The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) assists scholars, students, and the larger community to acquire a deeper understanding of issues rooted in the past that resonate yet in our world today. CMRS sponsors lectures, seminars, conferences, and fellowships for visiting professors, post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, and researchers. The academic journals Viator and Comitatus are edited and published by CMRS, as are a range of books and monographs. CMRS promotes and encourages interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies of the period from Late Antiquity to the middle of the seventeenth century.
Distinguished Visiting Scholar William Burgwinkle lectures on November 4 about the first vernacular world history dating from 1209.
On November 5, The CMRS Roundtable hosts father and daughter, Professor Paul Sellin and Professor Christine Sellin to discuss the import of the Dutch translation of Raleigh's book about Guiana and the genesis of the illustrations.
Mark your calendars! The meeting dates for the 2014-15 California Medieval History Seminar are: November 8, 2014; March 14, 2015; and, May 2, 2015. As usual, the meetings are at the Huntington Library and pre-registration is required. Paper titles and presenters will be available later.
A research article on Tim Tangherlini's IceMorph project was just published in PLOS One. “Semi-Supervised Morphosyntactic Classification of Old Icelandic” details the specifics of the IceMorph project which is a morphological analysis tool for Old Icelandic. Professor Tangherlini's project is funded by a National Science Foundation grant administered by CMRS with additional support from UCLA's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the UCLA Council on Research, and the UCLA Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.
Eric Jager's true-crime mystery illuminates 15th-century Paris in his latest book Blood Royal about the gruesome murder of French King Charles VI's unpopular younger brother, Duke Louis of Orleans.
Above: Masthead banner from the manuscripts collection of Richard and Mary Rouse, UCLA Charles E. Young Library Department of Special Collections. R.H. & M.A. Rouse MS 82.
Below: Royce Hall and Powell Library at UCLA circa 1932.