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Lis
21
Čt
The Convert: Narrating the New Self: Conversion Stories as Autobiography v Faculty of Arts, room P319
Lis 21 @ 17:30 – 19:00
The Convert: Narrating the New Self: Conversion Stories as Autobiography @ Faculty of Arts, room P319

Lecturer: Ryan Szpiech (Michigan).

Annotation:

In this lecture, I will discuss the first-person accounts of various medieval religious converts including Hermann the Jew, Abner of Burgos, and Anselm Turmeda. I will consider how the basic form of a conversion story—from Paul and Augustine to Bunyon, Rousseau, and Joyce—lends itself to narrative drama, suggesting that autobiography is not just a portrait of the self, but a story of the self’s transformation.

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

Lis
28
Čt
The Agha: Talking about the Self in the Ottoman World v Faculty of Arts, room P319
Lis 28 @ 17:30 – 19:00
The Agha: Talking about the Self in the Ottoman World @ Faculty of Arts, room P319

Lecturer: Petr Kučera (Hamburg).

Annotation:

It has been assumed by scholars that, in the Ottoman world, autobiographies were extremely rare due to the collectivist nature of the Ottoman-Islamic culture where adherence to a fixed canon of narrative instruments and a strict separation between the public and the private formed an obstacle to the individualistic expression of the Self. This lecture will show that it is rather our fixation on certain genres that hinders us to see autobiographical traits in texts that usually do not fit the category “autobiography”. Furthermore, it will offer an analysis of one of the most famous Ottoman-Turkish autobiographical works, Osman Ağa’s fascinating account of his captivity in Austria and his subsequent carrier as interpreter and diplomat for the Imperial Court (written 1724-1725).

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

Pro
5
Čt
Premodern Arabic Autobiography v Faculty of Arts, room P319
Pro 5 @ 17:30 – 19:00
Premodern Arabic Autobiography @ Faculty of Arts, room P319

Lecturer: Stephan Guth (Oslo)

Annotation:

Based on selected sample texts, the lecture seeks to give a brief overview over the most prominent types of Arab(ic) autobiographical writing in the premodern period, not however without profiling these against later developments. A central question will be the perception of the self and its role in the world.

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

Pro
12
Čt
The Abbot: Guibert of Nogent: A Medieval Childhood v Faculty of Arts, room P319
Pro 12 @ 17:30 – 19:00
The Abbot: Guibert of Nogent: A Medieval Childhood @ Faculty of Arts, room P319

Lecturer: Jeff Rider (Connecticut).

Annotation:

Guibert of Nogent (c. 1060 – c. 1125) was a northern French Benedictine monk, historian and theologian who ended his life as the abbot of Nogent-sous-Coucy. His autobiographical work – De vita sua sive monodiarum suarum libri tres – is usually considered the first autobiography since Agustine’s Confessions. He was raised by his widowed mother, and his childhood, which he describes in some detail in his autobiography, seems to have been especially complex and stressful and offers us intriguing insights into family dynamics at the end of the eleventh century.

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

Pro
19
Čt
The Queen: Encomium Emmae: Writing the Personae of Emma of Normandy v Faculty of Arts, room P319
Pro 19 @ 17:30 – 19:00
The Queen: Encomium Emmae: Writing the Personae of Emma of Normandy @ Faculty of Arts, room P319

Lecturer: Katherine Weikert (Winchester).

Annotation:

Who justifies the past? This lecture will examine the Encomium Emmae Reginae through the lens of biography, drawing upon an archaeological approaches to the sense of time. Through biography, the tool used by Queen Emma to attempt to control not only her own reputation but the Anglo-Scandinavian monarchs in England, this lecture will seek to illuminate how we can understand Emma, the person, as well as Emma, the political Navigator.

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

Led
9
Čt
The Emperor: Multiple Layers of Memories and Identities in the Autobiography of Charles IV v Faculty of Arts, room P319
Led 9 @ 17:30 – 19:00
The Emperor: Multiple Layers of Memories and Identities in the Autobiography of Charles IV @ Faculty of Arts, room P319

Lecturer: Balázs Nagy (Budapest).

Annotation:

The talk will address some conceptual issues of memory and identity in the autobiography of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia. Charles who was baptized as Wenceslas had a special personal connection to his double names and in context the question of the duplicate identity will be discussed also. The autobiography exemplifies references to personal and dynastic elements of the shaping of memory. Charles himself used various means of memory to establish his own position. The talk will argue for a complex understanding of this unique text of the fourteenth century.

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

Úno
17
St
Beware of False Prophets: The Contest over Prophecy in the Late Middle Ages
Úno 17 @ 11:00
Beware of False Prophets: The Contest over Prophecy in the Late Middle Ages

The Institute for Advanced Study at CEU is pleased to invite you to its next seminar entitled Beware of False Prophets: The Contest over Prophecy in the Late Middle Ages. The talk will be delivered online by Frances Courtney Kneupper, Senior Core Fellow at IAS CEU.

Please RSVP Agnes Bendik at bendikag@ceu.edu to receive the zoom link.

Poster

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