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February 2018

Film Screening: HEART OF A DOG (Soviet Union, 1988)

February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Co-presented by UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Center for European and Russian Studies EUROPE IN FOUR THEMES: ANIMALS UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Center for European and Russian studies have partnered this year to present a quarterly, interdisciplinary  festival of film and music, in collaboration with the Getty Center, that explores European culture, politics and society through the prism of four themes: Animals, Food, Music and Architecture/Landscape. Every calendar, the Archive will a devote a weekend…

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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 Johnson

February 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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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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Disappearing Cities: San Juan, Santo Domingo, Cartagena, and the Rising Caribbean Sea

February 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Minority Communities Making Theatre and Performance in Early Modern Italy

February 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Il volo del Turco (The Flight of the Turk), 1816.

Early Modern Cosmopolitanisms Lecture —Erith Jaffe-Berg, University of California, Riverside This lecture is presented as part of Early Modern Cosmopolitanisms, a lecture series hosted by Barbara Fuchs (University of California, Los Angeles) and Andrew Devereux (Loyola Marymount University) and sponsored by the UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies. Early modern Italy provides an unprecedented context for creative exchanges among Jews, Muslims, and Christians through performance and theatre. In this presentation, Erith Jaffe-Berg introduces different ways in which representation and identity…

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Ari Heinrich: “Chinese Bodies as Biological Surplus: Plastinated Cadavers and Geopolitical Heirarchies of the Human”

February 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The first event in the 2017-2018 Sexuality & Geopolitics Seminar Series will feature Ari Heinrich, Associate Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at UCSD. Their lecture, “Chinese Bodies as Biological Surplus: Plastinated Cadavers and Geopolitical Heirarchies of the Human” will question what a comparative examination of Chinese-language discourse on the plastinated human cadaver exhibits might reveal about the political economics of race and capital distribution that inform them.

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March 2018

¡Gracias a la vida! Celebrating Violeta Parra

March 2 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Polonaise-Fantasie, Story of a Pianist

March 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Arts on the Grounds presents —A recital-monologue by Inna Faliks (UCLA) Booking available here: www.1718.ucla.edu/events/polonaise-fantasie-story-pianist Inna Faliks is a spellbinding Ukranian-born pianist with a glowing international reputation. Her long-standing practice of alternating musical interludes with the spoken word takes the form of narrative storytelling in Polonaise-Fantasie, Story of a Pianist. This captivating work chronicles Faliks’ life’s path: her family’s emigration to America, her formative early influences, and her evolution as an artist. It’s also her love story, as she is reunited…

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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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Peter Sigal: “Thinking with Trash: Nahua Knowledge and Queer Being”

March 6 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The second event in the 2017-2018 Sexuality & Geopolitics Seminar Series will feature Peter Sigal, Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. His lecture, “Thinking with Trash: Nahua Knowledge and Queer Being” discusses how the Nahuas of central Mexico help us to see how indigenous meaning-making relates to the intellectual enterprise that we now call queer theory.

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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 features papers on all aspects of Celtic culture including language, literature, history, art, and archaeology, from late antiquity to the present day. The program 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…

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“Polykleitos or not Polykleitos? The Dilemma of the Prima Porta Augustus” | Gianfranco Adornato

March 8 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
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“Mykki Blanco: The Worlds I Inhabit”

March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Unscripted: The Visuality of Monumental Script in Ptolemaic Egypt

March 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Egyptian language is visually associated with its iconic Hieroglyphs. However, by the Ptolemaic period (332-30 BCE), the later form of Egyptian known as Demotic, which employed a different script, was commonly used in daily life. Hieroglyphs retained a prominent position and could imbue an inscription with prestige, but the multicultural shift of the Egyptian population by this period led to modifications in the vocabulary of social presentation. At this time, individuals creating inscribed funerary objects began experimenting with the…

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Songs of Nowruz and Spring in Persian Poetry

March 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak (UCLA) The celebration known as Nowruz not only marks the start of the Iranian New Year at the vernal equinox, but it has also been widely celebrated over several millennia across a vast expanse from Anatolia, the Iranian plateau, to West and Central Asia. As a theme too, Nowruz and the spring have been a staple of Persian poetry in pre-Islamic and Islamic Iran up to modern times. The theme of Nowruz has been ceremoniously recited at royal courts, as well as in cities…

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Chamber Music at the Clark: The Henschel Quartett with Lynn Harrell, Cellist

March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Henschel Quartett Christoph Henschel, violin Catalin Desaga, violin Monika Henschel, viola Mathias Beyer-Karlshøj, cello The Henschel Quartett’s musical journey has included many remarkable highlights, including playing at the official re-opening of the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar (a UNESCO World Heritage site), travel to Brussels as a Cultural Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, and in 2010 a performance at the Vatican in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI. The Quartett has regularly been invited to the Royal Palace of Madrid to perform…

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Egyptology in Nazi Germany: Ideology, Scholarship, Careers

March 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The history of Egyptology in the Third Reich has long been tabooed and never been the subject of academic analysis. Based on extensive archival research in Germany, this lecture will provide an overview of the discipline under National Socialism. It will look at the careers of individual scholars, from the emigrants and those persecuted to scholars who served in the SA, SS and Waffen-SS, and who themselves as “political leaders” for the new regime. Attempts to align Egyptology, a discipline…

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Kafka’s Oblivion

March 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kafka delineates in many of his texts seemingly incidental scenes of forgetting. Upon closer examination, though, this oblivion is highly symptomatic. It indicates no less than the fragile and precarious constitution of modernity. Forgetting constitutes its condition of knowledge, forgetting its mode of remembrance. Kafka’s writings stage this forgetting in various forms, and the aim of this lecture is to illustrate them in terms of rhetorical forgetting, social forgetting, and Western-Jewish forgetting. This lecture is open to the public. A…

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