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April 2017

First California Symposium on Catalan Studies

April 24 - April 25

Of Books and Roses: First California Symposium on Catalan Studies “Of Books and Roses:  First California Symposium on Catalan Studies” grew from the idea of offering a point of reference on the west coast of the United States for scholars and students interested in Catalan Studies or related areas.  This year, we will hear presentations on urban cultures, on literary studies focused on exile and historical memory, studies on Catalan phonology and syntax and research on language on digital communications. …

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Lucrezia Borgia’s Self Representation

April 26 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable How did noble women represent themselves through the objects they acquired, wore, and used to outfit their living quarters? In this roundtable, Professor Diane Ghirardo (Architecture, USC) addresses this question by examining Lucrezia Borgia’s jewelry, library, art and religious objects, and the decoration of her quarters in the Estense Castle and Palazzo di Corte in Ferrara. In addition she compares Lucrezia Borgia’s accoutrements with what is known of Isabella d’Este’s artifacts and residences. Advance registration not required. No…

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Making Worlds: Art, Materiality, and Early Modern Globalization

April 28 - April 29

The early modern period (c. 1450-1750) witnessed a massive dislocation of people and artifacts as a result of migration, religious conflicts, expanding trade routes, missionary activities, slavery, and colonization. The confrontation between materiality and mobility that ensued gave rise to new, often unexpected, forms of creativity. Focusing on art — on making and engaging with it, on performance and self-representation – this conference foregrounds the critical creative and imaginative processes involved in making worlds. Organized by Bronwen Wilson (Department of…

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May 2017

Fortune, Hazard, Risk: Thinking about Contingency in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean

May 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture How do human beings think about, talk about and prepare for contingency? How do we think about futurity – events to come, good or ill? In this talk, CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Karla Mallette (Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan) looks to the Muslim-Christian borderlands of the medieval Mediterranean in search of the emergence of the modern concept of risk. Co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Italian. Advance registration not required. No…

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California Medieval History Seminar

May 6 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

The spring session of California Medieval History Seminar meets at the Huntington Library to discuss four pre-distributed research papers. Participants are expected to read the papers in advance and come prepared to discuss them. Speakers and paper topics are announced by e-mail. To be added to the announcement list contact us. Advance registration is required — write to cmrs@humnet.ucla.edu to register. These are the papers under discussion at this seminar: Norman Underwood (UC Berkeley) – “Let’s Be Professional: Clerical Discipline and…

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Lettering and Legibility in the Works of Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564)

May 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable The illustrations in Andreas Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica libri septem, first published in Basel in 1543, were revolutionary in their number, their quality, and in their integration with the text. In this talk, CMRS Associate Monique Kornell (Independent Scholar) looks at Vesalius’s concerns for the legibility of the identifying characters in the Fabrica illustrations and those for the Epitome of the same year and considers changes he made to the woodblocks for the corrected edition of the Fabrica of 1555. Advance registration not required. No…

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CMRS Movie Night – “The Passion of Joan of Arc”

May 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

She heard a mission from God. They called it heresy. Join CMRS for a special screening of the 1928 silent movie masterpiece “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer) with live musical accompaniment by renowned silent film pianist Cliff Retallick. Famous for its cinematography and early use of the close-up as well as Jeanne Falconetti’s iconic portrayal of the 15th-century saint, this film recounts Joan’s final days as she is interrogated and tortured by the French clerical…

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Florence and the Reinvention of the Renaissance

May 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Marxiano Melotti (Università degli Studi Niccolò Cusano & Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca) speaks on Renaissance imagery as used in advertising. Co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Italian. Advance registration not required. No fee. Limited seating.

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