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Medieval Studies Lecture Series

All events will take place in the Kislak Center, on the 6th Floor of Van Pelt Library, at the University of Pennsylvania.

Welcome Back Reception, September 16th, 5-7 PM 
Panel on "Medieval Science", cosponsored by the Library, Medieval Studies, and the Center for Ancient Studies. 

Featuring: Elly Truitt (Bryn Mawr, History of Technology), Renata Holod (Penn, History of Art and the Penn Museum), Michael Solomon (Penn, History of Medicine), Leah Devun (Rutgers, Gender and Sexuality), and Erin Connolly, Schoenberg Institute (Penn, History of Medicine)


Professor Nancy Warren (Texas A&M, English), November 2nd, 5-7 PM 

Professor Alexandra Gillespie (University of Toronto, English), January 19th, 5-7PM 

Professor Jody Enders (University of California, Santa Barbara), April 13th, 5-7 PM


Workshop in the History of Material Texts

The workshop in the History of Material Texts will celebrate its 22nd year in 2014-15. Participants (including faculty, librarians, graduate students, booksellers and anyone else interested) come from a very wide range of disciplines; all are welcome to attend. The usual format of the seminar is a presentation of approximately thirty minutes, followed by discussion, based if possible on handouts or other visual materials. Unless noted otherwise, meetings will be held on Mondays at 5:15 in the Class of '78 Pavilion, in the Kislak Center for Special Collections on the 6th floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. If you would like to receive announcements about upcoming meetings, please sign up for our listserv using this link. For more information, please contact Steve Dolph, 2016-17 Brizdle-Schoenberg Fellow in the History of Material Texts, at sdolph at sas dot upenn dot edu.

Schedule Fall 2016:

Sep. 19: Jared Richman (English, Colorado College): “The Other King’s Speech: Elocution and the Politics of Disability in Georgian Britain”

Sep. 26: Renata Holod (History of Art, Penn): “On the Biography of One Manuscript: A 12th c. Qur'an Copy in the Penn Museum Collections”

Oct. 3: David Scott Kastan (English, Yale): “The Complete Works of Shakespeare? How Complete Should They Be?”

Oct. 10: Marina Rustow (Near Eastern Studies, Princeton): “The Cairo Geniza and the Lost Medieval Arabic Archive” 

Oct. 17: Shane Butler (Classics, Johns Hopkins): “Dante’s Mask”

Oct. 24: Joe Rezek (English, Boston University / LCP): “The Lost Sermon of David Margrett (1775), Black Moses”

Oct. 31: Rachel Hall (Math, St. Joseph's University): "What is an Oblong Tunebook?"

Nov. 7: Steve Dolph (Spanish & Portuguese, Penn): “Divergent Arcadias: Madrid, 1605"

Nov. 14: Hwisang Cho (History, Xavier University): “The Epistolary Brush: Letter Writing and Power in Early Modern Korea”

Nov. 21: Glenda Goodman (Music, Penn): “Copying Music: The Politics of Amateur Music-Making in 18th-Century America”

Nov. 28: Brigitte M. Bedos-Rezak (History, NYU): “Printed Matter in the Pre-Modern West (7th-13th century)”

Dec. 5: Julie Nelson Davis (History of Art, Penn) and Alessandro Bianchi (Smithsonian Institute): “Presenting the Pulverer Collection of Japanese Illustrated Books in the Digital Era"

Dec. 12: Ralph Rosen (Classics, Penn): “Books and Textual Practice in Galen’s Newly Recovered Treatise, On Avoiding Distress


Graduate Medieval/Renaissance Reading Group

A long-standing interdisciplinary gathering of faculty, guests, and advanced graduate students who meet on alternate Wednesdays to discuss a pre-circulated paper, most often a work-in-progress written by a member of the Penn community or an invited speaker. Meetings are held at 4:30pm in the Graduate Student Lounge in Fisher-Bennett Hall. For more information, please contact the 2016-17 Coordinators, Daniel Davies (daviesd at sas dot upenn dot edu) and Mariah Min (mmariah at sas dot upenn dot edu).


Medieval Borders

This group meets several times each year to discuss pre-circulated papers by faculty and advanced graduate students. Organized by Rita Copeland (Comparative Literature/Classical Studies).


Penn Humanities Forum

Each year, the PHF chooses a theme that brings together humanists from all disciplines through lectures, colloquia, and other events. Its theme for the 2015-2015 year is Color, and its complete calendar covers all periods, including some topics interest to medievalists.


Delaware Valley Medieval Association

The DVMA brings together faculty, graduate students, and other scholars from two dozen area colleges and universities. It sponsors several lectures and day-long symposia each semester (locations vary). See the group website for details on membership and joining the mailing list.


Recent DVMA meetings:


Synaesthesia: Grasping Medieval Senses, September 24, 2016

Location: Kislak Center, Van Pelt Library, 6th Floor, University of Pennsylvania

Time: 1 pm – 6 pm

Featuring: Roland Betancourt (University of California, Irvine and Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton), Kostas Kourelis (Franklin & Marshall College), Thomas Izbicki (Rutgers University), Liz Lastra (University of Pennsylvania), Sarah Guérin (University of Pennsylvania), and Kevin Brownlee (University of Pennsylvania).