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Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) at UF is an interdisciplinary forum for the study of medieval and early modern culture and its influences on the modern world. This approach addresses the distinctive forms of cultural organization in the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods; the study necessarily crosses departmental boundaries.
Lecture: ORBIS PICTUS OF THE LATE MIDDLE AGES: Stove Tiles from Southern Bohemia
Jaroslav Jiřík, Prácheň Museum in Pisek, Czech Republic
The invention of tile stoves brought a great degree of comfort to the medieval house, particularly in theUrban environment. Free of the smoke otherwise filling the main room of the house, the parlor or principal room in the house where the stove was located became a space of social interaction and representation. In that respect the tile stove was designed from the very beginning as something fundamentally different from the stove in the kitchen. Gothic stoves often imitated contemporary architecture were given fantastic tower-‐like structures, much like churches. The study of late Gothic stove tiles offers therefore a unique perspective on the late medieval house and concepts of domestic space. Because such stoves were reserved for representative rooms, their tiles were often decorated with figurative scenes. The ornamental program of the Gothic stove is therefore a unique window to the motives and themes of the late medieval imagination. On one hand, stove tiles were decorated with religious scenes from either the New or the Old Testament, or from saints’ lives. As tile stoves became popular during the 15th century, at the time of the Hussite revolution, both Catholic and Hussite propaganda made extensive use of stove tile images. In addition, stove tiles contain images of mythical characters, monsters, and fantastic animals—unicorns, griffins, and dragons—as well as tournament scenes. Coats of arms are also frequently represented, since both the land and the urban aristocracy in the 15th century was preoccupied with showing ancestral ties, political alliances and claims to power. The study of stove tiles therefore offers a unique glimpse into late medieval spiritual life.
49th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place May 8-11, 2014, Kalamzoo, Michigan: MEMS sessions (organized by Florin Curta)
Friday, May 9
193. The Archaeology of Early Medieval Europe: Late Antique and Early Medieval Churches
Saturday, May 10
348. A Neglected Empire: Bulgaria between the Late Twelfth and Late FourteenthCentury I: Shaping, Defining, and Reshaping an Empire
Saturday, May 10
402. A Neglected Empire: Bulgaria between the Late Twelfth and Late Fourteenth
There are a number of UF faculty and students presenting in other sessions:
Thursday, 1:30 PM
Thursday, 3:30 PM
Thursday, 7:30 PM
Friday, 3:30 PM
Saturday, 10:30 AM
Saturday, 1:30 PM
Also, former UF students Emerson Richards and Mead Bowen are presenting:
Saturday, 3:30 PM
Sunday, 10:30 AM
The James J. Paxson Memorial Travel Grant for Scholars of Limited Funds
The BABEL Working Group and postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, have established the James J. Paxson Memorial Travel Grant for Scholars of Limited Funds. The grant, in memory of the late U.F. English professor, was made possible by an initial gift from one of Professor Paxson’s former students at the University of Florida, Mead Bowen.
This grant of $1,000 will cover travel costs, registration fees, lodging and other expenses for one scholar who would otherwise find it a financial hardship to present his or her work at the International Congress on Medieval Studies.
Applicants for 2014 should send a brief prospectus of their accepted ICMS paper (350-500 words), a statement of financial need, and a brief c.v. to Eileen Joy at: firstname.lastname@example.org by MARCH 15, 2014. The recipient of the grant will be announced by or before APRIL 1.
For more information, see http://www.inthemedievalmiddle.com/2014/02/announcement-james-j-paxson-memorial.html
UF Certificate Program in Medieval Archaeology
Faculty from he departments of History, Anthropology, and Geology, and the Florida Museum of Natural History, offer this new certificate. See the MedArch home page for details.
The UF Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies sponsors the Stammtisch series, in which graduate students working in any area of medieval and Early Modern studies may present a current research project and then discuss their research with attendees.
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