MEM was founded in Spring 2006 by Professors Catherine Larson, Steven Wagschal, and Juan Carlos Conde (now at Oxford University). We host lectures, colloquia, and symposia to promote the interchange of ideas between scholars in the U.S., the Americas, and Europe, and work to enhance the Hispanic culture and literature research of our own graduate students and faculty. Our current membership includes six faculty and ten graduate students.
Medieval, Early Modern and Colonial Hispanic Studies Research Group
These events were sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Medieval and Early Modern and Colonial Hispanic Studies Research Group. They represent presentations on research in this area.
Perspectives on Early Modern Theater: A Symposium in Honor of Professor Catherine Larson’s Retirement
Perspectives on Early Modern Theater: A Symposium in Honor of Professor Catherine Larson’s Retirement. The symposium featured three alumni speakers: Mindy Badia, Ph.D. 1996 (Associate Professor, Indiana University Southeast), Robert Bayliss, Ph.D. 2003 (Associate Professor, University of Kansas), Anthony Grubbs, Ph.D. 2005 (Associate Professor, Michigan State University).
“Unbounded Speech: Performance, Manuscripts, and the Libro de buen amor (Book of Good Love).”
“Unbounded Speech: Performance, Manuscripts, and the Libro de buen amor (Book of Good Love).” A lecture by Professor Denise Filios, Associate Professor, University of Iowa.
Transcultural Food: What Cervantes’ Writing Reveals about New World-Old World Exchanges
Transcultural Food: What Cervantes’ Writing Reveals about New World-Old World Exchanges. A lecture by Professor Carolyn Nadeau, Bryron S. Tucci Professor of Spanish, Illinois Wesleyan University.
Abstract: As food travelled into Spain from the Americas we witness a key stage of transculturation that laid the groundwork for revolutionizing Spanish cuisine.
“The Gathering Storm: Pre-Expulsion Converso Apologia in Castile 1391-1492."
“The Gathering Storm: Pre-Expulsion Converso Apologia in Castile 1391-1492." A lecture by Commonweath Professor E. Michael Gerli of Spanish at the University of Virginia.
Abstract: The lecture examines the writings of new converts (conversos) to Christianity in the crucial, turbulent years following the fourteenth-century waves of mass conversion and the establishment of the Spanish Inquisition, leading to the expulsion of Sephardic Jews in late medieval Spain.
“Sensory Worlds: Iberian Empires and The Other Senses Symposium”
“Sensory Worlds: Iberian Empires and The Other Senses Symposium.” The two-day event consisted of four panels and three lectures, with a total of fourteen presenters from eleven different universities in the U.S. and Canada. The symposium’s goal was to explore the ways in which Iberian writers crafted images to describe sensory perceptions of Old and New Worlds, both real and imagined. While previous research has tended to focus on the visual, invited speakers and panelists were asked to explore the ways in which medieval and early modern texts produced, activated, and continue to indulge the other senses—from the standpoint of philosophical and aesthetic insights, as well as modern approaches to cognition.