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MEMS Grants for 2014-15

MEMS is excited to offer a number of funding opportunities for UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students during the upcoming year. Click here for details.

The Well-Laden Ship by Egbert of Liège

Babcock-Egbert of Liege BookRobert Babcock‘s translation of Egbert of Liège’s The Well-Laden Ship has been published by Harvard University Press. This work is an early eleventh-century Latin poem composed of ancient and medieval proverbs, fables, and folktales. It was originally written as a first reader for beginning students which makes it one of the few surviving works from the Middle Ages written explicitly for schoolroom use.




The Ocean of Life (Exhibit at the Smithsonian)

Ocean of Life ImageCarl Ernst translated from Persian a rare illustrated manual of Yoga postures from the seventeenth century, called the Ocean of Life, as part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Freer Sackler Museums of Asian Art. The exhibit is entitled Yoga: The Art of Transformation and uses the largely untapped resource of visual culture to explore central aspects of yoga practice and its hidden histories.




Congratulations to Rose Aslan

Rose Aslan PhotoRose Aslan (PhD Religious Studies, UNC) is now an assistant professor of Religion at California Lutheran University in Southern California. Rose’s dissertation, “From Grave to Shrine: The Making of Sacred Place at the Tomb of Ali ibn Abi Talib in Najaf,” investigated contemporary debates around the sanctification of Ali ibn Abi Talib (d. 661) and the significance of pilgrimage rituals to explain how sectarian identity is strengthened through communal affiliation to – or rejection of – sacred space.

Rose was a recipient of a 2014 Mellon Dissertation Writing Fellowship. “I’m very grateful,” Rose explains, “for the immense support I’ve received from MEMS during my time at UNC, if it wasn’t for the Spring dissertation fellowship I know that I wouldn’t have been able to complete and defend my dissertation in time for my new job.”

The MEMS Dorothy Ford Wiley Crossroads Lecture

220px-Printer_in_1568-ceOn 11 November, MEMS will be proud to host Brigitte Bedos-Rezak (NYU) for our fall 2014 DFW Crossroads lecture. Professor Bedos-Rezak will speak on “Printing in Medieval Europe before the Printing Press (800-1300 CE).” The lecture will be from 6-8 at Hyde Hall. For more information click here.





MEMS Announces its 2014-15 Dorothy Ford Wiley Compact Seminar

In February 2015, MEMS will host its second annual Dorothy Ford Wiley Compact Seminar, Big Data for Intimate Spaces: An Interdisciplinary Seminar in Renaissance Studies & Digital Humanities, organized by Anne MacNeil (Music).

As Anne writes, “We talk a lot these days about magnitude: Big Data, crowd-sourcing, MOOCs, global access. And yet the humanities are concerned with human relationships, which often take place in intimate surroundings. During this four-day seminar, we will bridge the distance between the massive scale of the digital world and the privacy of home, between Renaissance Italy and 21st-century North Carolina. Our focus will be on intimate activities: music-making, letter-writing, quiet contemplation, and dining at the Mantuan court of Isabella d’Este (1474-1539), and the more modern habit of sitting at a personal computer for research and study.”


Marcus Bull Wins NHC Fellowship for 2014-15

BullOur congratulations to Marcus Bull, interim director of MEMS during the previous year, who will be spending this academic year at the National Humanities Center, working on his project Eyewitness and Narration: Texts of Conflict and Cultural Encounter between the Eleventh and Sixteenth Centuries.





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