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Fall Schedule 2014

Oct 3: David Orsbon (PhD Student, Comparative Literature)

“The Concept of Integumentum in Bernard Silvestris’s Cosmographia: A Reevaluation of the Interplay between Nature, Creation, Humanity, and Text in Twelfth-Century Poetry”

Wieboldt 207


Oct 17: Julie Orlemanski (Assistant Professor, English)

“Symptomatic Subjects: Bodies, Signs, and Narratives in Late Medieval England”

CWAC 153

Potluck in the evening at Prof. Delogu’s, details to be announced


Oct 31: Cameron Cross (PhD Candidate, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations)

“Too much a man, or not enough? A lover-king’s dilemma in the medieval romance of Vis and Rāmin”

Wieboldt 207


Nov 14: Jonathan Morton (Visiting Assistant Professor in French, Columbia University)

“Ingenious Genius: invention, creation, reproduction in the High Middle Ages”

Wieboldt 207


Dec 5: David Cantor-Echols (PhD Candidate, History)

“Sovereignty in Crisis: Kingship, Administration, and Historiography in Late Medieval Castile”

Wieboldt 207

Spring Schedule 2014

Friday, April 11: Torsten Edstam, PhD candidate, Department of History

“Beyond the Didascalicon: Hugh of St Victor and Reading Culture in the Low Countries”

Respondent: Jenna Timmons, PhD student, Department of History

Wieboldt 207



Friday, April 25: Frits van Ostroom, University Professor for the Humanities, Utrecht University

“After Huizinga: The Low Countries as Cradle of Spiritual Innovation in the Late Middle Ages.”

Co-sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute, 3 pm, Swift Lecture Hall

(This paper will not be pre-circulated)


Friday, May 2nd: David Ganz, Visiting Professor of Paleography at Notre Dame

“Charlemagne in the Margins: The Saint Amand Glossed Virgil”

Co-sponsored by Late Antiquity and Byzantium

CWAC 156

(This paper will not be pre-circulated)



Tuesday, May 6 (noon): Babette Hellemans, Assistant Professor of History, University of Groningen

“The letter collection of Abelard and Heloise: Do they mean what they say?”

Wieboldt 111 (NOTE CHANGE IN ROOM!)


Friday, May 16th: Michelle Urberg, PhD candidate, Department of Music

“What’s in a note?: The theological functions of musical literacy among the sisters at Vadstena abbey”

CWAC 156


Friday, May 23: Jessica Andruss, PhD candidate, Divinity School

Historical Thought in Salmon ben Yerūḥīm’s Commentary on Lamentations.”

Respondent: Mohammed Ballan, PhD student, Department of History

Wieboldt 207



Friday, May 30: BA Thesis Presentations (Speakers TBA)

Wieboldt 207



Friday, June 6: Dan Yingst, PhD Candidate, Divinity School

“The Biblical Commentaries of Honorius Augustodunensis”

Respondent: David Orsbon, PhD student in Comparative Literature

CWAC 156

Winter Quarter Schedule

Welcome back to Winter Quarter! Please mark the following dates on your calendar. NB: we will be meeting in both CWAC 152 AND Wieboldt 207, 12:00-1:30pm.



Jan 10- Prof. Robert Mills, Department of Art History, University College London

“Cows, Martyrs, and Other Animals: The ‘Anthropological Machine’ in Medieval Art”

12:00-1:30pm, CWAC 152

Respondent: Claire Jenson, PhD student in Art History


Jan 24th-Beth Woodward, PhD student in Art History

“LeRoman de la Poire: Constructing Courtliness and “Courtly” Art in Gothic France”

 12:00-1:30pm, CWAC 152

Respondent: Jacqueline Victor, PhD student in Romance Languages & Literatures


Feb 7-Erika Trittle, PhD candidate in the History of Christianity (Divinity School)

“Baptismal Theology and Civil Nobility: A Shotgun Wedding in Fifteenth-Century Castile?”

12:00-1:30pm, Wieboldt 207

Respondent: David Cantor-Echols, PhD candidate in History


March 7-Leah Shopkow, Associate Professor, Department of History, Indiana University Bloomington

“Beyond Content: What Does It Mean to Think Like a Medievalist?”

Note: Paper will not be pre-circulated

12:00-1:30pm, Wieboldt 207


March 21- Chris Fletcher, PhD candidate in the Department of History

“Aperius, Clarius, Dulcius: Doctrine, Letters, and the Making of Theological Discipline.”

12:00-1:30pm, CWAC 152

Respondent: Lisa Scott, PhD candidate in the Department of History

Nov. 1– Laura Fernandez Fernandez

The Medieval Studies Workshop, in conjunction with the Western Mediterranean Culture Workshop, invites you to join us Friday, November  1.

Laura Fernandez Fernandez
Assistant Professor of Art History, 
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
“Arab stars in a Castilian Sky: 
The Book of Fixed Stars
 amongst the manuscripts of Alfonso X”
Cochrane Woods Art Center, Room 152
The paper will not be pre-circulated.