UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Celebrating 50 Years of Medieval & Renaissance Studies at UCLA

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?

  • The medieval theater troupe “Les Enfans Sans Abri” directed by CMRS Associate Sharon King, is performing at the Getty Center Family Festival on Sept. 20, 2014, with two performances: 11:15 am and 2:30 pm.
  • 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.
  • Fall Quarter starts Monday, September 29. We look forward to seeing you then.
  • 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.
  • UCLA Today has a feature article about CMRS and our 50 years at UCLA. Click through to read the story.
  • A comprehensive article about Jesse Byock's Mosfell Archaeological Project is featured in the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology's 2013 Annual Review Backdirt. The project is unearthing the prehistory and early settlement history of Iceland during the Viking Age and uses the Icelandic Sagas as one of many datasets. The project has documented a correspondence between the literature and the archaeological evidence in the Mosfell Valley region and has produced many exciting discoveries about the Viking Age settlers of Iceland.
  • The CMRS Annual Report for 2013-14 is available online (8.7 MB). Download a copy to read all the plans for the current academic year.

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