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

 

Georges Whalen, requiescas in pace

We are very sad to share the news that Georges Whalen has passed away. Many of you may have known Georges during his years as an MA and doctoral student at the Centre for Medieval Studies (1983 – 1991), or perhaps encountered him at one of his favourite places to spend time, the Common Room of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. More information on Georges’ life, including details about the family’s wishes concerning ways that Georges might be remembered, can be found here:

http://www.hpmcgarry.ca/book-of-memories/2832873/Whalen-Joseph-Kevin-Georges/obituary.php

Georges Whalen (right) in Rievaulx with Robert Stanton

Georges Whalen (right) in Rievaulx with Robert Stanton

Georges aurait été sensible au fait que notre message d’adieu soit écrit en anglais et en français.

Georges, merci pour ta joie, ta générosité, et surtout ton incroyable curiosité et ta gentillesse. Te connaître fut un plaisir et tes enfants peuvent compter sur de nombreux médiévistes à travers le monde pour leur conter des anecdotes, multiples et variées, sur toi et l’amitié qu’ils t’ont portée.

Charles Burnett, Arabica Veritas, February 10, 2017

2016-2017 W. John Bennett Distinguished Visiting Scholar

PROFESSOR CHARLES BURNETT (Warburg Institute, University of London)

Arabica Veritas. Europeans’ Search for ‘Truth’ in Arabic Scientific and Philosophical Literature of the Middle Ages

 

Friday, 10 February 2017, 4:10 pm;
Alumni Hall, Room 100 (121 St. Joseph Street);
Reception to follow

 

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British Library, Royal 12.B.VI, f. 1r

Why did the Latin world seek out Arabic texts for translation between the eleventh and the thirteenth centuries? In the religious context it is clear that Muslim literature was translated in order to understand and refute Islam. But in science and philosophy the search was for ‘the truth’ which could be found amongst the Arabs. This lecture explores what was meant by the ‘Arabica veritas’ (or ‘Arabum veritas’), and why this truth was regarded as being important. Can someone else’s ‘truth’ provide security in the face of the inherent uncertainty of sublunary matters?

 

Charles Burnett, MA, PhD, LGSM is Professor of the History of Arabic/Islamic Influences in Europe at the Warburg Institute, University of London, and Co-Director of the Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, and Fellow of the International Society for the History of Science. He is leader of the Humanities in the European Research Area project on Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship (EOS). His research centres on the transmission of texts, techniques and artefacts from the Arab world to the West, especially in the Middle Ages. He has documented this transmission by editing and translating several texts that were first translated from Arabic into Latin, and also by describing the historical and cultural context of these translations. Throughout his research and his publications he has aimed to document the extent to which Arabic authorities and texts translated from Arabic have shaped European learning, in the universities, in medical schools and in esoteric circles. Among his books are The Introduction of Arabic Learning into England (1997), Arabic into Latin in the Middle Ages: The Translators and their Intellectual and Social Context (2009) and Numerals and Arithmetic in the Middle Ages (2010). Other interests include Jesuit education in Japan in the late sixteenth century, the use of Japanese themes in Latin drama in Europe in the seventeenth century and the use of music in therapy and in the Christian mission.

Ge’ez course celebrated on CBC Metro Morning, CBC News, and UofT Bulletin

Drawing of the Virgin Mary 'with her beloved son,' from a Ge'ez manuscript copy of Weddasé Māryām, circa 1875. Unknown Ethiopian scribe - http://digital2.library.ucla.edu/viewer/viewer.do?projectNo=122&arkId=21198/zz001d5z1z

Drawing of the Virgin Mary ‘with her beloved son,’ from a Ge’ez manuscript copy of Weddasé Māryām, circa 1875.
Unknown Ethiopian scribe – http://digital2.library.ucla.edu/viewer/viewer.do?projectNo=122&arkId=21198/zz001d5z1z

To learn more about the ancient Ethiopian and Eritrean language of Ge’ez that is being taught at the graduate level at the Centre for Medieval Studies since this January 2017, listen to CBC Metro Morning on Friday 6 January 2017 and read the great article “The Weeknd helps bring an ancient language to life at U of T” on CBC News website and the one in The Bulletin, “The university is now one of the only places in the world where students can learn Ge’ez“.Capture d’écran 2017-01-17 à 9.41.16 AM

Great Article and Video celebrating Old English and the DOE

Please admire CMS Faculty Rob Getz and Stephen Pelle explaining, with much humour, the beauty of Old English and celebrating the advance of the Dictionary of Old English to the letter H. You can read about them in an article on CBC News. They were first celebrated in another article, this one in the University of Toronto Magazine. On either site, watch the great video!

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