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CHARM Partners Conference: Afterlives: Reinvention, Reception, and Reproduction

November 4, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Recent scholarship illuminates the ways in which narratives of the past are constructed according to the interests of later periods. This conference seeks to further these investigations. Forest Lawn Museum is an ideal site for exploring the afterlives of the past as constructed or reconstructed in the present. Founded in 1906, Forest Lawn is home to dozens of reproductions of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance works of art and architecture. It was created with the goal of bringing the Grand Tour to Southern California when travel to Europe was not accessible to the vast majority of American society. From full-scale replicas of Michelangelo’s sculpture to buildings that freely combine classical, Romanesque, and Gothic elements in novel and imaginative ways, this version of the Grand Tour was both influenced by and influential upon the culture of twentiethcentury California. Rather than simply replicating existing works of art and architecture, entirely new monuments were havenmahoy@gmail.com created, which simultaneously call upon the past while proliferating new experiences, meanings, and identities.

This conference invites investigation of such uses of the past with the broadest possible scope. We ask scholars to consider engagements with the past in terms of ongoing processes of reinvention, reproduction, and reception. Papers that address popular culture, such as contemporary fantasy literature, film, and television, gaming, popular and folk music, theme parks and other immersive amusement sites, AI generated reconstructions, historical reenactments, costume design, and cultural or folkloric festivals, are welcome. Studies on medievalisms and scholarship on reproductions of antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance are also encouraged, including investigations of architectural reconstructions, medieval and Renaissance narratives of antiquity, the role of medievalism in museums, and non-European perspectives on reinventions of the past.

We welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers as well as planned panels of three papers pertinent to the conference themes and their manifestations anywhere in the world.

Afterlives: Reinvention, Reproduction, and Reception will be an in-person conference held in accordance with LA County Covid-19 protocols. Participants should be prepared to meet at Forest Lawn Museum on November 4. After a lunch provided on the patio overlooking the Verdugo mountains, Museum Director James Fishburne will lead conference participants on a behind-the-scenes tour of Forest Lawn Museum and its holdings. A reception will follow the event.

For more information about the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at CSU Long Beach and Forest Lawn Museum, please visit:



November 4, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Lisa Pon


712 S Glendale Ave.
Glendale, CA 91205 United States
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