Fall Schedule 2013-2014

The Medieval Studies Workshop is pleased to welcome you to the 2013-2014 academic year, and to announce a fantastic lineup of faculty, graduate students, and visiting presenters for the fall. Precirculated papers will be available a week in advance on our workshop blog.





October 4– Christina von Nolcken, Associate Professor, Department of English (CWAC 152)

Title: “Two University of Chicago Professors, the German Code, and a Landmark Edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales”


Oct 18– Cynthia Hahn, Professor of Art History, Hunter College (note change in room: CWAC 156)

Title: “Reliquaries and the Boundaries of Vision: Relics, Crystals, Mirrors and L’Effet de Vision”


Nov 1– Laura Fernandez Fernandez, Assistant Professor of Art History, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (CWAC 152)

Title:  “Arab stars in a Castilian sky: The Book of Fixed Stars amongst the manuscripts of Alfonso X”


Nov 15– David Orsbon, PhD Student in Comparative Literature (CWAC 152)

Title: “The Cosmos as Book: Dante’s Commedia as an Imprint of the Divine Mind”


Nov 22– Ed Hayes, PhD Candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures (CWAC 152)

Title: “The Carnal Prince in Kay Ka’ūs’s Qābūsnāma”


Dec 6– Martin Schwarz, PhD Student in Art History (CWAC 152)

Title: “The Triumph of Thomas in Pisa: Painting and the Spectacle of Truth in the Mendicant Rivalry”


Protected: May 31: David Nirenberg on figures of Judaism in political theology

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Burcht Pranger on Bernard of Clairvaux

The Lumen Christi Institute presents:
M. Burcht Pranger, University of Amsterdam, on “Bernard of Clairvaux, the Last of the Fathers and the End of the Middle Ages”
Wednesday, May 29, 4:30 PM
Swift Hall, Common Room, 1025 East 58th Street

The 12th century monastic reformer Bernard of Clairvaux recruited hundreds of young men to the cloister or claustrum (enclosure) of Cistercian monastic life. The rhythm of life in the monastic enclosure not only rules the structured existence of the monks but also alters their experience of time from linear to circular while maintaining the goal of the world to come. Bernard’s eloquent insistence on this way of life represents the end of an era and, to an extent, the end of the Middle Ages.
Burcht Pranger studied theology, medieval philosophy and medieval Latin at the Universities of Amsterdam, Toronto and Oxford. Since 1976 he has taught the History of Christianity at the University of Amsterdam. His publications—which focus on medieval monastic figures such as Anselm of Canterbury and Bernard of Clairvaux—include The Artificiality of Christianity and Eternity’s Ennui: Temporality, Perseverance and Voice in Augustine and Western Literature.

Protected: May 24: Nancy Thebaut on paint and the Eucharist in 11th-c. Evangeliaries from Echternach

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Protected: Michelle Urberg, “Mary’s Compassion, Christ’s Suffering: The Office of the Compassion of Mary in late medieval Sweden”

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