MEDIEVAL CLUB OF NEW YORK
Lecture: February 5, 2010 at 7:30 PM (followed by reception)
Room 4406 (English Program Lounge), The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 Fifth Avenue
Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Columbia University
ABSTRACT I will examine the role played by the legal institution of the "dead voice"("mortua vox") in the formation of the public "persona"before and within the law. To do that, I will focus on the third Partida of Alfonso X (ca. 1270), and how this code establishes the relationships between the public and the private in the realm of the procedural law.
BRIEF BIOGRAPHY Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco teaches Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Columbia. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Universidad de Salamanca, Université de Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle), and the École Normale Supérieure (Lettres et Sciences Humaines). Among his publications are books and articles on medieval and early modern knighthood, material culture, medieval political theory, poetry, and other subjects. His latest book, Knightly Citizenship and Monarchical Sovereignty in the Iberian Late Middle Ages, is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press.