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NEWs in medieval and early modern studies

The 2014-15 MEMS Newsletter is out!

Brett-Whalen-June-2012-small-croppedClick here to see all of the program’s activities and events over the last two years, plus information about the support MEMS has given to UNC faculty and graduate students in premodern studies. Now in its eight year, MEMS is going strong, and promises to continue its tradition of fostering excellence at Carolina in the study of the medieval and early modern worlds.


Brett Whalen, director, MEMS

Glaire D. Anderson wins ASPHS Bishko Prize

glaireandersonphotoaclsCongratulations to Glaire D. Anderson (Art History) who has received this year’s Charles Julian Bishko Memorial Prize for the best article published in 2013 or 2014 in the field of medieval Iberian history by a North American scholar. This prize was awarded by the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies for her article “Sign of the Cross: Contexts for the Ivory Cross of San Millán de la Cogolla,” Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 6:1 (Jan. 2014), 15-41.



MEMS Lecture on the Crusades by Nick Paul

Nicholas Paul Lecture PosterPlease join us in Hamilton 569, Thursday (4/23) at 5:30 for a lecture by Dorothy Ford Wiley Visiting Professor Nick Paul (Fordham), “Up From the Well: Recovering the Lost Legend of a Crusader and His Treasure.”



Dorothy Ford Wiley Spring 2015 Crossroads Lecture

Heller Crossroads Lecture Poster VERSION 2Our Spring 2015 Dorothy Ford Wiley Crossroads Lecture will be held on on April 9. We will be joined by Wendy Heller (Music and Italian Studies, Princeton) who will give a lecture entitled “Enchanted Gardens: The Locus Amoenus in Seicento Opera.” For more information click here.





Congratulations to Jennifer Kosmin

Kosmin bio picJennifer Kosmin (PhD UNC-CH, History) has accepted a position at Bucknell University as an Assistant Professor of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. In the fall she will begin teaching classes on “Death, Disease, and the Body” as well as “Sex, Race, and Science.” Jennifer received her PhD in December 2014. Her dissertation,  entitled “Embodied Knowledge: Midwives and the Medicalization of Childbirth in Early Modern Italy,” explored the emergence of hospital maternity wards and formal schools for midwives in 18th-century northern Italy.



Glaire D. Anderson wins Eleanor Tufts Award for Islamic Villa

IslamicVillaInEarlyMedievalIberiaEvery year the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies recognizes an outstanding publication in the area of Spanish or Portuguese art history. This year the committee has honored The Islamic Villa in Early Medieval Iberia: Architecture and Court Culture in Umayyad Córdoba, written by Glaire D. Anderson (Art History). To read more about the award and accolades for this book click here.




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