Saturday, October 30, 2010

Medieval Club of New York Schedule of Events 2010-11

Friday, October 1, 2010, 7:30 PM
Medieval Devotion: A Roundtable Discussion
Cynthia Hahn, Hunter College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
Sara Lipton, SUNY, Stonybrook
Michael Sargent, Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY

Friday, November 12, 2010, 7:30 PM

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Robert Mills @ Medieval Club

Twentieth Annual Rossell Hope Robbins Lecture
April 9, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. (followed by reception)
Room 4406 (English Program Lounge)
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue

Robert Mills
Department of English
King’s College London

Respondent: Carolyn Dinshaw, New York University

“Vézelay, Counterpleasure, and the Sex lives of Monks: Experiences in Translation”

ABSTRACT:  Loosely inspired by Virginia Burrus’s analysis of the erotics of ancient hagiography, this excursion into twelfth-century religious sculpture engages with what might be termed the ‘counterpleasures’ of monastic enclosure. What looks on the surface to be a site of repression and regulation also potentially facilitates the displacement of pleasure into the spiritual realm – a substitution or translatio that contributes not so much to desire’s elimination as to its intensification. Using the church of Vézelay as a case study, the paper confronts this countererotic impulse as it shapes the famous sequence of nave capitals (several of which explicitly address sexual themes)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rutgers Events

Rutgers’ Program in Medieval Studies is pleased to announce two medieval
talks next Monday, March 29:

Kristin Bliksrud Aavitsland
University of Oslo
“Visual Orders? A discussion on ornament and iconography in Romanesque art”
4:30 p.m.
Voorhees Hall Graduate Student Lounge (basement)
College Avenue Campus
(co-sponsored by the Department of Art History)


Seeta Chaganti
University of California at Davis
“Figure and Ground: Elene’s Nails, Cynewulf’s Runes, and Hrabanus Maurus’s
Painted Poems”
6:00 p.m.
Murray Hall room 302
College Avenue Campus
(co-sponsored by the Department of English and Anglo-Saxon Studies)

All are welcome to both. For directions or parking information, please
contact Samantha Kelly at

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Medieval Devotion


FEBRUARY 26, 2-4 pm, ROOM C-202,
Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow)

Jessica Brantley
(English, Yale University)
"Sir Thopas and the Devotional Reader."

Marlene Hennessy
(English, Hunter College, CUNY)
"London, British Library, Egerton MS 1821 and the Late Medieval Somatic Book"

Pamela Sheingorn
(History/Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center)
“Hearing an Illuminated Manuscript: The Role of the Auditory System in Performative Reading”

Friday, February 12, 2010

Dante and Boccaccio: Mythographers of Modernity

The Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University
Spring 2010 Lecture Series

Dante and Boccaccio: Mythographers of Modernity

A Lecture by
Prof. Pier Massimo Forni
Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, February 24th, 5:00 p.m.
Faculty Lounge, 12th Floor, Leon Lowenstein Building, Lincoln Center Campus

The lecture is free and open to the public. A Reception will follow the talk.

For both Dante and Boccaccio, paleophilia(i.e., love for things past) was the passport into a realm of intellectual aristocracy. A love of Antiquity shaped their identities and their works with the intensity of a first love. This talk will illustrate the dynamics through which Dante put the love of Antiquity to the service of his project to become the pre-eminent poet-prophet of modernity. A glance at Boccaccio’s identity-building as a process much influenced by the figure and the work of Dante completes the talk. This lecture is co-sponsored with Literary Studies, the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences Faculty.

For more information, contact:
Center for Medieval Studies
Fordham University
(718) 817-4655


Matthew Richmond
Administrative Assistant
Center for Medieval Studies
Fordham University
(t) 718.817.4655
(f) 718.817.3987

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Megan Moore on Women's Work



Friday, February 19 at 5:00 in room 4202, the French Lounge

Dr. Megan Moore, Visiting Assistant Professor of French at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009, is now completing her book, Exchanges in Exoticism: Byzantium and the Making of the Mediterranean in Old French Romance.

The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue

Sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in French
A reception will follow the lecture.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Saint and Sultan at Fordham

When the Saint Met the Sultan
A medieval ‘summit’ with 21st-century lessons?

Wednesday, 17 February 2010
6–8 p.m.

Fordham University • Lincoln Center Campus
12th floor Lounge • 113 W. 60th Street
In 1219, in the middle of the Fifth Crusade, Francis of Assisi crossed enemy lines and met the sultan of Egypt in search of peace. { That’s a fact. }

What really happened in this meeting? What does it teach us about the encounter between Christianity and Islam? What does it tell us about the use and abuse of history? { That’s a debate. }

Four authors, four contrasting views:
Paul Moses, Brooklyn College, journalist and author,
The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi’s
Mission of Peace

John Tolan, University of Nantes, historian and author,
Saint Francis and the Sultan: The Curious History of a Christian-Muslim Encounter

Kathleen Warren, OSF, filmmaker and author,
Daring to Cross the Threshold: Francis of Assisi Encounters Sultan Malek al-Kamil

Adnan Husain, Queen’s University Canada, historian and author,
Identity Polemics: Encounters with Islam in the Medieval Mediterranean World (1150-1300)

Free and Open to the Public
R.S.V.P. to, (212) 636-7347
For more information:

Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco at Medieval Club


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

"Dead Voice"

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.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Medieval Nature and Its Others


Medieval Nature and its Others

Organized by Christopher Cannon and Carolyn Dinshaw

Friday, April 23, 2009

13-19 University Place, room 102

1:30pm- 7:00 pm


Moderator, Susan Crane,(Columbia University),


N. Katherine Hayles (Duke University), Bruce Holsinger (University of Virginia), Eileen Joy (Southern Illinois University),

Mark Miller (University of Chicago), Kellie Robertson (University of Wisconsin)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

CELCE Spring Program

We are pleased to announce the list of spring semester events for the NYU English Department Colloquium for Early Literature and Culture in English (CELCE). Unless otherwise noted, events are held Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in 19 University Place; rooms are noted below. Visitors from outside NYU should bring photo ID to sign into NYU buildings. All are welcome!

If you have questions, contact Liza Blake, elizabeth[dot]blake[at]nyu[
dot]edu, Katie Vomero Santos, kathryn[dot]vomero[at]nyu[dot]edu, or Sarah Ostendorf, sco229[at]nyu[dot]edu.

February 4
Paris is Worth a Massacre: Marlowe and the Death of Ramus
(pre-circulated paper; email the organizers for a copy)
John Guillory
Room 222

February 25
The Poetics of Praise
Cary Howie
Room 222

March 12 (Friday)
The Untimely Mammet of Verona
Gil Harris
Room 222

April 8
Feeling Time: Prose Aesthetics in the Cloud of Unknowing
Eleanor Johnson
Room 224

April 22
Keeping Things Still in Renaissance England
Julian Yates
Room 224

Christiana Sogno @ Fordham

The Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University
Spring 2010 Lecture Series

How Did Symmachus Become the ‘Last Great Pagan’?

A Lecture by
Dr. Christiana Sogno
Fordham University

Wednesday, January 27th, 12:00 p.m.
O’Hare Collections, 4th Floor, Walsh Library, Rose Hill Campus

The lecture is free and open to the public. A Reception will follow the talk.

In the Fall of 384 CE, Q. Aurelius Symmachus wrote an impassioned speech in the form of a letter in order to defend the traditional religion of Rome, thus engaging in the so-called “Battle of the Altar” with the fierce bishop of Milan, Ambrose. Even though Symmachus lost the battle, that impassioned relatio eventually became his most famous and celebrated piece of writing, and there can be little doubt that it greatly contributed to Symmachus’ “modern” reputation as one of the last great “pagans.” But how deserved is this reputation? Not entirely deserved, one might argue, given the fact that a careful and recent analysis of his letters shows that a great many correspondents of Symmachus were in fact Christians. Leaving aside the (vexed) problem of Symmachus’ commitment to the “pagan cause,” this paper will focus on the issue of Symmachus’ reputation: Was Symmachus always regarded as the “last great pagan”? If not, when and how did he become one? Such questions are not mere curiosities, but might be helpful for understanding how scholarly prejudices are born, and how they influence the research and study of history.

For more information, contact:
Center for Medieval Studies

Fordham University

(718) 817-4655

Friday, January 15, 2010

Latinities in England

The Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium


Latinities in England, 894-1135

A workshop in two parts

David Townsend

(University of Toronto)

Friday, January 22

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Morning Session (11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.)

Asser and Æthelweard

Afternoon Session (2 p.m.—3:30 p.m.)

Goscelin and William of Malmesbury

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New York University

13-19 University Place, Room 229

Co-sponsored by the Department of English, New York University

Please note: the event is open to pre-registered participants only; for pre-registration and recommended reading, please contact Gerald Song (

To join our e-mail list, please send a message to:

For further updates and future talks, please check our website:

Peter Landau @ Columbia

The Dept. of Religion & the Rare Book and Manuscript Library present a lecture by Prof. Peter Landau, University of Munich:

Identifying the Archpoeta: Canon Law and Latin Poetry in Twelfth-Century Cologne

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm
Room 523 Butler Library, Columbia University
Reception to follow

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fordham Spring Lectures

Center for Medieval Studies

Spring 2010 Lecture Series

Wednesday, January 27, 1:00 p.m.

O’Hare Collections, 4th Floor, Walsh Library

How Did Symmachus Become the Last Great Pagan?

Christiana Sogno, Fordham University

Wednesday, February 24, 5:00 p.m.

Faculty Lounge, 12th Floor, Leon Lowenstein Building, Lincoln Center

Boccacio’s Family Romance

Pier Massimo Forni, Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, March 10, 12:00 p.m.

O’Hare Collections, 4th Floor, Walsh Library

A Prince Goes Shopping. Art and Luxuries, the Duke and His City (Bruges in the Burgundian Era c. 1380-c.1500)

Peter Stabel, University of Antwerp

March 27-28, Leon Lowenstein Building, Lincoln Center

30th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies:

New Directions in Medieval Scandinavian Studies

Friday, April 9, 5:15 p.m.

University Commons, Duane Library

Parochial Communities in Late Medieval England: a Matter of Perspective

All are invited. A Reception or Lunch Buffet follows each talk

For more information, contact

Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University

(718) 817-4655;