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October 2018

Marco Polo, Immigrant Historian of Mongol China

October 25 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture Professor Margaret Kim (Department of Foreign Languages,National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan) examines Marco Polo’s treatment of the other within the framework of historical immigration to China under Mongol rule. Marco Polo left Europe as a teenager and lived in Asia for more than two decades. He spent a great part of the most formative years of his life, certainly the peak of his youth and most of his middle age, in China. While medievalists…

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California Medieval History Seminar, Fall 2018

October 27 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Fall 2018 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. Advance registration is required. To be added to the announcement list, please write to cmrs@humnet.ucla.edu. Seating is…

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Artistic Expressions of Political Hierarchies in Aragon–Catalonia at the Turn of the Thirteenth Century: Painting, Poetry, Power

October 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable In this talk, CMRS Affiliate Dr. Shannon Wearing explores the artistic and literary patronage of Alfonso II, King of Aragon and Count of Barcelona (r. 1162–96), with particular emphasis on the Liber Feudorum Maior, a cartulary documenting the king’s territorial holdings and the hierarchical power relationships between the lords of Catalonia. The Liber is one of very few examples of its genre to be illuminated, and as such offers a rare glimpse of medieval courtly ceremonies. This manuscript is considered in relation to…

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Dante’s “Inferno” in the American Cinema Before and After World War II

October 30 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture In this presentation, Mirko Tavoni screens and comments on selected clips from three films produced in the United States between 1924-1944, and two films produced in the late 1990s. These films actualize Dante’s Inferno within five – very different – contemporary stories. In the three pre-war films – i.e. Dante’s Inferno by Henry Otto (1924), the homonymous Dante’s Infernoby Harry Lachman (1935), and the Harlemwood production Go Down Death! by Spencer Williams (1944) – Dante is the source of a moral message to modern…

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November 2018

Understanding Medical Humanities

November 2 - November 3

CMRS Ahmanson Conference Medical Humanities is a relatively new and increasingly popular field of knowledge that is yet to be clearly defined. Broadly, it may be conceptualized as a discipline wherein medicine and its specialties intersect, at a given historical time, with the humanities. As such it is a dynamic area of endeavor where the impact of disease and healing science on culture is assessed and expressed in the arts and in the specific language of the various disciplines concerned…

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Thomas Becket and Henry II : Friends who Became Enemies?

November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CMRS Roundtable Leena Löfstedt (University of Helsinki and CMRS Associate) relates how the Becket controversy and murder in the cathedral coincide with the introduction in England of Gratian’s newly compiled Decretum. Her paper examines the complex relationship of King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket using twelfth-century Gratian-related material: an Old French translation of the Decretum, a Latin Decretum-manuscript from 1170-1180 including marginalia, French and Latin texts of Thomas Becket’s letters sent in 1166. Unafraid of each other, the former friends represent two opposite…

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January 2019

“This is What I Have on My Bookshelf”: Jewish Autobiography and Descriptive Bibliography in the Islamic West

January 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The 28th Richard and Mary Rouse History of the Book Lecture This year’s History of the Book Lecture by Professor S.J. Pearce (NYU, Art & Science) explores the relationship between descriptive bibliography — writing in a detailed way about the contents of a library — and autobiography in the writing lives of medieval Jews and converts from Judaism in the Islamic west, that is, Spain and North Africa. It will look at autobiographical writings in which detailed library catalogues are included and…

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