Program

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013:

Location: Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSSB) 4080

12:30 – 12:45: Opening Remarks

Professor Edward English, Executive Director (UC Santa Barbara, Medieval Studies Program)

12:45 – 2:15: Royal Spaces, Royal Identity

“‘Exigens obsides ab eis’: Hostages and Hostage-Taking during the Reign of King John of England,” Cristian Ispir (King’s College, London, Department of History)

“On Earth as It Is in Heaven: Musical Representations of Queenship in Medieval England,” Gillian Gower (UCLA, Department of Musicology)

“Crossing the Passage: Spaces of Constraint and Imagination in Charles of Orleans,” Ricardo Matthews (UC Irvine, Department of English)

Respondent: Shannon Meyer (UC Santa Barbara, Department of English)

2:15 – 2:30: Coffee Break

2:30 – 4:00: Translation and Authority

“The Found Manuscript Topos in Vernacular French Translators’ Prologues, 1493-1504,” Anneliese Pollock (UC Santa Barbara, Department of French and Italian)

“Authority and Invenzione: Antonfrancesco Grazzini’s Rebellion against the Conformist Atmosphere of the Italian Academies,” Aria Dal Molin (UC Santa Barbara, Department of French and Italian)

“‘Whan Tempest Doth the Shippes Swalowe’: A Deconstructive Reading of the Hermeneutic Crisis in The House of Fame,” Yun Ni (Harvard University, Department of Comparative Literature)

Respondent: Professor Christopher D. Johnson (UCLA, Visiting Professor of Spanish and Portuguese; Harvard, Department of Comparative Literature)

4:00 – 5:00: Wine and Cheese Reception

5:00 – 7:30: PERFORMANCE: FOUR MEDIEVAL FRENCH FARCES

Location: Theater & Dance West 1701

Introductory remarks, Aria Dal Molin (UC Santa Barbara, Department of French and Italian)

Performance by The Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players (Shepherd University), directed by Professor Betty Ellzey:

  • “Confession Lessons”
  • “Cooch E. Whippet”
  • “The Farce of the Fart”
  • “Monk-ey Business”

Texts for all farces were edited and translated by Professor Jody Enders in “The Farce of the Fart” and Other Ribaldries: Twelve Medieval French Plays in Modern English (University of Pennsylvania, 2011).

Talk-back with Professor Enders (UC Santa Barbara, Department of French and Italian) and The Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2013

Location: Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSSB) 6020 – McCune Conference Room

8:45 – 9:00: Morning Coffee

9:00 – 9:15: Opening Remarks

Professor Carol Lansing, Chair of the Medieval Studies Program (UC Santa Barbara, Department of History)

9:15 – 10:45: Writing about Others

“Historiography and the Desecration of Zoroastrian Fire Temples in Early Islamic Iran,” Andrew D. Magnusson (UC Santa Barbara, Department of History)

“Strangers in Strange Lands: The Rhetoric of Proto-Ethnography in Medieval Travelogues,” Rebecca Hill (UCLA, Department of English)

“‘A Self-Styled Inquisitor’: Itinerant Inquisitors and Textual Authority, 1390-1400,” Eugene Smelyansky (UC Irvine, Department of History)

Respondent: Lauren Horn Griffin (UC Santa Barbara, Department of Religious Studies)

10:45 – 11:00: Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30: Enclosed Spaces

“Inside the Walls: Toward an Understanding of Children’s Place in Eleventh-Century English Monastic Life,” Rebecca King Cerling (University of Southern California, Department of History)

“The Anchoritic Cell as Womb and Tomb: Spatial Metaphors and the Female Body in Ancrene Wisse,” Gillian Adler (UCLA, Department of English)

“The Contested Space of Guinevere’s Bed,” Rachel Levinson-Emley (UC Santa Barbara, Department of English)

Respondent: Susan Schmidt (UC Santa Barbara, Department of History)

12:30 – 1:30: Lunch

1:30 – 2:30: Keynote Speaker: Professor Steven Justice (UC Berkeley, Department of English)

“‘Most Impudent’: Augustine, After Augustine, and Way After Augustine”

2:30 – 2:45: Coffee Break

2:45 – 4:15: Contested Politics in the Fourteenth Century

“Over the Hedge: Park Break as Protest during the Revolt of the Allies of Artois, 1314-1321,” Abigail P. Dowling (UC Santa Barbara, Department of History)

“The Hearth of the Matter–Women, Slavery, and Bread on the Island of Mallorca, ca. 1360-1390,” Kevin Mummey (University of Minnesota, Department of History)

“Fear, Memory, Auto-affection: Medieval England’s Cult(ure) of Dread,” Paul Megna (UC Santa Barbara, Department of English)

Respondent: Jonathan Forbes (UC Santa Barbara, Department of English)

6:00: Conference dinner reception at the home of Professor Carol Lansing

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