Congratulations to Jonathan M. Newman for his new tenure-track position

Jonathan Newman (CMS 2008) was hired as tenure-track Assistant Professor of pre-1800 English literature at Missouri State University in Springfield Missouri where he is teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Old English, Medieval Literature, and History of the English Language beginning Fall 2016.

Jonathan is also completing a monograph on epistolography and clerical masculinity in medieval Western Europe begun as a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth College.

Fifth Annual CMS Alumni Lecture, Judith Bennett (CMS 1981)

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

Judith Bennett, Professor Emerita, UNC-Chapel Hill and University of Southern California

“Wretched Girls, Wretched Boys, and the Medieval Origins of the European Marriage Pattern”

James le Palmer / anonymous illustrator Detail of an historiated initial 'S'(sponsus) of a man placing a ring on a woman's finger. British Library Royal MS 6 E VI, fol. 104 (14th century)

James le Palmer / anonymous illustrator
Detail of an historiated initial ‘S'(sponsus) of a man placing a ring on a woman’s finger.
British Library Royal MS 6 E VI, fol. 104 (14th century)



Thursday, 20 October 2016, 4:10 p.m.
Centre for Medieval Studies, Room 310
Lillian Massey Building
125 Queen’s Park

Reception to follow

Program for the Cologne-Toronto Graduate Student Colloquium, 29 Sept-1 Oct


The Cologne-Toronto Graduate Student Colloquium will be held in Toronto from Thursday 29 September to Saturday 1 October 2016. This interdisciplinary colloquium is sponsored by the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities at the University of Cologne and by the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto with assistance from the Germany/Europe fund of the University of Toronto.

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Thursday 29 September (Great Hall, Centre for Medieval Studies)


2:00 pm Welcome: Suzanne Akbari, Director, CMS; Mark McGowan, Senior Academic Advisor to the Dean of Arts and Science, International


2:30-3:45 Session 1

Chair: Susanne Wittekind

Kathrin Borgers: ‘Seeing Through the Artist’s Eyes: The Creative Act of Painting Monsters’

Commentator: Matt Kavaler


4:00-5:15 Session 2

Chair: Jesse Billett

Maria Parousia Clemens: Consecratio duplex: The Relationship between the liturgical Rites of Consecration of Virgins and monastic Profession for Nuns in the Central Middle Ages’

Commentator: Susanne Wittekind


5:30-6:45 Session 3

Chair: Sabine von Heusinger

Eva-Maria Cersovsky: ‘Who Cares? Gender and Health Care in Late Medieval Strasbourg’

Commentator: Nicholas Terpstra


7:30 Dinner


Friday 30 September (Great Hall, Centre for Medieval Studies)


9:00-10:15 Session 4

Chair: Suzanne Akbari

Bogdan Smarandache: ‘Border Warriors and Border Agreements: The Study of the Latin East as a Frontier’

Commentator: Andreas Speer


10:30-11:45 Session 5

Chair: Peter Orth

Kim Alings: ‘Semantic Accesses to the Keyword auctoritas in Primary Sources from the Second to the Ninth Century’

Commentator: Nicholas Everett


12:00-1:15 Session 6

Chair: Nicholas Everett

Jacob Goldowitz: ‘Renovation and Resurgence: Salernitan Medicine’s late-antique and early-medieval Heritage’

Commentator: Peter Orth




2:15-3:30 Session 7

Chair: Monika Schausten

Fabian Scheidel: ‘Turning and Transforming: Body Concepts and binary Oppositions in the Allegory of ‘Frau Welt‘ (‘Lady World’)’

Commentator: Shami Ghosh


3:45-5:00 Session 8

Chair: Shami Ghosh

Walker Horsfall: ‘Frauenlob’s catechistic Imperative: Form and Function in the Kreuzleich

Commentator: Monika Schausten


5:15-6:30 Session 9

Chair: Andreas Speer

Lars Reuke: ‘Many Lives: Vegetal, Animal, and Human Life in Albertus Magnus’

Commentator: Peter King

Dinner-Students’ night


Saturday 1 October (Great Hall, Centre for Medieval Studies)


9:00-10:15 Session 10

Chair: Lawrin Armstrong

Jason Brown: ‘The Composition of St Antoninus’ Summa

Commentator: Sabine von Heusinger


10:30-11:45 Session 11

Chair: Guy Guldentops

Francesca Bonini: ‘The Manuscript Tradition of the Lectura Thomasina

Commentator: Martin Pickavé


12:00-1:15 Session 12

Chair: Martin Pickavé

Boaz Schuman: ‘Quid est veritas? John Buridan on What Makes a Proposition True’

Commentator: Guy Guldentops


Concluding comments


 Tour: The medieval manuscripts of PIMS Library

 Concluding dinner


Program for the University of Toronto Colloquium in Mediaeval Philosophy, Sept 23-24, 2016


Session I (4:30 – 6:30)

Chair: Antoine Côté (University of Ottawa)

Speaker: Stephen Dumont (University of Notre Dame): “The Condemnation of Giles of Rome Revisited”
Commentator: Peter Eardley (University of Guelph)



Session II (10:00 – 12:00)

Chair: Christina Van Dyke (Calvin College)

Speaker: Dag Nikolaus Hasse (Julius-Maximillian-Universität, Würzburg): “Averroës on Knowing God”

Commentator: Luis Xavier López-Farjeat (Universidad Panamericana)

Session III (2:00 – 4:00)

Chair: Michael Fatigati (University of Toronto)

Speaker: Kendall Fisher (Syracuse University): “Thomas Aquinas on Hylomorphism and
the In-Act Principle”
Speaker: Philip Choi (University of Colorado at Boulder): “Skepticism, Reliabilism,
and Evidentia in William of Ockham”
Speaker: André Martin (McGill University): “Terminative Cognition and the Object of Cognition in Peter John Olivi”


Session IV (4:15 – 6:15)

Chair: Andrew Arlig (Brooklyn College)

Speaker: Cecilia Trifogli (Oxford University): “Thomas Aquinas, Giles of Rome, and Thomas Wylton on the Subject of Thought and the Intellectual Soul”

Commentator: Therese Scarpelli Cory (University of Notre Dame)

ScotusAll sessions will be held in Room 100 of the Jackman Humanities Building

(170 St. George Street) and are free and open to the public.

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The colloquium is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.

Organizers: Deborah Black, Peter King, Martin Pickavé

Friends of the Library Lecture: Prof. Adam Cohen, on Monday 19 Sept

The Friends of the Library invite you to attend their 2016 Fall Lecture:

“The Book: A Symbol of Monastic Ascent”


(Department of Art, University of Toronto)

Among the activities of monastic reformers around the year 1000 was the production of illuminated manuscripts. Examining a cluster of Ottonian and Anglo-Saxon pictures reveals the central place of the book itself as the ideological site of monastic reform and spiritual ascent.

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Room 100, Alumni Hall

University of St. Michael’s College

121 St. Joseph Street

All are welcome. A reception will follow the lecture in the Laurence K. Shook Common Room at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 59 Queen’s Park Crescent East, Toronto. For further information, please visit www.

Developing Ethiopian Studies at UofT

CMS and the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations are glad to share news of this upcoming fundraising event by the Bikila Award foundation, in support of a new initiative in Ethiopian Studies at the University of Toronto. This initiative includes the launch in 2016-17 of an introductory course in Ge’ez language, the language of Ethiopia’s rich manuscript tradition.


The 1st Annual Track & Field Meet coming to world class Varsity Stadium, University of Toronto, 299 Bloor St. West

On August 6, 2016, 5:00pm – 10:30pm

Athletic Competitions, Great Entertainment, Family Fun Night

Adults $10, Youth (age 10 – 17) $5, and FREE for under 10.

Meet Elite Runners. Be a Champion!

During this inaugural event athlete Belaineh Densamo,

Marathon world Record holder for 10 years will be attending.

For more info and to pre-register for competitions: or call 416-709-5647.

Conveniently located pay parking available or steps away from St. George Subway.


CMS-UTLibraries partnership in Manuscript Studies

In partnership, University of Toronto Libraries and Centre for Medieval Studies’ Old Books New Science Lab have undertaken a project – “Digital Tools for Manuscript Study” – funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We have identified some core needs of scholars who use digital surrogates of medieval books: data portability, repository interoperability and tool modularity. Our project aims to create tools that support these needs.

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London, British Library, Yates Thompson 47, f.14

Our project is one node in an international network built upon IIIF, the International Image Interoperability Framework, and the Web Annotation data model. IIIF de-silos image stores. It allows scholars to work with manuscripts from different repositories, and enables cross-institutional image and annotation sharing. Using IIIF and Web Annotation specifications, our team will be integrating several modular tools with Omeka, the popular open-source content management system. We hope to improve the usability of these tools for medievalists, and to increase the portability of data between Omeka, library and archive repositories, and scholars’ desktops. Our project also uses to improve the interoperability of the data produced by scholarly transcription, translation and annotation of books.

The Second Toronto-Washington Colloquium for the Study of the Bible and Theology in the Middle Ages

The purpose of the Colloquium is to provide a forum for graduate students working on different aspects of the medieval sacra pagina to present and discuss their work in the presence of faculty and peers. The main focus of the meetings will be on student presentations, circulated beforehand, to which faculty will respond. In addition, there will be one or more lectures and/or workshops given by faculty members on relevant themes. The Colloquium thus provides students with a valuable opportunity to discuss their work with experts who they do not encounter on a regular basis, and to interact with fellow students working on related topics. The overarching goal of the Colloquium is to create a solid foundation for the revision of the role the Bible played in the development of theology in the Middle Ages and beyond.


Evangelium Sancti Matthei cum glossa, Montpellier, Bibl. med. H 155, f. 11r

Evangelium Sancti Matthei cum glossa, Montpellier, Bibl. med. H 155, f. 11r


Thursday, June 16


9:00-9:30: Breakfast and welcome. PIMS, Laurence K. Shook Common Room


9:30-10:00: Opening Keynote Lecture. PIMS, Classroom A

Alexander Andrée (CMS), “The Bible and Theology in the Twelfth Century: A New Approach.”


10:00-11:30: Session 1. PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Tim Noone (CUA)

Speaker: Kevin Augustyn (CUA), “Peter Comestor’s Lectures on the Sermon on the Mount in the Glossed Matthew.”

Response: Alexander Andrée


11:45-12:30: Session 2. PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Peter O’Hagan (CMS)

Speaker: David Foley (CMS), “Hoc Initium Signorum: Preliminary Reflections on Mazarine 175’s Anonymous Glose siue postille super Iohannem.


12:30-2:00: Lunch.  PIMS, Laurence K. Shook Common Room


2:00-3:30: Session 3. PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Alexander Andrée

Speaker: Kirsty Schut (CMS), “Teaching the Bible in Fourteenth-Century Naples.”

Response: Tim Noone


3:45-4:30: Session 4. PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Joshua Benson (CUA)

Speaker: Lane Springer (CMS), “A Genesis Commentary in St Gallen 146.”


4:30-6:00: Session 5. PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Giulio Silano (SMC)

Speaker: Peter O’Hagan, “Sacra doctrina as Historical Act: Peter Lombard’s Use of the Glossa ‘ordinaria’ on Romans.”

Response: Mark Clark (CUA)


Friday, June 17


9:30-10:00: Breakfast. PIMS, Laurence K. Shook Common Room

10:00-11:30: Session 6. PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Mark Clark

Speaker: Andrew Cuff (CUA), “Peter Comestor’s Lectures on the Glossed Luke and the Gloss: a Preliminary Study.”

Response: Alexander Andrée


11:45-1:00: Session 7, PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Kirsty Schut

Speaker: Ben Durham (CMS), “Biblical Authority and Structure in the Sermons of Peter Comestor.”

Speaker: Katie Menendez (CMS), “Exegesis and Historiography in Peter Comestor.”


1:00-2:00: Lunch. PIMS, Laurence K. Shook Common Room

2:00-3:30: Session 8. PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Joshua Benson

Speaker: Allison Zbicz Michael (CUA), “Six-Fold Senses and the Adornment of Creation in Robert Grosseteste’s Hexaemeron.”

Response: Jim Ginther (SMC)


3:45-4:30: Session 9. PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Alexander Andrée

Speaker: Alessia Berardi (CMS), “The Materia super librum sententiarum: Peter Comestor and the Authority of his Master.”


4:30-5:00: Closing Keynote Lecture. PIMS, Classroom A

Mark Clark, “The Lectures That Formed the Basis for All of Stephen Langton’s Lectures on the Old Testament: an Introduction.”


The Colloquium for the Study of the Bible and Theology in the Middle Ages is organized with the generous support of the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in the University of Toronto, and the School of Theology of the Catholic University of America.

Connaught New Researcher Awards for Profs Miles and Walton

CMS is very pleased to announce that two faculty members – Brent Miles and Audrey Walton – have been awarded Connaught New Researcher Awards, in the amount of $10,000 each.

BMiles.2016Brent Miles, Assistant Professor of Medieval Studies, holds a joint appointment at CMS and St. Michael’s College. His project, “The Literature of Biblical Kingship in Medieval Ireland: A Critical Edition of the Sermo ad Reges and the Teacusc Rigda Solam,” centers on the editing and translating of two key tracts on kingship in Ireland, “A Sermon to Kings” and “The Royal Teaching of Solomon.” The edition, presented in a format accessible both to specialists and to those not previously familiar with Irish culture, will further the study of the biblical and the native Celtic learning that underlies the intellectual traditions of the Latin West.

IMG_20150826_161203987Audrey Walton, Assistant Professor of English and Medieval Studies, holds a joint appointment in the Department of English and CMS. Her project, “New Wine in Old Skins: Early Medieval Theory of Language and the Invention of Vernacular Literature,” examines the significance of sacred poetry in English to the political and social identity of the English church, from England’s conversion at the end of the sixth century to the flourishing of England’s vernacular theology in the fourteenth. This book participates in ongoing scholarly conversations about sacred language, vernacularity, and world religions.

Congratulations to both of them!