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We just listed the Fall courses in MEMS or of interest to MEMS students. Check out Prof. Thomas's Music course on the Song of Songs, Samurai War Tales, or the history courses being offered!
MEM3300-3301: Introduction on YouTube
The MEMS course sequence: MEM 3300: 'Castles and Cloisters' and MEM 3301 'Palaces and Cities, is the subject of a YouTube video in which Professors Mary Watt and Will Hasty discuss castles, cloisters, palaces, and cities. The video is an Open Ideas Production by Nicholas Cravey and Naomi Rivas, who were students in the course.
Lecture: ORBIS PICTUS OF THE LATE MIDDLE AGES: Stove Tiles from Southern Bohemia
Jaroslav Jiřík, Prácheň Museum in Pisek, Czech Republic
Tuesday, April 15, at 5:30-6:30 pm
Judaica Suite, 2nd floor, Smathers Library (Library East)
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
Sponsor: Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Univ. of Florida
Organizer: Florin Curta, Univ. of Florida
Presider: Florin Curta
Villae and the First Rural Churches in Southwestern Gaul: The Case of Saint-Martin in Moissac
Bastien Lefebvre, Univ. de Toulouse-le Mirail
From Single Buildings to Networks of Churches: Early Medieval Churches in Northern Italy
Alejandra Chavarria, Univ. degli Studi di Padova
Churches on Hilltop Sites in Slovenia between Late Antiquity and the EarlyMiddle Ages
Tina Milavec, Univ. v Ljubljana
Saturday, May 10
348. A Neglected Empire: Bulgaria between the Late Twelfth and Late FourteenthCentury I: Shaping, Defining, and Reshaping an Empire
Sponsor: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence; Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Univ. of Florida
Organizer: Florin Curta, Univ. of Florida, and Mildred Budny, Research Group on Manuscript Evidence
Presider: Florin Curta
The Second Bulgarian Empire: Identity, Typology, Continuity, and Discontinuity
Ivan Biliarsky, Institute of History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Sources and Patterns of State Identity of the Bulgarian Empire under the Assenids (1183–1396)
Dmitry I. Polyviannyy, Ivanovo State Univ.
Between Past Glory and Imperial Destiny: The Ideological Use of the Past and
of the Imperial Idea in Thirteenth-Century Bulgaria
Francesco Dall’Aglio, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Napoli
The Second Bulgarian Empire and the Mediterranean
Elisaveta Todorova, Univ. of Cincinnati
Saturday, May 10
402. A Neglected Empire: Bulgaria between the Late Twelfth and Late Fourteenth
Century II: Engaging in Empire, from Center to Periphery and Beyond
Sponsor: Research Group on Manuscript Evidence ; Center for Medieval and Early
Modern Studies, Univ. of Florida
Organizer: Mildred Budny, Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, and Florin
Curta, Univ. of Florida
Presider: Ivan Biliarsky, Institute of History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
The Empire’s Heart: The Significance of the Capital Tărnovo in the History of Late Medieval Bulgaria
Kirił Marinow, Univ. Łódzki
Anti-Heretical Texts in Fourteenth-Century Bulgarian Compilations of Canon Law
Mariana Tsibranska-Kostova, Institute for Bulgarian Language, Bulgarian
Academy of Sciences
Within a Southeast European Multiple-Contact Zone: The Conceptualization ofMedieval Bulgarian and Early Ottoman History
Stefan Rohdewald, Historisches Institut, Osteuropäische Geschichte, Justus-
There are a number of UF faculty and students presenting in other sessions:
Thursday, 1:30 PM
Islam and Markets in Tenth-Century Europe: Al-Andalus and Volga Bulgharia
Florin Curta, Univ. of Florida
Thursday, 3:30 PM
When Did the Invasions Germaniques Become Medieval?
Bonnie Effros, Univ. of Florida/Institute for Advanced Study
Thursday, 7:30 PM
Putting Clerical Communities in Their Social Contexts: Gallaecia in the Late
Fourth and Early Fifth Centuries
Rebecca Devlin, Univ. of Florida
Friday, 3:30 PM
"Ad maiorem familiae gloriam": The Establishment of Zbraslav Monastery in
the Context of Central European Hausklöster
Jan Volek, Univ. of Florida
Saturday, 10:30 AM
World without End: Apocalypticism in the Church History of Philostorgius
Saturday, 1:30 PM
Changes in the Second Edition of Breve historia
David A. Pharies, Univ. of Florida
Also, former UF students Emerson Richards and Mead Bowen are presenting:
Saturday, 3:30 PM
(Former) Enemies at the Gates: Insinuations of Betrayal in "Pa gur yv y
Edward Mead Bowen, Aberystwyth Univ.
Sunday, 10:30 AM
Lo non mori' e non rimasi vivi
L'enfer c'est les autres
: Borders Formed by
Text, Language, and Communication (or Lack Thereof) in Dante's
Emerson Storm Fillman Richards, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington
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
"Reflections on the Baroque" Feb. 27, 2014, 5 PM, Library East 2nd floor
Bernardo Piciché, Associate Professor of Italian, Virginia Commonwealth University, will lecture on Baroque literature and art at 5 pm on February 27, in the Judaica Suite on the 2nd floor of Library East.
Professor Piciché is the Coordinator of Italian Studies and Mediterranean Studies at VCU. He holds a law degree from the University of Rome, as well as Master’s degrees in Italian literature from University of Rome, University of Paris and Yale University and the Ph.D. from Yale. His book Argisto Giuffredi, gentiluomo borghese nel vicereame di Sicilia, about a 16th-century Sicilian writer, was judged best critical essay by Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Napoli (ICI ONLUS) in 2006. He is now preparing for publication an edition of Giuffredi's Avvertimenti Cristiani.
International Topics by UF Students: Research Panel
Thursday, Nov. 21, 1-3pm, Library West, Room 212
Dr. Andrea Sterk will be accompanied by some of her UF Honors history students, who will give short presentations of their research on international topics. Welcome by Diane Bruxvoort, Senior Associate Dean, Scholarly Resources & Research Services.
Late Ancient/Medieval/Early Modern:
- Daniel Conigliaro , "In the Shadow of Ambrose: The Lesser-Known Bishops of Northern Italy" [Italy/Roman Empire]
- Rachel Walkover, “The Reality within the Fantasy: The Romances of Chrétien de Troyes” [Medieval France]
- Danny Welch, “Knowledge, Empiricism, and Authority in the Works of William Harvey” [Early Modern England]
Modern (20th century):
- Josh Cole, “Rathenau's Metropolis: Technology, Society, and Reactionary Modernism in Weimar Germany” [Germany]
- Maya Levy, “Examining The Haavara Agreement Through the Jewish Palestinian Press” [Palestine]
- Joshua Krusell, “Mallam Aminu Kano and the Postcolonial Politics of Northern Nigeria” [Nigeria]
- Genesis Lara, “Revolution in Dominican Republic: War, Identity, and Freedom, 1961-1966” [Dominican Republic]
Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information, see under “News,” http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/
Listening to Heretical Voices: Philostorgius's Vision of History, 29 Oct., 4-5 pm, Walker Hall 200
Anna Lankina, 2013-2014 Rothman Doctoral Fellow (Department of History), will discuss her work.
Rarely do historians have access to the voices of religious minorities. In the later Roman Empire sources pertaining to such “heretical” groups were targeted for systematic destruction. The fifth-century Greek Ecclesiastical History of the Christian “Arian heretic” Philostorgius is an unusual example of a surviving minority source. In this talk, Anna Lankina will not only provide insight into the work of a persecuted religious minority, but will also argue for the History’s rightful place as an integral part of the development of the genre of ecclesiastical history. Specifically, she will demonstrate that Philostorgius displays a distinctive theology of history, viewing religion and empire as interconnected categories that reveal the will of God in human history. This in turn will allow for a reassessment of late antique historiography as a whole and contribute to a new perspective on the cultural history of the late Roman Empire and early Byzantine history.
This event is part of the 2013-14 Fellowship Brown-Bag Series, which features informal talks by Fellows of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere. The Center will provide drinks and dessert.
“Once Prostitute, Now Nun: Liturgy as Reform in Late Medieval Vienna”
Cynthia Cyrus, Friday, Nov. 1, 1:55 pm, Friends of Music Room
The Musicology Colloquium presents Dr. Cynthia Cyrus, associate provost for undergraduate education and professor of musicology, Vanderbilt University. She will be visiting UF on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Her lecture is based on her current book in progress. All are invited to attend, Friday, Nov. 1, 1:55, Friends of Music Room, University Auditorium, reception to follow.
Marco Manuscript Workshop: "Textual Communities"
January 31–February 1, 2014, at
The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies University of Tennessee, Knoxville
For this year’s workshop we invite presentations that explore the manuscript evidence for "textual communities." The deadline for applications is October 15, 2013. Applicants are asked to submit a current CV and a two-page letter describing their project to Roy M. Liuzza, preferably via email to email@example.com, or by mail to the Department of English, University of Tennessee, 301 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0430.
The workshop is also open at no cost to scholars and students who do not wish to present their own work but are interested in sharing a lively weekend of discussion and ideas about manuscript studies.
MEMS sessions at Kalamazoo in the news
WMMT News reported on the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, and one of the segments featured Serbian scholar Jelena Erdeljan, a presenter at a MEMS-sponsored session on Medieval Serbia organized by UF's Florin Curta. Another of Professor Curta's sessions, "The Archaeology of Early Medieval Europe: New Approaches to Ethnicity," literally overflowed the assigned room, with audience members standing in the halls outside the doors!
UF's Florin Curta & friends at the 48th International Medieval Congress, including participants in the MEMS sessions on "Medieval Serbia" and "Late Medieval Urban Identities in Southern and Eastern Europe." From left to right: Piotr Górecki (UC Riverside), Sebastien Rossignol (Dalhousie), Matthew Delvaux (MA at UF, now at Boston U), Jelena Erdeljan (U of Belgrade, Serbia), Ivan Stevoviić (U of Belgrade), Laurentiu Radvan (U of Iasi, Romania), Florin Curta (UF), Tatiana Subotin Goluboviić (U of Belgrade), Matthew Koval (UF PhD student in History), Katalin Szende (Central European U, Budapest), Cosmin Popa-Gorjanu (U of Alba Iulia, Romania).
Video: Florin Curta (UF) discusses gift-giving as a ruler's strategy in East Central Europe in the 9th century. (about 1 minute).
Renaissance music concert, Baughman Center, Thursday 5/23, 7:30 PM
Jennifer Thomas writes: I would like to invite you to a concert of gorgeous Renaissance polyphony next Thursday evening, May 23 at 7:30 in the Baughman Center at Lake Alice on the UF campus. I am rehearsing with a group of wonderful professional singers to present this concert just prior to our recording session next week. We are in love with this music, and we think you will like it, too! Bring a friend and enjoy hearing music that has not been heard for nearly 500 years!
Treasures of the Parker Library, April 18, 6-7pm, Smathers Library (East), Room 1A
Lecture by Melvin Jefferson, former Head of the Cambridge (UK) Colleges’ Conservation Consortium. He will talk about the history of the Parker Library and provide an overview of its holdings, which include Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, the St. Augustine Gospels used in the enthronement of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and important Middle English manuscripts. He will also introduce the “Parker Library on the Web” database and discuss its role in conservation.
Trading on Identity: Jewish Merchants in the Medieval Islamic World
Jessica Goldberg (University of Pennsylvania)
Monday, March 18, 2013 — 6:00-7:00 p.m. Smathers Library (East), Room 1A
Professor Goldberg’s research focuses on the history of merchants in the Islamic and Italian eastern Mediterranean of the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Her recent research interests have led her to study the practical minutiae of how business, manufacturing, and trade worked; and ideas and practices of both religious and secular law; merchants’ ideas of region, regional identity and market spaces. Goldberg’s book, Trade and Institutions in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Geniza Merchants and Their Business World, was recently published by Cambridge University Press.
Allesandro Vettori lectures on Dante, Feb. 25, 7 PM, 215 Dauer
"Wandering Lust in Dante's Commedia:
An examination of Dante's love poets and the connection to their sexuality and exile." Lecture by Professor Alessandro Vettori,
Chair, Department of Italian, Rutgers University; author of Poets of Divine Love: The Rhetoric of Franciscan Poetry and Le città del Decameron.
Presented by UF Italian Studies
Maimonides symposium and lectures at UF, Feb. 11, 12, 13
11 February, 7:30-9:00 pm, Smathers Library 1A
“Is Judaism Really Monotheistic? A Maimonidean Inquiry”
Lecture by Professor Kenneth Seeskin (Northwestern University)
12 February 2013, 2:00-4:00 pm, Keene-Flint Hall 005
Maimonides: Faith, Doubts and Secrets
Symposium with Professor Seeskin, Professor Edward C. Halper (U. of Georgia) and Dr. Davies, with comments by Dr. Yehuda Halper (Tulane University)
13 February, 7:00-8:00 pm, UF Hillel, Norman H. Lipoff Hall
“Hidden Heresies, Obfuscation, Appropriation: What is all the fuss about Maimonides”
Lecture by Dr. Daniel Davies (University of Cambridge)
For more information, and a link to pre-circulated papers, see http://www.humanities.ufl.edu/calendar/20130212-Maimonides.html
Professor Mats Roslund (U. of Lund) speaks on medieval Sweden and Sicily, Feb. 4, 6, and 8
"Birka and Sigtuna in Sweden in the light of the Viking-age urbanization in medieval Scandinavia"
Monday, Feb. 4, at 4 pm, Smathers Library East 1A
"Siqilliya, Islamic Sicily as an example of intercultural communication (9th to 11th century)"
Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 pm, Dauer Hall 215
"Guests and diaspora. Politics, social interaction, and cultural change in medieval Sigtuna"
Friday, Feb. 8, at 4 pm, Dauer Hall 215
Judith Haber on Shakespeare, Friday, Feb. 8, 4 PM, Dauer 218
"' I cannot tell wat is like me’:
Simile, Paternity, and Identity
in Henry V," lecture by Professor Judith Haber of Tufts University. She is the author of two books, Pastoral and the Poetics of Self-Contradiction: Theocritus to Marvell (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and Desire and Dramatic Form in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 2009). She has published numerous articles on Early Modern Literature in journals including Renaissance Drama; Representations; and English Literary Renaissance.
Miri Rubin, Grass Lecture & seminar, Feb. 4 & 5
"An English Tale: The Legend of Child-Murder in Medieval Norwich," Alexander Grass Endowed Lecture in Jewish Studies
Monday, February 4, 7pm, Smathers Library East, Room 1A.
Faculty/graduate student seminar, “Images of Ecclesia and Synagoga: Understanding and Interpreting Visual Evidence in the Middle Ages,” Tuesday, February 5, 4:30-6:00 pm, 05 Flint Hall.
Miri Rubin is Professor of Medieval History at Queen Mary University of London and currently serves as Head of the School of History.
“Dialogue and the Community of Ideas in Cristobal de Villalón's El scholastico,” Feb. 4, 4:05 PM
Matt Michel, a UF Ph.D. candidate, will discuss this 16th-c work in the context of threats from orthodox ideology.
Monday February 4, Dauer 215 at 4:05 pm
Two lectures on Early Modern Spain, Jan. 24-25
24 January 2013, 4:00-5:30 pm, Smathers Library (East) 1A
The Making of the Quintessential Outsider: Bartolomé de las Casas and Early Spanish America
Lawrence Clayton (University of Alabama)
25 January 2013, noon-1:00 pm, Walker Hall 201D
‘The Defence of Men’s Inconstancy’ in Early Modern Spain
Shifra Armon (Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies)
The Chanson de geste and the Orient, Catherine Jones
Tuesday, October 9,
5.30pm, 210 Pugh Hall
The France Florida Research Institute is pleased to announce the visit of
Dr Catherine Jones.
Dr Jones is Professor of French and Provencal at the University of Georgia. She is the author of The Noble Merchant: Problems of Genre and Lineage in Hervis de Metz (North Carolina, 1993) and Philippe de Vigneulles and the Art of Prose Translation (Boydell & Brewer, 2008). She is a leading internationally recognized scholar on medieval epic.
Multilingualism in Higher Education, Matthieu Boyd
Friday, September 7th, 6.30pm, Smathers Library, Room 1a
This lecture will comment from a medievalist perspective on the value of language requirements, focusing on how language provides a key for broadening our approach to subjects like English literature, British literature, Irish literature, and the Western intellectual tradition. Dr. Boyd has practical suggestions for what American undergraduates might reasonably be asked to do with languages.
James J. Paxson Memorial Sessions, Kalamazoo 2012
Three sessions will honor Professor James J. Paxson at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2012.
Session I (mod. Emerson Richards)
- R. Allen Shoaf, "Prospero's 'beating mind'"
- Matt Snyder, "'Muse on my mirrour': Reflection and Refraction in the Awntyrs off Arthure"
- E. Mead Bowen, "Music, Stasis and Otherworldly Digestion in Classical and Medieval Otherworld Literature"
- Florin Curta, "Linear frontiers in the early Middle Ages: Bulgaria and Wessex"
- William C. Calin, "Morality Plays: French and Scots"
Session II (mod. Valerie Allen)
- Tison Pugh, "Loving Lost Children in Chaucer's Clerk's Tale"
- Joanna Shearer, "Why Buy the Cow When You Can Get the Milk for Free?: Sex, Salvation, and Female Victimhood in Chaucer"
- Randi Marie Smith, "A Mystical Repast: Allegorical Food, Community, and the Sacred Poem"
- Nicholas Birns, "Historicizing Deconstruction, Conceptualizing
Allegory: James Paxson's Embodiment of Theory"
Session III (mod. Matt Snyder)
- Valerie Allen, "Gold"
- Ann Astell, "‘Thow þe kynge slepe’: Death, Mercy, and the Virgin Mary in Piers Plowman"
- Fiona Tolhurst, "Re-reading the Theology of Julian of Norwich"
- Julie LeBlanc "'It would cut a hair on water': Descriptive Passages in the Irish Aeneid"
Three UF sessions at Kalamazoo 2012
Professor Florin Curta is organizing the following sessions at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 10-13, 2012:
1. The Archaeology of Early Medieval Europe.
2. Catalyst Frontiers in Eastern Europe: Frontiers and Ethnogenesis.
3. The Health and Lifestyle of Medieval Populations: A Bio-Anthropological Perspective.
For inquiries and proposals, contact Prof. Curta: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The 18th biennial New College conference will be held 8–10 March 2012 in Sarasota, Florida.
Rethinking the Age of 'King Arthur'
Lecture by Guy Halsall, 13 March 2012, 6:00 pm, Smathers Library 1A, University of Florida. Free and open to the public; sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment)
The best-known king of medieval Britain is one who might well never have existed: King Arthur. Certainly, if he ever did exist, we can know nothing about him. This lecture looks at the time and place in which the legendary ruler is supposed to have lived – the fifth and sixth centuries, in Britain. Guy Halsall studied history and archaeology at the University of York, working on the region of Metz (North-East France). He developed work, using written and archaeological sources (especially cemeteries) to study the social history of the early Middle Ages and has ranged widely across a number of topics: death and burial; age and gender; ethnicity and barbarian migration; warfare and violence; humour and literary style. His next book, Worlds of Arthur, brings him back to the study of early medieval Britain, where his training as an early medievalist began.
“A Cell of Their Own: The Incarceration of Women in Later Medieval Europe”
Professor Guy Geltner of the Faculty of History, Archaeology, and Region Studies, University of Amsterdam will give a lecture on this topic at the University of North Florida (Jacksonville) on March 26, 2012. For more information, see this UNF link.
Bill Calin Festschrift
At the annual meeting of the Conference on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, in May 2011, Bill was honored with a session on Makers of the Middle Ages. Regina Psaki delivered a paper entitled "Calin, the Maker." That evening, at a reception, Bill was given a Festschrift volume, Cahier Calin. Makers of the Middle Ages. Essays in Honor of William Calin. Eds. Richard Utz and Elizabeth Emery. Kalamazoo, MI: Studies in Medievalism, 2011.
March 29-31 Indiana University, Bloomington
Vagantes is the largest conference in North America for graduate students studying the Middle Ages, and aims to provide an open dialogue among junior scholars from all fields of medieval studies. This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers Shannon Gayk (Professor of English, Indiana University) and Professor Jordan L. Zweck (Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison). They will be joined by at least twenty-four student presenters and an audience of approximately 100 people.
For more information, find us on the web at www.vagantesconference.org.
Find us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/Vagantes2012
2011-2012 Lindsay Young Visiting Faculty Fellowships at Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The University of Tennessee Knoxville. Thanks to the generosity of the Aslan Foundation, the Institute will offer Visiting Fellowships for the 2011-2012 academic year, including summer and early fall of 2012. These non-service Fellowships are intended to bring scholars from Tennessee and the neighboring region to UTK, where they can make use of research resources in medieval and Renaissance fields to further their research agendas and take part in the intellectual life of the Institute. Fellowships are open to scholars at all regional institutions of higher education and credentialed independent scholars, but preference will be given to faculty teaching in the state of Tennessee. The tenure of the Visiting Fellowship is variable according to the requirements of an individual’s research plan and approval by the Lindsay Young Fellowship Committee, which evaluates applications. The Fellowship will carry a stipend of $600/week for a period of between one and ten weeks. The costs of travel to and from Knoxville are also covered by the Fellowship. Visiting Fellows are encouraged to arrange their plans to take advantage of the various symposia and workshops offered by the Institute (a schedule can be viewed at http://web.utk.edu/~marco/). Fellows will have library privileges for the duration of their Fellowship and are expected to acknowledge the support of the Institute in publications arising from their tenure of the Fellowship.
Applications, including curriculum vitae and a detailed research plan of no more than 1,000 words, should be sent to Prof. Heather Hirschfeld, Riggsby Director, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Dunford Hall, sixth floor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-4065. The deadline for Fellowships to be held between Nov. 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012 is Sept. 30, 2011. The deadline for Fellowships to be held between June 1, 2012 and Oct. 31, 2012 is February 15, 2012. Visiting Fellows are responsible for making their own housing accommodations for their stay. The Marco Institute will gladly provide suggestions for housing resources and place fellows in contact with the UTK Housing Office upon request.
For more information, go to http://web.utk.edu/~marco/ .
2012 New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
8–10 March 2012 in Sarasota, Florida. Plenary speakers will be Duane Osheim (University of Virginia) and Jody Enders (University of California at Santa Barbara).
The conference will be held on the campus of the New College of Florida, the honors college of the Florida state system. The college, located on Sarasota Bay, is adjacent to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which will offer tours arranged for conference participants. Sarasota is noted for its beautiful public beaches, theater, art and music. The average temperatures in March are a pleasant high of 77F (25C) and a low of 57F (14C).
More information will be posted here on the website as it becomes available, including conference events and area attractions: http://faculty.ncf.edu/MedievalStudies
The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are welcome.
The deadline for abstracts is 15 September 2011. Send inquiries and abstracts (email preferred, no attachments please) to:
Division of Humanities
New College of Florida
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota FL 34243
"The Way" towards a program in Pilgrimage Studies
The photo (Joe D'Amata, his wife Mary Watt of UF's MEMS, and Martin Sheen) was taken at a reception following a screening of Emilio Estevez's new film The Way, starring Martin Sheen, on Friday Feb. 17, 2011 in Washington DC. Georgetown University and the College of William and Mary organized and hosted the screening and reception as part of a workshop dedicated to establishing an international consortium on Pilgrimage Studies based in Santiago, Spain.
The Spanish Embassy was a sponsor of the event,as was the Xacobeo, an arm of the Galician government responsible for the Camino de Santiago (the pilgrimage route through the north of Spain and the setting for The Way.) The Spanish Ambassador to the US was also there and as were members of the Spanish royal family.
MEMS looks forward to participating in the consortium by offering pilgrimage courses at UF. UF faculty would have the opportunity to teach and research in the advanced summer program that would be based in Santiago, and UF students could also attend the Santiago programs.
MEMS University Scholars
Congratulations to the two students in Medieval and Early Modern Studies who have been chosen for the 2011-2012 University Scholars Program:
William Fay's study sheds light on the changing relationship between religion and magic in the early modern period subsequent to the Renaissance. His focus is on a seventeenth-century author and philosopher named Thomas Brown, whose life and works present -- by way of his involvement in Hermeticism, astrology, and alchemy – a fascinating melding of religion, magic, and science.
Stephen Scruby explores secular and ethnic tensions developing between Western Europe and Byzantium during the First Crusade and continuing until the destruction of Constantinople by Crusaders during the Fourth Crusade in 1204. Scruby analyzes the lasting mistrust and suspicion growing out of these events in the original Greek and Latin sources.
Humanities Brown Bag: Prophecies of Paradise, Oct. 31, noon, Walker Hall 201D
Professor Mary Watt will examine Christopher Columbus’s absorption and adaptation of the prevailing cosmology of the fifteenth century in creating a world model that bears a striking resemblance to that proposed in Dante’s Divina Commedia. Professor Watt will consider why Columbus preferred a literary model to that of the “hard scientists” of his time, and suggest that Columbus, like Dante, saw the world as having both literal and allegorical significance. In support of this argument she will examine Columbus’s own Book of Prophecies (El Libro de las Profecias), together with Columbus’s extant letters, margin notes in his own books, and his diaries and conclude that the explorer not only saw his journey as the fulfillment of medieval apocalyptic prophecy but also believed that what he had “discovered” was indeed Earthly Paradise perched, like Dante’s Earthly Paradise, atop the western antipodal landmass.
The Humanities Brown Bag Series features informal talks by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere’s (CHPS) Rothman Summer Fellows. Faculty fellows will speak for 20-30 minutes in length about their summer work, leaving ample time for questions and discussion. Please feel free to bring your own lunch, and the CHPS will provide coffee and dessert.
Stammtisch October 3, 3 pm, Pugh 302
Please join us on Monday, October 3, at 3:00 PM in Pugh Hall 302 for the first speaker of the 2011-12 Stammtisch Graduate Talk Series. On Monday, Emerson Richards (MA student, Department of English) will give a talk entitled "I'd Give Beatrice a Nine ... Out of Ten: Dante's Perfect Imperfection in Canto 33 of Purgatorio and the Significance of Decad." Anyone with an interest in Dante, numerology, or unattainable beloveds is welcome to attend.
Liberty of Conscience: The Inquisition Case of Isaac de Castro Tartas", a talk by Miriam Bodian, Tuesday, November 15, 7:30pm at Hillel.
Miriam Bodian is Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work includes Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation: Conversos and Community in Early Modern Amsterdam (1997) and Dying in the Law of Moses: Crypto-Jewish Martyrdom in the Iberian World (2007). She is currently working on a book based on Inquisition documents, focusing on the issue of freedom of conscience in Portuguese-Jewish discourse.
Defiance for Christ’s Sake: The Holy Fool in Religious and Secular Society, Nov. 17, 4:30 PM, 212 Library West
Sergey A. Ivanov is a Senior Research Associate of the Institute of Slavic Studies (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow), Professor of Byzantine Studies in the State University of St. Petersburg, and a professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Russian State University for the Humanities. In his lecture, he will trace holy foolery from its origins in Egyptian monasteries through its evolution in the cities of Byzantium, its prime and decline. As holy foolery was an international phenomenon, Ivanov will compare similar figures who emerged elsewhere in Europe, especially in medieval Italy. He will then proceed to analyze Russian holy foolery.
Luncheon with Sergei Ivanov
In addition, the department will host an informal lunchtime seminar/discussion (lunch provided) for interested faculty and graduate students. Prof. Ivanov will briefly introduce two main directions of his work – on medieval mission/Christianization and on holy fools. – followed by time for discussion. If you are interested in attending, it is recommended that you read one of Prof. Ivanov’s articles on these themes, listed below.
If you would like to attend this seminar please RSVP as soon as possible to Eleanor Deumens: email@example.com . Eleanor will be keeping track of numbers for lunch and will send you any of the following three articles by Prof. Ivanov, recommended as background for our discussion (please indicate #1, 2, or 3)
- “Casting Pearls before Circe’s Swine: The Byzantine View of Mission”
- “From ‘Secret Servants of God’ to ‘Fools for Christ's Sake’ in Byzantine Hagiography” in The Holy Fool in Byzantium and Russia
- “A Saint in a Whore-house”
Sponsors: Center for European Studies; Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere; Center for Greek Studies; Department of Classics; Department of History; Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures; Department of Religion
James J. Paxson
Prof. Paxson died 2/4/2011. In Memoriam.
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