UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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.
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What's New?

  • Steve Sohmer is the presenter at the next CMRS Roundtable on Wednesday, November 19. Dr. Sohmer's topic is Christopher Marlowe's “ghost” in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. The Daily Bruin has an interesting article about today's Roundtable here.
  • CMRS hosts a get-together on Thursday, November 2o. for graduate students interested in medieval and Renaissance studies. Contact us if you didn't receive your invitation.
  • Herbert Morris presents a lecture on Poussin's painting Landscape with Diogenes on Tuesday, December 4. Profesor Morris has provided some materials available for download in advance of his talk.
  • Paul Chevedden explores the world of El Cid and his wider involvement in the Crusades rather than the more narrow Spanish context he is usually associated with. Come to the CMRS Roundtable on Wednesday, December 3, to hear Dr. Chevedden's interpretation of the legendary 11th-century figure.
  • Mark your calendars! The upcoming meeting dates for the 2014-15 California Medieval History Seminar are March 14, 2015 and, May 2, 2015. 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.
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