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February 2018

Duke John’s Skull: From History Lesson to Crime Exhibit

February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable In the aftermath of the assassination of Duke John of Burgundy (1419), a pivotal event in the Hundred Years’ War, the duke’s shattered skull became a famous bone of contention in disputes about the past. The controversial skull was kept by Carthusian monks and shown as a curiosity to visiting royalty until the Revolution. Modernity turned this unholy relic and macabre symbol of national disaster into a scientific specimen. It was repeatedly exhumed and studied, sketched and photographed,…

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“Creating Gods through Narratives: The Ontology of Greek Mythic Characters” | Sarah Johnston

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

This paper opens with an overview of recent work on the ontology of fictional characters and then proceeds to arguments about the ontological status of characters who appear in fictionalizing narratives such as the Odyssey or the Ramayana who are simultaneously the objects of religious belief. Prof. Johnston suggests that such characters draw unique advantages from the ways in which their stories are narrated. Gods are described in different ways on different occasions.  The ‘human’ god is easier to believe…

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March 2018

The Virgin at Daphni

March 5 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture The eleventh-century church of the Dormition (Koimesis) of the Virgin at Daphni on the outskirts of Athens is one of the most famous Byzantine monuments known, appearing even in general histories of art. Yet very little has been published on its mosaics in the past 60 years, and the program of decoration has never been evaluated. In this talk, CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Leslie Brubaker (Professor of Byzantine Art History, University of Birmingham) analyzes the location of…

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Thinking About the 11th-Century Mediterranean Economy

March 7 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture When discussing the Mediterranean economy many people focus on international shipping; but most economic activity—even today, never mind a millennium ago—is regional, and, above all, highly local. In this talk, CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Chris Wickham (Emeritus Chichele Professor of Medieval History, University of Oxford; Fellow, All Soul’s College) explores the local through the mixture of evidence–partly documentary, partly archaeological–which one can use to get a sense of how local economies worked, interacted and changed, and what…

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The 40th Annual UC Celtic Studies Conference & the Annual CSANA Meeting

March 8 - March 11

This joint meeting of the Celtic Studies Association of North America (CSANA) and the 40th Annual UC Celtic Studies Conference is organized by Professor Joseph F. Nagy (Professor Emeritus, UCLA; Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University), Dr. Karen E. Burgess (UCLA-CMRS), and the Celtic Colloquium student group. Funded by the Campus Programs Committee of the Program Activities Board, the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the UCLA Program in Indo-European Studies, the UCLA Department of English, Dean David Schaberg…

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