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January 2021

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CMRS Reading Group for Graduate Students and Faculty

January 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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CMRS hosts a monthly medieval and Renaissance reading group for graduate students and faculty. CMRS-affiliated graduate students and faculty propose and share an article or a book particularly important for their research, and then participate in an informal discussion about that text. Seeing the diverse topics and methods of our research as one of the central strengths of CMRS, the reading group is focused on providing an intellectually-stimulating but casual space to foster the sorts of conversations that took place…

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Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

January 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Professor Peter Cowe, Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, UCLA “Armenian Integration into Sequential Hemispheric Cultural Norms as Illustrated by the Alexander Romance“ CMRS is hosting twice-monthly Works-in-Progress Happy Hours to promote intellectual exchange and collegiality while most of us are continuing to work and learn remotely. The Happy Hours are open to UCLA faculty and graduate students and consist of a short informal presentation followed by open discussion. S. Peter Cowe is Narekatsi Professor of Armenian Studies at UCLA and has taught…

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February 2021

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“Bodies and Maps” — A New Book

February 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Zoom Meeting,

Since antiquity, artists have visualized the known world through the female (sometimes male) body. In the age of exploration, America was added to figures of Europe, Asia, and Africa who would come to inhabit the borders of geographical visual imagery. In the abundance of personifications in print, painting, ceramics, tapestry, and sculpture, do portrayals vary between hierarchy and global human dignity? Are we witnessing the emergence of ethnography or of racism? Yet, as this volume shows, depictions of bodies as…

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Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

February 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Professor Adriana Vasquez, Classics, UCLA “The Influence of Vergil’s Epic Program on Gabriel Pereira de Castro’s Poem Ulisseia ou Lisboa Edificada (1636)” CMRS is hosting twice-monthly Works-in-Progress Happy Hours to promote intellectual exchange and collegiality while most of us are continuing to work and learn remotely. The Happy Hours are open to UCLA faculty and graduate students and consist of a short informal presentation followed by open discussion. Adriana Vazquez joined the Classics Department at UCLA in 2017. In addition to the…

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CMRS Reading Group for Graduate Students and Faculty

February 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Zoom Meeting,

CMRS hosts a monthly medieval and Renaissance reading group for graduate students and faculty. CMRS-affiliated graduate students and faculty propose and share an article or a book particularly important for their research, and then participate in an informal discussion about that text. Seeing the diverse topics and methods of our research as one of the central strengths of CMRS, the reading group is focused on providing an intellectually-stimulating but casual space to foster the sorts of conversations that took place…

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1521: Making the World While Breaking the World

February 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Although Columbus discovered the Americas at the end of the fifteenth century, the world only became global in the sixteenth century, when the remnants of Magellan’s bedraggled crew straggled back to Spain. Their arrival marked a blue marble moment for early Europeans, as there could no longer be serious doubt about the unity of the globe. For the crew, however, the Europe they found in 1522 differed from the one they departed in 1519. Martin Luther’s 1521 excommunication, which almost…

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California Medieval History Seminar, Winiter 2021

February 20 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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The seminar meets 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 available for download in advance of the seminar. Please check back for the list of paper titles and authors. Advance registration…

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Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

February 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Professor Stella Nair, Art History, UCLA “The Gendered Landscapes of Inca Architecture” CMRS is hosting twice-monthly Works-in-Progress Happy Hours to promote intellectual exchange and collegiality while most of us are continuing to work and learn remotely. The Happy Hours are open to UCLA faculty and graduate students and consist of a short informal presentation followed by open discussion. Stella Nair’s scholarship focuses on the built environment of indigenous communities in the Americas and is shaped by her interests in construction…

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March 2021

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A Library of Memories: Textual Preservation at the Monastery of St. Michael in Egypt

March 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Annual Richard & Mary Rouse History of the Book Lecture This year's speaker is Andrea M. Achi, PhD, Assistant Curator in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 1910, a group of Egyptian farmers claimed they discovered a hoard of Coptic manuscripts in a stone vat outside the village of al-Hamuli of the Fayyum Oasis in Egypt. Sold to J. Pierpont Morgan in 1911, the find amounted to…

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“The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic” – New Book Salon

March 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Professor Andrea Moudarres, UCLA Department of Italian, discusses his recent book, The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic. The Enemy in Italian Renaissance Epic follows the same narrative of internal strife, exploring enmity within the self, the state, and the world through the prism of prominent works of the Italian literary canon: Dante’s Commedia, Luigi Pulci’s Morgante, Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, and Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme Liberata. The book’s central argument is that early modern Italian literature conceived of all forms of…

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CMRS Reading Group for Graduate Students and Faculty

March 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Zoom Meeting,

CMRS hosts a monthly medieval and Renaissance reading group for graduate students and faculty. CMRS-affiliated graduate students and faculty propose and share an article or a book particularly important for their research, and then participate in an informal discussion about that text. Seeing the diverse topics and methods of our research as one of the central strengths of CMRS, the reading group is focused on providing an intellectually-stimulating but casual space to foster the sorts of conversations that took place…

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