Humanities

New Book Salon

Published: December 3, 2020

Erica Weaver, Assistant Professor of English at UCLA, and co-editor Daniel C. Remein, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston, discuss their book Dating Beowulf: Studies in Intimacy. Dating Beowulf playfully redeploys the word ‘dating’, which usually heralds some of the most divisive critical impasses in the field, to provocatively phrase a set of new…

Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

Published: November 19, 2020

Laura Muñoz, Graduate Student, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA “Valencia, All a Riot: Lope de Vega’s (Re)Creation of the Valencian Cityscape” Laura Muñoz examines the theatrical production of early modern Valencian playwright Guillén de Castro, and looks at how this playwright’s innovations enhance our understanding of the development of theater in the seventeenth century. She…

Pourdavoud Center Workshop: Papyrus Amherst 63

Published: November 18, 2020

The Puzzling Papyrus: New Perspectives on Papyrus Amherst 63 In this workshop, two of the world’s leading experts on Papyrus Amherst 63, Professors Tawny Holm and Karel van der Toorn, will reflect on recent scholarship on the Aramaic texts of this papyrus written in Demotic Egyptian script during the Persian Period. Since the decipherment of…

California Medieval History Seminar for Fall 2020

Published: November 14, 2020

The Fall 2020 session of the California Medieval History Seminar will take place online instead of at its usual venue, the Huntington Library. 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…

CMRS Reading Group for Graduate Students and Faculty

Published: November 12, 2020

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…

Bilingual Lecture Series: Claudia Yaghoobi

Published: November 9, 2020

Embodiment, Power, and Politics in the context of Sigheh Marriages in Modern Iran Farahbakhsh’s Zendegi-ye Khosusi (2011) narrates the life story of a former religious zealot, Ebrahim Kiani, who has transformed into a Reformist. Ebrahim has a decent family life, a wife, Forugh, and a son. One night at a party, he is introduced to…

Writing Plague: Jewish Sources on the Great Italian Plague (1631)

Published: November 9, 2020

Susan Einbinder, Professor of Hebrew & Judaic Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Connecticut Historians have long noted the literary abundance that characterizes the Great Italian Plague of 1631, but little attention has been paid to the Jewish sources. Yet, Hebrew narrative, poetic, homiletical, and liturgical responses to the worst plague outbreak in northern Italy…

Augustine’s Divjak Letters 10* and 24*: Slavery, Captivity, Status and Original Sin

Published: November 9, 2020

Susanna Elm, Sidney H. Ehrman Professor of European History, UC Berkeley This presentation is part of the CMRS-sponsored Fall 2020 LAMAR Seminar: “The Late Antique World: Transitions and Transformations Between Classical and Medieval” (Classics 250). Write to Erin Romo, Program Coordinator at the Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies to register for the Zoom link. Open…

Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series: Henry Colburn

Published: November 5, 2020

Achaemenid Egypt: The Archaeology of a Colonial Encounter Traditionally, Egyptologists have regarded the period of Achaemenid Persian rule (the 27th Dynasty, c. 526-404 BCE) as an unmitigated disaster for the Egyptians. This view, however, is based primarily on the perception that there is a scarcity of material from this period; in turn this scarcity is…

CMRS Conference: Varallo and the Sacri Monti of Northwestern Italy, Day 2

Published: October 30, 2020

This conference, organized by Professor Geoffrey Symcox (History, UCLA), explores the history and extraordinary art of the Sacri Monti and highlights the contributions of young scholars to this new field of research. The cluster of pilgrimage centers known as the Sacri Monti, or Holy Mountains, in the western Italian Alps, is attracting increasing scholarly attention….

CMRS Conference: Varallo and the Sacri Monti of Northwestern Italy, Day 1

Published: October 29, 2020

This conference, organized by Professor Geoffrey Symcox (History, UCLA), explores the history and extraordinary art of the Sacri Monti and highlights the contributions of young scholars to this new field of research. The cluster of pilgrimage centers known as the Sacri Monti, or Holy Mountains, in the western Italian Alps, is attracting increasing scholarly attention….

Pourdavoud Center Fall 2020 Welcome Event

Published: October 23, 2020

You Are Invited: Pourdavoud Center Fall 2020 Welcome Event Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:00am PST via Zoom Registration Required Please join us for a digital fall reception to celebrate the continued success of the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World. In the company of Dr. Anahita Naficy Lovelace and Mr. Jim Lovelace,…

Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

Published: October 22, 2020

Carla Neuss, Graduate Student, Department of Theater, UCLA “South African Medievalism” 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…

Early Christian Storyworlds

Published: October 19, 2020

C. Michael Chin, Associate Professor of Classics, UC Davis This presentation is part of the CMRS-sponsored Fall 2020 LAMAR Seminar: “The Late Antique World: Transitions and Transformations Between Classical and Medieval” (Classics 250). The session is open to non-enrolled students but it involves a practical element (recreating a late antique pilgrimage) and Professor Chin asks…

CMRS Reading Group for Graduate Students and Faculty

Published: October 15, 2020

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…

Works-in-Progress Happy Hour

Published: October 8, 2020

Kersti Francis, Graduate Student, Department of English, UCLA “Magic and Gender in the Medieval Romances Partenopeu de Blois (Old French) / Partenope of Blois (Middle English)” 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…

Bilingual Lecture Series: Kaveh Madani

Published: October 5, 2020

Please join UCLA Iranian Studies for their first Bilingual Lecture Series events of the academic year.  These two lectures, featuring the research of Dr. Kaveh Madani, will be held virtually via Zoom.  He will present “Water Bankruptcy and Environmental Politics in Iran (A Conversation with Kaveh Madani)” on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 2:00pm Pacific…

Bilingual Lecture Series: Kaveh Madani

Published: October 4, 2020

Please join UCLA Iranian Studies for their first Bilingual Lecture Series events of the academic year.  These two lectures, featuring the research of Dr. Kaveh Madani, will be held virtually via Zoom.  He will present “A Conversation with Kaveh Madani on Environmental Security in Iran and the Middle East” on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at…