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The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies offers scholars from schools and institutions other than UCLA the chance to carry on their research at UCLA as either a Visiting Scholar or a Distinguished Visiting Scholar.

Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Each year, CMRS sponsors Distinguished Visiting Scholars whose knowledge enriches the academic life of UCLA’s students and faculty, and promotes scholarship in the larger community. CMRS DVS present classes and seminars, participate in conferences and symposia, and deliver public lectures.

  • Mary Carruthers, Professor Emerita of English at New York University and Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University, specializes in medieval literature and rhetoric, memory and mnemonic techniques, and the history of spirituality. Her latest work looks to the arts for descriptions of medieval persuasion and reception. CMRS Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History, week of November 4, 2013. Public lecture: “Visible Textuality: Rhetoric and Sociability in the ‘Troilus Frontispiece’ Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS. 61, fol. 1v),” November 4, 2013, Royce 314, 4 pm.
  • Francesco Erspamer, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, is an authority on Renaissance culture, intellectual history, literature, and politics. His book reviews appear weekly on the website of Rai international, Italica. CMRS Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Italian, week of May 19, 2014. Public lecture: Title to be announced. May 20, 2014, Royce 314, 4 pm.
  • Dominique Iogna-Prat is Director of Studies, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. His research pertains to the relationship between space and ecclesiology, that is, how the church came to identify itself in terms of physical space and to define itself in territorial and material
    rather than philosophical terms. CMRS Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History, week of April 14, 2014. Public lecture: “A fundamentis construere: The Birth and Development of the Ritual of Placing the First Stone (10th-14th Centuries),” April 17, 2014, Royce 314, 4 pm.
  • Arthur F. Marotti, Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Wayne State University, specializes in English early modern studies, Elizabethan and Jacobean lyric poetry, historical approaches to early modern literature, literary transmission in manuscript and print, and the study of literature and religion. CMRS Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of English, week of November 18, 2013. Public lecture: “The Poetry Nobody Knows: Rare or Unique Verse in Early Modern English Manuscripts,” November 18, 2013, at 4 pm in Royce 314.
  • Thomas F. Mayer is Professor of History at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He is a noted scholar of Galileo and church history of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries having written two books on the topic with a third in progress. CMRS Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of English, week of October 7, 2013. Public lecture: “Trying Galileo,” October 10, 2013, Royce 314, 4 pm.
  • Ralph O’Connor is Professor of Literature and Culture of Britain, Ireland, and Iceland at the University of Aberdeen. His research interests include medieval Celtic and Scandinavian literature, and medieval North Atlantic studies. CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Department of English, week of March 10, 2014. Public lecture: March 11, 2014, 4 pm. Lecture title and place to be announced. Professor O’Connor will also be presenting a paper for the UC Celtic Studies Conference at UCLA, March 13-16, 2014.
  • Robert W. Thomson is the Calouste Gulbenkian Professor Emeritus of Armenian Studies at the University of Oxford. Professor Thomson’s specialties are Byzantium, patristics, Late Antique thought, Caucasian Studies, classical Armenian literature, scriptural commentary, and the dialogue between Christians and Muslims. CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, week of April 7, 2014. Public lecture: “Creating an Armenian Secular Code: The Lawcode of Mxit’ar Gosh and its Rivals,” April 8, 2014, Royce 314, 4 pm.
  • Daniel Wakelin is the Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Paleography at the University of Oxford. He is a specialist in paleography and medieval English literature. Professor Wakelin’s work reveals habits of writing and reading in manuscripts and early English literature that highlight aspects of literary and cultural history. Particular interests are scribal corrections, errors and accuracy, and marginalia as found in humanist reading and scholarship, manuscripts of carols, fifteenth- and sixteenth-century courtly poetry and interludes. CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Department of English, week of January 13, 2014. Public lecture: “Signs and Designs: Meaning in Late Medieval Writing,” January 16, 2014, Royce 314, 4 pm.

Former Distinguished Visiting Scholars are listed in the Archives at www.cmrs.ucla.edu/archive/past_dvs.html.

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Visiting Scholars

Effective August 21, 2014, CMRS is not accepting requests for Visiting Scholar affiliations. UCLA is currently changing its policies and procedures related to the Visiting Scholar title.

UCLA Visiting Scholars are senior scholars and distinguished visitors who hold a doctoral degree or the foreign equivalent and who hold an appointment comparable to those of UCLA faculty, and are usually on temporary leave from their universities or research centers. They visit the campus for relatively short periods of time (no longer than one year), serve as senior researchers, collaborate on research projects and publications with faculty members, and pursue independent research. Visiting Scholars receive library privileges and access to special research collections. Appointments are honorary (non-salaried) and Visiting Scholars must be self-supported or have adequate support funds from outside of the university. Applicants must be nominated by CMRS and approved by the UCLA Graduate Division. Further information from the University is available at www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gss/postdoc/vsapply.htm.

Application Procedure

Scholars working in the field of Medieval and Renaissance Studies may request to be considered by the Center as a Visiting Scholar.

    Applicants should submit the following:
  • a letter introducing yourself and indicating your desire to be nominated by the Center as a UCLA Visiting Scholar affiliated with the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies;
  • a one page description of the research you plan to pursue at UCLA and your own research interests;
  • a curriculum vitae (CV).

Send the application materials to:
UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Attention: Visiting Scholar Program
Box 951485
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485

Please note that the Center cannot provide housing or office space for its Visiting Scholars. Additionally, UCLA Visiting Scholars are not automatically granted access to non-UCLA research collections, such as those at the Getty Research Institute or the Huntington Library in San Marino. Scholars wishing to access non-UCLA collections should contact the specific institution directly about the applying for reader privileges.

A list of former Visiting Scholars is available in the Archive section of our website: www.cmrs.edu/archive/past_visiting_scholars.html.

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