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May 14, 2013

Graduate Student Fellowships

Ann Zimo (History) has been awarded the Social Science Research Council's International Dissertation Research Fellowship and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers' Multi-Country Research Fellowship. These will allow her to spend next year abroad completing research for her dissertation on the experience of the Muslim communities under crusader rule.

Amanda Taylor (English) has received the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for European Studies, Summer 2013 (Italian) and the English's department's Marcella DeBourg Fellowship, awarded to students whose work gives "creative expression to women's lives."

Congratulations to Ann and Amanda!

May 2, 2012

Grad Student Fellowships

Rachel Gibson (French and Italian) has been awarded a 2012 SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship. The fellowship will support a year of research abroad in Paris at the BNF, and in Venice at the Marciana Library and Venetian State Archives.

Basit Hammad Qureshi (History) has received the Bourse Chateaubriand Fellowship from the Embassy of France in the U.S. The fellowship will support a year of archival research at several departmental archives in central and western France as well as at the BNF in Paris.

Congratulations to them both!

December 22, 2011

Basit Qureshi and Ann Zimo in Jordan

Basit-Ann-Petra.jpgHistory graduate students Basit Hammad Qureshi and Ann Zimo have successfully completed a semester of study at the Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan where they were able to focus on Classical Arabic grammar and texts. In their spare time, they individually made several trips around the Middle East in conjunction with their research touching on the crusades. They are pictured here on a recent pilgrimage to Petra, a locale more inspirational than relevant, but spectacular nonetheless. They both look forward to returning to Minnesota in January and rejoining the CMS community in the coming semester.

March 23, 2010

Minnesotans at Kalamazoo 2010

We have a very impressive presence at the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo this year. Please join us in supporting and congratulating such an impressive range of research by UMN professors and students.

The following session is sponsored by the Center for Medieval Studies:

Session 100: Early Medievalisms: 1600 to 1900

There will also be two special sessions in honor of William D. Phillips and Carla Rahn Phillips
Session 316: Spain and the Sea, presided by Bernard S. Bachrach
Session 378: Contributions to Comparative Work, presided by Barbara A. Hanawalt,

Numerous students and faculty of the University of Minnesota will be presenting at the congress:

Session 14
"Von Norwaege über sê ein Koufschiff": The Spatial Construction of the
Foreign and the Familiar in Gottfried's Tristan and Tristrams saga ok Ísöndar
Adam Oberlin, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 24
Languages in Contact: Perception and Use of French and Dutch in the Medieval County of Flanders
Catherina Peersman, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 28
Institutionalizing Medieval Lay Religious Women's Communities
Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane, Univ. of Minnesota-Morris

Session 106
Le reconstrucción de poemas épicos basados en la evidencia cronística
Benjamin Smith, Minnesota State Univ.-Moorhead

Session 138
Researching the Indian Contribution to Medieval Cooking and Medicine
Rachel Wexelbaum, St. Cloud State Univ.

Session 138
Sirat Bani Hilal: A Surviving Tradition
Donald Swanbeck, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 175
The Angevin Way of War: Geoffrey Plantagenet's Military Operations in Family Perspective
Bernard S. Bachrach, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 196
Robert Southwell at Kalamazoo
Response: John Watkins, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 208
In the Shadow of Zengi: Diplomatic Relations between Damascus and the
Crusader States during the Reign of King Fulk of Jerusalem
Basit Hammad Qureshi, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 230
A panel discussion with Lourdes María Álvarez, Catholic Univ. of America;
Michelle Hamilton, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities;

Session 247
Creating a Supportive Environment for Undergraduate Research
Christopher Corley, Minnesota State Univ.-Mankato

Session 258
Re-gendering John Mirk's Festial
Gabriel Hill, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 316
The Capture of the Merchant Galley of Daniel Spinola: What Was Valuable in
the Late Thirteenth Century?
Lawrence V. Mott, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 319
Mapping Conquest: The Bounds of England in Accounts of the Battle of
Hastings from the Long Twelfth Century
Christopher Flack, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 327
Derivations of the Germanic Suffix -ster: Its Origin and Survival in Germanic Languages
Paul Peterson, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 327
Heinzel and the Vienna Notker Psalms
Adrienne Damiani, Univ. of California-Berkeley

Session 327
Ulfilas's Vocabulary of Fear: Fright and Awe in Gothic
Erik A. Carlson, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 329
Mothers and the Physical Expression of Emotions
Respondent: Christopher Corley, Minnesota State Univ.-Mankato

Session 334
Trading Spaces: Negotiating Social Boundaries in the French Fabliaux
Rachel D. Gibson, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 360
Transformations of Reading through the Scholastic Encyclopedia: Citations of
Hrabanus Maurus's De laudibus sanctae crucis in the Manuscripts of Vincent of
Beauvais's Speculum maius
Mary Franklin-Brown, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 367
Landscape and Imagination in Egil's Saga
Janet Schrunk Ericksen, Univ. of Minnesota-Morris

Session 379
Gregory IX and the Crusades
Michael Lower, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 387
Chastisements in the Vestry after Mass: Reform and Resistance in Lárentíus
saga biskups
Elizabeth M. Swedo, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 509
Conduct Unbecoming? Malory, Chivalry, and Friendship in Morte Darthur
Lindsay A. R. Craig

Session 533
"It is enough to make the dead rise out of their graves!": Tolkien, Oliphant, and
Gendered Conventions of the Supernatural
Sharin Schroeder, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Session 540
Forensic Philology: An Examination of the Vienna Notker Psalms Codex
Michel van der Hoek, Univ. of Minnesota-Twin Cities

April 30, 2009

UMN at Kalamazoo

We have a very impressive presence at the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo this year. Please join us in supporting and congratulating such an impressive range of research by UMN professors and students.

The following sessions are sponsored by the Center for Medieval Studies:

--Session 428, “Globalizing the Middle Ages I: What Have We Done So Far and Where Should We Go Next?” (A roundtable).
--Session 485, “Globalizing the Middle Ages II: Mapping the Medieval World,” includes a paper by Maggie Ragnow from the James Ford Bell Library on “Mapping Asia: Perspectives from East and West.”
--Sesson 542, “Globalizing the Middle Ages III: Ghazni, Tabriz, and Samarkand: Sounds and Images from Western and Central Asia,” includes papers by Iraj Bashiri on “Divine and Personal Will in the Thought of Nasir-I Khusrau” and Gabriela Currie on “Imagining Sound in Ilkhanid and Timurid Miniatures.”

Other UMN students and faculty present:

--Session 155, “Law and Life in Occitania: Considering the Costuma d’Agen in Its Contexts” (A roundtable) features Professor Ron Akehurst.
--Session 318, features Professor Akehurst’s paper “Before the South of France Was the pays de Droit Ecrit.”
--Session 344, Diane Anderson will present "Walahfrid Strabo and Hellen Waddell: Re-editing a Queer Icon."
--Session 522, Professor Bernard Bachrach’s “Some Observations on the Merovingian Economy.”
--Session 29, Steve Bivans will present “Viking Warfare in the Ninth Century: The Contributions of the Annales Xantenses and Annales Vedastini.”
--Session 612, Mary Frances Brown’s “The Lyric Encyclopedia: Courtly Song and Fromal Innovation in Matfre Ermengaud’s Breviari d’Amor.”
--Session 264, Erik Carlson will read “Drinking, Speaking, and Acting in Beowulf.”
--Session 291, Ashley Deering "Saving Faith in Languedoc: The Dominican Practice of Medieval "Doctors of Souls."
--Session 282, Philip Grace presents “Motive, Means, and Opportunity: Fathers in Late Medieval Didactic Treatises.”
--Session 391, Elissa Hansen and Lindsay Craig will present, respectively “The ‘Pilgrim Way’: Travel, Ecclesiastical Authority, and Regional Identity in Two Eighth-Century Hagiographies” and “By the Saints and by the Book: Invocations, Implications, and Transmission in Roman de la Rose.”
--Session 457, Jeff Hartman, “Depending on the Utlands: Food and Famine in Fourteenth-Century Iceland.”
--Session 379, Professor Ruth Karras presents “Servanthood and Age at Marriage in England and France.”
--Session 157, Mollie Madden reads “Army Finance: The Accounts of John Henxteworth for 1355-1356.”
--Session 244, Professor Stephen Martin participates in "The Place of Digital Work in Medieval Studies: Where are we Now, Where are We Going?" (a panel discussion)
--Session 291, Professor Stephen Martin reads "Imagining Love and the Middle Ages in Modern Editions of _Aucassin et Nicolete_."
--Session 31, Adam Oberlin presents “’Translating’ Tristan: Hakon Hakonarson’s Norway and the Possibilities of Translatio.”
--Session 344. Stephanie Van D'Elden reads "Deception as Translation: Examples from the Tristan Romance."
--Session 533, Tiffany Vann Sprecher, “’You will be called priest of the Lord’” A Model Sermon by Jacques de Vitry.”

This is not even to mention those who are organizing or presiding over sessions, or the vast number of UMN alumni who have moved on to other places who are presenting this year. We have good reason to be proud.

February 10, 2009

Peter Wells Featured in UMNews

The research of Department of Anthropology and CMS core faculty Professor Peter Wells was featured in the latest online UMNews, which highlights his newest book, Barbarians to Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered.

To read the full text of the article by Deane Morrison, please see here.

November 20, 2008

Vivian Ramalingam writes us about her current research on “Liege Homage, Legitimacy, and Inheritance in Medieval Jewish Commentary�?

I am presently exploring medieval Jewish versions of scripture and associated rabbinical commentaries as a background for political thought, as expressed in certain polyphonic motets of the first half of the fourteenth century. This approach casts a different light on the influence of Jewish sacred literature in the intellectual milieu of the French court at that time, suggesting that it was more significant than had been supposed. I am concentrating on the evidence of the texts and music of selected ars nova, French polytextual motets with Latin liturgical tenors.

The polyphonic motets I have chosen are constructed over patterned repetitions of a fragment of Gregorian chant. The upper voices simultaneously sing two different melodic lines with two different texts, which may be in French or in Latin. The polytextual aspect makes the French motet an ideal vehicle for sensitive, complex political argument because it can make polemical assertions without providing amplification or justification, as would be necessary in normal discourse, especially political speech.

Close study of the Jewish readings that contribute to the substrates of these motet texts, and also number-symbolic clues in the music, reveal that this group of motets are essentially "position papers" on some of the fundamental issues leading to the outbreak of the Hundred Years War: legitimacy, inheritance, and liege homage. For example, the Jewish commentary explains the nature of the rights given by Isaac to Jacob, but the Christian commentary does not. The motet masks the fact that the poet makes use of one, and not the other.