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May 2021

Resilience, Resistance, and Renewal in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Thursday, May 27 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Graduate Student conference organized by the UCLA Medieval and Early Modern Student Association (MEMSA). The global medieval and early modern world (broadly considered, ca. 900-1750) underwent myriad profound changes, from devastating famines, plagues, and wars to an increased entanglement of the continents, economic transformations, and technological and scientific developments. These changes were often accompanied by calls for the reshaping of the institutions and structures – political, religious, intellectual, etc. – which undergirded societies’ approach to these challenges, encompassing such responses…

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Beholding Beauty: Sa’di of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry

Wednesday, May 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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New Book Salon Author Domenico Ingenito (Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA) with discussants Lara Harb (Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University) and Marisa Galvez (Associate Professor of French and Italian and, by courtesy, of German Studies, Stanford University) Beholding Beauty: Sa'di of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry, Brill, 2020. Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry explores the relationship between sexuality, politics, and…

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Signs of Sex: Comparative Semiotics of Virginity in the Greco-Roman, Jewish and Christian Worlds

Thursday, May 13 - Friday, May 14
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CMRS Conference Organized by Giulia Sissa, Professor of Political Science and Classics, UCLA Virginity can be defined as a condition of sexual integrity, more specifically as the inexperience of full intercourse. This condition concerns mostly women before heterosexual coition. It involves corporeal, social, moral and emotional aspects. In modern Western anatomy, a thin piece of skin is allegedly located at the entrance of the vagina: its breakage is supposed to signify that penetration has occurred, whereas its integrity is supposed…

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Slavery’s Archive in the Premodern World

Friday, May 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Watch this event on YouTube: Part 1, Part 2 CMRS Workshop organized and moderated by Lamia Balafrej, Assistant Professor, Arts of the Islamic World, UCLA Department of Art History. Slavery is often equated with archival lack and erasure, an assumption perhaps inherited from the study of the Atlantic slave trade but which might not hold for the premodern world. For one thing, in the medieval Mediterranean for example, people could slip in and out of the category of slavery—anyone could become a slave and…

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April 2021

Symposium in Homage to Michel Jeanneret (1940-2019)

Friday, April 30 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Organized by Jean-Claude Carron (Research Professor, UCLA). This symposium convened to honor Michel Jeanneret (1940-March 2019) will memorialize the critical and creative achievements of one of the pillars of early modern studies today. We will bear witness to his pioneering contributions to the current critical discourse on French and European studies, covering both the ancient and nouveau régimes, from the Sixteenth century, with, among others, Vinci, Erasmus, Rabelais, Ronsard, Montaigne, to Versailles, Nerval, and contemporary French cultural politics (« Cinquante-huit…

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Dancing Odissi and the Question of the ‘Medieval’ in Indian Performance History

Wednesday, April 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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New Book Salon A discussion with Professor Anurima Banerji (UCLA, Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance) and Professor Urmimala Sarkar (Jawaharlal Nehru University, School of Art and Aesthetics) about Professor Banerji's recent book Dancing Odissi: Paratopic Performances of Gender and State, winner of the 2020 de la Torre Bueno Prize awarded by the Dance Studies Association. Click here to register on Zoom.

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Law and Disorder: Fools, Outlaws, and Justice in the Middle Ages and Renaissance – Day 2

Saturday, April 24 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Law & Disorder Conference

CMRS Symposium Is justice possible when foolishness runs rampant? Are folly and mockery valid means to restrain those who abuse power and thwart just treatment of the populace? This virtual conference, with presentations ranging from the high Middle Ages to the 20th century, will examine the social order reflected in the concepts of justice and its untidy, outspoken discontents—fools, scofflaws, even criminal figures. In the medieval and early modern periods, fools generally wore the mantle of outsider and rule-breaker; they…

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Law and Disorder: Fools, Outlaws, and Justice in the Middle Ages and Renaissance – Day 1

Friday, April 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Law & Disorder Conference

CMRS Symposium Is justice possible when foolishness runs rampant? Are folly and mockery valid means to restrain those who abuse power and thwart just treatment of the populace? This virtual conference, with presentations ranging from the high Middle Ages to the 20th century, will examine the social order reflected in the concepts of justice and its untidy, outspoken discontents—fools, scofflaws, even criminal figures. In the medieval and early modern periods, fools generally wore the mantle of outsider and rule-breaker; they…

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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. These are the papers under discussion which are available for download in advance of the seminar: Christopher Bacich  (Stanford University) “The Death of the Soul and the…

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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 Watch this lecture on YouTube. 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…

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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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March 2021

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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“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 with Professor Gerry Milligan (Director of College Honors Programs, CUNY College of Staten Island). 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…

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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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February 2021

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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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. These are the papers…

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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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Watch this event on YouTube 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…

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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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Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

Wednesday, February 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Professor Adriana Vazquez, 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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“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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January 2021

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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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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CMRS Reading Group for Graduate Students and Faculty

Wednesday, January 20 @ 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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Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

Wednesday, January 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Stefanie Matabang, Graduate Student, Department of Comparative Literature, UCLA "Making the Middle Ages Filipino: Colonial Philippines and the Imagined Medieval Period of Empire" 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. Stefanie Matabang received her B.A. at UC Berkeley with a Double…

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December 2020

CMRS Co-Sponsored Workshop | Steadfast Imagining: Lyric Meditation, Islamic Philosophy, and Comparative Religion in the Works of Bidel of Delhi (d. 1720)

Friday, December 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Session 5 | Bidel in Modern Central Asia, South Asia, Afghanistan, Iran: The Geopolitics of Literary Legacy December 18 RSVP Here (Zoom registration) Bidel’s reception history in modern Afghanistan, Iran, Central Asia, and South Asia is a fascinating and complex case study in the geopolitics of literary legacy. In Iran, Bidel has been dismissed as an obscure poet whose difficult style relegates him to a peripheral corner of the Persian canon. Bidel’s legacy in South Asia is complicated by the…

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CMRS Co-Sponsored Workshop | Steadfast Imagining: Lyric Meditation, Islamic Philosophy, and Comparative Religion in the Works of Bidel of Delhi (d. 1720)

Friday, December 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Session 4 | Worlds Together Shined: Bidel, Traherne, and Experiments in Comparison A Comparative Project by Jane Mikkelson and Timothy Harrison December 11 RSVP Here (Zoom registration) There are tantalizing similarities between the poetry of Bidel and his contemporaries and early modern English meditative poetry. These literary traditions are not in direct contact with each other, yet they operate in strikingly similar ways (for instance, in their assimilation of scientific ideas and engagement with philosophy and theology). Moreover, these poets are…

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CMRS Reading Group for Graduate Students and Faculty

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 @ 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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New Book Salon

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Erica Weaver, Assistant Professor of English at UCLA, and co-editor Daniel C. Remein, Associate 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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November 2020

CMRS Co-Sponsored Workshop | Steadfast Imagining: Lyric Meditation, Islamic Philosophy, and Comparative Religion in the Works of Bidel of Delhi (d. 1720)

Friday, November 20, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Session 3 of the multidisciplinary workshop series on Steadfast Imagining: Lyric Meditation, Islamic Philosophy, and Comparative Religion in the Works of Bidel of Delhi (d. 1720) Friday, November 20, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Pacific Time) Register to attend here. This is Session 3 of the multidisciplinary workshop, Steadfast Imagining: Lyric Meditation, Islamic Philosophy, and Comparative Religion in the Works of Bidel of Delhi (d.1720) organized and led by Prof. Domenico Ingenito (UCLA, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures) and Dr. Jane Mikkelson (University…

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Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Laura Muñoz, PhD Student, UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese “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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California Medieval History Seminar, Fall 2020

Saturday, November 14, 2020 @ 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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CMRS Reading Group for Graduate Students and Faculty

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 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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Writing Plague: Jewish Sources on the Great Italian Plague (1631)

Monday, November 9, 2020 @ 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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Augustine’s Divjak Letters 10* and 24*: Slavery, Captivity, Status and Original Sin

Monday, November 9, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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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.   Image at top: Detail from a late antique mosaic of a man named Fructus being served wine by two of his slaves, Myro and Victor. From Uthina (Oudna) in Tunisia, now in…

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October 2020

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

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Watch this event on YouTube: Introduction, Day 2 Session 1, and Day 2 Session 2. 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…

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

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Watch this event on YouTube: Introduction, Day 2 Session 1, and Day 2 Session 2. 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…

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Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Carla Neuss, Graduate Student, Department of Theater, UCLA "South African Medievalism" 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. Carla Neuss is a Ph.D. candidate in the Theatre and Performance Studies Department at UCLA. She previously earned her B.A. at UC Berkeley in…

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Early Christian Storyworlds

Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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C. Michael Chin, Associate Professor of Classics, UC Davis 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). The session is open to non-enrolled students but it involves a practical element (recreating a late antique pilgrimage) and Professor Chin asks those who attend to not leave before the end of the full session, at least 2-2.5 hours. Invitations to register for the Zoom link will…

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CMRS Annual Open House 2020-21

Thursday, October 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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We invite you to join CMRS Director Zrinka Stahuljak and the Center’s faculty, students, associates, and staff for the annual Open House celebrating the start of the new academic year. This is the Center’s 58th year of promoting interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies of the years 600-1600 C.E. Drop in online this year to say hello to old colleagues and introduce yourself to new faculty, new students and those who share your scholarly interests. Find out more about the programs, fellowships,…

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CMRS Reading Group for Graduate Students and Faculty

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 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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Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Kersti Francis, Graduate Student, Department of English, UCLA "Magic and Gender in the Medieval Romances Partenopeu de Blois (Old French) / Partenope of Blois (Middle English)" 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. Kersti Francis is a PhD candidate in English…

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May 2020

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

Friday, May 29, 2020 - Sunday, May 31, 2020
William 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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POSTPONED – Law and Disorder: Fools, Outlaws, and Justice in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Saturday, May 16, 2020
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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Law & Disorder Conference

TO BE RESCHEDULED SPRING 2021 - 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…

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CANCELED – CMRS Research Workshop

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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CANCELED - "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.…

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CANCELED – California Medieval History Seminar, Spring 2020

Saturday, May 2, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Huntington Library, Seaver Classroom 3, 1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino, CA 91108 United States
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CANCELED - 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…

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April 2020

POSTPONED – Virtual Classrooms and Mercantile Mischief in Shakespeare’s England

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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TO BE RESCHEDULED FALL 2020 - 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…

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

Saturday, April 18, 2020
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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TO BE RESCHEDULED FALL 2020 - 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…

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

Thursday, April 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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elizabeth hill bone

TO BE RESCHEDULED - 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…

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CANCELED – CMRS Research Workshop

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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CANCELED - “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…

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March 2020

CANCELED – “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili” (1499) and the Architecture of Dreams

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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CANCELED - Demetra Vogiatzaki, History of Architecture, Harvard University 2020 UCLA Ahmanson Research Fellow This presentation investigates the continuum of dreams and architecture staged in Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a 1499 publication that exerted significant influence in art and architecture for more than two centuries. Published by the press of Aldo Manuzio, the bizarre narrative of Hypnerotomachia unfolds in a series of imaginary worlds dreamt up by the protagonist and is accompanied by 172 woodcuts, most of them illustrating monuments whose designs…

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42nd Annual UC Celtic Studies Conference

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - Saturday, March 7, 2020
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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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 - Chair: Joseph Nagy (Harvard/UCLA) 2:15 - Abigail Burnyeat (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands) “Ban-shenchus gu seanchas nam ban: Metatext, Audience, and the Co-creation of…

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February 2020

Dross? Dunghills? Or Musical Treasures? Rethinking Collectors and Collections of Seventeenth-Century Pop Songs

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E Young Dr East
Los Angeles, 90095 United States
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Annual William & Lois Matthews Samuel Pepys Lecture Angela McShane (Head of Research, Wellcome Collection; Associate Fellow, History, University of Warwick) Pop-music collections are remarkable things: expressing individual taste and evidencing engagement with the products of the music industry, they become nostalgic compilations almost from the first moment of their construction. Judging how far an individual’s collection represents the popular music scene is relatively simple, since charts and catalogues, categorized by genre, ordered by performer, date of release and overall…

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CMRS Research Workshop

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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"Michael Servetus, his clashes with deans Tagault and Lax, and their serious consequences: his anonymous works from 1538 ahead, and his exile from Spain in 1527" Miguel Gonzalez Ancin (Independent Scholar) This paper examines the medical, grammatical, biblical and poetical works by Michael Servetus - studied by servetian González Echeverría- which were printed anonymously in the print-shop of Jean Frellon in Lyon. The main reason for their anonymity was the fierce trial that Servetus suffered in 1538  by the Univ.…

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California Medieval History Seminar, Winter 2020

Saturday, February 8, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Huntington Library, Seaver Classroom 3, 1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino, CA 91108 United States
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Huntington Library - UCLA CMRS California Medieval History Seminar

The Winter 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. These are the researchers and their papers that will be discussed: Maya Maskerinec (University of…

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Annual Colloquium in Armenian Studies

Friday, February 7, 2020
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies University of California, Los Angeles Royce Hall 314 February 7, 2020 9:30 – 10:00 Breakfast 10:00 – 10:10 Opening Remarks Anatolii Tokmantcev (Director of the 2020 Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA) Dr. S. Peter Cowe (Narekatsi Professor of Armenian Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA) Panel 1: Homeland and Diaspora: Displacement and its Effects Chair: Armen Adamian, Ethnomusicology, UCLA 10:10 – 10:30 Ani Shahinian, “The Martyrdom of Awag…

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“Let the Whole World Praise the Saint”: Medieval Songs for St. Nicholas

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 @ 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 Mary Channen Caldwell (Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania). St. Nicholas was unquestionably one of the most popular and accessible saints in medieval Europe, serving as patron saint to everyone from sailors and unmarried women, to clerics, children, and repentant thieves. Due to his role as “everyman’s saint,” Nicholas was, from an early period, widely celebrated in song, drama, and literature in many forms and languages. Among the plentiful music composed in his name,…

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January 2020

Early History of Africa Symposium: New Narratives for a History of Connections and Brokers

Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 1:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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This symposium presents an opportunity to think about different methodologies and different ways of writing history when faced with the challenge of sources. Can we still use the traditional narrative within a connected history of brokers, frontiers, and cultural transfers, or should we be thinking about different ways of telling history, developing, for instance, network narratives or fragmented narratives?  Organized by Zrinka Stahuljak (Comparative Literature and French and Francophone Studies; CMRS Director; UCLA) and Stephanie Bosch Santana (Comparative Literature, UCLA).…

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Law and Communal Identity in the Early Medieval Mediterranean

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - Saturday, January 25, 2020
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Conference Organized by Jessica Goldberg (History, UCLA) and Luke Yarbrough (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA). Preliminary drafts of petition to the Fatimid caliph al-Mustanṣir (11th c. CE). Cambridge University Library, T-S Ar. 30.278, recto. Reproduced by kind permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library. This conference investigates how law shaped the boundaries of communities in the early medieval period in the Byzantine, Islamic, and European worlds, and how shifting notions of identity and belonging re-shaped legal discourses…

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In League with Infidels: Sharifs, Persians, Turks and The Renaissance Popes as “Lords and Masters of the World Game”

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Pop-Up Workshop Celine Dauverd (Associate Professor, History, University of Colorado Boulder) The Fall of Constantinople shook the western world. But it also forced the head of the Christian world to reinvent itself. Countless Muslim raids over the Italian peninsula coupled with the need to preserve Rome as a sovereign city-state compelled the papacy to design a new imperial theory. Ignoring the precepts of the bull In coenia domeni and demonstrating instead doctrinal inconsistencies, the rising tide of the Turks…

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CMRS Research Workshop

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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“The Hypocrisy of Signs: Hermeneutics of Action and Belief in the Aftermath of the Sephardic Diaspora (Italy and Catholic Europe, XVI-XVII centuries)” David Sebastiani (PhD Candidate, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy) Each CMRS Research Workshop is based on a pre-circulated research paper that the presenter—who may be a CMRS faculty member, associate, affiliate, or graduate student—wishes to discuss with colleagues. All attendees must read the paper under consideration and be prepared to contribute to the discussion.

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Hydrophilic Archives: Early Handmade Paper in Unstable Environments

Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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Richard & Mary Rouse Annual History of the Book Lecture Joshua Calhoun (Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin, Madison) Paper loves water, but the hydrophilic property of paper is both a feature and a bug: it cannot be created without water, and it can be easily destroyed by water. This talk explores the revolutionary, vulnerable qualities of early handmade paper and considers the ecological resources we use to preserve the documentary evidence we have received from the past on…

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William Caxton’s Multilingualism: The Claims of French and Dutch, English and Kentish

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 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 This lecture by Professor Ad Putter (Professor of Medieval English and Director, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Bristol) explores the multilingualism of England in the fifteenth century by examining the life and works of the first English printer, William Caxton. In standard histories of the English language, Caxton and the printing press appear as agents in the standardisation of English, but Caxton's language was in many ways unusual, and shows the impact…

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December 2019

“Ornament of the World” Film Screening

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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Sponsored by the Center for Near Eastern Studies and co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. (Please note the time change, now starting at 5:00 pm, not 6:00.) The Ornament of the World tells a story from the past that’s especially timely today: the story of a remarkable time in history when Muslims, Christians and Jews forged a common cultural identity that frequently transcended their religious differences. Ornament will retrace a nearly 800-year period in medieval Spain, from the early 8th…

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The Future of al-Andalus

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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This talk will be based on Professor Calderwood's current book project, which examines representations of al-Andalus (medieval Muslim Iberia) in contemporary literature, film, television, music, and tourism. Eric Calderwood is an Associate Professor in the Program in Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Colonial al-Andalus: Spain and the Making of Modern Moroccan Culture (Harvard University Press, 2018). His articles have appeared in PMLA, The Journal of North African Studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Journal…

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November 2019

Shakespeare Among the Boars: Translating Desire in Renaissance Literature

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 @ 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 Ivan Lupić (English, Stanford University). “Had I been toothed like him ,” says Venus in Shakespeare’s 1593 narrative poem, “with kissing him I should have killed him first.” We learn from the rest of the poem that Adonis has been transformed into a flower and that Venus has gone to immure herself at Paphos, but we do not learn what happened to the boar. The loving boar’s fate had, however, been the subject of…

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The World in A Box: For a (Curious) History of Virtual Reality

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Italian Studies Distinguished Visiting Scholars Lecture This lecture by Professor Massimo Riva (Italian, Brown University) presents a pilot project of the Brown University Digital Publications Initiative, supported by the Mellon Foundation: a digital monograph focused on Italy as an imagined country, and illustrious or forgotten figures from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Italian art, history and culture. Six tales, or case histories, that are also episodes of a larger narrative which describes the role played by curious optical devices such as…

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CMRS Research Workshop

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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“Jesuit Pulpits with Wood Sculptures of Africa, America, Asia, and Europe Personifications” Maryanne Horowitz (Professor, History, Occidental College; CMRS Associate) Each CMRS Research Workshop is based on a pre-circulated research paper that the presenter—who may be a CMRS faculty member, associate, affiliate, or graduate student—wishes to discuss with colleagues. All attendees must read the paper under consideration and be prepared to contribute to the discussion.

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Mediterranean Passages

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
French Seminar Room. Royce 236, Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States + Google Map

CMRS Pop-Up Faculty-Graduate Student Workshop This workshop understands the term “passage” in two ways: first, as the physical passage or journey that serves, as much as the shore, to define Mediterranean spaces and, second, as the specific literary passage that grounds our thinking about “the Mediterranean” as theoretical, or even disciplinary, space. We hope this workshop will be of particular interest to graduate students. Although the core faculty members (see below) focus on medieval and early modern literatures, contributions from…

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Love and Empire in Garcilaso de la Vega’s Latin Odes

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 @ 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 Jay Reed (Classics and Comparative Literature, Brown University) The Spanish poet Garcilaso de la Vega’s three surviving Latin odes (from around 1532-36) have begun to be studied for the way they—like his much larger Spanish output—juxtapose and intertwine imperial and erotic themes. In both bodies of work there emerges a complex, ambivalent stance toward the project (which Garcilaso the courtier and soldier avowedly participated in) of the literary and political restoration of Rome in…

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Clapham’s “Narcissus” (1591) and the Isle of the Virgin Queen

Tuesday, November 5, 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 Distinguished Visiting Scholar Jay Reed (Professor, Classics and Comparative Literature, Brown University) considers John Clapham's Latin poem Narcissus (published in London in 1591) which heavily embroiders Ovid's ancient version of the myth with such later European traditions as the allegory of love and the Virgin Queen. This poem of the English Renaissance, as a product of its time and place, demands to be read with and against the vernacular traditions that it subsumes into its highly classicizing Latin.

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California Medieval History Seminar, Fall 2019

Saturday, November 2, 2019 @ 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 Fall 2019 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 are available for download in advance of the seminar. The papers…

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October 2019

CMRS Research Workshop

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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“Franks that are Acclimatized are Better: Anecdotal History and Everyday Life in Usāma ibn Munqidh’s Kitab al I‘tibar” Gina Lorenz (Graduate Student, French and Francophone Studies, UCLA) In his Kitab al I‘tibar, the warrior, gentleman, and poet Usāma ibn Munqidh (1095-1188) describes Franks as beasts, devils, and friends. He tells tales of epic battles and shared dinner tables, of conflict and mutual understanding. What is particularly compelling about Usāma’s text is that he focuses on the particular – on everyday…

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CMRS Graduate Student Reading Group

Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
French Seminar Room. Royce 236, Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States + Google Map
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Leonardo da Vinci, Inventing the Future: Flight, Automata, Art, Anatomy, Biomorphism

Friday, October 18, 2019 - Saturday, October 19, 2019
UCLA California NanoSystems Institute Conference Room, 570 Westwood Plaza, Building 114
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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A  conference presented by the UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies,  UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center – David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, UCLA  ArtSci Center, and Caltech. This conference was proposed and brought to fruition primarily through the inspiration and efforts of Francis Wells. Organized by: Francis Wells (Cardiac Surgeon, Royal Papworth Hospital and Cambridge University, UK) Massimo Ciavolella (Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, UCLA) Noel G. Boyle (Professor of Medicine/Cardiology, UCLA) Morteza Gharib (Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering, Caltech)…

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Authorship in Persian Painting

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
10383 Bunche Hall,

A Book Discussion with Lamia Balafrej (UCLA), Margaret S. Graves (Indiana University), Domenico Ingenito (UCLA), and Kishwar Rizvi (Yale University) Margaret Graves (Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, Indiana University), Domenico Ingenito (Assistant Professor of Classical Persian, UCLA), and Kishwar Rizvi (Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, Yale University) will discuss The Making of the Artist in Late Timurid Painting (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), recently published by Lamia Balafrej (Assistant Professor of the Arts of the Islamic World, UCLA). This book…

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Metamorphosis and the Environmental Imagination from Ovid to Shakespeare

Friday, October 11, 2019 - Saturday, October 12, 2019
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Conference Narratives of metamorphosis, from human into other living and mineral forms, have long provided an important tool for thinking through the complexities of our relationship with the world around us. From Ovid to David Cronenberg, thinkers and artists have used the trope of physical transformation to figure the ways in which human and non-human agencies have evolved from and adapted to one another in a relationship characterized by fluctuating perceptions of friction and symbiosis, distance and proximity. This…

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CMRS Graduate Student Reading Group

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
French Seminar Room. Royce 236, Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States + Google Map
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CMRS Open House

Thursday, October 10, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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You are invited to join CMRS Director Zrinka Stahuljak and the Center’s staff for the annual Open House celebrating the start of the new academic year. This is the Center’s 57th year of promoting interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies related to the years 600-1600 C.E. Please visit with and meet professors, students, colleagues, and friends who share scholarly interests. Find out more about the programs, fellowships, grants, and publications pertaining to Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA.

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June 2019

Wars of Words: Conflict/ing Narratives, Myth, and Folklore, Day 2

Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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This conference explores representations of conflict in popular narratives, myth and folklore, with emphasis on the reciprocal relationship between social antagonisms—individual, local, or international—and the stories that help process, shape, or perpetuate them. Drawing on a variety of literary sources including ancient epics, Anglo-Saxon poetry and medieval romance, Celtic mythology, and early modern drama, as well as premodern medical and natural-scientific materials, speakers explore folkloric materials that depict literal clashes between nations, groups, or individuals, as well as more abstract…

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May 2019

Wars of Words: Conflict/ing Narratives, Myth, and Folklore, Day 1

Friday, May 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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This conference explores representations of conflict in popular narratives, myth and folklore, with emphasis on the reciprocal relationship between social antagonisms—individual, local, or international—and the stories that help process, shape, or perpetuate them. Drawing on a variety of literary sources including ancient epics, Anglo-Saxon poetry and medieval romance, Celtic mythology, and early modern drama, as well as premodern medical and natural-scientific materials, speakers explore folkloric materials that depict literal clashes between nations, groups, or individuals, as well as more abstract…

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Beastly Imagery in the Medieval World

Sunday, May 19, 2019
Dodd Hall 248,

CMRS/Getty Conference This symposium (held in conjunction with the exhibition Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World at the J. Paul Getty Museum May 14-August 18, 2019) highlights new research on animals in medieval visual culture. The focus of the exhibition is the bestiary, perhaps the most important source of information about animals in the period. The animal stories and images contained within the bestiary served as inspiration for public sermons, daily reading for the religious, and entertainment…

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Armenian Liturgical Chant: Historic Elements for the Future

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 4:00 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 The perpetuation of Armenian liturgical chant was ensured over the centuries by a subtle relationship between the written and the oral transmission. The vulnerability of both brings up essential questions: what were the characteristics of the notation systems and of the oral transmission system which kept this singing tradition alive? How did this work especially among the cantor groups in cities and towns? Being at the same time an "insider" and a researcher on this…

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Looking Slowly at Early Modern Maps

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Co-sponsored Workshop About a decade ago Malcolm Gladwell in his 2005 book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking lauded the ability of art connoisseurs and other experts to make rapid judgments based on a small amount of information. While interesting and well-suited to our short-attention-span culture, the book leaves by the wayside the essential insights about works of art and other objects that can only be achieved through patient contemplation. The practice of “slow art” originated in the eighteenth century, and…

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Landscapes of St. Gregory: Topography and Sanctity in Medieval Italy

Monday, May 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Alison Locke Perchuk gives a work-in-progress presentation of an interdisciplinary study of the art, architecture, and landscapes of Benedictine monasteries in central Italy, VI–XII c., including Montecassino, Sacro Speco at Subiaco, and Sant’Eutizio at Norcia, largely destroyed by earthquakes in 2016–17. The project’s methodological contribution is to bring ecocriticism into dialogue with art history, positioning landscape as protagonist in the construction of sanctity in the medieval Latin West and examining the ways in which monastic art and architecture established, communicated,…

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California Medieval History Seminar, Spring 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 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 Spring 2019 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 announced. Advance registration is required. Participants must be graduate…

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My Aretino and Titian’s Aretino

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Lecture A talk by Raymond Waddington, emeritus professor at UC Davis:  How an English professor can become an Aretino authority.  Why Titian and Aretino are inseparable.  And why contexts are essential. Professor Waddington has published five books, over seventy articles, and co-edited three books.  Aretino's Satyr (2004) received the MLA's Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies, and was  translated into Italian (2009).  It was followed by Pietro Aretino: Subverting the System in Renaissance Italy (2013), and Titian's Aretino (2018).  He…

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April 2019

Conflicts of Interest: Historiography, Hagiography, and Romance in Medieval England

Saturday, April 27, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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Organized by Professors Matthew Fisher (English, UCLA) and Arvind Thomas (English, UCLA), this two-day symposium features scholars working on the often fractious conflicts of the medieval past. Medievalists will consider both historic and also generic conflicts of interest in medieval England and on the Continent. The symposium will bring together a diverse community of scholars from around the world, and also include the work of graduate and undergraduate scholars. Collectively, we will explore how medieval conflicts of interest might be…

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Tras las pista de la literatura perdida: fragmentos de obras medievales en archivos de la Inquisición

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lydeen Library, Rolfe Hall Room 4302,

CMRS Co-sponsored Lecture (presented in Spanish) Gemma Avenoza, Universitat de Barcelona Investigar sobre el libro antiguo es estar a la espera de encontrar una sorpresa. La profesora Gemma Avenoza, especialista en codicología y libro antiguo, nos acerca al mundo de la literatura perdida y hallada dentro de las tapas y refuerzos de encuadernaciones antiguas. Versiones desconocidas, fragmentos de ediciones perdidas, y todo un mundo literario medieval se rescatan en bibliotecas y archivos al rededor del mundo. Avenoza presenta un caso…

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Conflicts of Interest: Historiography, Hagiography, and Romance in Medieval England

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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Organized by Professors Matthew Fisher (English, UCLA) and Arvind Thomas (English, UCLA), this two-day symposium features scholars working on the often fractious conflicts of the medieval past. Medievalists will consider both historic and also generic conflicts of interest in medieval England and on the Continent. The symposium will bring together a diverse community of scholars from around the world, and also include the work of graduate and undergraduate scholars. Collectively, we will explore how medieval conflicts of interest might be…

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Golden Girls: Objectification and Transcendence in Old English Poetry

Monday, April 22, 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 In this Roundtable, Sara Burdorff (UCLA) reexamines the place of women in the Anglo-Saxon heroic system, as represented in Old English poetry.  Drawing on evidence from Beowulf as well as “The Wife’s Lament,” the “Dream of the Rood,” and other lyric poems, Burdorff explores the poetic equation of women and gold as evidence, not of their subordination, but of their transcendent indispensability to masculine heroic society. She suggests that this ‘golden girl’ motif identifies women as semiotic equivalent…

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How to See Water in an Age of Unusual Droughts: Ecological Aesthetics in the Little Ice Age, India

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dodd Hall 275, Los Angeles, United States + Google Map

CMRS Co-sponsored Lecture The Little Ice Age (ca. 1550–1850), a climatic period marked by glacial expansion in Europe, brought droughts of unprecedented intensity to South Asia. In drought-ravaged north India, the beginnings of the Little Ice Age not only corresponded with the emergence of new techniques of landscape painting and riparian architecture that emphasized the materiality of flowing water but also saw the enunciation of a new theology of Krishna worship that centralized the veneration of the natural environment. Tracing…

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Visions of Medieval Studies in North America: A Conference in Honor of Patrick J. Geary

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - Sunday, April 14, 2019
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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Borrowing its title from Patrick Geary’s article “Visions of Medieval Studies in North America” published in the 1994 volume The Past and Future of Medieval Studies, this conference honors the distinguished career of Patrick J. Geary, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of History at the Institute for Advanced Study (2012–2019), Distinguished Professor of History at UCLA (1993–2011), Professor of History at the University of Florida (1980–1993), and Director of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (1993–1998). Celebrating both the…

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Fathers and Daughters in Literature from the Genesis to Romanticism (a work in progress)

Monday, April 8, 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 Professor Marianna Birnbaum (Germanic, UCLA) discusses her current work on Biblical topics as they appear in literature, connecting Biblical stories about fathers and daughters with plots in literature from the Renaissance to Romanticism. Her discussion includes, among others, Dinah and Jacob, Esther and Mordechai, and Lot and his daughters, with an analysis of the roles these fathers and surrogate fathers play, showing how the Biblical messages operate in belles lettres. Funding for CMRS Roundtables is provided by the…

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Women as Writers of Heroic Poetry in Renaissance Italy: An Epic Micro-Tradition?

Friday, April 5, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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This symposium explores all facets of heroic poetry as written by Italian Renaissance women and aims to spotlight their heroic poems and place them in a tradition that has for the most part ignored their work. We are also interested in the ways these women authors handle specific conventions of the genre such as the difference between the romance and epic modes, the engagement with literary predecessors, and the representation of traditional female characters like the woman-warrior or the enchantress.…

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Phenomenomology and Artistic Creation: Emmanuel Levinas as Critic: A Chaucerian Test Case

Thursday, April 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Bringing Emmanuel Levinas to bear on Chaucer’s Pardoner’s Tale, has the virtue of recovering what is authentically other. Because Levinas refuses to leap to conclusions about values, about human nature, even about God’s nature, his phenomenological speculations regard the reality of existence as ethical encounter in the world itself—ontological questions are, for him, already ethical ones—Levinas is a textual and cultural critic of enormous value. Works of art are, for him, mediators between the consciousness of an author and that…

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March 2019

Syllogisms in Stone: Theophilus, Stephen, Abelard on the Walls of Notre-Dame de Paris

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 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 Gothic cathedrals were great engines of urban renewal in the High Middle Ages. The great religious works projects contributed to the revival of trades and to the new institutions of medieval towns. Not the least of these was the University of Paris, which grew out of the cathedral school of Notre-Dame in the second half of the twelfth century. Using three sculptural programs on the outer walls of Notre-Dame alongside the example of Abelard, we…

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The Manuscripts of Reginald Pecock

Monday, March 11, 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 Bishop Reginald Pecock (d. ca. 1459) actively wrote for over thirty years of his life, from his mid-thirties when he left university until his mid-sixties when he was confined at Thorney Abbey and deprived of his writing instruments in the aftermath of his conviction of heresy. From this period, we have only five books remaining. This roundtable, however, is not about what survives. Rather, it is about the more than forty books that we know he had written—Pecock…

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Thought Crimes: Subversive Politics in Art Made For Medieval Jews

Thursday, March 7, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E Young Dr East
Los Angeles, 90095 United States
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CMRS Co-sponsored Lecture At the Maurice Amado Lecture in Sephardic Studies, Marc Michael Epstein (Vassar College)will explore issues of temporality (the way in which the passing of time is indicated or implied) in illuminated manuscripts made for Jews in the fourteenth century. What happens when, viewing images as a frozen snapshots in time, we consider the potentially politically subversive implications of the implied action that will ensue in the moment after the one that is frozen in the frame? What…

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Captivated by the Mediterranean: Early Modern Spain and the Political Economy of Ransom

Tuesday, March 5, 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 Co-sponsored Lecture In The Captive Sea, Daniel Hershenzon (University of Connecticut) explores the entangled histories of Muslim and Christian captives—and, by extension, of the Spanish Empire, Ottoman Algiers, and Morocco—in the seventeenth century to argue that piracy, captivity, and redemption helped shape the Mediterranean as an integrated region at the social, political, and economic levels. Despite their confessional differences, the lives of captives and captors alike were connected in a political economy of ransom and communication networks shaped by…

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