado College). Co-sponsored by UCLA’s Dean of Humanities, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Undergraduate Education Initiatives-Disability Studies, Department of English, Department of History, and Joyce Appleby Chair of America in the World Chair Fund. Click here to see additional conference details.  

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