2018-2019 Events Calendar

Friday, October 12, 2018. Prof. Ben Saltzman (Department of English, University of Chicago) presents the public lecture,  "Ukofb: Secrecy, Riddles, and the Hermeneutics of Humility in Early Medieval England"  in Helen C. White 7191 at 4:00.  He will consider one medieval scribe's clever approach to reading Aldhelm of Malmesbury's final riddle. Encompassing all the paradoxes of Creation, Aldhelm's Ænigma 100 (De Creatura) is excessive, boundless, challenging, and in many ways impossible to solve. Yet in the marginal notes left behind by this one reader, we witness a negotiation between the virtue of humility and the risk of pride invited by even the most playful forms of literary concealment and interpretation.

Prof. Saltzman will conduct a workshop related to his book project on "Visual Representations of Atrocity" focusing on the post-lapsarian gestures of Adam and Eve in the Junius manuscript, in Helen C. White Hall 7190 (English Department Library) at 11:00 a.m.  For readings for the workshop (available after Oct. 5), please RSVP to Martin Foys (foys@wisc.edu) by October 10.   Sponsored by the Anonymous Fund and the Department of English.  

Friday, October 26, 2018.  Innaugural Lecture and Workshop in the Borghesi-Mellon Workshop, "Thinking Race: Migration, Representation, Appropriation in the Middle Ages and Beyond." Prof. Madeline H. Caviness (Emerita, Department of English, Tufts University), scholar of medieval stained glass,  race and gender studies, will conduct a workshop on "Representations in the Middle Ages of Ethnic, Cultural and Physiological Difference, and their Social Significance then and now" for faculty and students in the Hagen Room, Room 150, Department of Art History, Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, from 11:00 to 12:00.  To RSVP for the workshop and receive a copy of the readings please email  medieval@letsci.wisc.edu.  She give a public lecture, "From Magdeburg to Chalottesville via Munich," in the Department of Art History, Conrad Elvehjem Building, L150 at 4:00.  The lecture and workshop are co-sponsored by the Medieval Studies Program and the Department of Art History with funding from the Borghesi-Mellon Workshops administered by the Center for the Humanities.

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 5  Public lecture by Verena Höfig (Assistant Prof. Germanic Languages and Literature), "Runes to Release the Child from the Mother: Healing and Obstetrics in Medieval Northern Europe,” . Sterling Hall, 1313  at 5:00 p.m.   Reception to follow.  Sponsored by German, Nordic, and Slavic Studies.

Abstract: What is known about birth and midwifery in the pagan North? This presentation will discuss the role of female goddesses and beings, especially of Freyja, Frigg, Oddrún, and the dísir, for fertility, birth, and obstetric practices. On a more general level, the talk will explore to what extent Old Norse literature either directly addresses or tiptoes around topics such as birth and healing, which were essential for the lives of medieval women and men. This vantage point highlights the audience, function, and potential memory gaps of a variety of texts, including Snorri Sturluson's Edda and the lays collected in the so-called Poetic Edda. The paper will include a discussion of runic inscriptions devoted to obstetrics and women’s medicine, and an Old High German healing charm.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 4PM-5:30PM (location TBA).  English, Then and Now:a lecture and discussion event with Prof. Miller Wolf Oberman (Writing, Department of Liberal Studies, LANG-New School, New York, NY) and Prof. Nahir Otaño-Gracia (Deptartment of English, Beloit College), organized by the Old and Middle English Graduate Student Association.  Miller Oberman is an award-winning poet and translator, whose first collection The Unstill Ones (Princeton University Press, 2017) includes original poems and translations from Old English.  Nahir Otaño-Gracia is a scholar of medieval English literature, modern and contemporary medievalism, and translation of medieval English literature outside of England and Europe.

Friday, Saturday, April 5-6, 2019.  Graduate Association of Medieval Studies (GAMS) Annual Conference.  Details TBA.

Monday, April 15, 2019.  Workshop discussion and public lecture in the Borghesi-Mellon Workshop series, "Thinking Race: Migration, Representation, and Appropriation in the Middle Ages and Beyond" by Prof. Wan-Chuan Kao (Department of English, Washington and Lee University).  Details TBA.