Committee on Medieval Studies

2017 Oct 26

The Invention of Byzantine Studies in Early Modern Europe

(All day)

Location: 

Barker Center 110 (the Thompson Room), 12 Quincy Street

A two-day symposium exploring the process by which scholars came to see "Byzantium" as distinct from its Roman predecessor and medieval contemporaries, the scholarly practices and contemporary concerns that shaped how early modern scholars studied the "Byzantine" past, and how the historical context of Byzantium’s emergence continues to shape the discipline of Byzantine studies today.

Keynote address on Thursday, 26 October (5:00 pm) by Anthony Grafton (Princeton University), followed by a public reception; sessions all day Friday featuring presentations by Shane Bobrycki (… Read more about The Invention of Byzantine Studies in Early Modern Europe

2017 Apr 20

The Sacred Image: Between Revealing and Concealing

(All day)

Location: 

The Naumburg Room, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

A two-day international symposium highlighting new research on the interpretation of the sacred in ancient and medieval art, with a keynote address by François Lissarague (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris) and presentations by Milette Gaifman (Yale University), Jeffrey Hamburger (Harvard University), John Hamilton (Harvard University), Henriette Hofmann (University of Basel), Pierre-Alain Mariaux (University of Neuchâtel), Ioannis Mylonopoulos (Columbia University), Laura Nasrallah (Harvard University), Felipe Pereda (Harvard University) Verity Platt (Cornell University… Read more about The Sacred Image: Between Revealing and Concealing

2017 Mar 27

Harvard Islamic Legal Studies Program Lecture

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Law School, WCC 4059

Maribel Fierro (Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Madrid; Senior Research Fellow, ILSP: SHARIAsource), The Trial of a Heretic: (Muslim Toledo, 11th-Century) Judicial Procedure and Political Context. Co-sponsored with the ILSP and the Department of History.

2017 Mar 23

Medieval Studies graduate Latin exam

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Barker Center 120

The Spring 2017 seating of the Medieval Studies secondary field Latin exam. Use of one dictionary is allowed. To register for the exam, please contact Sean Gilsdorf. For more information, including sample exam texts, please visit the "Graduate Program" page of the Medieval Studies website.

2017 Oct 07

New England Medieval Conference

(All day)

Location: 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA

Charlemagne’s Ghost: Legacies, Leftovers, and Legends of the Carolingian Empire, the 44th annual New England Medieval Conference, with keynote address by Simon Maclean (University of St. Andrews). Paper proposals due by 1 June 2017. For more information, please visit the New England Medieval Consortium website. Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lesley University, and the Harvard University Committee on Medieval Studies.

2017 Mar 23

Houghton-Medieval Studies Workshop in Early Book History

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Houghton Library Seminar Room (2nd floor)

Julian Weiss (King's College London), Creating Vernacular 'Literature' in Renaissance Spain and Portugal. A workshop exploring how paratexts (prologues, glosses, commentaries) and the layout of manuscripts and early printed books helped to construct ideas of authorship and canonicity, and to create the conditions for the emergence of the idea of a national 'literature' before the term 'literature' itself was coined. Space in the workshop is limited; to reserve a place, please email Monique Duhaime (duhaime@fas.harvard.edu) with "… Read more about Houghton-Medieval Studies Workshop in Early Book History

2017 Mar 23

Houghton-Medieval Studies Workshop in Early Book History

10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Houghton Library Seminar Room (2nd floor)

Julian Weiss (King's College London), Creating Vernacular 'Literature' in Renaissance Spain and Portugal. A workshop exploring how paratexts (prologues, glosses, commentaries) and the layout of manuscripts and early printed books helped to construct ideas of authorship and canonicity, and to create the conditions for the emergence of the idea of a national 'literature' before the term 'literature' itself was coined. Space in the workshop is limited; to reserve a place, please email Monique Duhaime (duhaime@fas.harvard.edu) with "morning… Read more about Houghton-Medieval Studies Workshop in Early Book History

2017 Mar 30

Medieval Metal: Method and Meanings

10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums Art Study Center, 32 Quincy Street

A workshop introducing participants to the diverse forms, uses, and meanings of medieval metalwork, led by Ittai Weinryb (Assistant Professor of Art History, Bard Graduate Center) and Francesca Bewer (Research Curator for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums). This workshop is part of the 2017 Harvard Medieval Material Cultures program Breaking the Mold: Metal as Material, Medium and Message in the Middle Ages. Space in the workshop is limited; to reserve a place, please email medieval@fas.… Read more about Medieval Metal: Method and Meanings

2017 Mar 30

Medieval Metal: Process and Practices

2:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums Art Study Center and Materials Lab, 32 Quincy Street

A workshop on the techniques and technology of medieval metalworking, led by Francesca Bewer (Research Curator for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums), Ittai Weinryb (Assistant Professor of Art History, Bard Graduate Center), and Katherine Eremin (Patricia Cornwell Senior Conservation Scientist, Harvard Art Museums). This workshop is part of the 2017 Harvard Medieval Material Cultures program Breaking the Mold: Metal as Material, Medium and Message in the Middle Ages. Space in the workshop is limited; to reserve a place, please email… Read more about Medieval Metal: Process and Practices

2017 Mar 28

Harvard Medieval Material Culture Lecture

6:00pm to 7:15pm

Location: 

Barker Center 110 (the Thompson Room)

Ittai Weinryb (Bard Graduate Center), Casting Monuments: Bronze, Ecology, and Colonialism. This lecture is part of the 2017 Harvard Medieval Material Culture Lecture and Workshop program Breaking the Mold: Metal as Material, Medium and Message in the Middle Ages.

2017 Mar 24

(Dis)Entangling Global Early Modernities, 1300-1800

(All day)

Location: 

Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South (1730 Cambridge Street)

A one-day symposium exploring how distinct global “early modernities” emerged across time, space, and place in the period from 1300-1800, and re-contextualizing the contingent rise of Western Europe among other hegemonic areas in the eighteenth century. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Asia Center, Colloquium for Intellectual History, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Center for African Studies, History Department, Early Modern History Workshop, Center for History and Economics, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Mellon Rare Book School. A complete program may be found… Read more about (Dis)Entangling Global Early Modernities, 1300-1800

2017 Feb 06

A Roundtable with Jordi Savall, Catalan Musician

7:10pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Barker Center 110 (the Thompson Room)

A roundtable discussion with renowned viol player and early music scholar and impresario Jordi Savall; with contributions by Kate van Orden (Music), Virginie Greene (RLL and Medieval Studies), Sylvaine Guyot (RLL), and Maria Dasca (RLL). Co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, the Department of Music, and the Boston Early Music Festival.

2017 Apr 24

Medieval Studies Interdisciplinary Workshop

5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Kates Room, Warren House

Alex Mueller (Visiting Scholar), Waking the Wordsmith: Alliterative Verse and Letter Writing in Late Medieval Oxford.

2017 Apr 10

Medieval Studies Interdisciplinary Workshop

5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Kates Room, Warren House

Mary Dockray-Miller (Lesley University), Teaching the Middle Ages (and literary criticism and research skills and academic writing and professional communication and many other things as well).

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