Lecture and seminar with Mitchell Merback (Johns Hopkins University)

The Centre is happy to announce two events with Prof. Mitchell Merback (Johns Hopkins University).

LECTURE: “From Icon to Mirror of the Soul: Therapeutic Exchanges with the Man of Sorrows in Medieval and Renaissance Art”
Thursday, 19 January 2012, 4:00 p.m. in Room 301 (Centre for Medieval Studies, 125 Queen’s Park)

SEMINAR: “Radical in the Making: Sources and Strategies of Sebald Beham’s Devotional Graphics, 1518-21”
Friday, 20 January 2012, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (Centre for Medieval Studies, 125 Queen’s Park)
Readings for the seminar are available from email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Mitchell Merback is Associate Professor of the History of Art at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Specializing in northern European art of the later Middle Ages and Renaissance, he is the  author of The Thief, the Cross and the Wheel: Pain and the Spectacle  of Punishment in Medieval and Renaissance Europe (1999); and editor of Beyond the Yellow Badge: Anti-Judaism and Antisemitism in Medieval and  Early Modern Visual Culture (2008). His new book, Pilgrimage and Pogrom: From Violence to Memory at the Host-Miracle Shrines of Germany and Austria, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in Winter 2013.

Click here to download a poster for these events (includes an abstract).

Events with Dr. Henrietta Leyser

Our 2011-2012 CMS/PIMS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Dr. Henrietta Leyser (Emeritus Fellow, St. Peter’s College, Oxford) will hold a series of events during her term at the University of Toronto. She will give two talks on the general topic “Mappying Piety”.

  • Thursday, 9 February, 4pm: “England after the Conquest: a heartless land”
  • Friday, 9 March, 4pm: “England after the Conquest: part of the Continent, after all?”

Both lectures will be held in Alumni Hall 400, 121 St. Joseph Street. The lectures are free and open to the public. If you have an accessibility or accommodation need for this event, please contact the Centre for Medieval Studies email hidden; JavaScript is required or 416 978 4884

The lectures will be accompanied by a series of four informal seminars (2 February – 22 March). Graduate students interested in attending should email email hidden; JavaScript is required by 27 January.

Click here to download a poster for these events.

Register for the Medieval Colloquium

Registration is now open for CMS’s 33rd Medieval Colloquium, “Imitation, Emulation, and Forgery: Pretending and Becoming in the Medieval World”:

Imitation implies both a faithfulness to its sources and also an inherent differentiation, and medieval culture used this space that embodied both sameness and difference as a particularly fertile zone; the religious found an imperfect mirror within the world and humanity, reflecting the transcendent world beyond matter; saints imitated Christ and one another, authors and poets looked to the models of both Christian and pagan antiquity, texts were copied and diffused, artists looked to the work of their forbears and the world around them, and knights fashioned themselves in the guise of the heroes of romance.

Be there.

Happy New Year 2012!

We wish everyone an excellent New Year!

2011 was a good year for the Centre with many exciting events and nine students completing their dissertations. Congratulations to Drs. Adam Bishop, Susannah Brower, John Geck, Victoria Goddard, Giselle Gos, Ryan Greenwood, Peter Hartman, Andrew Hicks, and Laura Mitchell!

2012 is off to a promising start. We are looking forward to many fruitful exchanges with Henrietta Leyser, our CMS/PIMS Distinguished Visiting Scholar, and to the 33rd Medieval Colloquium of the Centre in March. Stay tuned for many other upcoming events, such as the Annual Chaucer Conference in April. This year’s meeting will be in honour of Richard Firth Green (Ohio State University), a CMS alumnus. And last but not least we are looking forward to the 14th International Congress of Medieval Canon Law in August.

CMS/PIMS Distinguished Visiting Scholar: Dr. Henrietta Leyser

A warm welcome to Dr. Henrietta Leyser, Senior Research Fellow at St. Peter’s College, Oxford, who is our 2011-2012 CMS/PIMS Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Dr. Leyser will be in Toronto from January to April. Her research program for the semester is entitled Mapping Piety and focuses on religious devotion in England, 1000-1300, drawing on insights gained from various disciplines and perspectives. Dr. Leyser has held Lectureships at Oxford and visiting professorships at Emory University and the University of Connecticut. Her publications include Hermits and the New Monasticism (1984), Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England, 450-1500 (1995; sixth impression 2004), and numerous translations and articles. She is currently working on two large-scale projects, provisionally entitled A Journey Through the Seven Kingdoms in the Time of Bede and The Doors of Heaven: English Piety 1000-1300.

During her time in Toronto Dr. Leyser will give two public lectures dedicated to the topic of “Mapping Piety” (February 9 and March 9). She will also hold a series of informal seminars (by subscription). For more information see here.