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!!
Congratulations to Natalia Zajac who has just been awarded the 2013 Frederic C. Lane Dissertation Grant from the Medieval Academy of America! Very well done, Talia!
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)!
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
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!!
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!
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.
Andy Orchard made an appearance today on CBC’s “The Sunday Edition” with Michael Enright. You can listen to the interview here.
More good news!! Lawrin Armstrong has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor, effective July 1, 2013. And Alexander Andrée will move up to the rank of Associate Professor (with tenure), also effective July 1, 2013. Congratulations to both of them!
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!