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The Premodern Colloquium

The Premodern Colloquium is a reading group that met for over thirty years in the home of Tom Green (Law School, History) by whom it was founded as a forum for discussion of new work in the history of law. In recent years it has evolved into a wide-ranging multidisciplinary group. Typically discussions focus on works-in-progress by local and visiting scholars or dissertation chapters presented by our own students. Discussions tend to be intense and lively, but people who present work find the experience to be friendly and helpful. We especially welcome graduate students to our regular meetings, both as discussants and as presenters of dissertation work in progress.

Semester Offerings Fall 2017

SEPTEMBER 17
 Tryntje Helfferich, History, Ohio State University

“The Price of Service: German Reception of French Subsidies and Pensions in the Thirty Years War.”

OCTOBER 22
  Jean Campbell, Art History, Emory University

“Pisanello and the Archaeology of a Name"

NOVEMBER 12  CANCELLED  
  Sara Ahbel-Rappe, Classical Studies, University of Michigan 

“Giordano Bruno and the Phaedrus: Pegasus, Asinitas, and Merkabah”

DECEMBER 10  
  Paula Curtis, History, University of Michigan

 “The Agreed Upon Counterfeit: Forgery Culture and Documentary Authenticity in Medieval Japanese Society.”

Semester Offerings Winter 2017

JANUARY 15 

Elizabeth Allen, English, University of California Irvine

“Tresilian, Gawain, and Forms of Protection”
  
FEBRUARY 19

   Martin Walsh, Residential College, University of Michigan

“Wine Barrels, Bonfires, and Battling Beggars: TheCharity of St. Martin in 16th and 17th Century Netherlandish Art”
  
MARCH 19 

   Niall Atkinson, Art History, University of Chicago

“Percorrere la città: Meaning in Motion in the Streets of Florence”
  
APRIL 16 

   Helmut Puff, German, History, Women’s Studies, University of Michigan

“Spacium considerandi (Bedenkzeit): Timing the Reformation”

Semester Offerings Fall 2016

SEPTEMBER 18   

    Ivan Gerát, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava

“Marriage, Poverty and Bridal Mysticism in a 14th-Century Franciscan Convent: Remarks on the Pictorial Life of St Elizabeth in the Liber Depictus

OCTOBER 23   

    Robert Tittler, History, Concordia University, Montreal

“Portraits, Painters and Publics in Provincial England 1540-1640”

 NOVEMBER 20 

     Nathan Martin, School of Music, University of Michigan

 “Aristoxenos, Zarlino, Rameau”

 DECEMBER 11

     Noah Blan, History, University of Michigan

    “Trees, Place and Sovereignty in Early Carolingian Biblical Scholarship”

 

Semester Offerings Winter 2016

JANUARY 31    

   S.E. Kile, U-M Asian Languages & Cultures

“Science Fictions: Early Modern Technological Change and Literary Response”

FEBRUARY 21    

    Yanay Israeli, U-M Institute for the Humanities, History

 “Petitioning as Social Practice: Local Conflicts and the Trajectories of Royal Letters in Fifteenth-Century Castilian Towns”

MARCH  20  

    Matthew Kavaler, History of Art, University of Toronto

"Ornament as a Diagnostic: Pieter Bruegel against Notions of the Vernacular and Classicism"

APRIL 10   

    Andrew Morrall, Bard Graduate Center, New York City

 "Plato Among the Artisans: Craftsmen, Mathematics, and the Pursuit of Nature"
 

 

** Please note the Prof Morrall will also present a MEMS Lecture on April 8. Details forthcoming.

 

Semester Offerings Fall 2015

SEPTEMBER 20 

    Pamela Stewart, History of Art, University of Michigan

“Staging the Passion in the Ritual City:  Stational Crosses and Confraternal Procession in Late Renaissance Milan”

OCTOBER 18 

    Andrew Casper, Department of Art, Miami University

 “Not Begotten But Made: The Shroud of Turin as Divine Artifice”

NOVEMBER  22  

    Jonathan Farr, History, University of Michigan

“Medieval Spaces and Documentary Practices in Occitania and Northern Catalonia”

 DECEMBER  13 

    Tarek Dika, Society of Fellows, University of Michigan

“Power, Perfection, and the Subject of Science in Descartes's  Regulae ad directionem ingenii

Semester Offerings: Winter 2015

JANUARY   No meeting to be held this month

FEBRUARY 15  

    Jean Boutier  Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales, Paris-Marseille

       “Did Early Modern Florentine Aristocrats Ignore Conspicuous Consumption?”

 MARCH 15  

    Stephen Pender  Department of English and the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric, University of Windsor

        “Rhetoric and Anthropology in Early Modern Europe”

 APRIL 12  

    Elizabeth Kamali   History, University of Michigan

        “Mens Rea and Judging in Late Medieval England”