Triangle Medieval Studies Seminar (TMSS)

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A collaborative effort between Duke, North Carolina State, and UNC-Chapel Hill, the Triangle Medieval Studies Seminar (TMSS) offers a humanities-based, interdisciplinary forum for the study of history, art history, religious studies, literature, music, women’s studies and more ca. 500–1500, focusing on Europe, Byzantium and the Islamic world along with other regions. The seminar invites local and visiting scholars to present their written work as the basis for a rigorous discussion of current trends, topics, and problems in the field of medieval studies. To add your name to the TMSS listserv, please contact: Sandi Payne Greene Sandra_Greene@unc.edu.

Fall 2012–Spring 2013 Schedule (Subject to Change):

Thursday, September 20, 4:306:30
National Humanities Center, Main Conference Room
Asa Eger
(Assistant Professor of History, UNC-Greensboro)
The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier: Interaction and Exchange between Christian and Muslim Communities in the Early Islamic Period
(forthcoming from IB Tauris)

Thursday, November 1, 4:30
National Humanities Center, Main Conference Room
Shayne Legassie (Assistant Professor of English/Comp Lit, UNC-Chapel Hill)
“The Great Khan’s Delight: Sovereign Power and the Rise of Literary Travel Narrative

Tuesday, December, 4, 4:30
National Humanities Center, Main Conference Room
Francis Newton (Emeritus Professor of Classics, Duke University)
In Praise of Scribes: Cassiodorus’ Prose Tribute to Scriptores (Vivarium, saec. VI), and Eadui’s Verse and Painted
Tribute to Them in his Gospel Book (Canterbury, saec. XI in.)

Monday, February 11, 4:30
National Humanities Center, Main Conference Room
Jessica Boon (Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill)
“Wounded by Love: The Mystical Agony of God’s Touch in Hadewijch and Ruusbroec”

Thursday, January 24, 4:30
Jaroslav Folda (Professor Emeritus of Art History, UNC-Chapel Hill)
“The Radiance of Byzantine Icons”

Thursday, March 28, 4:30
James Knowles (Assistant Professor of English, NCSU)
topic TBA

We would like to thank our supporters: the Carolina Seminars (and especially Sandi Payne Greene for her administrative support), the History Department and English Department at NCSU, the MEMS Program and Art Department at UNC–Chapel Hill, Duke’s Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, and the Center for European Studies at Duke. We would also like to thank our collaborators: Islamic Studies at Duke and Jewish Studies Seminar of Duke and UNC.

Conveners: Glaire Anderson (UNC–Chapel Hill), Mona Hassan (Duke), Jehangir Malegam (Duke), Julie Mell (NC State), Timothy Stinson (NC State), Brett Whalen (UNC–Chapel Hill)

Directions:

For sessions at the National Humanities Center: http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/routenhc.htm

For the Jewish Studies sessions: Directions to the John Hope Franklin Center:
John Hope Franklin Center (Room 240) / 2204 Erwin Road / Durham, NC 27708
Directions/Parking: https://jhfc.duke.edu/contact-us/
On the map in the above weblink, the Franklin Center is marked in red. The Pickens parking lot on Trent Drive across from the Center is conveniently available on Sunday and is free. There is limited parking available directly behind the Franklin Center; however, parking garages are also nearby.

The TMSS relies upon generous support from Carolina Seminars, the History Department and English Department at NCSU, the MEMS program and Art Department at UNC–Chapel Hill, Duke’s Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, and the Center for European Studies at Duke.

TMMS 2011–2012 Schedule

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