Tuesday, February 17, 2009

February 19: Hannah Johnson lecture: "Allegories of Violence: The Medieval Ritual Murder Accusation and Scholarly Projects of Memory"

The University of Pittsburgh Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program presents

Hannah Johnson
(Department of English, University of Pittsburgh)

“Allegories of Violence:
The Medieval Ritual Murder Accusation and Scholarly
Projects of Memory”

Thursday, February 19th
4:30 p.m.
Cathedral of Learning
Room 501

Hannah R. Johnson earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University after receiving an M.A. in Medieval Studies from the University of York (UK). Her teaching and research interests encompass medieval historical writing and modern historiography, contemporary philosophies of history, and the literary aspects of medieval cultural forms committed to truth-telling projects, such as saints’ lives and travel narratives. Her book manuscript, "Crimes and Libels: The Ethics of Memory and the Medieval Ritual Murder Accusation in Jewish History,” examines the intersection of ethical commitments and methodological questions in modern historical writing about the ritual murder accusation. Her most recent article, “Rhetoric’s Work: Thomas of Monmouth and the History of Forgetting,” appeared in volume 9 (2008) of New Medieval Literatures. She has been the recipient of a Mellon fellowship and several research awards.

Professor Johnson’s talk will be followed directly by the MRST Open House Reception
All Pitt/PCMRS students, faculty, partners, and friends are welcome!
Questions? Please contact MRST Director Jennifer Waldron (jwaldron@pitt.edu)

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