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October 2018

Humanities Dialogues

October 19, 2018 - May 31, 2019
Royce Hall 342, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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You are invited to participate in a series of meetings, where you will discover how words/concepts essential to the human experience across cultures have acquired different meanings in different languages due to specific historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. These dialogues will culminate in a final Symposium where participants will compete for prizes, including a $300 award for the 1st Place Final Presentation! Event is free. RSVP required Meetings will take place on the following dates in Royce Hall room 342 (Italian Seminar…

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February 2019

1st Gen Latinx

February 8 - March 23
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March 2019

Reshaping the Field of Film Production: Film Festivals and Contemporary Chilean Cinema

March 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Lydeen Library, Rolfe Hall 4302, 345 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, 90095 United States
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April 2019

Text Analysis Research Cluster Meeting: Topic Modeling Projects in Progress

April 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Scholarly Innovation Lab, Charles E. Young Research Library + Google Map

2 talks on topic modeling projects in progress: Todd Presner’s talk focuses on topic modeling a multilingual collection of 120 Holocaust survivor testimonies made in 1946 by David Boder (on a wire recorder in Displaced Persons Camps). Dave Shepard will share his topic model of authors writing in English in the first half of the seventeenth century to place Andrew Marvell’s “Horatian Ode” in its broader context and to show that, far from being ambivalent, “Horatian Ode” expresses a subtle, but clear, critique of Cromwell.

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‘Carnal Knowledge’: Queer Philology and the Piercings of Edward II – Talk with Jeffrey Masten

April 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
193 Humanities,

2018-2019 Kanner Series When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 4:00pm Where: 193 Kaplan Hall — Jeffrey Masten has written influentially on the importance of sexuality-studies methods for reading early modern literature and culture.  His books include Textual Intercourse: Collaboration, Authorship, and Sexualities in Renaissance Drama (Cambridge, 1997) and Queer Philologies: Sex, Language, and Affect in Shakespeare’s Time (Penn, 2016, forthcoming in paperback), and his articles include writing about textual editing, attribution methods, book history, and early women’s writing.  His forthcoming edition of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II for Arden Early Modern…

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Emmanuel Levinas as Critic: A Chaucerian Test Case

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royce Hall room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Bringing Emmanuel Levinas to bear on Chaucer’s Pardoner’s Tale, my premodern test case, has the virtue of recovering what is authentically other.  Because Levinas refuses to leap to conclusions about values, about human nature, even about God’s nature, his phenomenological speculations regard the reality of existence as ethical encounter in the world itself—ontological questions are, for him, already ethical ones—Levinas is a textual and cultural critic of enormous value.  Works of art are, for him, mediators between the consciousness of…

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Fathers and Daughters in Literature from the Genesis to Romanticism (a work in progress)

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Roundtable Professor Marianna Birnbaum (Germanic, UCLA) discusses her current work on Biblical topics as they appear in literature, connecting Biblical stories about fathers and daughters with plots in literature from the Renaissance to Romanticism. Her discussion includes, among others, Dinah and Jacob, Esther and Mordechai, and Lot and his daughters, with an analysis of the roles these fathers and surrogate fathers play, showing how the Biblical messages operate in belles lettres. Please click this link to register and let us know…

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Visions of Medieval Studies in North America: A Conference in Honor of Patrick J. Geary

April 13 - April 14
Royce Hall 314,

Borrowing its title from Patrick Geary’s article “Visions of Medieval Studies in North America” published in the 1994 volume The Past and Future of Medieval Studies, this conference honors the distinguished career of Patrick J. Geary, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of History at the Institute for Advanced Study (2012–2019), Distinguished Professor of History at UCLA (1993–2011), Professor of History at the University of Florida (1980–1993), and Director of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (1993–1998). Celebrating both the…

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“American Exceptionalism and the American Condition” – Talk with Jerome McGann

April 16 @ 4:00 pm - April 18 @ 5:00 pm
193 Humanities,

2018-2019 Packer Series When: Tuesday, April 16 & Thursday, April 18, 2019 4:00pm Where: 193 Kaplan Hall — Jerome McGann from the University of Virginia will be the Barbara L Packer guest this year.  On April 16th he will speak on “American Exceptionalism and the American Condition,” and on April 18th he will speak on “A Sacred American Text: Fact, Truth, and Method.” Jerome McGann is the John Stewart Bryan University Professor, University of Virginia, and Visiting Research Professor, University of California, Berkeley.  Until recently…

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How to See Water in an Age of Unusual Droughts: Ecological Aesthetics in the Little Ice Age, India

April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dodd Hall 275, 390 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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The Little Ice Age (ca. 1550–1850), a climatic period marked by glacial expansion in Europe, brought droughts of unprecedented intensity to South Asia. In drought-ravaged north India, the beginnings of the Little Ice Age not only corresponded with the emergence of new techniques of landscape painting and riparian architecture that emphasized the materiality of flowing water but also saw the enunciation of a new theology of Krishna worship that centralized the veneration of the natural environment. Tracing the intersections among…

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Golden Girls: Objectification and Transcendence in Old English Poetry

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Roundtable In this Roundtable, Sara Burdorff (UCLA) reexamines the place of women in the Anglo-Saxon heroic system, as represented in Old English poetry.  Drawing on evidence from Beowulf as well as “The Wife’s Lament,” the “Dream of the Rood,” and other lyric poems, Burdorff explores the poetic equation of women and gold as evidence, not of their subordination, but of their transcendent indispensability to masculine heroic society. She suggests that this ‘golden girl’ motif identifies women as semiotic equivalent…

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Conflicts of Interest: Historiography, Hagiography, and Romance in Medieval England

April 26 - April 27
314 Royce Hall,

Organized by Professors Matthew Fisher (English, UCLA) and Arvind Thomas (English, UCLA), this two-day symposium features scholars working on the often fractious conflicts of the medieval past. Medievalists will consider both historic and also generic conflicts of interest in medieval England and on the Continent. The symposium will bring together a diverse community of scholars from around the world, and also include the work of graduate and undergraduate scholars. Collectively, we will explore how medieval conflicts of interest might be…

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May 2019

California Medieval History Seminar, Spring 2019

May 4 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Huntington Library, Seaver Classrooms 1 & 2, 1151 Oxford Rd
San Marino, CA 91108 United States
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The Winter 2019 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 about the seminar. The papers under discussion will be announced. Advance registration is required. Participants must be graduate students…

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Landscapes of St. Gregory: Topography and Sanctity in Medieval Italy

May 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Royce Hall 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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Alison Locke Perchuk gves a work-in-progress presentation of an interdisciplinary study of the art, architecture, and landscapes of Benedictine monasteries in central Italy, VI–XII c., including Montecassino, Sacro Speco at Subiaco, and Sant’Eutizio at Norcia, largely destroyed by earthquakes in 2016–17. The project’s methodological contribution is to bring ecocriticism into dialogue with art history, positioning landscape as protagonist in the construction of sanctity in the medieval Latin West and examining the ways in which monastic art and architecture established, communicated,…

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“Meta-Metrics” – Talk with Yopie Prins

May 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
193 Humanities,

2018-2019 Kanner Series When: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 4:00pm Where: 193 Kaplan Hall — Yopie Prins is Irene Butter Collegiate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Victorian Sappho (Princeton, 1999) and Ladies’ Greek: Victorian Translations of Tragedy (Princeton, 2017), and co-editor of The Lyric Theory Reader: A Critical Anthology (Johns Hopkins, 2014) and Dwelling in Possibility: Women Poets and Feminist Critics (Cornell, 1997). She is currently completing a book entitled Voice Inverse:…

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6th Annual Michael Henry Heim Memorial Lecture

May 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
314 Royce Hall,

The UCLA Department of Slavic, East European & Eurasian Languages & Cultures  and the UCLA Department of Comparative Literature  invite you to attend the 6th Annual Michael Henry Heim Memorial Lecture featuring  “Epic Foolishness: Translating Epic Poetry for the 21st Century” (tentative) by BILL JOHNSTON Professor of Comparative Literature Indiana University Bloomington Bill Johnston has published over thirty book-length translations from the Polish, including poetry, prose, and drama. His awards include the Best Translated Book Award, the PEN Translation Prize,…

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Armenian Liturgical Chant: Historic Elements for the Future

May 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Royce Hall 314,

CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture The perpetuation of Armenian liturgical chant was ensured over the centuries by a subtle relationship between the written and the oral transmission. The vulnerability of both brings up essential questions: what were the characteristics of the notation systems and of the oral transmission system which kept this singing tradition alive? How did this work especially among the cantor groups in cities and towns? Being at the same time an "insider" and a researcher on this…

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Beastly Imagery in the Medieval World

May 19
Dodd Hall 248,

CMRS/Getty Conference This symposium (held in conjunction with the special exhibition Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World at the J. Paul Getty Museum May 14-August 18, 2019) showcases new research on animals in medieval visual culture. The focus of the exhibition is the bestiary, perhaps the most important source of information about animals in the period. The animal stories and images contained within the bestiary served as inspiration for public sermons, daily reading for the religious, and…

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“Religious Revolution and the Rewriting of Cultural History” – Talk with James Simpson

May 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
193 Humanities,

2018-2019 Kanner Series When: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:00pm Where: 193 Kaplan Hall — James Simpson is Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English at Harvard University (2004-). Educated at the universities of Melbourne and Oxford, he was formerly Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at the University of Cambridge. His most recent books are: Reform and Cultural Revolution, being volume 2 in the Oxford English Literary History (Oxford University Press, 2002); Burning to Read: English Fundamentalism and its Reformation Opponents (Harvard University Press, 2007); and Under…

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Slavic Multicultural Performance Night (2019)

May 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
314 Royce Hall,

MULTICULTURAL PERFORMANCE NIGHT A SHOWCASE OF DIVERSITY & TALENT WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2019 6 – 8 PM 314 ROYCE HALL Information regarding tryouts is forthcoming. This event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

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