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October 2019

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Medieval & Renaissance Studies Research Workshop

October 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
306 Royce Hall, UCLA + Google Map

“Franks that are Acclimatized are Better: Anecdotal History and Everyday Life in Usāma ibn Munqidh’s Kitab al I‘tibar” Gina Lorenz (Graduate Student, French and Francophone Studies, UCLA) In his Kitab al I‘tibar, the warrior, gentleman, and poet Usāma ibn Munqidh (1095-1188) describes Franks as beasts, devils, and friends. He tells tales of epic battles and shared dinner tables, of conflict and mutual understanding. What is particularly compelling about Usāma’s text is that he focuses on the particular – on everyday…

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November 2019

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California Medieval History Seminar, Fall 2019

November 2 @ 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 Fall 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 are available for download in advance of the seminar. The papers are:…

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Love and Empire in Garcilaso de la Vega’s Latin Odes

November 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Royce Hall 314,

CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture Professor Jay Reed (Classics and Comparative Literature, Brown University) The Spanish poet Garcilaso de la Vega’s three surviving Latin odes (from around 1532-36) have begun to be studied for the way they—like his much larger Spanish output—juxtapose and intertwine imperial and erotic themes. In both bodies of work there emerges a complex, ambivalent stance toward the project (which Garcilaso the courtier and soldier avowedly participated in) of the literary and political restoration of Rome in the form…

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Medieval & Renaissance Studies Research Workshop

November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
306 Royce Hall, UCLA + Google Map

“Jesuit Pulpits with Wood Sculptures of Africa, America, Asia, and Europe Personifications” Maryanne Horowitz (Professor, History, Occidental College; CMRS Associate) Each CMRS Research Workshop is based on a pre-circulated research paper that the presenter—who may be a CMRS faculty member, associate, affiliate, or graduate student—wishes to discuss with colleagues. All attendees must read the paper under consideration and be prepared to contribute to the discussion. Open to students and faculty. Click here to register to attend.

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The World in A Box: For a (Curious) History of Virtual Reality

November 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Royce Hall 314,

CMRS Italian Studies Distinguished Visiting Scholars Lecture This lecture by Professor Massimo Riva (Italian, Brown University) presents a pilot project of the Brown University Digital Publications Initiative, supported by the Mellon Foundation: a digital monograph focused on Italy as an imagined country, and illustrious or forgotten figures from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Italian art, history and culture. Six tales, or case histories, that are also episodes of a larger narrative which describes the role played by curious optical devices such as the mondo nuovo, the…

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Shakespeare Among the Boars: Translating Desire in Renaissance Literature

November 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
314 Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture Professor Ivan Lupić (English, Stanford University). “Had I been toothed like him ,” says Venus in Shakespeare’s 1593 narrative poem, “with kissing him I should have killed him first.” We learn from the rest of the poem that Adonis has been transformed into a flower and that Venus has gone to immure herself at Paphos, but we do not learn what happened to the boar. The loving boar’s fate had, however, been the subject of…

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December 2019

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The Future of al-Andalus

December 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Royce Hall 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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This talk is based on Professor Calderwood's current book project, which examines representations of al-Andalus (medieval Muslim Iberia) in contemporary literature, film, television, music, and tourism. Eric Calderwood is an Associate Professor in the Program in Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Colonial al-Andalus: Spain and the Making of Modern Moroccan Culture (Harvard University Press, 2018). His articles have appeared in PMLA, The Journal of North African Studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Journal of…

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“Ornament of the World” Film Screening

December 4 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Royce Hall 314,

The Ornament of the World tells a story from the past that’s especially timely today: the story of a remarkable time in history when Muslims, Christians and Jews forged a common cultural identity that frequently transcended their religious differences. Ornament will retrace a nearly 800-year period in medieval Spain, from the early 8th through late 15th centuries, during which the three groups, though they competed and sometimes fought, managed for the most part to sustain relationships that enabled them to coexist, collaborate and…

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