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?

  • On April 17, Distinguished Visiting Scholar Dominique Iogna-Prat from EHESS examines the ritual of placing the first stone in ecclessiatical construction in France during the Middle Ages.
  • On April 28, Peter Brown from Princeton talks about early Christian monasticism in Egypt and Syria.
  • The Annual History of the Book Lecture is on April 29 this year. The speaker is Sylvie Merian from the Morgan Library and her talk is about ornamented Armenian manuscript bindings.
  • Professor 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 Professor 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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