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January 2021

CMRS Co-sponsored Event | Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry

Wednesday, January 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Book launch: Domenico Ingenito's "Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry" (Brill, 2020) A conversation with Paul Losensky (Indiana University) and Jane Mikkelson (University of Virginia) Register to attend on Zoom. Sponsored by the Center for Near Eastern Studies. Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry explores the relationship between sexuality, politics, and spirituality in the lyrics of Saʿdi Shirazi (d. 1292 CE), one of the…

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Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

Wednesday, January 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Professor Peter Cowe, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, 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

“Bodies and Maps” — A New Book

Tuesday, February 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Since antiquity, artists have visualized the known world through the female (sometimes male) body. In the age of exploration, America was added to figures of Europe, Asia, and Africa who would come to inhabit the borders of geographical visual imagery. In the abundance of personifications in print, painting, ceramics, tapestry, and sculpture, do portrayals vary between hierarchy and global human dignity? Are we witnessing the emergence of ethnography or of racism? Yet, as this volume shows, depictions of bodies as…

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Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

Wednesday, February 10 @ 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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CMRS Reading Group for Graduate Students and Faculty

Wednesday, February 17 @ 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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1521: Making the World While Breaking the World

Friday, February 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Although Columbus discovered the Americas at the end of the fifteenth century, the world only became global in the sixteenth century, when the remnants of Magellan’s bedraggled crew straggled back to Spain. Their arrival marked a blue marble moment for early Europeans, as there could no longer be serious doubt about the unity of the globe. For the crew, however, the Europe they found in 1522 differed from the one they departed in 1519. Martin Luther’s 1521 excommunication, which almost…

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California Medieval History Seminar, Winter 2021

Saturday, February 20 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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“The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic” – New Book Salon

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

Professor Andrea Moudarres, UCLA Department 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…

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CMRS Reading Group for Graduate Students and Faculty

Wednesday, March 10 @ 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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April 2021

Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

Wednesday, April 7 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Professor Raphaëlle Burns, Department of French & Francophone Studies, UCLA “The Stories We Tell: Novellas, News, and the Uses of Casuistry in Early Modern Europe” 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. Raphaëlle Burns teaches and writes about the literatures and…

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

Thursday, April 15 @ 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 @ 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
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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
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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 - Saturday, May 15
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CMRS Conference Organized by Giulia Sissa, Professor of Political Science and Classics, UCLA

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New Book Salon

Wednesday, May 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Domenico Ingenito, Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA Additional details forthcoming...  

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