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October 2017

Dante and Modernity

October 20 - October 21
Dante and Modernity organized by Andrea Moudarres

In a famous passage of Survival in Auschwitz, the memoir that emerged from his harrowing experience in the concentration camp, Primo Levi strives to recall from his memory Canto 26 of Dante’s Inferno – a canto that narrates the mad flight and tragic fall of the Greek hero Ulysses. Levi’s account of Ulysses’ speech to his companions in Inferno 26 turns into the prism through which the reader of Survival journeys across nearly three millennia of European history, from the obvious, albeit oblique, echoes of Homer’s Odyssey to the…

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The Present and Future of Digital Manuscripts: Access, Pedagogy, Scholarship

October 20 @ 10:00 am - October 21 @ 12:30 pm

—a conference organized by Rebecca Fenning Marschall, Clark Library, UCLA, and Philip S. Palmer, Clark Library, UCLA Why do we need digitized manuscripts and how might we improve user access to them? How might collaborative infrastructure, discovery platforms, and linked data make it easier to find, view, and connect digitized manuscripts? How can special collections libraries partner with scholars, students, and the general public to enhance metadata and transcriptions of digitized manuscripts? As the culminating event of the Clark’s project…

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Islam and Jews in the Holy Land: Land and Nature and the Construction of Jewish Culture

October 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

In this lecture, Dr. Mostafa Hussein will explore the ways the Jewish intelligentsia in pre-state Palestine interacted with Arabo-Islamic civilization, as demonstrated in Hebrew works treating the geography and the nature of the Holy Land. The talk will also highlight how the Jewish engagement with Islamic culture contributed to the Jewish connection to the land and its nature. It will demonstrate how Jewish individuals who viewed themselves as culture shapers and scholars incorporated and exploited Arabo-Islamic knowledge within the domain…

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Physiognomy, Cosmography, and Other Itchy Pictures: Vexed Viewing in the Early Modern Print

October 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Early Modern Cosmopolitanisms Lecture —Stephanie Leitch, Florida State University New observational tools developed during the sixteenth century that commanded the viewer to attention. Abandoning strategies to capture the unblinking stare of the medieval devotee, prints now incentivized sharp seeing in their readers and encouraged a critical and judgmental eye. Ancient genres like physiognomy and cosmography were retooled by printers who developed visual formats that prepared the reader for new interactive experience with the world. Printed trick images, or Vexierbilder, developed alongside these…

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A Mercenary Logic? Muslim Soldiers in the Service of Christian Kings

October 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hussein Fancy UCLA-CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar

CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture Over the course of the late-thirteenth and fourteenth centuries — as they subdued, expelled, and enslaved Muslim populations — the kings of the Crown of Aragon recruited thousands of North African cavalry soldiers, whom they called jenets, to serve in their armies and in their courts as body guards, members of their entourage, and even, on occasion, as their entertainment. Drawing on Latin, Romance, and Arabic archival sources from Spain and North Africa, CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Hussein…

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Feeling the Love of a Divinity in Bhakti Vaishnavism, Christianity, Sufism, Shia Islam, and Buddhism

October 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The sudden intensification of ‘love,’ ‘union,’ or ‘belonging’ generates a distinct emotion to which we give the scientific name, kama muta. In vernacular language, depending on the context, moments of kama muta may be called being moved, touched, stirred, enraptured, mystical ecstasy, slain in the Spirit; être ému; bewegt sein or gerührt sein; 感动 (gǎn dòng / gam dong / kando), etcetera. This emotion is evoked by suddenly feeling ‘close’ to a person or animal (especially an infant), a team,…

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CMRS Emerging Scholars Conference

October 27

The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Emerging Scholar conference directly engages the CMRS mission to support Graduate Student research. This one-day conference features UCLA graduate students from a variety of departments including Art History, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, History, French, and English presenting recent research from topics that relate to CMRS’s sphere of interest defined broadly as the period from Late Antiquity to the mid-seventeenth century. Organized by Sharon Gerstel, UCLA Professor of Art History and CMRS…

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UCLA QGRAD 2017: Radical Imaginaries: Scholar Activism

October 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of LGBTQ Studies at UCLA, the 2017 QGrad Conference will focus on how LGBTQ Studies and trans and queer art and activism have transformed the world in the last 20 years. How have undocumented, Black and Brown, Indigenous, Afro-Latinx, Muslim, Fat, Disabled, incarcerated, Transgender and Gender Non-conforming communities/scholar- activists impacted LGBTQ studies? How are all of us systematically attacked and disempowered under the 45th presidential administration? How have our radical imaginaries fueled everyday resistance…

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Becoming Media, Conference 1: Objects

October 27 @ 10:00 am - October 28 @ 12:30 pm

UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies and William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Core Program 2017–18 Becoming Media, Conference 1: Objects —a conference organized by Sarah Tindal Kareem, University of California, Los Angeles, and Davide Panagia, University of California, Los Angeles In his seminal essay “Genesis of the Media Concept,” John Guillory speaks of the “absent but wanted” concept of medium in the history of Western thought. A diffusion of proto-mediatic political, aesthetic, philosophical, and scientific modes of handling media objects…

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Panel Discussion: Faith in Service of the City

October 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

November 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Wednesday, November 29th 4:00PM-5:30PM Royce 306

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Cutting Out the Middleman: Petrarch’s Attempted ‘damnatio memoriae’ of Walter of Châtillon’s ‘Alexandreis’

October 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable Even in this era of increasing skepticism about Petrarch’s break with the medieval past, his Latin epic, the Africa, is still seen as a major monument ushering in the Renaissance through its classicizing form and themes. Walter of Châtillon’s Alexandreis, a Latin epic about Alexander of Macedon written almost two centuries earlier, can lay claim to most of the ‘new’ classicisms detected in Petrarch’s Africa. In this Roundtable, Justin Haynes (Department of Classics, UC Davis) exposes the great lengths Petrarch went to in order to bury the…

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Humanities Forum on Diversity Race and Immigration: Juan Felipe Herrera

October 30 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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CMRS Silent Movie Night: “Häxan”

October 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

CMRS screens the 1922 Scandinavian silent film documentary classic Häxan (a version of which is known in English as Witchcraft Through the Ages), directed by Benjamin Christensen with live piano accompaniment by Cliff Retallick. Introductory remarks by Professor Arne Lunde (Scandinavian, UCLA). Advance registration is requested. Please click here to complete the short registration form.  No fee. Limited seating.

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November 2017

How Much Did Paul of Tarsus Know About the Historical Jesus, and How and When Did He Know It?

November 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Why did early Christians conclude that four distinct narratives about Jesus and Nazareth and the letters of Paul of Tarsus belonged together in their authoritative Scripture?What do these diverse writings have in common apart from the name “Jesus”? Many prominent 20th century New Testament scholars ignored this question while they fo­cused on contending that Paul had no personal knowledge about the historical Jesus’ teaching and actions, was totally reliant on hearsay, then distorted what he heard, be­trayed Jesus’ intentions, and…

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‘¿Where is Barbarossa?’: Spanish Sensory Perception in North Africa”

November 1 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, Spanish forces swept into North Africa and conquered a series of coastal towns from Morocco to Libya. Historians have seen this as a kind of mirror image of Muslim conquests in the Iberian Peninsula, and the subsequent occupation seemed to take place in the familiar context of Christian-Muslim relations in the western Mediterranean. As such, Spaniards are presumed to almost have a pre-knowledge of a land that was an overnight sail from…

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Genres of Response: Gesture, Method, Trope

November 3 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

—a conference organized by Anahid Nersessian, University of California, Los Angeles In a series of talks that follow the imaginative movements of genre from the medieval period to the nineteenth century, the conference examines the uneasy relationship between genre’s aesthetic promise and its practical uses. It brings together scholars whose work moves beyond the consideration of specific genres—whether elegy or epic, illustration or instruction, story or archive—toward a decidedly conceptual treatment of genre’s effects across literary, visual, historiographic, and scientific…

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California Medieval History Seminar

November 4 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Fall 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. These are the papers under discussion at this seminar: Geoffrey Koziol (UC Berkley) – “The Devil in the Cloister: Sacred…

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Pastries with Professors

November 7 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Students come and learn more about the majors/minor for The Study of Religion! Come mingle with other current students and faculty members within the department. Please RSVP for Event religion.ucla.edu/event/pastries-with-professors/

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Healing with Joy: Recovering Medicine as a Moral Art in Uganda

November 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

What might it mean to recover medicine as a moral art – medicine and health as something beyond a physical, empirical practice? Drawing heavily on my fieldwork of CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda, a pediatric neurosurgical site that pioneered a revolutionary treatment of hydrocephalus, we’ll explore an integrative healing approach based on their specific practical theology of health and human flourishing and its implementation in their infrastructure, practices, and habits, with particular emphasis on the dialectic of physical and spiritual…

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A Medieval Mansio Refuge on the Carolingian Alpine Road in Bramans, France

November 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable The old Carolingian and medieval route through the Savoie French Alps connected Grenoble to Turin. The route followed what had been the Roman Road and before that a Celtic pathway that is often suggested as Hannibal’s route into Italy. Along the ancient pathway over the Col du Clapier-Savine Coche Pass, a ruined stone refuge guards the way at an altitude of 2200 meters (7000 ft.), above which weather could become a limiting factor any day of the year.…

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