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Pro
19
St
Metaphors: Biblical allegories of space and object in scholastic and devotional exposition v Hlavní budova FF UK, m. 104
Pro 19 @ 17:30 – 19:00
Metaphors: Biblical allegories of space and object in scholastic and devotional exposition @ Hlavní budova FF UK, m. 104 | Hlavní město Praha | Czechia

Lecturer: Christiania Whitehead, University of Warwick

A part of the lecture series Medieval Conflicts and Contrasts: Metaphors

Led
22
Út
Oddech a zahálka – kolokvium v Hlavní budova FF UK
Led 22 – Led 23 celý den
Oddech a zahálka - kolokvium @ Hlavní budova FF UK | Hlavní město Praha | Česko

4. mezoborové medievistické kolokvium.

Stránka kolokvia.

Zář
25
St
Letní konference Univerzitního centra pro studium antické a středověké myšlenkové tradice
Zář 25 celý den
Zář
27
The First Meeting of the Medieval and Early Modern Mnemonic Society v Library of the Centre for Medieval Studies, Jilská 1, 1st floor
Zář 27 – Zář 28 celý den
The First Meeting of the Medieval and Early Modern Mnemonic Society @ Library of the Centre for Medieval Studies, Jilská 1, 1st floor

You are kindly invited to The First Meeting of the Medieval and Early Modern Mnemonic Society which will take place 27th-28th September 2019 in the Library of the Centre for Medieval Studies, Jilská 1, 1st floor. The topic is Neighbours in the Landscape of Memory.

Programme

Říj
3
Čt
History and Theory of Autobiography: Introduction v Faculty of Arts, room P319
Říj 3 @ 17:30 – 19:00
History and Theory of Autobiography: Introduction @ Faculty of Arts, room P319

Lecturer: Klára Soukupová (Prague).

Annotation:

The genre of autobiography is often situated on borderline between fiction and non-fiction; autobiography refers to real characters and events, but at the same time it is a literary work of art, a verbal construct. The lecture concentrates on major problems of the genre of autobiography (truth, memory, subjectivity) as well as on history of autobiography (canonical texts) and it goes through development of theory of autobiography in 20th century.

The lecture is a part of the series Me and the World … Autobiography in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

Říj
10
Čt
The Haunted: Writing the Self on the Edge. Icelandic Autobiographies in the Early Modern Age v Faculty of Arts, room P319
Říj 10 @ 17:30 – 19:00
The Haunted: Writing the Self on the Edge. Icelandic Autobiographies in the Early Modern Age @ Faculty of Arts, room P319

Lecturer: Jürg Glauser (Zürich).

Annotation:

Icelandic literary culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries still bears many traces of the medieval tradition. This is also the case when it comes to representations of self-conceptions as expressed in early modern autobiographies. The present paper deals primarily with two representative examples of the genre,

1) the priest Jón Magnússon’s (1610-96) Píslarsaga (1658-59, ‘Story of Sufferings’(English translation by Michael Fell as And Though This World with Devils filled. A Story of Sufferings, 2007)

2) Sjálfsævisaga (1750ff., ‘Autobiography’) by the priest síra Þorsteinn Pétursson á Staðarbakka (1710-85) Beyond being quite remarkable representations of autobiographies in general, the two texts display a number of features that are specific for this genre in the pre-modern era, such as the creations of individual selves in relation to God and society, the importance of Christian faith, belief, religion and theology, the vital role mental and physical health plays in the narratives. In Píslarsaga, an additional element that defines the text in a very specific manner are the descriptions of the prosecution of putative sorcerers in seventeenth century Iceland.

The lecture is a part of the series Me and the World … Autobiography in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

Říj
17
Čt
The Hero: Imagining the Viking Life: (Pseudo)Autobiographical poetry in the Old Norse Legendary Sagas v Faculty of Arts, room P319
Říj 17 @ 17:30 – 19:00
The Hero: Imagining the Viking Life: (Pseudo)Autobiographical poetry in the Old Norse Legendary Sagas @ Faculty of Arts, room P319

Lecturer: Carolyne Larrington (Oxford).

Annotation:

This lecture will talk about some of the ways in which the poetic form of ‚ævidrápur‘ (deeds of a life) functions within the fornaldarsaga genre in Old Norse. These autobiographically styled poems look back over and reflect a little on the lives of the Viking ancestors of medieval Scandinavians. Some may indeed draw on ancient traditions, others be antiquarian re-imaginings, but their focus on violence, loss, regret – and even love – allows us draw parallels with other kinds of autobiographical composition.

The lecture is a part of the series Me and the World … Autobiography in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

Říj
31
Čt
The Self-Harmer: (Auto-)Biography and Self-Flagellation: Henry Suso’s Vita as a Guide to Finding One’s Own Cross v Faculty of Arts, room P319
Říj 31 @ 17:30 – 19:00
The Self-Harmer: (Auto-)Biography and Self-Flagellation: Henry Suso's Vita as a Guide to Finding One's Own Cross @ Faculty of Arts, room P319

Lecturer: Jan Hon (Berkeley).

Annotation:

Henry Suso’s Vita narrates the life of a „Servant of Eternal Wisdom“ as a path from the state of sin to the state of „Gelassenheit“ (composure/serenity/“let-it-be-ness“) and unity with God. What makes this text unique even in the context of late medieval mysticism is its autobiographical impetus. Though narrated in the third person, the text uses a number of strategies to link the narrative to the historical figure of Henry Suso. That, in turn, makes the hagiographical tone of the account a notably risky endeavor: how can one authorize his own life, filled with self-induced suffering, as an imitatio Christi and, at the same time, present it as an example to be followed by others? The talk will discuss this tension between hagio-graphy and auto-bio-graphy along with the medial strategies in both the manuscript and the print transmissions employed to provide the audience with spiritual participation in the servant’s (self-)torturous way to God.

The lecture is a part of the series Me and the World … Autobiography in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

Lis
7
Čt
The Mystic: Spiritual Medicine and Suffering in The Book of Margery Kempe v Faculty of Arts, room P319
Lis 7 @ 17:30 – 19:00
The Mystic: Spiritual Medicine and Suffering in The Book of Margery Kempe @ Faculty of Arts, room P319

Lecturer: Laura Elisabeth Kalas Williams (Swansea).

Annotation:

The Book of Margery Kempe (c. 1440) is widely considered to be the first known female autobiography in the English Language. Dictated to a number of scribes over her lifetime, the Book narrates Margery Kempe’s (b.1373; d.c.1440) spiritual conversion and her sometimes painful journey towards a holy life. This lecture will reveal the contents of a medicinal recipe that was added to the end of the only surviving manuscript by a late-fifteenth-century reader of the Book, and will explore the significance of such a medical-religious dialogue. The lecture will also consider the broader use of the Christus Medicus (Christ the Physician) motif, and the ways in which Kempe utilises such medieval understandings to achieve union with God.

The lecture is a part of the series Me and the World … Autobiography in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

Lis
14
Čt
The Imprisoned: The Winner Takes it All: Leonora Christina’s Memory of Sufferings v Faculty of Arts, room P319
Lis 14 @ 17:30 – 19:00
The Imprisoned: The Winner Takes it All: Leonora Christina's Memory of Sufferings @ Faculty of Arts, room P319

Lecurer: Pernille Hermann (Aarhus).

Annotation:

Leonora Christina (1621-1698), the daugther of the Danish king Christian IV, spent more than two decades in prison, accused of being the accomplice of her husband, Corfitz Ulfeldt, whom was killed for high treason. From this experience grew a most fascinating autobiography, with high narrative quality and an immensely high amount of details from everyday life in prison. The lecture will introduce to Leonora Christina’s autobiographical works, it will discuss how this highborn 17th-century women created the image of a strong and righteous heroine, and how she renewed the autobiographical genre by establishing new textual dialogues. The autobiography of Leonora Christina Ulfeldt is translated into English in Memoirs of Leonora Christina (transl. F.E. Bunnett) London 1872.

The lecture is a part of the series Me and the World … Autobiography in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

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