Our project focuses on clerical celibacy in its medieval context—the celibacy rulings of the eleventh century and their Carolingian precedents—examining the implications of celibacy not just for priests (as others have done), but for women, and particularly for priests’ wives. In these linked workshops, we examine the celibacy movement from a gendered standpoint, investigating the effects on medieval communities and families of the movement to eliminate priests’ wives.
Humanities & Arts
In the winter of 2021, I will be working remotely under Dr. Vincent Debiais at L'École des Hautes Etudes en sciences Sociales in Paris. My internship will be an extension of my work as a research assistant to Dr. Debiais at the Stanford Humanities Center in the winter and spring of 2019. I will be continuing work on his project entitled "Abstraction before the age of Abstract Art".
In the last century, major breakthroughs in our understanding of ‘identity’ have changed the way that we think about ourselves and the world around us. In the Humanities, fields such as Race and Ethnicity Studies, Gender Studies, History, and Literary Studies have taught us to think of who we are and how we identify ourselves from an intersectional, multicultural, and interspecies viewpoint.
We live in an age of racial, ethnic and religious tension. Our project produces an alternative narrative by asking why people cross religious boundaries, what social and cultural imaginaries make this possible, and what possible futures do these shared spaces suggest?
For this project, I will work on late medieval law in France and in Europe. Part of my time will be spent revising the metadata for a digital map of the dioceses of medieval Europe, to be published in the fall. This will aid the progression of Professor Dorin’s broader project on resistance in medieval canon law, a collaborative effort with French colleagues that has already received support from the France-Stanford Center. I will also carry further the research done for my honors thesis, with an eye to future publication.
I am going to be conducting extensive research across visual culture to identify the principal currents in the visual arts during the 1960s in Paris including French new wave cinema and nouveau réalisme. I will be analyzing the effect the riots of May ’68 and French interest in Indo-China had on visual culture. Questions I will be answering include: how did this compare and contrast with that was happening in New York with the abstract expressionist movement? What was the impact on galleries and the overall market in Paris?
During my research project, I will build a database of all Macron's presidential discourses since May 7th, 2017 for future text mining and political communication analysis. This will include retrieving, cleaning up and indexing texts from various official sources, drafting the metadata of all files and identifying every discourse addressed to the French public, including videos which will be later transcribed into texts.
My research project looks at a new and untapped archive at the Cité internationale Universitaire, an international residential campus in the Parisian outskirts.
This project confronts a collection of untapped sources about Renaissance feasting. Focusing on a banquet that took place in Tours, France in 1457, we want to deepen our understanding of Renaissance cooking techniques while investigating how food and feasting intersected with diplomacy, politics, music, dance, art, theater, religion, science, and medicine. Our focus is a fifteenth-century banquet whose source material is unusually extensive and strangely understudied.
I intend to fill the lack of systematic studies concerning the similar trajectories, both literary and biographic, of the Italian author Curzio Malaparte and the French author Louis-Ferdinand Céline.