March 17, 2015

Arielle Saiber (Bowdoin)

Dante in Pop Culture

6pm, Gibson Hall 211


March 5, 2015

Dimitri Gutas (Yale)

The Conquest of Knowledge: Translation and Science from Antiquity to the Renaissance

5pm Rouss Hall 410

Past Events

January 30-31, 2014

Dante: Then and Now, High and Low

Harrison Institute Auditorium

Sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures.

Thursday, November 21
Deborah & Mark Parker
introducing their new book
Inferno Revealed: from Dante to Dan Brown
New Dominion Bookstore (Downtown Mall)
5:30-6:30 PM


Tuesday, November 12
David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania
“After Catastrophe: Reconceptualizing European Literary History”
Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge, 4:00; reception to follow


Thursday, September 19
Lawrence Nees, University of Delaware
“Incense and its Containers in Late Antiquity”
Nau 211, 5:00 PM


Monday, April 29

The Seventh Annual Robert L. Kellogg Memorial Lecture

Dorothy Wong
University of Virginia
Xuanzang (c. 600-664) and his Image-Making Activities: Mass Reproduction and Materiality in Buddhism
5:00 PM, Nau 101
Reception follows


Thursday, April 25
George Edmondson
Dartmouth College
“Exile and Return after Agamben”
5:00 PM, Bryan 229

Wednesday, April 3
Tracy Adams
University of New Zealand, Auckland
“Anne of Beaujeu and her ‘School for Ladies'”
5:00 PM, Gibson 211

Friday, February 22
Noah Guynn, University of California-Davis
“Sacrament and Scatology:
Penitential Humor in André de La Vigne’s
Le meunier dont le diable emporte l’âme en enfer (1496)”
Monroe 124, 3:00 PM

Friday, February 22
Richard Newhauser, Arizona State University
“The Peraldus Project: The Edition, Translation, and
Transmission of the Summa de vitiis
Monroe Hall 130, 5:00

Wednesday February 27
Gregory Hays, University of Virginia
“Pages from the Past: Medieval Manuscripts at UVA”
Harrison-Small Special Collections Auditorium, 5:30

Monday, January 28
Jay Rubenstein, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
“Rivers of Blood and Armies of Saints:
Historical Narrative and the Invention of the First Crusade”
Bryan 229, 5:00 PM
Reception to follow

Fall 2012

Friday Sep. 14-Sunday Sep. 15
Buddhist Traditions: New Directions
2012 Graduate Student Conference in Buddhist Studies
For program and information on locations, speakers, etc., click here.

Thursday October 25
E. Jane Burns, UNC-Chapel Hill
“The Well-Dressed Snake: Magic and Material Culture in Jean d’Arras’s Roman de Melusine
5:00, Bryan Hall 219

November 13-15
Peter Brown, Princeton University
The Page-Barbour Lectures

“Treasure in Heaven”: Wealth, Labor and the “Poor Among the Saints”
Christian Giving from Paul to Pachomius

Lecture 1: “Remember the Poor”: Leadership and Giving from Paul to Cyprian
Tuesday, November 13

Lecture 2: “In the Likeness of the Angels”: Alms and Labor in Third- and Fourth-Century Syria
Wednesday, November 14

Lecture 3: “The Work of the Hands…the Glory of Egypt”: Monks and Work in Fourth- Century Egypt
Thursday, November 15

All lectures in the Harrison Auditorium at 4 p.m. each afternoon with a catered reception following each lecture.


Friday, November 30
Kate van Orden, University of California-Berkeley
“Musica Transalpina: Janequin and the French in Italy”
3:30, 107 Old Cabell Hall

Tuesday, December 4
Sarah Beckwith, Duke University
“Shakespeare’s Private Linguists”
5:00, Bryan Hall 219



Premodern Conversations (ongoing)

The Medieval Studies Program and the East Asia Center have been co-operating in the collaborative exchange Premodern Conversations, a series of informal scholarly exchanges between Virginia faculty members engaged in the study of the premodern past. Scholars of medieval Europe, the Islamic world, South and East Asia will come together to discuss topics of common interest from their distinct perspectives. Issues to be addressed include sainthood, sexuality and celibacy, notions of ‘feudalism’, and the nature of the narrator and the narrative voice. These conversations are open to all students and faculty; collective participation, engagement and exchange are our intended goals.  View the series flyer, and please join us for upcoming events (to be announced below)


February 2
Zrinka Stahuljak, UCLA
“For a New Politics of Translation in the Medieval Mediterranean”
3:30 PM, Bryan 229

February 17
Helen Solterer, Duke University
Medieval Roles for Modern Times: A Roundtable
3:00 PM, Nau 345

March 1
Holger Klein, Columbia University
Campbell Hall

March 24
Dennis Looney, University of Pittsburg
“Freedom Readers: The African American Reception of
Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy”
Gibson 211, 5:00PM

March 30
James Wetzel, Villanova University
“What the Saints Know: Quasi-Epistemological Questions”
12:00PM, Gibson 211

April 26
James Simpson, Harvard University
“No Brainer: Late Medieval and Early Modern Tragedies of Torture”
2:00PM, Harrison Institute Auditorium

April 30
The 2012 Robert Kellogg Memorial Lecture

A.C. Spearing, University of Virginia

“The Nature of Medieval Narrative”
4:00PM, Gibson Room, Cocke Hall

Additional speakers and events are likely to be added as the semester progresses, so please check this space for details.