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June 2022

*CANCELLED* CMRS-CEGS Research Seminar: Iranian 250

Wednesday, June 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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This session has been cancelled. Camilla Miglio (La Sapienza, Rome) "From Medieval Persian Literature to Modernist German Poetry" Iranian 250, “Persian Literature in English Translation: Global and Interdisciplinary Perspectives,”  taught by Associate Professor Domenico Ingenito (NELC), offers a survey of medieval and early modern Persian literature in English translation. The seminar fosters interdisciplinary conversations among graduate students from a plurality of departments and programs, including Islamic Studies, Gender Studies, History, Art History, Global Medieval and Renaissance Studies, English, and Comparative Literature.…

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May 2022

Roundtable: Neoclassic or New Classics? Challenges, Debates, Perspectives

Tuesday, May 31 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Organized and moderated by Professor Giulia Sissa (Departments of Political Science, Comparative Literature and Classics, UCLA). “Decolonizing Classics” is a novel challenge for scholars in the Humanities and, even more pointedly, for those who study the societies of ancient Greece and Rome. The stake is not merely relevance, usefulness or epistemic legitimacy, but also political credentials. The “Classics” in education and in academia are being asked to give account of their role in shaping not just cultures, but cultural identities;…

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CMRS-CEGS Research Seminar: Iranian 250

Thursday, May 26 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Shahzad Bashir (Brown University) "The Market in Poetry in the Persian World" The discussion will focus on Professor Bashir’s book The Market in Poetry in the Persian World (Cambridge UP, 2021), which treats poetic utterances as objects of material value sought by those with power and resources. The book provides a sense for the texture of the Persian world by discussing what made poetry precious and a carrier of social relations, political and religious authority, economic exchange, and the articulation…

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2nd Annual European Languages & Transcultural Studies Graduate Student Conference – Day 2

Tuesday, May 24 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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"Permanence & Decay" Keynote Speakers: Melody Jue (UCSB) and Amir R, Mufti (UCLA) Please see the flyer or visit the website for more details. RSVP here by Friday, May 6, 2022 at 5pm PST. Review the COVID-19 protocol provided on the flyer prior to attending the event. Questions? Contact the Organizing Committee at ucla.elts.conference@gmail.com. UCLA ELTS Graduate Conference 2022 Organizing Committee: Anna Bonazzi, Amber Sackett, Kendell Clarke, and Megan Tomlinson.  

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2nd Annual European Languages & Transcultural Studies Graduate Student Conference – Day 1

Monday, May 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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"Permanence & Decay" Keynote Speakers: Melody Jue (UCSB) and Amir R, Mufti (UCLA) Please see the flyer or visit the website for more details. RSVP here by Friday, May 6, 2022 at 5pm PST. Review the COVID-19 protocol provided on the flyer prior to attending the event. Questions? Contact the Organizing Committee at ucla.elts.conference@gmail.com. UCLA ELTS Graduate Conference 2022 Organizing Committee: Anna Bonazzi, Amber Sackett, Kendell Clarke, and Megan Tomlinson.  

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Intersectionality in the Early Global World

Friday, May 20 - Saturday, May 21
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A conference organized by the officers of UCLA MEMSA: Chase Caldwell Smith (History), Richard Ibarra (History), and Stefanie Matabang (Comparative Literature); sponsored and hosted by the CMRS Center for Early Global Studies. Keynote Speakers: Roland Betancourt (UC Irvine) and Nicholas R. Jones (UC Davis) Research on the premodern intersection of race, gender, and sexuality has steadily increased as a result of the efforts of a diverse group of scholars working across traditional periodization and geographic limits. Nevertheless, a great deal of work remains to be done to understand the…

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CMRS-CEGS Research Seminar: Iranian 250

Thursday, May 19 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Paul Losensky (Indiana University) "A Common Thread: Three Literary Careers in Early Modern Persia, England, and Spain" The emergence of the concept of the Global Renaissance has brought new attention to the political, diplomatic, economic, and artistic connections between major civilizational centers in the early modern period. For the most part, however, literature has remained on the sidelines of this discussion. The talk will consider the stakes and challenges of bringing the vast Persophone literary sphere into conversation with contemporary…

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CMRS-CEGS Research Seminar: Iranian 250

Wednesday, May 11 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Julia Rubanovich (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) presents an online lecture titled "The Tale of Yūsuf and Zulaykhā through the Eyes of a Jewish Poet". This talk will examine a string of episodes from the tale of Yūsuf and Zulaykhā embedded into the “Book of Genesis” (Bereshit-nāma), a biblical poem composed by the fourteenth-century Judeo-Persian poet Shāhīn. Shāhīn’s work is situated at a convenient juncture for comparative analysis: it is preceded by the poem Yūsif-u Zulaykhā erroneously ascribed to Firdausī (composed at the end…

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California Medieval History Seminar, Spring 2022

Saturday, May 7 @ 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 Spring 2022 session of the California Medieval History Seminar will take place at its original 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 authors and papers under discussion at…

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CMRS-CEGS Research Seminar: Iranian 250

Tuesday, May 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Justine Landau (Sorbonne) "An Epic Tribute to the Lyric Poem" Poetry does things with words. In the premodern world, this fact is perhaps nowhere acknowledged more unanimously than in the Persianate sources. Chief among the arts of language, lyric poetry is associated with “licit magic,” after the Arabic saying, since its mastery is said to conduce to “the accomplishment of great things in the order of the world” (Nezâmi ‘Aruzi, Chahâr maqâle, II). The philosophers of the classical period discussed the…

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April 2022

‘Aqām al-ḥajj Fulān’: The Leaders of Abbasid Pilgrimage in the Early Islamic Annalistic Tradition

Wednesday, April 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Kaplan 365,

The caliph Hārūn al-Rashīd (d. 193/809) allegedly led the ḥajj nine times over the course of his twenty-three-year reign, in 188/804 he was also the last ʿAbbāsid caliph to lead the pilgrimage rites. The pilgrimage served as a means of legitimation as well as a place of succession and nomination, with Hārūn and his wife Zubayda bt. Jaʿfar (from whence the Darb Zubayda) in particular undergoing extensive infrastructural works on the pilgrimage route. The leaders of the ḥajj – and of the summer…

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New Book Salon: “Throne of Blood” by Robert N. Watson

Monday, April 25 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Shakespeare’s Macbeth seems to come across best in black-and-white. The recent release of a stunning new version of this blood-soaked tragedy, directed by Joel Coen and starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, has spurred renewed interest in the play and its history in film. Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa's 1957 Japanese reworking of Macbeth (also in black and white) has often been called the greatest film adaptation of Shakespeare ever made, with rave reviews from T.S. Eliot, Harold Bloom, and…

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Comparatism and Slavery: Methods, Definitions, Issues

Monday, April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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A lecture by Professor Paulin Ismard (History, Université Aix-Marseille). Organized by the UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory and co-sponsored by CMRS-CEGS. About the Lecture: Professor Ismard will question the benefit that specialists of Greco-Roman slavery can gain from dialogue with the historians of slavery from other periods. Considering the question of the relationship between debt, servitude and slavery in archaic Greece, he will first show how recent approaches in the field of the global history of labour and slavery…

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CMRS-CEGS Research Seminar: Iranian 250

Monday, April 18 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Prashant Keshavmurthy (McGill University) "Reading Niẓāmi Ganjavī’s Leylī u Majnūn as a Novel" Neither the Byzantines nor the Persians had any generic name for the Greek and Persian novels that were composed in the 12th century. Beholden to older (Attic Greek and Abbasid Arabic) models, the taxonomies of literary forms in both geographically adjacent literary cultures lagged behind the innovations of literary practice. Neither did Constantinopolitan literary culture, centered in the courts of the Komnenian dynasty, produce any theoretical reflection on Theodore…

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CMRS-CEGS Research Seminar: Iranian 250

Wednesday, April 13 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Leili Anvar (Sorbonne, Paris) "From the Desert of Arabia to the Gardens of Herat: Wanderings of Majnûn, the Poet-Lover" In this presentation, we will follow Majnûn in his journeys from the Arabic poems to the great Persian masnavis (composed by Nezâmi, Amir Khosrow Dehlavi and Jâmi). We shall see how -with the development of sufism and its influence upon Persian literature- the character of Majnûn has been turned into a hero of mystic love and also how Leylâ became Leyli and…

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Illustrating the Vitae patrum: The Rise of the Eremitic Ideal in Fourteenth-Century Italy

Tuesday, April 12 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Royce Hall Room 314,

The Annual Richard & Mary Rouse History of the Book Lecture In the late third and fourth centuries, a number of men and women from Egypt, Palestine, and Syria chose to make a daring break with society, renouncing their familial claims and wealth so that they could lead a life of perfection in the desert. By withdrawing from society to the desert to undergo the ultimate test of faith, these men and women, known to later generations as the Desert…

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CMRS-CEGS Research Seminar: Iranian 250

Friday, April 8 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Dominic Brookshaw (Oxford University) "Zulaykha’s Redemption: From Lustful Villain to Female Icon" The guile associated with Zulaykha in the Qur’an is largely absent from her depiction in the ghazals of fourteenth-century Iran. The negativity surrounding Zulaykha’s expression (or manifestation) of female sexuality dims in the Persian ghazal where we witness the character’s salvific rehabilitation. On the surface, Zulaykha represents female-driven sexual desire, an impulse celebrated infrequently in Persian lyric poetry. That Zulaykha seeks to initiate a sexual liaison with her…

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Magdeburg, 1554: Flacius Illyricus Applies for a Grant

Wednesday, April 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce 314, Online + Google Map

A lecture by Professor Anthony Grafton (Princeton University). Ecclesiastical history began in the 1550s, when the Lutheran Matthias Flacius Illyricus organized a collaborative century-by-century history of Christianity. This confessional project never reached completion, and its thick volumes met with severe criticism from co-religionists as well as Catholics. Nonetheless, it provided a new model for the study of the past, inspiring a revolution in historiography. That’s the standard story. It’s not wrong: Flacius did many original things: for example, writing and…

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Islamic Sensory History: Notes on an Emerging Field

Monday, April 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Kaplan 365,

The sensory turn in many areas of the humanities has failed to make a significant impression on Islamic and Middle East Studies, and on the study of Islamic history in particular. In the last couple of years, however, there has been a rise in interest in historical manifestations of the Muslim sensorium. This is demonstrated by a series of symposia devoted to the topic on both sides of the Atlantic, contributions by single scholars as well as team-based research projects,…

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Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts: Transcultural Interpretation and Transmission

Monday, April 4 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles , CA 90095 United States
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This conference (online and onsite) brings together scholars to consider different manuscript communities in Europe, their textual and iconographic traditions, and more globally, an exploration of communities that produced “families” of Hebrew manuscripts and enabled transmissions across languages and societies. Motivation to organize this conference stems from The J. Paul Getty Museum’s recent acquisition of the Rothschild Pentateuch. This manuscript serves as a case study on how a single object crosses geographical and religious boundaries and provides the impetus for…

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March 2022

Contactless Comparison

Monday, March 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Alexander Beecroft, (Jessie Chapman Alcorn Memorial Professor of Foreign Languages, University of South Carolina) presents a talk titled “Contactless Comparison.” It’s easy to compare things that are produced near each other, by people who are able to influence each other. Traditionally, comparative literature has therefore compared literatures in close contact with each other: at first European literatures; later literatures in European languages around the world, and sometimes even contemporary literatures in non-European languages where the influence of European literature is…

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Why (and How) Should a Platonist Laugh at Eros? Humor and Love in the “Symposium”

Wednesday, March 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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A lecture by Pierre Destrée (Université de Louvain), part of the Winter 2022 CMRS-CEGS Research Seminar, Classics 250, “Eros. Amor. The Erotic Cultures of the Early Global World” taught by Professor Giulia Sissa (Political Science and Classics). In all societies and cultures, the erotic experience is complex. It is shaped by norms, habits, emotions and manners of living the body. Such an experience crosses a variety of discourses and domains of knowledge. We will look at this phenomenon, the erotic, as…

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From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

Wednesday, March 2 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Image: detail from Jami's Yusuf u Zulaykha, 1595 CE, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, MS. Elliott 418, f. 56r.

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series, which will take place via Zoom on a weekly basis between January and June 2022. The…

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Unreadable Exemplars: Veiled Women and Exotic Others in 16th-Century Books

Tuesday, March 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Royce 236, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, 90095
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The UCLA Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies presents the 2021-2022 Charles Speroni Endowed Chair Lecture by Professor Susan Gaylard. Early sixteenth-century developments in printing brought forth a profusion of illustrated history books. Many of these histories included a high proportion of women’s images and biographies. Yet by the 1560s, images of women had largely disappeared from the emerging genre of the portrait book. Why did images of women disappear, and where did they go? This talk argues that…

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February 2022

RESCHEDULED The Future of Medieval France

Thursday, February 24 - Friday, February 25

RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 2023 An international conference on the past, present, and future of medieval studies in Europe. Organized by Associate Professor Meredith Cohen (Department of Art History, UCLA) and Professor Zrinka Stahuljak (CMRS Director, Department of Comparative Literature, and European Languages & Transcultural Studies, UCLA). Schedule and location to be announced.

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A Two-Way Road: Comparative Anthropology of Eros and Sensuality in Latin Elegy and the Greek Novel

Wednesday, February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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A lecture by Romain Brethes (Sciences Politiques, Paris), part of the Winter 2022 CMRS-CEGS Research Seminar, Classics 250, “Eros. Amor. The Erotic Cultures of the Early Global World” taught by Professor Giulia Sissa (Political Science and Classics). One of the emerging questions facing scholars of the Greek novel, and imperial Greek literature more generally, is the question of whether Greek authors were interested in, and betrayed knowledge of, Latin literature and culture. The orthodox view has for a long time been…

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From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

Wednesday, February 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Image: detail from Jami's Yusuf u Zulaykha, 1595 CE, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, MS. Elliott 418, f. 56r.

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series, which will take place via Zoom on a weekly basis between January and June 2022. The…

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New Book Salon: Zrinka Stahuljak’s “Les Fixeurs au Moyen âge – Histoire et littérature connectées”

Thursday, February 17 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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A book panel on "Invisible Persons, Invisible Texts: Translation and Translators in Medieval and Modern Afghanistan and the West" with Zrinka Stahuljak (UCLA), Jawanshir Rasikh (Independent Scholar), and Arezou Azad (Oxford). Discussant: Domenico Ingenito (UCLA). Register to attend on Zoom. 9:30 am - 11 am Pacific Time Organized by the UCLA Program on Central Asia. Afghanistan through Afghan Voices is a series of virtual workshops that highlights and critically engages with recent scholarship on one of the most culturally diverse…

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Green Like a Woman: Gender Expression and Erotic Manners

Wednesday, February 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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A lecture by Tommaso Gazzarri (Union College), part of the Winter 2022 CMRS-CEGS Research Seminar, Classics 250, “Eros. Amor. The Erotic Cultures of the Early Global World” taught by Professor Giulia Sissa (Political Science and Classics). Professor Gazzarri's research explores the ancient association of the color galbinus with the figure of the cinaedus (Martial 3.82.5; Juvenal 2.97). Like Greek chloros, galbinus corresponds to a hue between yellow and green. Unlike viridis, galbinus, when referring to persons, is utilized mainly to describe women…

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From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

Wednesday, February 16 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Image: detail from Jami's Yusuf u Zulaykha, 1595 CE, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, MS. Elliott 418, f. 56r.

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series, which will take place via Zoom on a weekly basis between January and June 2022. The…

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MEMSA Race Reading Group

Tuesday, February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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For the final winter quarter meeting of the MEMSA premodern race reading group, discussion centers on Sylvia Wynter's "Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Power/Truth/Freedom: Towards the Human, After Man, Its Overrepresentation-- An Argument." UCLA graduate students and faculty from all departments and all participatory levels are welcome to join the discussion, whether you want to contribute to the conversation or just listen in. Please read these meeting ground rules prior to attendance. This is a laid back group so come, discuss…

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California Medieval History Seminar, Winter 2022

Saturday, February 12 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Huntington Library - UCLA CMRS California Medieval History Seminar

The Winter 2022 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. Click here for additional information about the seminar. The following papers will be discussed at the seminar and available for…

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Copying and Reading Sacred Scriptures: Qurʾan and Torah in Comparative Perspective

Wednesday, February 9 @ 12:00 pm
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This talk by Professor Daniella Talmon-Heller (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) will highlight commonalities and differences between Jewish and Muslim thinking about the aural, graphic, and material forms of the Torah and Qurʾan. Jews and Muslims have both been preoccupied with transcribing and reading the authentic text as accurately as possible while securing its sanctity. They have adopted similar devices to facilitate its precise graphic representation, but ultimately employed different solutions regarding the design and format of the material object.…

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A Woman’s Pleasure: Philosophy and Sexuality in the Poetry of Sulpicia

Wednesday, February 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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A lecture by Erin McKenna Hanses (Penn State University), part of the Winter 2022 CMRS-CEGS Research Seminar, Classics 250, “Eros. Amor. The Erotic Cultures of the Early Global World” taught by Professor Giulia Sissa (Political Science and Classics). In his diatribe against love in De Rerum Natura Book 4, Lucretius includes an idea found rarely in male-authored Roman poetry: the Epicurean asserts that there is mutua voluptas between men and women and that both partners can experience pleasure in matters of sex. In this paper, Dr. Hanses argues…

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From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

Wednesday, February 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Image: detail from Jami's Yusuf u Zulaykha, 1595 CE, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, MS. Elliott 418, f. 56r.

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series, which will take place via Zoom on a weekly basis between January and June 2022. The…

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As Inconvenient and Offensive as Abundance

Monday, February 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Adam Talib ( School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University) discusses "As Inconvenient and Offensive as Abundance." Literary studies developed in European modernity in conditions of cultural scarcity and narrowness, though it has often laid claims to universality and universal applicability, especially as it rose to epistemic hegemony in its colonial and global phases. The inability of Euro-American literary paradigms and priorities to engage meaningfully with world-literary traditions is by now uncontroversial, but the field of comparative literature has struggled…

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From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

Wednesday, February 2 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Image: detail from Jami's Yusuf u Zulaykha, 1595 CE, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, MS. Elliott 418, f. 56r.

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series, which will take place via Zoom on a weekly basis between January and June 2022. The…

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January 2022

From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

Wednesday, January 26 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Image: detail from Jami's Yusuf u Zulaykha, 1595 CE, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, MS. Elliott 418, f. 56r.

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series, which will take place via Zoom on a weekly basis between January and June 2022. The…

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MEMSA Race Reading Group

Tuesday, January 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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The reading to be discussed is "Creating Chichimec-Uanacaze Ethnic Identity," Chapter 4 from Angélica Jimena Afanador-Pujol's The Relación de Michoacán: (1539-1541) and the Politics of Representation in Colonial Mexico. The Introduction to the book is also included as optional reading, which may be very helpful in providing a context for the Relación. You can find a PDF here. MEMSA reading group meetings are open to graduate students and faculty. All participatory levels are welcome to join the meeting, whether interested…

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Where Does Nature End and Culture Begin? Cultural Heritage between Anthropology and Epistemology

Monday, January 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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The speaker is Etienne Anheim (EHESS-CRH). The title of his talk is "Where Does Nature End and Culture Begin? Cultural Heritage between Anthropology and Epistemology." The heritage movement that affects contemporary society has continued to expand, but the notion of heritage has also diversified. One of its main divisions has been based on the opposition between cultural heritage and natural heritage, the latter related directly to the current interest in the preservation of the environment at large. In this talk,…

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From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

Wednesday, January 19 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Image: detail from Jami's Yusuf u Zulaykha, 1595 CE, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, MS. Elliott 418, f. 56r.

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series, which will take place via Zoom on a weekly basis between January and June 2022. The…

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From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series

Wednesday, January 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Image: detail from Jami's Yusuf u Zulaykha, 1595 CE, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, MS. Elliott 418, f. 56r.

The UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies and Musa Sabi Chair in Iranian Studies, in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Program on Central Asia, invite scholars and graduate students from across the world to participate in the following research program: From Medieval Afghanistan, “The Most Beautiful of Stories”: Jami’s Yūsuf-u Zulaykhā, a Persian reading group and workshop series, which will take place via Zoom on a weekly basis between January and June 2022. The…

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MEMSA Race Reading Group

Tuesday, January 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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The reading group kicks-off the quarter discussing the introduction from Cord Whitaker's Black Metaphors, titled "Moving Backward: Blackness in Modernity, Early Modernity, and the Middle Ages". The text is here. Please read the meeting ground rules prior to attendance. Register for the meeting here. Open to UCLA Faculty and Graduate Students. Questions? Contact memsa.ucla@gmail.com. Future meetings will be on January 25 (Week 4) and February 15 (Week 7) from 2-1 pm PT on Zoom.

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Ancient and Modern Categories: How Historians Formulate Race

Monday, January 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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A lecture by CMRS-CEGS Associate Yonatan Binyam, President's Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. In this talk, Dr. Binyam reviews some of the objections against premodern race studies and clarifies some of the arguments, models, and approaches utilized in the field. More specifically, he presents race-making as a comparative category to analyze modes of social formation in antiquity, illustrating the value that premodern race studies hold for the study of…

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December 2021

Reading Against Distraction in Early Medieval England

Friday, December 3, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Junior Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop This session with Assistant Professor Erica Weaver (English) explores intersections of attention, obedience, and performance in 10th- and 11th-c. Benedictine monasticism as she examines these issues in her book Reading Against Distraction in Early Medieval England. Reviewers are Bruce Holsinger (University of Virginia) and Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe (UC Berkeley). These workshops aim to provide quality feedback on a first full draft of a pre-tenure book manuscript in preparation for publication. Workshop participants are faculty members…

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New Book Salon: Carla Pestana’s “The World of Plymouth Plantation”

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Author Carla Gardina Pestana (History, UCLA) joins Alex Mazzaferro (English, UCLA) in discussion about her new book, The World of Plymouth Plantation. Register to attend online. The English settlement at Plymouth has usually been seen in isolation. Indeed, the colonists gain our admiration in part because we envision them arriving on a desolate, frozen shore, far from assistance and forced to endure a deadly first winter alone. Yet Plymouth was, from its first year, a place connected to other places.…

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November 2021

RESCHEDULED From Romance to Romance: Translating Medieval and Early Modern Romance Vernacular Texts (13th-18th c.) – Day 2

Friday, November 19, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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RESCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 2022 In the past decades, there have been many studies devoted to aspects of medieval translation. For example, the conferences on The Medieval Translator, and the series of collective monographs resulting from them, illustrate the wealth of approaches that have shed light on this important topic. Clearly, the act of translating from one language into another was crucial in medieval culture. As an intellectual practice, translation finds its origins in the methods of Latin rhetoric, which fostered…

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MEMSA Reading Group

Thursday, November 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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This session will discuss Geraldine Heng's "A Global Race in the European Imaginary: Native Americans in the North Atlantic," which is chapter 5 from The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages (the book's introduction is also provided in the link above as an optional reading). Open to UCLA Faculty and Graduate Students. Access the Reading Group Meeting Ground Rules here. Register for the meeting here. Questions? Contact memsa.ucla@gmail.com.

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RESCHEDULED From Romance to Romance: Translating Medieval and Early Modern Romance Vernacular Texts (13th-18th c.) – Day 1

Thursday, November 18, 2021 @ 8:15 am - Friday, November 19, 2021 @ 5:30 pm
Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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RESCHEDULED FOR  NOVEMBER 2022 In the past decades, there have been many studies devoted to aspects of medieval translation. For example, the conferences on The Medieval Translator, and the series of collective monographs resulting from them, illustrate the wealth of approaches that have shed light on this important topic. Clearly, the act of translating from one language into another was crucial in medieval culture. As an intellectual practice, translation finds its origins in the methods of Latin rhetoric, which fostered…

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Afterlives: Dante in Dialogue with East Asian Buddhism | Day 2

Saturday, November 13, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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In The Metaphysics of Dante’s Comedy, one of the most significant contributions on Dante’s thought in modern scholarship, Christian Moevs presents an interpretation of the Florentine poet’s worldview that is consistent with Eastern spirituality. Moevs’s allusions to non-dualistic principles of Indian and Asian religion and thought in the context of an in-depth examination of Dante’s metaphysics offer the opportunity to advance a productive inquiry that may bridge conventional divides between medieval literature in Europe and cultural productions in medieval East…

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Afterlives: Dante in Dialogue with East Asian Buddhism | Day 1

Friday, November 12, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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In The Metaphysics of Dante’s Comedy, one of the most significant contributions on Dante’s thought in modern scholarship, Christian Moevs presents an interpretation of the Florentine poet’s worldview that is consistent with Eastern spirituality. Moevs’s allusions to non-dualistic principles of Indian and Asian religion and thought in the context of an in-depth examination of Dante’s metaphysics offer the opportunity to advance a productive inquiry that may bridge conventional divides between medieval literature in Europe and cultural productions in medieval East…

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Petrarch’s African canzoniere: Lyric Anthropology and the Question of Race

Thursday, November 4, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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CMRS-CEGS / Comparative Literature Co-Sponsored Lecture Ayesha Ramachandran (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Yale University) "Petrarch’s African canzoniere: Lyric Anthropology and the Question of Race" Is the rhetoric of Petrarchan poetry a foundational discourse of early modern race-making? And what might it mean to investigate early modern lyric as site for reflection about race and cross-cultural difference? This talk returns to Petrarch’s Rerum vulgarium fragmenta, often described as the urtext of modern lyric poetry, to reveal its textual and conceptual…

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Chosŏn Korea and the Imperial Tradition in East Asia, 1392-1592

Monday, November 1, 2021
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Junior Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop This is the first of a series of workshops that aim to provide quality feedback on a first full draft of a pre-tenure book manuscript in preparation for publication. Workshop participants are faculty members and doctoral graduate students selected by the book manuscript’s author. This is a continuing series and inquiries by junior faculty wishing to benefit are welcome. Please contact the Director, Zrinka Stahuljak. This session is with Assistant Professor SIXIANG WANG (Asian Languages…

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October 2021

California Medieval History Seminar, Fall 2021

Saturday, October 30, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 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 following papers will be discussed at the seminar: Jessie Sherwood  (UC, Berkeley) "Converts in the Law: Rules and Norms for Baptism and Apostasy in the Early Middle…

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MEMSA Race Reading Group

Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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This session will discuss Geraldine Heng's "A Global Race in the European Imaginary: Native Americans in the North Atlantic," which is chapter 5 from The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages (the book's introduction is also provided in the link above as an optional reading). Open to UCLA Faculty and Graduate Students. Access the Reading Group Meeting Ground Rules here. Register for the meeting here. Questions? Contact memsa.ucla@gmail.com.  

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Virtual Classrooms and Mercantile Mischief in Shakespeare’s England

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Royce Hall 314, 10745 Dickson Plaza
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Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture Rescheduled from April 30, 2020. Please see event registration details below. 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…

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September 2021

MEMSA Race Reading Group

Thursday, September 30, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Sponsored by MEMSA, the Race Reading Group takes place virtually and is open to UCLA faculty and graduate students. Chapter 4 from Michael Gomez's book African Dominion, "Slavery and Race Imagined in Bilād As-Sūdān" will be under discussion. Here is a link to the text. You can register to attend the Sept. 30 meeting here. The meeting dates for the rest of the quarter will be October 28 (week 5) and November 18 (week 8), all from 12-1 pm PT.…

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August 2021

MEMSA Race Reading Group

Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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We invite you to join us for the first meeting of the Medieval and Early Modern Student Association (MEMSA) and Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) co-sponsored Race Reading Group that will explore a variety of scholarly research on pre-modern race. The first meeting will be held virtually over Zoom on August 26, 2021. The group is open to UCLA students and faculty and meetings will focus on the discussion of one reading (an article or selections from a…

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May 2021

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

Thursday, May 27, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 - Friday, May 14, 2021
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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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 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. 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 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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February 2021

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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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. These are the papers…

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1521: Making the World While Breaking the World

Friday, February 19, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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