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April 2021

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California Medieval History Seminar, Spring 2021

April 17 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Zoom Meeting,

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 is…

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Law and Disorder: Fools, Outlaws, and Justice in the Middle Ages and Renaissance – Day 1

April 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Zoom Meeting,

CMRS Symposium Is justice possible when foolishness runs rampant? Are folly and mockery valid means to restrain those who abuse power and thwart just treatment of the populace? This virtual conference, with presentations ranging from the high Middle Ages to the 20th century, will examine the social order reflected in the concepts of justice and its untidy, outspoken discontents—fools, scofflaws, even criminal figures. In the medieval and early modern periods, fools generally wore the mantle of outsider and rule-breaker; they…

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Law and Disorder: Fools, Outlaws, and Justice in the Middle Ages and Renaissance – Day 2

April 24 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Zoom Meeting,

CMRS Symposium Is justice possible when foolishness runs rampant? Are folly and mockery valid means to restrain those who abuse power and thwart just treatment of the populace? This virtual conference, with presentations ranging from the high Middle Ages to the 20th century, will examine the social order reflected in the concepts of justice and its untidy, outspoken discontents—fools, scofflaws, even criminal figures. In the medieval and early modern periods, fools generally wore the mantle of outsider and rule-breaker; they…

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Dancing Odissi and the Question of the ‘Medieval’ in Indian Performance History

April 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Zoom Meeting,

New Book Salon A discussion with Professor Anurima Banerji (UCLA, Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance) and Professor Urmimala Sankar (Jawaharlal Nehru University, School of Art and Aesthetics) about Professor Banerji’s recent book Dancing Odissi: Paratopic Performances of Gender and State, winner of the 2020 de la Torre Bueno Prize awarded by the Dance Studies Association.

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Symposium in Homage to Michel Jeanneret (1940-2019)

April 30 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting,

Organized by Jean-Claude Carron (Research Professor, UCLA). This symposium convened to honor Michel Jeanneret (1940-March 2019) will memorialize the critical and creative achievements of one of the pillars of early modern studies today. We will bear witness to his pioneering contributions to the current critical discourse on French and European studies, covering both the ancient and nouveau régimes, from the Sixteenth century, with, among others, Vinci, Erasmus, Rabelais, Ronsard, Montaigne, to Versailles, Nerval, and contemporary French cultural politics (« Cinquante-huit…

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May 2021

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Slavery’s Archive in the Premodern World

May 7
Zoom Meeting,

CMRS Workshop Organized by Lamia Balafrej, Assistant Professor, Arts of the Islamic World, UCLA. Slavery is often equated with archival lack and erasure, an assumption perhaps inherited from the study of the Atlantic slave trade but which might not hold for the premodern world. For one thing, in the medieval Mediterranean for example, people could slip in and out of the category of slavery—anyone could become a slave and many slaves were manumitted. Orlando Patterson’s concept of “social death” and the corollary idea of…

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Signs of Sex: Comparative Semiotics of Virginity in the Greco-Roman, Jewish and Christian Worlds

May 13 - May 14
Zoom Meeting,

CMRS Conference Giulia Sissa (Departments of Political Science and Classics, UCLA) "The Erotic Biography of Gendered Bodies" Avital Davidovich Eshed (Kogod Research Center at Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem) "From Signs to Symbols. Bridal Virginity and the Ritualization of Be‘ilat Miṣvah (Religiously Sanctioned Intercourse) in Medieval Jewish Culture" Micha'el Rosenberg (Hebrew College) "Thinking with (Male) Virgins: Men's Sexual Status in Rabbinic Literature" Romain Brethes (Sciences Politiques, Paris) "No Signs of Sex? Deciphering the Language of Masculine Virginity in Greek Novel"…

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Beholding Beauty: Sa’di of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry

May 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Zoom Meeting,

New Book Salon Author Domenico Ingenito (Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA) with discussants Lara Harb (Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University) and Marisa Galvez (Associate Professor of French and Italian and, by courtesy, of German Studies, Stanford University) Beholding Beauty: Sa'di of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry, Brill, 2020. Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry explores the relationship between sexuality, politics, and…

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Resilience, Resistance, and Renewal in the Medieval and Early Modern World

May 27 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting,

Graduate Student conference organized by the UCLA Medieval and Early Modern Student Association (MEMSA). The global medieval and early modern world (broadly considered, c. 900-1750) underwent myriad profound changes, from devastating famines, plagues, and wars to an increased entanglement of the continents, economic transformations, and technological and scientific developments. These changes were often accompanied by calls for the reshaping of the institutions and structures – political, religious, intellectual, etc. – which undergirded societies’ approach to these challenges, encompassing such responses…

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