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Medieval and Early Modern Studies Seminar

Montclair State’s interdisciplinary Medieval and Early Modern Studies Seminar is co-convened by the Departments of History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Classics and General Humanities, Philosophy, Spanish and Latino Studies, and English. The seminar brings together interested faculty and graduate students from across the university and the region to consider new research in the fields of medieval and early modern studies. All are warmly welcome.

Upcoming Speakers

David Sedley (Haverford College)

“Sense Variously Drawn Out: Algorithmic Epic from Leviathan to Paradise Lost”

Wednesday, October 24, 4-5:30pm
Center for Environmental and Life Sciences, 207.

David Sedley is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Haverford College. He has written a book entitled Sublimity and Skepticism in Montaigne and Milton (Michigan, 2005). His current project, from which this talk is drawn, is tentatively called “Race to Infinity: Distinctions between Science and Literature in Early Modern Culture.” A piece of this project, about and Madame de Lafayette and Blaise Pascal, has appeared in Modern Language Quarterly; another piece, about Michel de Montaigne and Francis Bacon, is forthcoming in Romanic Review.

Recent Speakers

Jesus Velasco (Columbia University)

“The Affinity Between Legal Science and the Science of the Soul in the Middle Ages”

Wednesday, October 9th, 4-5:30pm,
Schmitt 104

Jesús R. Velasco teaches Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Columbia. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Universidad de Salamanca, Université de Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle), and the École Normale Supérieure (Lettres et Sciences Humaines). Among his publications are books and articles on Medieval and Early Modern knighthood, history of the book and reading, medieval political theory, law and culture, Occitan poetry, etc. He has been one of the executive directors of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies and a member of the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions. He was the recipient of the 2010 John K. Walsh award for his article “La urgente presencia de las Siete Partidas”. He writes the column “Isla Fluvial” for El Norte de Castilla, Spain’s oldest daily newspaper, founded in 1854. He has been elected as a member of the Executive Committee of the MLA LLC Occitan Forum. He is one of the fellows of the 2015 The Op-Ed Project. He served as Chair of the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures between 2013 and 2016.