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  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

English Graduate Lounge, Fisher-Bennett Hall

Please join us for the first Med/Ren meeting of 2020, when we'll be welcoming Suzanne Conklin Akbari from the Institute for Advanced Study. A leading scholar of comparative medieval literature and intellectual history, Prof. Akbari is the author of Seeing Through the Veil: Optical Theory and Medieval Allegory and Idols in the East: European Representations of Islam and the Orient, 1100–1450. She has also co-edited numerous collections and is currently working on two monographs: Small Change: Metaphor and Metamorphosis in Chaucer and Christine de Pizan and The Shape of Time: Medieval Understandings of Periodization, 1100-1450. Prof. Akbari is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada; co-PI of the Mellon-funded Book and the Silk Roads Project; and a co-host of the Spouter-Inn podcast. We are grateful to Global Medieval and Renaissance Studies for generously co-sponsoring this event.

Prof. Akbari's paper, "See You in Hell: Chaucer’s Claudian," is now available on the PennKey-protected Med/Ren Library page. Please email me if you would like to request a copy. As always, we ask that you do not distribute this paper beyond the working group.

We'll be meeting on Wednesday, February 12th at 4:30 PM in the English Graduate Student Lounge (Room 330, 3rd floor of Fisher-Bennett Hall). Looking forward to seeing you there!