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Transmissions is an ongoing series of conversations about movement: the movement of information, ideas, media, and people. We are interested in all places where ideas and people from different contexts and times come into contact with each other, change, and are changed in the process. Textual transmission is the paradigmatic example of the things that preoccupy us. We want to know what happens in the processes of creation and conveyance of texts, how those texts reach us, and what texts are and aren’t. But Transmissions concerns more than texts alone. Oral literature and material culture also feature, as does consideration of our own roles as scholars. Transmissions does not acknowledge any geographic limitation and everyone is invited to join our discussions. We ask only that participants come ready for exchange. We look forward to a cross-pollination of ideas and methodologies across divisions of field and chronology, and the theoretical and methodological insights that will ensue.

Meetings will be held in the UT Humanities Center Seminar Room, E102 Melrose Hall (first floor), 12:20-1:20 PM, unless otherwise indicated.

Spring 2019

  • Monday, 28 January 2019
    Nikki Eggers (History)
    "Novel Translations, Divine Interpretations: Religious and Secular Texts Through the Lens of Kitawala (DRCongo)"
  • Monday, 18 February 2019
    Alison Vacca (History)
    “A Medieval Armenian Queen at War: Arabic Conquest Narratives and the Armenian National Epic”

  • Monday, 11 March 2019
    Maura Lafferty (Classics)
    "When is a Text Not a Text? Ancillary Material to Vergil Texts in the Carolingian Period"

  • Monday, 25 March 2019
    Megan Bryson (Religious Studies)
    “Network Theories and Religious Transmission: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations”

  • Monday, 22 April 2019
    Laura Roesch (History)
    “Transmitting Violence: Martyrs, Poets, and the Sacralization of Late Antique Landscapes”

Fall 2018

  • Monday, 17 September 2018
    Manuela Ceballos (Religious Studies)
    “Dogs, Cats, and Ritual Purity in Early Modern Moroccan Sufism”
  • Monday, 15 October 2018
    Cameron Cross (University of Michigan)
  • Monday, 12 November 2018
    Charles Sanft (History)
    “Masters Manuscript Multitext”

Spring 2018

  • Wednesday, 24 January 2018
    Brittany Poe (History)
    “The Ladder's Final Rungs: Alan of Lille and Education in Medieval Iberia”
  • Wednesday, 21 February 2018
    Sara Ritchey (History)
    “‘Maid, Mother, and Nurse’: Transmitting Therapeutic Knowledge in Late Medieval Women’s Communities”
  • Wednesday, 7 March 2018
    Charles Sanft (History)
    “Static: On the Use and Abuse of Manuscripts for Life”
  • Wednesday, 21 March 2018
    Maura Lafferty (Classics)
    “The Changing Mise-en-Page of Vergil from Late Antiquity to the Fifteenth Century”
  • Wednesday, 18 April 2018
    Alison Vacca (History)
    "Women, Warfare, and Epic in the Medieval Caucasus"

Fall 2017

  • Wednesday, 27 September 2017
    Manuela Ceballos (Religious Studies)
    "Ink and Blood: Transmission and Circulation in the Early Modern Western Mediterranean"
  • Thursday, 19 October 2017
    Raffaella Cribiore (Professor of Classics, New York University)
    "Books Unfinished, Disseminated, Lost, Stolen: Accidents of Publication in the Eastern Roman World"
  • Wednesday, 1 November 2017
    Brad Phillis (History)
    "Manuscript Sharing and the Comital Court in Twelfth-Century Flanders"
  • Wednesday, 15 November 2017
    Megan Bryson (Religious Studies)
    "Divine Transmissions: Images of the God Mahakala in the Dali Kingdom"
  • Wednesday, 6 December 2017
    Stephen Collins-Elliott (Classics)
    "Where the Word of the Emperor Was Wind: Elite Networks and Imperial Visibility in the Cities of Mauretania Tingitana"
    *UT Humanities Center Room E308 Melrose Hall (Third Floor)

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