Congratulations to Nick Everett for his new book!

Nicholas Everett, Patron Saints of Early Medieval Italy AD c.350-800: History and Hagiography in Ten Biographies, a translation with a commentary and introduction, Durham Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Translations 5, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Press, 2017.

Nick Everett's Patron Saints

These Lives or Passions recorded for early medieval audiences the difficulties their local patron saints encountered in promoting the new religion, and their sufferings at the hands of resistant pagans and Roman authorities – ordeals that qualified these saints as special protectors or guardians over their cities or regions. Full of tales of courage, torture, assistant angels, mischievous devils, dragons, and monsters, these earliest Lives also served as literary and devotional touchstones for later elaborations, medieval and modern, on the saints’ lives, careers, and cults. With a comprehensive introduction and historical commentary to each biography, Patron Saints of Early Medieval Italy provides new evidence for understanding the transition from the ancient Roman world to the Middle Ages. In assessing the technical problems relating to the origin and date of composition of each text, Patron Saints also contributes to redeeming these valuable but neglected sources for the history of medieval Italy. It also discusses the historical and literary significance of these biographies within the contexts of hagiography as a literary genre and early medieval religious life.

 

“This volume of readable translations of the most significant early medieval Italian saints’ lives, with excellent historical commentary, is much more than a set of literary texts expertly translated from Latin into English. It is an important contribution to debates about the nature of early Italian hagiography and the potential use of the whole genre by historians. As Nicholas Everett is the expert in this field, the volume is to be warmly welcomed by students and scholars alike.”

Ross Balzaretti
University of Nottingham

TRaCE Report on CMS Graduates’ PhD Experience and Career

In 2016, the Centre of Medieval Studies was chosen as one of three University of Toronto humanities departments to become part of the TRaCE project, a Canada-wide collaborative project involving twenty-five universities. The aim of the project was to collect data on the careers of PhD students in the humanities who graduated between 2004 and 2014, interview them about their past and present professional experiences, and reconnect them to the university.

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This research was conducted by Lochin Brouillard, a PhD candidate at the Centre, who compiled the trends emerging from the interviews in the report linked below. Narratives of CMS alumnae and alumni, including Damian Fleming, Victoria Goddard, Helen Marshall, and Connell Monette, have also been published on the TRaCE website. The Centre’s active role in the TRaCE project provides us with the means to pursue our ongoing effort to foster links among all members of our community – graduates, students, faculty members, and research associates.

For a full report on the TRaCE activity at CMS, see the TRaCE Report compiled by Lochin Brouillard.

 

Second International Seminar on Critical Approaches to Dante, 4-5 April

The Second International Seminar on Critical Approaches to Dante will be taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday, 4th and 5th of April 2017.

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In 2015 the world celebrated the 750th anniversary of Dante’s birth and started preparing the celebrations for the upcoming anniversary of his death. No need to say, these anniversaries concern, more than Dante himself, Dante’s readers. What one should celebrate and discuss are centuries of readings, both silent and aloud; of commentaries and doubts; of creation of ad hoc hermeneutic tools and of import-export of interpretative categories from different disciplinary fields. Indeed, no other author and no other work have offered, from the very beginning, a hermeneutic workshop of equal richness. Not only have new interpretative theories been tested here, but Dante’s work has also become the shared space in which different critical traditions meet and interact with one another. The variety of the tools of interpretation and modes of reading of Dante’s work are also a problematic heritage, transmitted and augmented by each successive generation, sometimes to the point of making Dante criticism a true “dark wood” for those readers who approach it with the goal of simply understanding Dante.

Interdisciplinary by nature, ISCAD provides a space of discussion and elaboration among scholars coming from Dante Studies as well as from different traditions of studies, by crossing a variety of methodological approaches: history of key-categories in Dante studies and related fields of study; case-studies to investigate the application of these categories to single episodes of Dante’s work; discussion of the uses and abuses of these categories in Dante Studies and beyond.

 

The conference’s website can be consulted here.

The full conference’s program is available here.

The poster can be downloaded here.

 

Organizing Committee

E. Brilli (University of Toronto), W. Robins (Victoria University & University of Toronto), J. Steinberg (University of Chicago & Editor-in-Chief, Dante Studies), A. Zambenedetti (University of Toronto)

Convener

Elisa Brilli (University of Toronto)

Research Assistant

Benedetta Lamanna (University of Toronto)

 

The conference is sponsored by the

Centre for Comparative Literature, Centre for Medieval Studies, Cinema Studies InstituteDepartment of Italian StudiesDepartment of Language StudiesEmilio Goggio Chair in Italian StudiesFaculty of Arts and ScienceIstituto italiano di Cultura di TorontoPontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities Research CouncilUniversity of Saint Michael’s College.

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J.R. O’Donnell Memorial Lecture: Monika Otter – 3 March 2017

2016-17 J.R. O’Donnell Memorial Lecture in Medieval Studies

PROFESSOR MONIKA OTTER

(Department of English, Dartmouth College)

 

“Magnum iocum dare: Literature as Play in the Eleventh Century”

 

Friday, 3 March 2017

4:10 p.m.

Room 310, Centre for Medieval Studies

125 Queen’s Park

Toronto, Ontario

 

Reception to follow

 

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Jointly sponsored by: The Centre for Medieval Studies, Centre for Comparative Literature, Department of Classics, JMLAT

 

George Rigg Visiting Scholar: Monika Otter – 2 March 2017

The Centre for Medieval Studies is pleased to welcome

 

PROFESSOR MONIKA OTTER (Department of English, Dartmouth College)

 for the George Rigg Visitorship in Medieval Latin Studies seminar.

 

“Theatricalities: Voicing, Embodiment, and the Ecbasis Captivi

 

Thursday, 2 March 2017

4:00 PM

Room 310, Lillian Massey Building

125 Queen’s Park, 3rd Floor

Toronto, Ontario

 

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THIS INFORMAL SEMINAR.

For advance copies of materials for the seminar, please contact David Townsend (email hidden; JavaScript is required)

Medieval Ethiopia: A Colloquium – 10-11 March 2017

The Virgin and Child with the Archangels Gabriel and Michael, late 15th-early 16th century. Tempera on parchment. Gospel manuscript from the Monastery of Gunda Gunde (Tigray, Ethiopia); digital image courtesy of the DSU, UTSC Library (©M. Gervers, 2002)

The Virgin and Child with the Archangels Gabriel and Michael, late 15th-early 16th century.
Tempera on parchment. Gospel manuscript from the Monastery of Gunda Gunde (Tigray, Ethiopia); digital image courtesy of the DSU, UTSC Library (©M. Gervers, 2002)

For a downloadable version of the programme, see the Medieval Ethiopia Colloquium poster.

Friday 10 March 2017

Plenary lecture:

4:30-6:00 pm               Columba Stewart, OSB (Hill Museum and Manuscript Library): “The Pioneering Work of the Ethiopian Manuscript Microfilm Library (EMML) and How Its Challenges and Mission Endure in the Digital Age”

St. Michael’s College, Muzzo Family Alumni Hall 100, 121 St. Joseph Street

 

Saturday 11 March 2017

Colloquium:

All sessions held in Room 310, Lillian Massey Building (Centre for Medieval Studies), 125 Queen’s Park

9:15-9:30 am               Opening remarks

9:30-10:30 am             Wendy Belcher (Princeton University): “The Riches of the Ethiopian Archive: Lives, Literature, and Legends”

10:30-11:00 am                      Coffee break

11:00 am-12:00 pm    Gianfrancesco Lusini (University of Naples): “Monasticism in Medieval Ethiopia: Holy Men, Scribes and Scholars”

12:00-1:15 pm                        Lunch break

1:15-2:15 pm              Samantha Kelly (Rutgers University): “The Ethiopians of Renaissance Europe”

2:15-3:15 pm              Habtamu Tegegne (Rutgers University): “Ethiopia’s Culture of Forgery, Problem of Document Deletion and Strategies of Preservation”

3:15-3:45 pm              Coffee break

3:45-4:45 pm              Roundtable: “Teaching Ge’ez”

4:45-5:45 pm              Roundtable: “The Literature of Ethiopia, Medieval and Modern”

5:45-6:00 pm              Closing remarks

6:00-7:00 pm              Reception

 

Sponsored by:

The Centre for Medieval Studies

The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations

The University of Saint Michael’s College

 

With generous support from:

The Italian Cultural Institute / Istituto Italiano di Cultura