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Ryan to deliver keynote at UVa-Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference


Michael Ryan, an associate professor of history at the University of New Mexico and author of “A Kingdom of Stargazers: Astrology and Authority in the Late Medieval Crown of Aragon,” will deliver the key address at the Medieval-Renaissance Conference at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise this month.

The lecture is set for Friday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths. "Charlatans and Wonders in the Medieval Mediterranean," is the topic of his lecture.

Ryan is also co-editor, with Karolyn Kinane, of “End of Days: Essays on the Apocalypse from Antiquity to Modernity.” A leading authority on medieval and early modern social, cultural, and intellectual history of the Iberian Peninsula and Mediterranean Basin, his other publications include “The Horn and the Relic: Mapping the Contours of Authority and Orthodoxy in the Late Medieval Crown of Aragon,” “Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural,” "A Note on Magical Deception," Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft.” and "Teaching Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal.”

His research and teaching foci include the intersection of magic, science, and religion in the premodern world, apocalyptic expectations and apprehensions in premodern society, medieval relations between Christians, Muslims, and Jews, and gender and sexuality. He is currently working on a new monograph that investigates charlatanry and magical-themed fraud in the later Middle Ages, the subject of his address to this year’s conference.

Founded in 1986 by Richard H. Peake and the late Jack Mahony, both of the Department of Language and Literature, the Medieval-Renaissance Conference began as a way of promoting scholarly activity on campus and providing visibility for the College in the larger academic community.