CMRS Seminars

CMRS Seminars give UCLA students a chance to meet and interact with prominent authorities in the field of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. These classes receive funding from CMRS to bring  distinguished scholars to UCLA to participate in seminars and symposia, to present lectures, and to have informal discussions with students and faculty.

For Fall 2018, the designated course is Comparative Literature 220, Medieval Studies “Theory, History, and Literature” taught by Professor Zrinka Stahuljak. The special focus of this seminar is the notion of literature as historical archive. History, anthropology, and the arts (visual, musical, performing) are the fields of choice. Organized in modules such as “History and Literature,” “History, Religion, and Literature,” “Culture and Literature,” “Anthropology and Literature,” “Text and Image,” “Music and Literature,” “Performance, Performativity, and Literature,” each session provides a choice of influential texts from theory and historiography of the field and a reading of a medieval text. Aimed as a methodology seminar, this class draws on a wide array of theory and historiography of fields. With guest speakers (see below).

Taught in English with a choice of bilingual texts, visiting speakers include Ryan Szpiech (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Margaret Kim (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan), Jennifer Bain (Dalhousie University), and Noah Guynn (UC Davis).

California Medieval History Seminar

The California Medieval History Seminar provides peer-review and fosters intellectual exchange, acquainting participants with medieval historical research currently underway in the state. Three times a year, the seminar meets at the Huntington Library to discuss four research papers (two by faculty members, two by graduate students or recent PhD recipients).

The meeting dates for the California Medieval History Seminar during the 2018-19 academic year are:

October 27, 2018
February 9, 2019
April 27, 2019

Each meeting is held on a Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Munger Building (a.k.a. the Research and Administration Building). at the Huntington Library in San Marino.

The seminar is free to faculty and graduate students of California universities. Independent scholars and those with advanced knowledge in the fields being discussed are welcome as well. Other attendees will be considered at the discretion of CMRS, provided space is available and a $25 fee is paid to cover your catering costs.

Advance registration is required. To register or inquire, write to Speakers and paper topics are announced by email. Please let us know if you want to be added to the announcement list.

Papers for the Seminar are downloaded from the file-sharing website The link to the papers will be sent to you by email when your register for the seminar. Papers are available to registrants before the meeting so they may read them in advance and discuss them at the seminar.

If you are interested in a discussion and review of your research at one of the upcoming seminars, please write to us with your request.

Previous session papers are listed in the Archives here.