2016-17 Seminars

Students, staff and members of the public are welcome to attend the lectures (usually delivered in English) and will have an opportunity to participate in the questions and general discussions that follow.

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12 June, Courtroom, Faculty of Theology, Oude Boteringestraat 38, 16:00-17:00

Erasmus’ edition of the Disticha Catonis

Prof. Martin Bloomer (University of Notre Dame)

Erasmus’ edition of the Disticha Catonis was one of his greatest printing successes, with over 100 editions printed in his lifetime, not all of course with his approval or participation. He treated this Roman collection of aphorisms as a species of ancient wisdom literature and represented this approach as a radical break from his predecessors’. Erasmus told his readers why his edition was so much better than his rivals. Were these stated principles in fact important for the success of his work? What were his educational goals and his philological methods?

Prof. Bloomer’s chief areas of research lie in Roman literature, ancient rhetoric, and the history of education. His books include Valerius Maximus and the Rhetoric of the New Nobility (Chapel Hill 1993), Latinity and Literary Society at Rome (Philadelphia, 1997), The Contest of Language (Notre Dame, 2005), The School of Rome (Berkeley, 2011), and A Companion to Ancient Education (Chichester and Malden, MA, 2015).

This lecture is given in collaboration with the Medieval Research School.

7 June, Offerhauszaal, Academy Building, 17:00-18:00

Chaucer’s London/London’s Chaucer

Prof. Paul Strohm, Columbia University

Prof. Strohm is the Anna S. Garbedian Professor Emeritus of the Humanities at the Department of English & Comparative Literature in Columbia University, New York. He was previously J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. His publications include: Social Chaucer (Harvard, 1994); Hochon’s Arrow: The Social Imagination of Fourteenth-Century Texts (Princeton, 1992); England’s Empty Throne: Usurpation and Textual Legitimation, 1399-1422 (Yale, 1998) and Theory and the Premodern Text (Minnesota, 2000).

This lecture is given in collaboration with the Medieval Research School and the Department of English. It is the annual MacDonald Lecture.

5 October, Faculty of Theology, Room 259, Oude Boteringestraat 38, 16:30-18:00

The birth of the child murder accusation against Jews, associated with the Vita et passio Willelmi Norwicensis

Prof. Miri Rubin, Queen Mary University London

Miri Rubin is Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History at QMUL. Her publications include: Corpus Christi: the Eucharist in Late Medieval Culture (1991), Gentile Tales; the Narrative Assault on Late Medieval Jews (2004), Mother of God. A History of the Virgin Mary (2009), and trans. with an introduction, Thomas of Monmouth, The Life and Passion of William of Norwich (2014).

31 October, Courtroom, Faculty of Theology, Oude Boteringestraat 38, 16:00-17:15

‘Eckhart and the Layman’ in female religious milieus

Prof. John van Engen, University of Notre Dame

Van Engen, a renowned expert in the Devotio Moderna and late medieval piety, returns to Groningen to give a lecture about the pseudo-Eckhartian treatise Eckhart and the Layman. Specifically, he will explore its connections to female religious milieus.

John van Engen is the Andrew V. Tackes Professor of Medieval History at the University of Notre Dame where he was director of its Medieval Institute. His works include Religion in the History of the Medieval West (2004) and Sisters and Brothers of the Common Life: The Devotio Moderna and the World of the Late Middle Ages (2008).

12 December, Courtroom, Faculty of Theology, Oude Boteringestraat 38, 14:30-16:30

Surprised by Joy:  Scholarly Discoveries in Latin Medical Literature, 800-1200

Prof. Eliza Glaze (Professor of  History, Coastal Carolina University, USA)

Specializing in the articulation of new knowledge based upon the evidence of medieval Latin medical manuscripts and healthscapes, Prof. Glaze’s research explores the processes by which medical knowledge was transmitted from the ancient Mediterranean into Western Europe via classroom experiences, textual media and contextualized practices. Her ultimate interest is two-fold: to recover and identify the transmission, interpretations and use of specialized material from the Mediterranean world, and to explore the social aspects of medical thought and practice manifest in surviving codices.

18 January, Courtroom, Faculty of Theology, Oude Boteringestraat 38, 14:30-16:30

Hadewijch’s ‘books’? Tracing the (non-)publication tactics of a thirteenth-century beguine writer

Prof. Veerle Fraeters (University of Antwerp)

Veerle Fraeters is Professor at the Ruusbroec Institute of the University of Antwerp. She specializes in medieval mysticism, with a special focus on the Middle Dutch tradition, on visionary literature, on women authors and on the Brabantine mystic Hadewijch. Recent publications include, as author, the chapter ‘Visio’ in the Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism (2012), and, as editor (with M.-E. Gongora and Th. de Hemptinne), the volume Speaking to the Eye. Sight and Insight through Text and Image (1150-1650) (Brepols, 2013) and (with Imke de Gier), Mulieres Religiosae: Shaping Female Spiritual Authority in the Medieval and Early Modern Times (Brepols, 2014). She is editor, with Frank Willaert, of the new edition with Dutch translation and commentary of Hadewijchs Verzamelde Werken (Complete Works) of which the prize-winning first volume Liederen (Songs) came out in 2009 (Historische Uitgeverij Groningen).