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UCLA Renaissance Calendar Conference Announcement
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2405  Thursday, 12 December 2002

From:           Steve Sohmer <
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Date:           Wednesday, 11 Dec 2002 08:15:27 EST
Subject:        UCLA Renaissance Calendar Conference Announcement

The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites you to
attend a two-day conference,

Calendar Reform and Religious Reformation

January 24-25, 2003, at UCLA

During the sixteenth century, the Christian calendar experienced two
major jolts: 1) the calendar reform of 1582, promulgated by Pope Gregory
XIII, which eliminated ten days from that year, and 2) the Protestant
Reformers' abolition of the saints with its attendant changes to the
church calendar.  These calendrical changes are usually considered
individually, but this conference will examine them as parallel and as
intersecting phenomena. By exploring the interplay among the religious,
scientific, and social factors implicated in these monumental changes,
we can gain a deeper understanding of the different ways in which the
nature of time itself was understood in sixteenth-century Europe.

       Complete Program:

Friday, January 24, 2003 (Royce Hall 314, UCLA)

9:00 am        Registration

9:30 - 9:45     Introductory Remarks:
        H. A. Kelly (Director, UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance
Studies)

9:45 - 10:30    Session I:  The Christian Calendar in Late Antiquity

"Minding Time: Pagan and Christian Notions of the Week in the
Fourth-Century Roman Empire," Michele R. Salzman (History, UCR)

Chair and commentator: Claudia Rapp (History, UCLA)

10:30 - 11:00    Break

11:00 - 12:00     Session II: Concepts of Time in the Middle Ages

"The Secularization of Time in Late Medieval Scholastic Thought," Alain
Boureau (Director of Research,  Historical Studies, School of Advanced
Studies, Sorbonne)

Chair and commentator: Teofilo Ruiz (History, UCLA)

12:00 - 1:30     Lunch Break

1:30 - 3:00     Session III:  The Christian Calendar in Lutheran Germany

"Protestant Chronology and Sacred Time: Holy Days without Saints,"
Anthony Grafton (History, Princeton)

Chair and commentator: Susan Karant-Nunn (Late Medieval & Reformation
Studies, Univ. of Arizona)

3:00 - 3:30    Break

3:30 - 5:00     Session IV:  The Old and New Roman Calendars

"The Gregorian Calendar Reform of 1582," Owen Gingerich
(Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

Chair and commentator: Robert S. Westman (History, UCSD)

5:00 pm        Reception

Saturday, January 25, 2003, (Royce Hall 314, UCLA)

9:00 am        Registration

9:30 - 10:30     Session V:  The Reformation in England

"God's Time, Rome's Time, and the Calendar of the English Protestant
Regime," David Cressy (History, Ohio State University)

Chair and commentator: H. A. Kelly (English, UCLA)

10:30 - 11:00      Break

11:00 - 12:30     Session VI:  Counter-Reformation Calendars

"Better than Martyrdom: Embodying Sacred Time in the Painted Life of
Mary Ward," Lowell Gallagher (English, UCLA)

"Hybrid Calendars in Colonial Mexico: Spanish Catholic and Native Feast
Days" Charlene Villase

 

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