PROGRAMME

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME (last updated 15 March 2012)

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  • All sessions will be held at Green College Coach House, except for the two plenary lectures by our keynote speakers.
  • Coffee, lunch, and the Friday evening reception will be in the Green College Piano Lounge, adjacent to the Coach House.
  • The Saturday evening banquet will be at Banana Leaf Kitsilano, 3005 West Broadway, Kitsilano, Vancouver V6K 2G9.
  • Titles of talks are linked to their abstracts (opening in a new window)

FRIDAY 16 MARCH

8:30 – 9:00      Registration and Coffee: Green College Coach House

Welcome: Richard Unger (History, University of British Columbia; Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies; and one of the founders of the UBC Medieval Workshop)

9:00 – 10:00      Session One: Scientific Mirrors 

Berthold Hub (Art History, University of Vienna)
Bloody Mirrors: Superstition or Science?

Anna Dysert (History, McGill University)
Specular Art and Science: A New Typology of Mirror Imagery in Alchemical Texts

Chair: Daniela Boccassini (French, Hispanic & Italian Studies, University of British Columbia)

10:00 – 10:15      Coffee

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10:15 – 11:45      Session Two: Historical Mirrors 

Courtney Booker (History, University of British Columbia)
The Dionysian Mirror of Louis the Pious

David Napolitano (History & Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge)
Adjusting the Mirror

Louis Shwartz (History, University of Toronto)
The Mirror of Scripture: Papal and Imperial Interpretations of the Two Swords: the Case of Frederick II, Gregory IX, and Castel Sant’Angelo

Chair: Alison Beringer (Classics & General Humanities, Montclair State University)

11:45 – 12:00      Walk to Plenary Lecture

12:00 – 1:00      PLENARY LECTURE: Buchanan A101

Suzanne Conklin Akbari (English, University of Toronto)
Sight Lines: The Mirror of the Mind in Pre-Modern Poetics

Introduction & Chair: Sheila Delany (Emerita, English, Simon Fraser University)

1:00 – 2:30      Lunch: back in Green College

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2:30 – 3:30      Session Three: Princely and Worldly Mirrors 

Filippo Andrei (Italian Studies, University of California Berkeley)
Specula Principis: Aspirations to Kingship and Ideal Representations of the Sovereign in the Old French Romances

Hélène Cazes (French, University of Victoria)
Réflexions érasmiennes sur la poétique du reflet: le miroir de l’aveugle, le speculum de l’ingénieur et la géométrie de l’amitié

Chair: Chantal Phan (French, Hispanic & Italian Studies, University of British Columbia)

3:30 – 4:00      Coffee

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4:00 – 5:00      Session Four: Philosophical and Theological Mirrors 

Martin Sastri (Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame)
The Reflection of Visio Absoluta as Adequate Metaphor of Emanation in Nicholas of Cusa’s De Visione Dei

Sergius Kodera (Philosophy, University of Vienna)
Between Stage-Prop and Metaphor: Mirrors in Giambattista della Porta and Giordano Bruno

Chair: Raúl Alvarez-Moreno (French, Hispanic & Italian Studies, University of British Columbia)

5:30 – 7:00      Reception: Cash Bar

Welcome: Mark Vessey, Principal of Green College (English, University of British Columbia)

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SATURDAY 17 MARCH

9:30 – 10:00      Registration and Coffee: Green College Coach House

10:00 – 11:30      Session Five: Women and Mirrors

Alison Beringer (Classics & General Humanities, Montclair State University)
A Mirror of Words: Semiramis and Alexander in Late Byzantine Romance

Yvonne Owens (History of Art, University College London)
Mirrors, Menstruation, Basilisks, and Poison Maids: Reflections of Toxic Femininity in Hans Baldung Grien

Robyn Rossmeisl (Art History, Visual Arts, & Theory, University of British Columbia)
Opening the Spiritual Aperture: Reflections of Perfect Piety in The Martyrdom of St. Apollonia

Chair: Arlene Sindelar (History, University of British Columbia)

11:30- 12:00      Coffee

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12:00 – 1:00      PLENARY LECTURE: Buchanan A201

Tom Conley (Romance Languages & Literatures, Harvard University)
Lyric and Luster: Mirrored Verse in Renaissance France

Introduction: André Lamontagne (Head, French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, University of British Columbia)
Chair: Nancy Frelick (French, Hispanic & Italian Studies, University of British Columbia)

1:00 – 2:00      Lunch: back in Green College

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2:00 – 3:00      Session Six: Visual Reflections

Danijela Zutic (Art History, Visual Arts, & Theory, University of British Columbia)
Contour of the World/Contour of the Soul: Opicinus de Canistris (1296 –c.1354), Mirroring as Mystical Method

Ulrike Feist (Institute of Art History & Visual Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin)
The Reflection Sundial at Palazzo Spada in Rome

Chair: Bronwen Wilson (Art History, Visual Arts, & Theory, University of British Columbia)

3:00 – 3:30      Coffee

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3:30 – 5:00      Session Seven: French Mirrors

Elizabeth Black (Foreign Languages & Literatures, Old Dominion University)
Mirror/Window, Reflection/Deflection: Regulating the Gaze Inside and Outside the House in Gilles Corrozet’s Blasons domestiques (1539)

Jean-Philippe Beaulieu (Littératures de langue française, Université de Montréal)
Portraits et miroirs dans les éloges collectifs de femmes au XVIIe siècle

Kathleen Kasten (Romance Languages, University of Pennsylvania)
Reflections of Luxury: Mirrors and Mirror Imagery in the Letters of the Marquise de Sévigné

Chair: Carol Knicely (Art History, Visual Arts, & Theory, University of British Columbia)

7:00 – 9:00      Dinner: Banana Leaf Kitsilano
3005 West Broadway, Kitsilano, Vancouver V6K 2G9;

Banquet address: Courtney Booker
(Department of History, UBC; and Chair of Medieval Studies, University of British Columbia)

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SUNDAY 18 MARCH

8:30 – 9:00      Registration and coffee: Green College Coach House

9:00 – 10:30      Session Eight: East/West Mirrors

Leila Rahimi Bahmany (John F. Kennedy School Institute for North American Studies, Free University of Berlin)
Convergence of Symbols: The Mirror of Divinity in Persian Sufi Literature

Sophia Rose Shafi (Islamic Studies, Iliff School of Theology)
When the Mirror Shatters It Becomes a House of Mirrors: The Religious Function of Aineh-Kari inImamzadeh

Daniela Boccassini (French, Hispanic & Italian Studies, University of British Columbia)
Wondrous Mirrors: The Contemplative Art of the Fedeli d’Amore, East and West

Chair: Niall Christie (Corpus Christi College, University of British Columbia and Langara College)

10:30- 11:00      Coffee

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11:00 – 12:00      Session Nine: Iberian Mirrors 

Monika Edinger (French, Hispanic & Italian Studies, University of British Columbia)
The voice from the distance: the interplay between the four classical elements and their representation in French and Spanish Renaissance re-writings of Ovid’s Narcissus and Echo

Elixabete Ansa Goicoechea (French, Hispanic & Italian Studies, University of British Columbia)
Basque Virgins: Speculum Sine Macula in the Actualization of a 17th-Century Miracle by Salbatore Mitxelena and Itxaro Borda

Chair: Juliet O’Brien (French, Hispanic & Italian Studies, University of British Columbia)

12:00 – 12:30      Concluding Remarks

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