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The Medieval Brown Bag Lunch Series

Announcing the Brown Bag Lunch series, a monthly gathering where faculty in the Medieval Studies field discuss work in progress and current research topics. Talks will be held at noon on the second Thursday of each month, beginning next Thursday, September 10. All are welcome!

Sep 10 | noon, Goldwin Smith 181
David Powers [Near Eastern Studies]
, “Radio-Carbon Analysis and dating early Qur’an manuscripts”

Oct 8 | noon, McGraw Hall rm. 215
Ben Anderson [History of Art], “Byzantine Oracle Books”  

Nov 12 | noon, McGraw Hall rm. 215
Simone Pinet [Romance Languages], “Iberian Coins and Metaphor”  



The Medieval Roundtable – “A Moveable Feast: Eels and Spatial Construction in 17th-Century England,” September 4

In the first discussion in the monthly “Medieval Roundtable” series, John Wyatt Greenlee will discuss his paper, “A Moveable Feast: Eels and Spatial Construction in 17th-Century England.”

Starting in 1600, maps of the city of London began to include the addition of two Dutch eel ships, floating in the river, near Queenhythe.  The ships, called schuyts, are often labeled – a key and curious feature given that the maps on which they appear otherwise only attach labels to villages, neighborhoods, and immobile urban monuments such as St. Paul’s Cathedral.  The ships’ presence on the maps mirrored the growing presence of the Dutch eel men in London:  over the course of the 17th century the Dutch became a fixture of London’s urban landscape, carving out a permanent economic and political space in the heart of England’s capital.  Curiously, the eel men owed that space to changing English conceptions of national space and identity – in fine, the establishment of the Dutch space in London came about in no small part because of English efforts to drain the Fens of East Anglia, and to create more England in the midst of the wastelands’ waters.

The discussion will be held in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 4. All are welcome!

The Medieval Roundtable: A Monthly Series of Graduate Presentations

The Ph.D. students in Medieval Studies begin a series of monthly work-in-progress discussions. These will be held on the first Friday of the month, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. All are welcome! This semester’s schedule is as follows:

Sep 4 | 2:30 p.m., Goldwin Smith 258
Wyatt Greenlee, “A Moveable Feast: Eels and Spatial Construction in 17th Century England”

Nov 6 | 2:30 p.m., Olin Library rm. 703
Rae Grabowski, “Rumination and Digestion: The Body of Christ and the Word”  

Dec 4 | 2:30 p.m., Olin Library rm. 703
Anna Waymack, “Maximianus and Chaucer’s Reeve”


Medieval Studies Fall Reception, Friday, August 28

Welcome to Fall Semester! Please reserve the date for our Fall Reception, Friday August 28 from 4:30pm, in the Ruth Woolsey Findley History of Art Gallery (in the Goldwin Smith Hall basement, just down the hall from Temple of Zeus). Meet Professor David Powers, the new Director of the Medieval Studies Program, as well as new and returning Medieval Studies students and faculty. Family and everyone welcome; some drinks and snacks will be provided.  We look forward to seeing everyone!