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October 2020

CMRS Conference: Varallo and the Sacri Monti of Northwestern Italy, Day 1

Thursday, October 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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. G. Symcox "Jerusalem in the Alps: The Sacro Monte of Varallo and the Sanctuaries of North-Western Italy" ISBN: 978-2-503-58057-9 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…

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CMRS Conference: Varallo and the Sacri Monti of Northwestern Italy, Day 2

Friday, October 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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. G. Symcox “Jerusalem in the Alps: The Sacro Monte of Varallo and the Sanctuaries of North-Western Italy” ISBN: 978-2-503-58057-9 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…

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November 2020

Augustine’s Divjak Letters 10* and 24*: Slavery, Captivity, Status and Original Sin

Monday, November 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Susanna Elm, Sidney H. Ehrman Professor of European History, UC Berkeley This presentation is part of the CMRS-sponsored Fall 2020 LAMAR Seminar: “The Late Antique World: Transitions and Transformations Between Classical and Medieval” (Classics 250). Invitations to register for the Zoom link will be sent by email.  

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Writing Plague: Jewish Sources on the Great Italian Plague (1631)

Monday, November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Susan Einbinder, Professor of Hebrew & Judaic Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Connecticut Historians have long noted the literary abundance that characterizes the Great Italian Plague of 1631, but little attention has been paid to the Jewish sources. Yet, Hebrew narrative, poetic, homiletical, and liturgical responses to the worst plague outbreak in northern Italy since the Black Death are revealing and important.  These texts document efforts – administrative, medical, spiritual, practical – to meet the challenge of a pandemic.…

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CMRS Reading Group for Graduate Students and Faculty

Wednesday, November 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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CMRS hosts a monthly medieval and Renaissance reading group for graduate students and faculty. CMRS-affiliated graduate students and faculty propose and share an article or a book particularly important for their research, and then participate in an informal discussion about that text. Seeing the diverse topics and methods of our research as one of the central strengths of CMRS, the reading group is focused on providing an intellectually-stimulating but casual space to foster the sorts of conversations that took place…

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California Medieval History Seminar, Fall 2020

Saturday, November 14 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Huntington Library - UCLA CMRS California Medieval History Seminar

The Fall 2020 session of the California Medieval History Seminar will take place online instead of at its usual venue, the Huntington Library. The seminar meets 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…

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Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

Wednesday, November 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Laura Muñoz, Graduate Student, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA “Valencia, All a Riot: Lope de Vega’s (Re)Creation of the Valencian Cityscape" CMRS is hosting twice-monthly Works-in-Progress Happy Hours to promote intellectual exchange and collegiality while most of us are continuing to work and learn remotely. The Happy Hours are open to UCLA faculty and graduate students and consist of a short informal presentation followed by open discussion. Laura Muñoz examines the theatrical production of early modern Valencian playwright Guillén…

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December 2020

New Book Salon

Wednesday, December 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Erica Weaver, Assistant Professor of English at UCLA, and co-editor Daniel C. Remein, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston, discuss their book Dating Beowulf: Studies in Intimacy. Dating Beowulf playfully redeploys the word ‘dating’, which usually heralds some of the most divisive critical impasses in the field, to provocatively phrase a set of new relationships with an Old English poem. The volume argues for the relevance of the early Middle Ages to affect studies and vice-versa,…

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CMRS Reading Group for Graduate Students and Faculty

Wednesday, December 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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CMRS hosts a monthly medieval and Renaissance reading group for graduate students and faculty. CMRS-affiliated graduate students and faculty propose and share an article or a book particularly important for their research, and then participate in an informal discussion about that text. Seeing the diverse topics and methods of our research as one of the central strengths of CMRS, the reading group is focused on providing an intellectually-stimulating but casual space to foster the sorts of conversations that took place…

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January 2021

Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Stephanie Matabang, Graduate Student, Department of Comparative Literature, UCLA "Nationalism and the Middle Ages Outside of Europe: the 'Medieval' Foundation of Filipino Identity" CMRS is hosting twice-monthly Works-in-Progress Happy Hours to promote intellectual exchange and collegiality while most of us are continuing to work and learn remotely. The Happy Hours are open to UCLA faculty and graduate students and consist of a short informal presentation followed by open discussion. Stephanie Matabang received her B.A. at UC Berkeley with a Double…

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1521: Making the World While Breaking the World

Friday, January 22, 2021
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Symposia/Workshops/Dialogues organized by Stefania Tutino, Professor of History, UCLA, and Devin Fitzgerald, Curator of Rare Books and History of Printing, UCLA Library. Please check back for registration information.

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Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Professor Peter Cowe, Near Eastern Languages & Culture, UCLA “Armenian Integration into Sequential Hemispheric Cultural Norms as Illustrated by the Alexander Romance" CMRS is hosting twice-monthly Works-in-Progress Happy Hours to promote intellectual exchange and collegiality while most of us are continuing to work and learn remotely. The Happy Hours are open to UCLA faculty and graduate students and consist of a short informal presentation followed by open discussion. S. Peter Cowe is Narekatsi Professor of Armenian Studies at UCLA and has taught…

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February 2021

Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Professor Adriana Vasquez, Classics, UCLA “The Influence of Vergil’s Epic Program on Gabriel Pereira de Castro’s Poem Ulisseia ou Lisboa Edificada (1636)” CMRS is hosting twice-monthly Works-in-Progress Happy Hours to promote intellectual exchange and collegiality while most of us are continuing to work and learn remotely. The Happy Hours are open to UCLA faculty and graduate students and consist of a short informal presentation followed by open discussion. Adriana Vazquez joined the Classics Department at UCLA in 2017. In addition…

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California Medieval History Seminar, Winter 2021

Saturday, February 20, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Huntington Library - UCLA CMRS California Medieval History Seminar

The Winter 2021 session of the California Medieval History Seminar will take place online instead of at its usual venue, the Huntington Library. The seminar meets 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…

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Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Professor Stella Nair, Art History, UCLA “The Gendered Landscapes of Inca Architecture” CMRS is hosting twice-monthly Works-in-Progress Happy Hours to promote intellectual exchange and collegiality while most of us are continuing to work and learn remotely. The Happy Hours are open to UCLA faculty and graduate students and consist of a short informal presentation followed by open discussion. Stella Nair’s scholarship focuses on the built environment of indigenous communities in the Americas and is shaped by her interests in construction…

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March 2021

A Library of Memories: Textual Preservation at the Monastery of St. Michael in Egypt

Monday, March 1, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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a manuscript from the The St. Michael Collection

The Annual Richard & Mary Rouse History of the Book Lecture This year's speaker is Andrea M. Achi, PhD, Assistant Curator in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 1910, a group of Egyptian farmers claimed they discovered a hoard of Coptic manuscripts in a stone vat outside the village of al-Hamuli of the Fayyum Oasis in Egypt. Sold to J. Pierpont Morgan in 1911, the find amounted to…

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New Book Salon

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic by Andrea Moudarres

Andrea Moudarres, Associate Professor of Italian, discusses his recent book, The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic. The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic follows the same narrative of internal strife, exploring enmity within the self, the state, and the world through the prism of prominent works of the Italian literary canon: Dante’s Commedia, Luigi Pulci’s Morgante, Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, and Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme Liberata. The book’s central argument is that early modern Italian literature conceived of all forms of hostility—even…

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April 2021

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

Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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elizabeth hill bone

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 in which…

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California Medieval History Seminar, Spring 2021

Saturday, April 17, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Huntington Library - UCLA CMRS California Medieval History Seminar

The seminar meets 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 check back for the list of paper titles and authors. Advance registration…

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

Saturday, April 24, 2021
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Law & Disorder Conference

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 comedians…

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May 2021

Slavery’s Archive in the Global Middle Ages

Friday, May 7, 2021
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CMRS Workshop Organized by Lamia Balafrej, Assistant Professor, Arts of the Islamic World, UCLA

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The Signs of Sex: The Semiotics of the Erotic Body from Late Antiquity to Early-Modern Anatomy

Friday, May 14, 2021 - Saturday, May 15, 2021
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CMRS Conference Organized by Giulia Sissa, Professor of Political Science and Classics, UCLA

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