CMS at the 2013 International Medieval Congress in Leeds

The Centre for Medieval Studies has nine speakers in the 2013 Medieval Academy of America Meeting in Leeds (July 1-4, 2013). The speakers this year are:

  • Robert Cutrer:The Liminality of Outlawry
  • Michael Gervers: Chair of: The ChartEx Project: Exploring Spatial Locations in Medieval Charters
  • Daniel Jamison:Choice: Spices and Dyes in Late Medieval Lucca
  • Kristen Mills: Gesture and Emotion in Hroðgar’s Farewell to Beowulf
  • Peter Johnsson: Tibi Radegundis: Locating an Empowered Female Voice in the Verse Epistle De excidio Thuringiae of St Radegund
  • Bert Roest: Observant Mission in Theory and Practice: From Reconquista to Conquest in the New World
  • Kirsty Schut, 13th-Century Views of the Beauty of Light
  • Robin Sutherland-Harris: People, Places, and Events in Charters: Exploring the Language of Charters within ChartEx
  • Anna Wilson: Classicizing Form, Classicizing Friendship: Petrarch and the Ars Dictaminis

Will Robins awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant

More good news: Will Robins has just been awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant. The grant will support, for the next four years, Will’s research on a project entitled “Apollonius of Tyre in Italy during Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance”. Congratulations!!

Christopher Miller wins JIGES scholarship

Congratulations to Christopher Miller for winning a scholarship from the Joint Initiative in German and European Studies (JIGES) at the University of Toronto. The scholarship will allow Chris to spend some time in Germany, more in particular in Konstanz, to work on his dissertation “The Representation of Emotion and Dispute in Middle High German Narrative”. Well done Chris!

Memorial Gathering in Honour of Prof. Jens Wollesen

It is with deep sadness that we all learned about the sudden passing away of Prof. Jens T. Wollesen earlier this week. A memorial gathering in his honour will be held on Monday, May 6, in Old Victoria College Chapel (VC room 213), Victoria College Building, 91 Charles Street West. The memorial gathering begins at 3:30pm.

Canada Chaucer Seminar

The Canada Chaucer Seminar will take place on Saturday, 27 April 2013 at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.

Below is the program.

9:00-9:30 Registration Coffee, Tea and Muffins
Welcome: William Robins

9:30-10:30 Session 1

Chair:
ARDIS BUTTERFIELD (Yale): “Writing Chaucer’s Life: The Evanescence of the Archive”

10:30-10:45 Coffee and Tea

10:45-11:45 Session 2 Re-appropriating Performative Speech Acts – Chaucer before Austin

Chair:
KATHY CAWSEY (Dalhousie): “Doing – and failing to do – things with words in Book of the Duchess and Parlement of Foules”
ELIZABETH EDWARDS (King’s College): “Speech as Action and the progress of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde.”

11:45-12:00 Coffee and Tea

12:00-1:00 Session 3

Chair:
LEAH SCHWEBEL (University of Connecticut): “Not Another ‘Olde Story’: The Rhetoric of Erasure in Chaucer’s Thebes”
LAURENCE DE LOOZE (University of Western Ontario): “Misconception in Chaucer’s Merchant’s Tale”

1:00-2:30 Break for Lunch
We will provide participants with suggestions for nearby restaurants and cafés.

2:30-3:30 Session 4

Chair:
JOHN GECK (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies): “‘from thennes faste he gan avyse/ This litel spot of erthe:’: GIS and the General Prologue”
TIMOTHY MILLER (Notre Dame): “Retraction History: A History of License in Chaucerian Interpretation”

3:30-3:45 Coffee and Tea

3:45-4:45 Session 5

Chair:
ARTHUR BAHR (MIT): “Pleasurable Forms and Forms of Pleasure in the Pages of the Pearl-Manuscript”
ROBERT EPSTEIN (Fairfield University): “The Wife of Bath and the Gender of the Gift”

4:45-5:00 Coffee and Tea

5:00-6:00 Session 6

Chair:
JAMES WELDON (Wilfrid Laurier): “O word er I go: Grisilde and Closure in the Naples Manuscript”

6:00-7:30 Reception in Honour of James Weldon, Great Hall

Hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Canadian Society of Medievalists, Wilfrid Laurier University

All sessions are held in Room 310
Registration and Breaks are held in the Great Hall
Centre for Medieval Studies, Lillian Massey Building,
125 Queen’s Park, University of Toronto

For more information see the event website.

CFP: Cologne-Toronto Graduate Student Colloquium

The Centre is soliciting abstracts (one page) from CMS students for papers dealing with any aspect of medieval studies. Submissions for papers on any topic are welcome: history, literature (Latin and/or vernacular), art history, philosophy, music, medicine etc.

The colloquium will be sponsored jointly by the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School of the Universität zu Köln and the Centre for Medieval Studies of the University of Toronto and it will take place in Cologne on November 14-16, 2013. Its aim is to promote discussion and exchange among graduate students and faculty from both institutions. Costs for travel and accommodation will be covered.

Cologne was among the most important German cities of the Middle Ages and still boasts twelve Romanesque churches and many other buildings from the later Middle Ages. It is home to the biggest medieval urban archive north of the Alps and several other important archives and libraries (e.g. the library of the archdiocese). With over 40,000 students the University of Cologne is one of the biggest German universities.

Please submit abstracts by May 24th to Professor Martin Pickavé (email hidden; JavaScript is required).

For a pdf-version of this call for papers see here.

Martin Pickavé new Canada Research Chair in Medieval Philosophy

Congratulations to Martin Pickavé, who has been awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair effective 1 January 2013. Martin’s project will trace the roots of our concept of free will through a systematic comparative study of medieval debates about human and non-human agency. The research represents not only a contribution to the history of philosophy but feeds into controversies about free will in contemporary philosophy. Well done Martin!

CMS at the 2013 Medieval Academy of America Meeting

The Centre for Medieval Studies has five speakers in the 2013 Medieval Academy of America Meeting in Knoxville (April 4-6, 2013). The speakers this year are:

  • Amanda Wetmore:Sensual Salvation: Gender Differentiation and the Grotesque Body of Christ in Book Two of Hildegard’s Scivias
  • John H. Munro: How Golden Was the “Burgundian Golden Ave” in the Fifteenth-Century Low Countries? The Impact of Warfare Coinage Debasements, Taxation and Industrial Decline on the Living Standards of Urban Craftsmen
  • Suzanne Akbari: Marking Time: The Histoire ancienne jusqu’a cesar in the Lating Kingdom of Jerusalem
  • Kyla Turner: The Wife of Bath’s Labour: Alisoun’s Perverse Legal Knowledge
  • Gwendolyn Sheldon: Adam and Eve in the Saltair na Rann