A presentation by Laurent Ferri, curator of pre-1800 collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, adjunct associate professor of Comparative Literature, and member of the graduate field in the Department of Medieval Studies. Lecture date: September 24, 2015. More information here.
Michel Zink holds the chair in “Littératures de la France médiévale” at the Collège de France, which goes back to the illustrious tradition of the chair of “Langue et littérature françaises du Moyen Âge” founded in 1853 for Paulin Paris. Before 1994 he was a professor of medieval French literature at the Sorbonne (1968-70, 1972-76, and 1987-94), at the University of Tunis (1970-72), and at the University of Toulouse (1976-87). He has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Constance, the Johns Hopkins University, Berkeley, and Yale. In 2007 he received the International Balzan Prize “for his fundamental contributions to the understanding of French and Occitan literature in the Middle Ages, a decisive chapter in the development of modern European literature; for his new interpretation of the relation between medieval and modern literature; and for his seminal initiatives that have brought the literature of the Middle Ages back into the cultural tradition of France and Europe.”
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This event is co-organized by the French Studies Program co-sponsored by and the Medieval Studies Program, the Department of Romance Studies, and the Society for the Humanities.
Hispanic Studies invites you to “The Wise King’s Nightmare,” a lecture by Simon Doubleday (Hofstra University), Thursday, April 7, 4:30 p.m., Klarman Hall room KG42. Reception to follow.
Doubleday is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Hofstra University, founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, president of the American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain, and author of The Wise King: A Christian Prince, Muslim Spain and the Birth of the Renaissance (Basic Books, 2015).
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This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies and the Medieval Studies Program.
Quodlibet will sponsor the visit of David Freidenreich [Colby College], who will deliver a lecture on Monday, March 21 at 4:30pm in White Hall room 110: “”Food and Identity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.”
“Refusing to share a meal or accept food prepared by others does more than just express the notion that ‘We’ want nothing to do with ‘Them.’ This kind of anti-social behavior also reinforces ideas about who They are and, perhaps more importantly, who We are. Join us to explore the evolution of Jewish food laws and the ideas they convey about Jewishness. We’ll also examine the role food restrictions play in shaping Christian and Islamic identity, and we’ll consider the ways in which traditional ideas about Us and Them continue to shape interfaith relations today.”
David M. Freidenreich is the Pulver Family Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Colby College, where he serves as director of the Jewish studies program and associate director of the Center for Small Town Jewish Life. As a member of the religious studies department, he teaches a wide range of courses on Judaism, Jewish history, and comparative religion. After receiving a B.A. from Brandeis University, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. His award-winning first book, Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law, explores attitudes toward adherents of foreign religions expressed in ancient and medieval laws about sharing food. He is currently studying the ways Christians have used ideas about Jews to think about Muslims.
[Also, from the Department of Near Eastern Studies:]
“Freidenreich will also be giving a lecture entitled ‘Christian Portrayals of Muhammad’s Jewish Associates’ on March 21st from 12:10-1:10pm in 410 White Hall. Lunch will be provided. If there is significant interest in this lecture, it may be necessary to change the room location to 110 White Hall. 410 is our lounge and we’ve got somewhat limited seating, perhaps enough for 25 people.”
If interested in this noontime lecture, please contact Ayla Cline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Maria Sachiko Cecire (Assistant Professor; Director, Experimental Humanities, Bard College) presents “‘Unfashionable Creatures’: Tolkien’s 1931 Curricular Reform and the Fantastic Imagination,” a lecture co-sponsored by Quodlibet and the Medieval Studies program, Friday, April 10 at 4pm in Goldwin Smith Hall G22. A reception follows; this event is open to the public.
Dr. Cecire’s areas of specialization include children’s literature and culture, medieval literature and its reception, media studies, and gender studies. Publications include the coedited volumeSpace and Place in Children’s Literature (Ashgate, 2015), and articles and essays in Medieval English Theatre, Shakespeare Bulletin, The Disney Middle Ages, Anglo-Saxon Culture and the Modern Imagination, Arthurian Literature, The Journal of Children’s Literature Studies, and Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism.
Matthew Giancarlo (Associate Professor, Engish, University of Kentucky) will host a workshop to discuss his article forthcoming in Exemplaria: “Mirror, Mirror: Princely Hermeneutics, Practical Constitutionalism, and the Genres of the English Fürstenspiegel,” in Olin Library rm. 403 at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 6.
He will also give a talk, entitled “Constituting Medievalism?: Historicist Literary Inquiry and the Pitfalls of Narrative,” at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 7, in Goldwin Smith 142.
Carol Symes (Professor of History and Medieval Studies, University of Illinois) will deliver a lecture on Tuesday, November 11th, at 4:30 p.m. in the Guerlac Room of the AD White House, entitled “Performative Texts, Embodied Literacies, and the Documentary Revolution of Medieval Europe.”
On Wednesday, November 12th, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the English Lounge (258 Goldwin Smith Hall), Professor Symes has agreed to host a workshop for interested faculty and graduate students. Participants will read, discuss, and comment on a pre-circulated chapter from her current book project.
“Medieval Meets Digital: the Manuscriptlink Project and the Cornell Manuscripts”:
Scott Gwara (Univ. of South Carolina)will present a lecture, “Manuscript Fragmentology: Restoring a Medieval Library Online, Page by Page,” in the Kroch Library (Olin), Rare Lecture Room 2B48.
Panelists include Prof. in MS Andrew Galloway, Prof. in MS Andrew Hicks, PhD candidate in MS Ruth Mullett, and digital expert Anne Sauer.
The event is sponsored by the Medieval Studies Program, the French Studies Program, the Cornell library, and the Society for the Humanities.
The arrival at Cornell of three medieval cosmology scholars in the last three years has created a rare density of expertise in the topic, and they have launched a collaboration to take a closer, interdisciplinary look at complex cosmologies and the medieval reception of ancient science. Read more here.
Professor of music Judith Peraino has been invited to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame April 20 to talk about her course, The History of Rock Music, as part of the Experience Music Project Pop Conference.
Peraino’s course “examines the development and cultural significance of rock music from its origins in blues, gospel and Tin Pan Alley up to alternative rock and hip hop. The course concludes with the year 2000.”
Read more here.