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In April, 2002, the UCSB Medieval Studies Program held its first annual graduate student conference, on the subject of "violence." Students presented papers at two different panels at this day-long event, meant to give the opportunity to graduate students to be involved in a conference. Listed below is the program for the first conference.

The First Annual UCSB Medieval Studies
Spring Graduate Student Conference
Interpretations of Violence

Saturday, 20 April 2002
Centennial House
Plenary Speaker: David Nirenberg


Panel One:

Comic or Strange? Deployments of Violent Measures
Presider: Carol Pasternack, Department of English

Andrew Miller
Torturous Tonsuring: Violence, Communication & Anticlericalism? in the Reign of King Edward I

Nancy McLoughlin
Frightened Theologians are Dangerous: John Gerson’s Persecutions of Bridget of Sweden, John Hus, and John Petit as Responses to Internal Divisions Within the University of Paris.

Mark O’Tool
Beatings, Songs, and a “Stick in the Ass”: the Performance of Begging in the Farce du Goguelu


Introduction: Giorgio Perissinotto
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

David Nirenberg
Massacre, Mass Conversion, and the Reconstruction of Religious Identities in Medieval Spain

Panel Two:

Expressions of Violence On and Across Boundaries
Presider: Richard Hecht, Department of Religious Studies

Linda Jones
Violence Re-imagined: Discourses of Force in the Sermons of Ibn Marzuq and St. Vincent Ferrer

Tom Sizgorich
‘No Blood Sweeter Than That of the Romans’: Monsters, Hybrids and the Imperial Gaze in Arab Conquest Narratives

Jeanne Provost
Laughing at the Borders: Violence, Comedy, and the Creation of Difference in Chaucer’s Miller’s Tale
This event was generously co-sponsored by
Graduate Division and the Departments of History and Spanish and Portuguese.

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