Fall 2022 Events


11 am on Zoom: Public lecture: “Destruction and Preservation of Ukrainian Culture Heritage in Time of War” with Professor Ihor Lyman (Department of History and Philosophy, Berdyansk State Pedagogical University) and Professor Oksana Dovgopolova (Department of Philosophy and Methodology of Knowledge, Odessa National University)

This event was co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies (CES) and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA).

1 pm-5 pm, Memorial Union: Eunuch Workshop: Gender and Power in 10th Century Eastern Roman Court Culture. 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15: PROFESSOR WAN-CHUAN KAO (English, Washington & Lee University)

9 am, 7191 Helen C. White Hall. Workshop for graduate students and faculty on Professor Kao’s recently published article, “In the Lap of Whiteness.”

4 pm, 7191 Helen C. White Hall. Public lecture : “White Dorsality”

In this talk, Kao examined the imbrication of race and religion in the medieval romance The King of Tars, arguing that racialization and conversion interpellate the white Christian subject through a double inscription of violence on the material surface. But the forward trajectory towards white embodiment, Kao argued, is impossible without a backward turn to white enfleshment: the dorsality of whiteness is the structure of the flesh behind the contours of the body. The drive to fabricate and possess whiteness is what Kao terms the compulsion of habeas album: the production of the white melancholic body as flesh, thing, and property.

These two events were co-sponsored by the Department of English.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7: Dr. Randall Todd Pippinger and Dr. Nicole Pulichene, 2022-23 Solmsen and Kingdon Fellows.

4:00 pm, University Club Room 212: Research presentation

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Research in the Humanities. 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21: For Undergraduates!
Interested in Medieval Studies spring 2023 undergraduate courses?
A one-hour virtual event to learn more about the exciting offerings in the departments of English, History, Art History, Scandinavian Studies, Italian, and more. Program faculty spoke  about their courses and shared a bit about their ongoing research projects.
When: October 21st, 11:00 am
Where: Zoom

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28: Professor Gregory Bryda (Art History, Barnard College)

2:30 pm, Hagen Room (Elvehjem 150): Workshop for graduate students and faculty. The workshop was on the role of folklore studies in the modern writing of Germany’s medieval history—why postwar historians have shied away from it, and why we might want to reconsider its value. 

5 pm, Elvehjem L150: Public lecture: “Painting the Plasticity of the Virgin’s Healing Plants: Grünewald’s Heller Altarpiece in Frankfurt’s Dominican Church”

In Matthias Grünewald’s altarpiece for Jakob Heller in Frankfurt’s Dominican Church, a patron motivated by care for the sick and the medicinal qualities of plants commissioned an altarpiece with a ritual function particular to a specific time of year. During the so-called Virgin Thirty (Frauendreißiger), the approximately thirty days between Mary’s Assumption (15 August) and Birth (8 September), plants came to be laid at the altar to be blessed and thus rendered sanctified. Drawing on intersections of a sanctioned religious tradition and folk practice, this talk unveils a layer of meaning to the altarpiece that has thus far been missed, and a sensitivity on the part of patron, artist, and viewers to the seasonal relationship of plants to the ritual calendar both within and beyond the walls of the church.

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Co-sponsored by the Anonymous Fund, the Department of Art History, the Religious Studies Program, and the Center for European Studies (CES).