CMS students win major scholarships

Congratulations to our brilliant graduate students!! Alla Babushkina, Lochin Brouillard, Bogdan Smarandache, Amanda Wetmore and Benjamin Wheaton have all won SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships (starting in the Fall). Natalia Zajac has been awarded the Darcovich Fellowship by the Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies. And Chris Piuma will be a Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellow in the Humanities at the Jackman Humanities Institute next year. Well done!

Stephen Pelle receives Governor General’s Gold Medal

Congratulation to Stephen Pelle who defended his thesis “Continuity and Renewal in English Homiletic Eschatology, ca. 1150-1200” in the Fall. For his outstanding academic achievements he has been awarded a Governor General’s Gold Medal.

Lord Dufferin, Canada’s third Governor General after Confederation, created the Academic Medals in 1873 to encourage academic excellence across the nation. Over the years, they have become the most prestigious award that students in Canadian schools can receive. The University of Toronto annually awards only three gold medals on behalf of the Governor General to honour the academic excellence of graduate students. The medal will be presented to Stephen during an awards ceremony on May 29th. Well done!!

CMS puts in a strong show at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo

The Centre for Medieval Studies has thirty-two (!) speakers at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo (May 9-12, 2013). The speakers – in this record-breaking year – are:

  • Leah Faibisoff (with Roisin Cossar): Notarial Families and Households in Trecento Venice
  • Robert Cutrer: I loðkápu ok stígr á skíð”: Liminality and Monstrosity in Ketils saga hængs
  • Chris Piuma: The Crossroads of Languages in Lluis d’Averço’s Torcimany
  • Adam S. Cohen: A Jew in the Cloister(s)
  • Markus Stock: Settings of Origin: Parzival, Tristan, Achilles
  • Christopher Miller: Grim Judgment: Decapitation as Vengeance and Correction in Middle High German Literature
  • Benjamin Wheaton: One Poet, Two Emperors and Three Chapters: Venantius Fortunatus as Agent of Reconciliation during the Triacapitoline Schism
  • Alice Hutton Sharp: In Principio (id est, in Christo): Christ in the Glossa Ordinaria on Creation
  • Anna Wilson: “The Medieval Fan?”: Using Analogy, Managing Anachronism
  • Eduardo Fabbro: When the Historian and His Source Disagree: Paul the Deacon and Roman History in the Eighth Century
  • Mirza Gluhic: And Thou Shalt Tell Thy Son in That Day: The Sequential Pictorial Narrative of the Sarajevo Haggadah
  • David Gugel: Moor or Mallorquín? The Ambiguous Identity of Anselm Turmeda in the Cobles de la divisió del regne de Mallorca
  • Caroline Smith: Conflict or Compromise? Identity and the Cathedral Chapter of Girona in the Fourteenth Century
  • Colleen Butler: Reading Gender in Hrotsvit through Donatus
  • David Townsend: If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Deny There’s a Kitchen: When Straight Boys Can’t Face Up To the Big Noise of Gandersheim
  • Annika Ekman: Scholastic versus Monastic Theology in Some Psalms-Commentaries of the Twelfth Century
  • Suzanne Conklin Akbari: Christine de Pizan’s Apocalyptic Vision of History
  • Stephen Pelle: An Eighth-Century Preacher’s Use of the Irish Reference Bible
  • John Haines: So You Found a Medieval Book or Fragment with Music: Now What? Helpful Hints for Non-specialists
  • Alexander Andrée, Pugnae uerborum: Reflections on Editing the Epistula Anselmi and Other Exegetical Texts from the School of Laon
  • Talia Zajac: Orthodox-Catholic Marriage Alliances in Thirteenth-Century Mazovia
  • Alexandra Bolintineau: Banished Visionaries: Pearl and the Middle English Visions of the Afterlife
  • Madeleine Elson: The Question of the Envoy: Chaucer, Deschamps, and Cross-Channel Exchange in the Fourteenth Century
  • Morris Tichenor: Before the Laudensis: Late Medieval Scholarship on Quantitative Latin Prose Rhythm
  • Michael Barbezat: Imaginary Encounters: Meeting Evil in the World of Images
  • Alla Babushkina: Mental Illness and Spirituality in the Leal Conselheiro of King Duarte of Portugal (1433–38)
  • Kristen Mills: Gender, Emotion, and the Body in Medieval Icelandic Texts
  • Christopher Berard: Once and Future History: Galfridian Borrowings in an Account of the First War of Scottish Independence
  • Cameron Laird: Appropriation and Invention in the Three Ox-Calf Riddles
  • Alexandra Gillespie: Matthew Parker’s Scribes
  • Alex Fleck: Textual Problems and Progress: Some Incidental Findings of the Dictionary of Old English, Digital Mappaemundi, and the Parker on the Web Project
  • Patrick Meusel: The Alliterative Style and Structure of Blickling Homilies VIII and X

Other students and faculty are involved in workshops, round-table discussions, and as presiders: David Klausner, Giselle Gos, Elizabeth Watkins, and Noelle Phillips.

Don’t miss the CMS/UTP reception on Thursday evening (May 9)!