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2014-2015 Research Theme:

"Medieval and Renaissance Globalisms"

In concert with the Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, a set of talks and reading groups this year will focus on the theme of “Medieval and Renaissance Globalisms.” We will examine how today's globalization is part of a long and complex historical process that has roots in the cross-cultural interactions of the medieval and early modern periods. We invite students and faculty from area universities to join us as we explore topics such as the overlapping constructions of race and sexuality during Europe's early overseas expansion; mutually transformative encounters among Christianity, Judaism, and Islam; the circulation of material objects in increasingly global markets; and textual, visual, and dramatic representations of cultural others.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at 5:30pm

James Coleman (University of Pittsburgh)
“Improvisation and the Orphic Revival in Quattrocento Florence”

Humanities Center, Cathedral of Learning Room 602
Co-sponsored by the Department of French and Italian

A reception will follow the talk, during which we welcome new faculty and graduate students and celebrate the election of Professor Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski as a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America.

James Coleman holds a Ph.D. in Italian from Yale University, and a B.A. in Classics, also from Yale. He has published research on Italian literature from the Trecento to the Settecento. His published work includes essays on Giovanni Boccaccio's De Canaria, Angelo Poliziano and Quattrocento Florentine humanism, Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, and the thought of Giambattista Vico. He has forthcoming work on the humanist forger Laudivio Zacchia, the first vernacular commentary on Lucretius's De rerum natura, and the Renaissance reception of Boccaccio's Genealogia. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Orphic Poetry in Renaissance Italy.

Monday, November 10 at 4:30 pm

Carlos Cañete (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid)

“The Origins of Humanity: Cultural and Religious Polemics in Early Modern Times" Humanities Center, Cathedral of Learning 602 

Wednesday, January 29 at 12:00 pm

Shirin Fozi (University of Pittsburgh)

"Memory and Forgery in the Abbey Church of Drübeck, 850-1200"

Frick Fine Arts building, room TBA