International Seminar on Critical Approaches to Dante, October 15–16, 2015

Struttura/Poesia and Figura: October 15-16, 2015

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Brian Stock (University of Toronto): Auerbach’s “Figura” and Ancient Literary Imagination.
  • Prof. Alberto Asor Rosa (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”): Struttura e Poesia nella “Commedia” di Dante. Una questione antica rivisitata alla luce dell’esperienza.

Scientific committee:

  • Prof. Elisa Brilli (University of Toronto)
  • Prof. William Robins (Victoria University in the University of Toronto)
  • Prof. Justin Steinberg (University of Chicago & Direttore di Dante Studies)

The Coming of the Book in Islam, 7th-8th Centuries

Lecture by HOUARI TOUATI, Directeur d’études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Tuesday 27 October, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Sidney Smith Hall Room 2098 (100 St. George Street)

Event Sponsors:

  • Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture
  • Department of History
  • Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Institute for Islamic Studies
  • Jackman Humanities Institute

This event is free and open to all.  Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Department of History at (416) 978-3363 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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The Calligraphic Albums of Medieval Islam

Lecture by HOUARI TOUATI, Directeur d’études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Thursday 22 October, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Jackman Humanities Building Room 100 (170 St. George Street)

Event Sponsors:

  • Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture
  • Department of History
  • Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Institute for Islamic Studies
  • Jackman Humanities Institute

This event is free and open to all.  Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Department of History at (416) 978-3363 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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Major Grant for Leading Edge Digital Scholarship Initiative!

CMS in collaboration with University of Toronto Libraries was awarded a very prestigious grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop digital tools to support manuscript study. Congratulations particularly to Alexandra Gillespie and Alexandra Bolintineanu from CMS!

The U of T Libraries and CMS will develop these tools in collaboration with Benjamin Albritton and the Mirador development team based at Stanford’s Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Dorothy Porter (Curator of Digital Research Services, Penn Libraries), and her group at Penn’s Kislak Centre for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Donald Waters, Senior Program Officer for Scholarly Communications at the Mellon Foundation, said, “On full display in this grant is the collaborative spirit that scholars have shown in working with librarians and technologists to build, improve, and use the digital tools and resources needed to enrich the study of the medieval period.”

For more details, click on University of Toronto Awarded Grant for Leading Edge Digital Scholarship Initiative

Fourth Annual CMS Alumni Lecture

The Centre for Medieval Studies cordially invites you to a lecture by CMS alumna

Karla Mallette (CMS 1998), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

 “The Lives of the Great Languages:

Latin and Arabic in the medieval Mediterranean”

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This talk studies the cosmopolitan language: the language of literary life in the era before the rise of the European national languages, when men (and the occasional woman) of letters must learn a new linguistic instrument in order to become literate. By comparing the two most important cosmopolitan languages of the medieval Mediterranean world, Arabic and Latin, Mallette describes some of the strategies that language uses to transcend the boundaries that language creates.

Karla Mallette is a scholar of medieval Mediterranean literature in Italian, Latin and Arabic. She is currently Professor of Italian and Near Eastern Studies and Director of the Islamic Studies Program and the Center for European Studies at the University of Michigan.

Thursday, 29 October 2015, 4:10 p.m.
Room 310
Centre for Medieval Studies
Lillian Massey Building
125 Queen’s Park

Reception to follow