CMRS: Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College Dublin

Outreach Activities

The Centre hosts a series of lectures, seminars, and conferences throughout the year, open to the public, and aimed at raising awareness of the early period. All are welcome! A schools liaison programme has also been launched recently. Events and activities for  2008 – 2009 are as follows:

PUBLIC LECTURES

Wednesday 19 November-Friday 21 November 2008
‘From Manuscripts to Incunabula’:
A Series of Talks and Seminars on Manuscripts and Early-printed Texts by Dr David Rundle (University of Oxford)

Programme of Events
Wednesday 19 November

Swift Theatre, 7.30 p.m.
Public Lecture: Dr Rundle will give a paper on manuscript-hunting and the relationship between England and Italy in the Renaissance: ‘English Light on Renaissance Humanism’

Thursday 11 December-Friday 12 December 2008
Workshop on Greek Palaeography: Reading Greek Manuscripts

Programme of Events
Thursday 11 December

Swift Theatre, 7.30 p.m.
Public Lecture: Dr Niels Gaul (Central European University, Budapest; Former Dilts-Lyell Research Fellow in Greek Palaeography, University of Oxford in association with Lincoln College, Oxford): ‘Greek Palaeography, Byzantine Scholarship and Textual Criticism’

Friday 12 December

Swift Theatre, 3.30 p.m.
Public Lecture: Dr Barbara Crostini, author of A Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts Acquired by the Bodleian Library since 1916: ‘Cataloguing Greek Manuscripts ‘
The talk will be followed by an exhibition of Greek manuscripts held in Trinity.
NB. For further details about this event, please contact the organiser, Savvas Neocleous

Tuesday 24 February-Thursday 26 February 2009
A Celebration of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. In Collaboration with The Society for Renaissance Studies.

Programme of Events
Tuesday 24 February

Swift Theatre, 7.30 p.m.
Public Lecture: the renowned author and historian, Alison Weir, will talk about her latest book, Katherine Swynford: the Story of John of Gaunt and his Scandalous Duchess  (Jonathan Cape, 2007; Vintage Books, 2008).
‘Alison Weir’s hugely popular history books are as gripping as novels’ (The Times)
‘Alison Weir writes compellingly. Her art is such that the reader is swept along by the story, scarcely noticing how very complicated that story is’ (The Literary Review)
‘Alison Weir is one of our best popular historians and one, moreover, with an impressive scholarly pedigree in Tudor history’ (Frank McLynn, The Independent on Sunday)

Wednesday 25 February

Téatar Máirtín Uí Chadhain, 7.30 p.m.
Public Lecture by the eminent academic and Professor of Cultural History, Peter Burke (University of Cambridge), author of 23 books, including The Italian Renaissance (1972), Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe (1978), The Fabrication of Louis XIV (1992), The Art of Conversation (1993), A Social History of Knowledge (2000), ‘Eyewitnessing’ (2000), What is Cultural History? (2004) and Languages and Communities in Early Modern Europe (2004). His work has been translated into 28 languages.
He will speak on ‘Cultures of Translation in Renaissance Europe’

Thursday 26 February

Téatar Máirtín Uí Chadhain, 7.30 p.m.
Public Lecture: Professor Peter Burke (University of Cambridge):  ‘The Renaissance in Global Context’
The Centre is delighted to host this talk in collaboration with the Society for Renaissance Studies. It is one of a series of free public lectures held at venues around the UK and Ireland. The series, Exploring the Renaissance, addresses the state of studies in the Renaissance across a range of disciplines. For further information, please consult the website of the Society for Renaissance Studies

OUTREACH PROGRAMME

From 6 January onwards (for 16 weeks)
Room 4096, Arts Building, 7.30 p.m.-8.30 p.m. Reading Medieval French Literature through Tristan et Iseult. Lecturer: Dr Juliet O’Brien (UCD/TCD).

This seminar series (lectures followed by discussion) will focus on Tristan et Iseut, around and through which we will read some of the most stirring and beautiful 12th-14th c. French poetry, short verse narrative, and romance; and see how these forms are inter-connected. Some Occitan texts and extracts are also included. The lecture-portion of the course will situate readings in their immediate and larger-scale context, covering background history, cultural setting, literary allusions, and intersections with current questions in literary criticism.
Readings will include:
•   Old French and Occitan lyric poetry and short verse narrative
•   Béroul, Thomas, et al, Tristan et Iseut
•   Chrétien de Troyes, Romans
•   Abelard and Heloise, Letters
•   Aucassin et Nicolette
•   Floire et Blanchefleur

•   Heldris de Cornüalle, Le Roman de Silence
•   Le Roman de Flamenca

•   Guillaume de Machaut, Le Livre du Voir dit
•   Jean Froissart, Dits
•   Alain Chartier, La Belle Dame sans merci
While a sound reading knowledge of modern French will be useful, no prior knowledge of Old French is required. Indeed, the course will be accompanied by (optional) progressive weekly grammar exercises – on the readings – for those participants who wish to learn or refresh their Old French. All materials will be provided.

The group is open to all: undergraduates, postgraduates, staff of Dublin universities,  and the general public.

Cost: 8 Euro/class; 6 Euro concessions; TCD staff and students free; special rate for 16 classes: 100 Euro. Please make cheques payable to ‘TCD Account no. 1-Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies’. For further details, contact Sarah Alyn Stacey or (regarding the course itself) Juliet O’Brien.

SCHOOLS LIAISON PROGRAMME

Please contact Dr Gerald Morgan for further information.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

All of the Centre’s various activities are listed on the current Calendar of Events.
See also: archives of Previous Events.


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