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The Future of the Past: History in the Medieval Francophone West
February 3-5, 2011

The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the J. Paul Getty Museum present a joint symposium, “The Future of the Past: History in the Medieval Francophone West,” on February 3–5, 2011. As part of the CMRS Ahmanson Conference series, generous support for the symposium has been provided by the Ahmanson Foundation, with additional funding from the UCLA Vice Chancellor for Research and the Humanities Division of the UCLA College of Letters and Science.

Organized by Professor Matthew Fisher (English, UCLA) and Professor Zrinka Stahuljak (French & Francophone Studies, UCLA) on behalf of UCLA, and by Dr. Elizabeth Morrison (Curator, Department of Manuscripts, The J. Paul Getty Museum) and Professor Anne D. Hedeman (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) on behalf of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the symposium will focus on medieval history writing and manuscripts in French-speaking Europe (including England) from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. History writing was transformed during this period – universal Latin chronicles were supplemented by vernacular chronicles in verse and prose; Biblical genealogy engendered national and regional genealogies; the sites of history writing migrated from monasteries to royal courts; conquest and civil war became marginal rather than central propositions.

Join medieval scholars from across North America and Europe to consider history writing in its material, paleographical, and iconographical contexts. The symposium will explore a wide range of topics, from the politics of iconography to the politics of patronage; from the idea of family genealogy to the creation of regional identities; and from multilingualism to nationalism. The Future of the Past: History in the Medieval Francophone West coincides with the final days of the major international loan exhibition, Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles from November 16, 2010, through February 6, 2011. (For more information about the exhibition, please visit www.getty.edu.)

University of California, Los Angeles, Royce Hall 314

(Registration is not required for this session. No fee. Seating is limited, available on a first-come, first-served basis.)

2:30–3:00 pm Check-in and coffee
3:00 pm Welcome: Brian P. Copenhaver, Director, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Opening remarks: Matthew Fisher and Zrinka Stahuljak, University of California, Los Angeles

Chair: Patrick Geary, University of California, Los Angeles

“The Historian as Actor, or Is There a Historian in This Text?”
Leah Shopkow, Indiana University Bloomington

“Fiction and 1066”
David Rollo, University of Southern California

“Rhetoric, Providence, and Violence in Chronicles of the Fourth Crusade and Latin Empire”
Noah Guynn, University of California, Davis

5:00-6:00 pm Opening Reception


Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

$15 fee registration is REQUIRED for this session!
Please call 310-440-7300 or register online by January 24, 2011 at www.getty.edu/museum/programs/lectures/future_of_the_past_symposium.html.

8:30–9:00 am Check-in and continental breakfast
9:00–9:15 am Welcome: David Bomford, Acting Director, J. Paul Getty Museum

Opening remarks: Elizabeth Morrison, J. Paul Getty Museum, and Anne D. Hedeman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chair: Mary Rouse, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

“From the Brut to the Lancelot en prose: A Rewriting of French Romances in the Twelfth to Thirteenth Centuries”
Thierry Delcourt, B ibliothèque nationale de France

“History and Hagiography in a Rare Constellation: La Vie de Saint Denis (BnF, Mss. fr. 2090–2092) and the Chronique des rois (BnF, Ms. lat. 13836)”
Charlotte Lacaze, The American University of Paris

“Who Made Up the Emperor in a Fourteenth-Century Manuscript of the Grandes chroniques de France?”
Marie-Thérèse Gousset, Bibliothèque nationale de France

11:15 am - 1:30 pm Exhibition visit (self-guided) and lunch break
Chair: Richard Rouse, University of California, Los Angeles

“Between Historical Romance and Romanced Storytelling: On Different Ways of Reading the Same Text in the Middle Ages—Looking at the Roman d’Alexandre en prose
Maud Pérez-Simon, Université Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle

“Signs on the Wall: History Painting in Fauvel’s Palace (BnF, Ms. fr. 146)”
Nancy Freeman Regalado, New York University

“Princely Pretensions and Fictive Pasts: Antoine and Jean de Chabannes and the Fabled Counts of Dammartin”
Elizabeth A. R. Brown
, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

3:30–4:00 pm Break
4:00–5:00 pm Keynote address: “From Latin and Universal History to French and Regional Chronicle: The Manuscripts of Two Thirteenth-Century Historians, Vincent of Beauvais and the Anonyme de Béthune”
Alison Stones, University of Pittsburgh
5:00–7:00 pm Exhibition visit (self-guided) and reception

University of California, Los Angeles, Royce Hall 314

(Registration is not required for this session. No fee. Seating is limited, available on a first-come, first-served basis.)

9:30–10:00 am Continental breakfast
Chair: Cynthia Brown, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Bent Bodies, Bending Time and Space”
Christopher Baswell, Barnard College and Columbia University

“Trojan Time and the Place of Troy in Robert of Anjou’s Histoire ancienne (BL, Royal Ms. 20 D.I)”
Marilynn Desmond, Binghamton University, State University of New York

“New Readers, Altered Pasts: The Troubled History of Christine de Pizan’s Biography of Charles V”
Deborah McGrady, University of Virginia

Noon–1:30 pm Lunch Break
Chair: Stephen Shepherd, Loyola Marymount University

“From Latin to French in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Flanders”
Jeff Rider, Wesleyan University

“French in Name: Counterfactual Medievalism and British Library, Harley Ms. 2253”
Daniel Birkholz, University of Texas, Austin

2:45–3:15 pm Coffee break
Chair: Heather Blurton, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Pictorial Narrative and Textual Images in the Late-Medieval Book of Hours”
Jessica Brantley, Yale University

“ ‘To construe hir lessouns and her þynges in Frensche’ in England: The Manuscript Evidence”
Christopher Cannon, New York University

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Accomodation Information
The Hilgard House Hotel has made a limited number of rooms available to attendees at a discounted rate ($144 before tax, single; $149 before tax, double). Reservations must be made by January 2, 2011. Please contact the hotel directly at (310) 208-3945 and mention this symposium. Please note: The Getty Museum and UCLA cannot guarantee room availability. Attendees are advised to reserve a hotel room early. Additional hotels in the vicinity of UCLA and the Getty Center are found on this listing.

UCLA Parking Information
Please use the Self Pay Parking in UCLA Lots 2, 3, and 5. Or visit the Parking Services kiosk at Hilgard and Westholme Avenues. Follow this link for more parking information and maps on the UCLA website.


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