Academic Position Available: Assistant Professor – Tenure Stream (Medieval Latin Language and Literature)

Position/Title Rank: Assistant Professor – Tenure Stream (Medieval Latin Language and Literature)

Faculty/Division: Arts & Science

Department: Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)

Deadline/Closing Date for Application: Nov. 23, 2017

The Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in the field of Medieval Latin Language and Literature. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin on July 1, 2018.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated research and teaching expertise in the field of Latin Language and Literature (e.g., poetry, epistolography, drama, or prose narrative). The successful candidate will be able to teach Medieval Latin language at the graduate level and play a leading role in the setting and marking of Toronto’s Medieval Latin examinations. Candidates are expected to have outstanding research records, with refereed publications, and to have demonstrated evidence of excellence in teaching.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to the requirements of the position by the date of appointment or shortly thereafter, an established record of excellence in scholarly research and publication, and evidence of excellence in both undergraduate and graduate teaching. Evidence of excellence in teaching can be demonstrated through teaching evaluations, a strong statement of teaching philosophy, and strong endorsements from referees; previous university teaching experience is preferred. Candidates must also provide evidence of research of an internationally competitive calibre, as demonstrated by publications in leading journals in the field, or a research pipeline that is at high international levels [SM1], presentations at significant conferences, and strong endorsements by referees of top international stature.

Medieval Studies at Toronto is a broadly interdisciplinary enterprise that offers the opportunity to work in collaboration with a wide range of departments and academic disciplines. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach and conduct research in one of the most diverse and culturally vibrant universities in the world.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by visiting Job #1701741. Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement outlining current and future research interests, representative writing sample, and teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy and teaching evaluations).

Applicants should also ask three referees to email letters (signed and on letterhead) directly to Prof. Suzanne Akbari, Search Committee Chair, at email hidden; JavaScript is required by the closing date of November 23, 2017. Submission guidelines can be found at We recommend combining documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

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The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Sabine von Heusinger, “Fire, Siege, and the Jews,” 24 October 2017

2017-2018 W. John Bennett Distinguished Visiting Scholar
Professor Sabine von Heusinger
University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
 von heusinger lecture
Fire, Siege, and the Jews: Real and Imagined Threats 
to Water Supply in the Late Medieval City
Knowledge about conflicts over water resources affords revealing insight into the medieval world: What did societies fear most and how did they persecute real or imagined threats to water supply? In times of danger the lines between laity and clergy, between Christians and Jews or “them” and “us” could be redefined – as is witnessed in conflicts over water wells. In times of war even the courses of rivers were changed in order to conquer an enemy. This lecture focuses on late medieval cities in the German Empire as case studies. It explores the handling of an essential resource in strained times.
Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 4:10 pm
Alumni Hall, Room 100
121 St. Joseph Street
Reception to follow

Congratulations to our alumni, Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Tristan Major, and Dan Nodes, for their publications

Congratulations to Dan Nodes (PhD ’82), professor of classics in Baylor University, Texas, who has published a new critical edition: Parables on a Roman Comic Stage: Samarites — Comoedia de Samaritano Evangelico (1539) by Petrus Papeus, Together with the Commentary of Alexius Vanegas of Toledo (1542) (Leiden: Brill, 2017).

More detail on the publication can be consulted on the publisher’s website.

Multiple generations of CMS graduates, faculty, and associates have come together to honour the career of Gernot R. Wieland (Ph.D. 1976). This collection of essays was edited by Greti Dinkova-Bruun (Ph.D. 1999) and Tristan Major (Ph.D. 2010)

The essays collected here honour the life-long contribution of Gernot Wieland in the fields of Anglo-Latin and Old English literatures.

Over the span of his career, Gernot R. Wieland has been actively engaged in the contribution and promotion of the study of medieval literature, particularly in Anglo-Latin and Old English. From his early work on glosses in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, to his later editorial work for The Journal of Medieval Latin, Wieland has provided the field with diverse, diligent, and creative scholarship. The contributors of this volume pay tribute to the significance of Wieland’s teaching and learning in the literature of medieval Europe by presenting him with twelve essays on varied aspects of the subject.

The first section of the volume aims to honour Wieland’s contributions to the study of medieval glossing. It deals with the history of glossing from early medieval Latin literature to late Middle English grammatical texts, as well as the early interpretative history of Walter of Châtillon’s Alexandreis and Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia regum Britannie. The following section corresponds with Wieland’s interest in Anglo-Saxon literature, with essays on the bilingual letters of Ælfric of Eynsham, the poetry of Alcuin of York, and the Old English Hexateuch. The second half of the volume, which examines elements of Latin literature from the eleventh to the fourteenth century, is divided into two sections containing essays that well represent Wieland’s diverse philological and literary interests in medieval Latin. The third section of the volume on the texts and contexts of Latin literature presents essays on the books of Abbot Maiolus of Cluny, on scholastic virtues of good teaching, and on Walter Map’s Dissuasio Valerii. The final section on the texts and manuscripts of Latin literature provides editions of and commentaries on a Latin-Greek phrase-book, a treatise on the firmament of Genesis 1:6.

With these contributions, this volume honours the research interests of a great teacher and learner of the Middle Ages: Gernot R. Wieland.

More information can be found on the publisher’s website.

In memoriam: Prof. emeritus and CMS Director Norman Zacour

We are saddened to share the news that Professor Emeritus Norman Zacour has passed away, at the age of 95. He took his MA at Columbia University and completed his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1954. In 1966, he was appointed as a Professor of History at the University of Toronto. Professor Zacour was one of the first faculty members appointed to the Centre for Medieval Studies, and was director of the Centre from 1978-1983. His research focused on social, religious, institutional and intellectual facets of Medieval Europe, and he was the author of several books on the Crusades. Norman was an early adopter of digital technology and his many friends will remember the delight he took in devising elaborate autoexec.bat files for himself and his colleagues to automate computer boot-up tasks.

In 2013, he established the Norman Zacour Graduate Scholarship in Medieval Studies. The scholarship will be awarded to one or more graduate students from the Centre for Medieval Studies based on academic excellence, with preference given to international students.

A memorial event will be held at the Queen’s University, Graduate Club in Kingston, Ontario between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday 24 June 2017. You may send RSVPs and condolences to

Prestigious TATP Teaching Excellence Award: one CMS PhD student short-listed

Every year, the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation offers awards to the best Teaching Assistants on campus. Only twelve TAs make it to the short-list among hundreds nominated. Of these twelve short-listed in 2017, one was a PhD student from the Centre for Medieval Studies: Lochin Brouillard. CONGRATULATIONS!

Lochin 1Here are some extracts of the letter written for Lochin by the professor who nominated her. “Lochin has been my T.A. in the VIC 343Y ‘Sex and Gender in the Renaissance’ for the past three years and has gained my absolute trust and admiration for the great work she has done in the course. […] One reason for Lochin’s great success as a TA is her profound dedication to teaching and to helping students do their best. She mentors students on a one-to-one basis, learns their name, draws them into the discussion, and makes them feel at home and valued. Another reason is Lochin’s own character – open, friendly, relaxed, supportive. She epitomizes the best of what a teacher should be. She always has a smile on her lips and great ideas in her mind – she engages with students and contributes to class discussions with ease and elegance, and also with profound knowledge of the materials and the field. And she manages to steer a clear, scholarly course without infringing on anyone’s sensibilities (not an easy task on a course on ‘sex and gender’).”

The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program’s (TATP) Teaching Excellence Award was created in 2003 to recognize the outstanding contributions of teaching assistants across all four divisions in the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. The award seeks to value the work of TAs who regularly inspire and challenge undergraduate students. It means that the individuals who won this award and the ones who were short-listed for it can count themselves among the University’s top TAs!

CMS does not have an undergraduate component to its program. Therefore our PhD students are sometimes frustrated as they cannot TA as much as they would like. The fact that one of the twelve TAs short-listed by TATP this year, two from last year (Amanda Wetmore who won the award and Nicholas Wheeler), and already one in 2015 (Michael Fatigati) were from CMS is the perfect proof that any institution hiring CMS students gets the service of extremely talented and incredibly knowledgeable TAs.

Good tidings from our alumni and alumnae

Congratulations to Tom Klein (Ph.D. 1998) who has had the pleasure to serve as the Director of English Undergraduate Studies, Idaho State University, since January 2016.  Tom has been working at Idaho State University since 2000, where he regularly teaches Old English and medieval literature courses, and directs medieval thesis and dissertation projects.


Congratulations to Edward Macierowski (Ph.D. 1979), professor of philosophy at Benedictine College, for one of his latest publications, “Which Sciences Does Political Science Direct and Use and How Does It Do So?” The St. John’s Review, Volume 57, Number 2 (Spring 2016): 70-78. This article illustrates the doctrinal importance of Bywater’s suppression of a manuscript reading in his Oxford edition of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. You can learn more about Prof. Macierowski’s most recent research projects here.


Congratulations to Lisa Chen Obrist (Ph.D. 2015), who has been appointed as a Senior Evaluation Officer at the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).  Her responsibilities include research and analysis related to CFI funding mechanisms, policies, and funded infrastructure as well as providing leadership, support, and project management on matters relating to outcome assessment, corporate performance measurement, data management, and science-technology-innovation policy analysis.


Congratulations to Russell Poole (Ph.D. 1975), who continues to serve as editor of Viking and Medieval Scandinavia and Manawatu Journal of History, devoted to the Manawatu region of Dr. Poole’s native New Zealand. In the last two years, he published the collective volume Egil, the Viking Poet. New approaches to Egil’s Saga (Toronto: University of Toronto Press) as well as two essays, “Identity Poetics among the Icelandic Skalds” in New Norse Studies. Essays on the Literature and Culture of Medieval Scandinavia, ed. J. Turco (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 143-84), and also “Pleasure in the gold cup: a skaldic affirmation?” in Frederic Amory in Memoriam: Old Norse-Icelandic Studies, ed. by J. Lindow and G. Clark (Berkeley: Wildcat Canyon Advanced Seminars, pp. 44-68).

Congratulations to Kathryn Salzer, Mary Dzon, and Catherine Conybeare for their new books!

The Centre for Medieval Studies wishes to extend its congratulations to three alumnae who recently published important monographs.

Catherine Conybeare (Ph.D. 1997), Professor and Chair of the Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies at Bryn Mawr College, published The Routledge Guidebook to Augustine’s Confessions (London: Routledge, 2016).

Mary Dzon (Ph.D. 2004), Associate Professor of English at the University of Knoxville-Tennessee, published The Quest for the Christ Child in the Later Middle Ages (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).

Kathryn Salzer (Ph.D. 2009) published Vaucelles Abbey: Social, Political, and Ecclesiastical Relationships in the Borderland Region of the Cambrésis, 1131-1300 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017). In addition, Kathryn has received tenure this very month, making her Associate Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University.

Canadian Society of Medievalists in Toronto — 25-27 May 2017


CSMThe Canadian Society of Medievalists will be holding its annual meeting at Ryerson University, from Saturday, 27 May to Monday, 29 May 2017.

The plenary address will be delivered by the Centre’s Director, Suzanne Conklin Akbari on Saturday, 27 May, 4:30-5:30 PM.

A number of members of the CMS community, including faculty, students, and alumni, will be presenting at the conference:

Lochin Brouillard (University of Toronto), “Paterfamilias, Son, and Servant: Rethinking the History of Service and the Family in the Medieval Monastery”.

Isabelle Cochelin (University of Toronto), “Lay Monastic Servants versus Lay Domestic Servants”.

Eduardo Fabbro (Saint Jerome University), “Deo iudicante: God and Warfare in Carolingian Thought”.

Jessica Henderson and Laura Mitchell (University of Toronto), “A Virtual Library: Reconstructing John Stow’s Medieval Manuscripts”.

Rachel Koopmans (York University), “Physicians Pictured in the Early Gothic Stained Glass of Canterbury Cathedral”.

Patrick McBrine (Independent Scholar), “Biblical Epics in Late Antiquity and Anglo-Saxon England”.

Heather Pigat (Art Museum University of Toronto), “Economical Luxury: New Considerations of Purple Manuscripts”.

Richard Shaw (Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, Ontario), “The composition of Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica”.

The full programme of the conference may be consulted here.

Congratulations to Andrew Hicks for his new book!

Hicks, Andrew. Composing the World: Harmony in the Medieval Platonic Cosmos. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).


“We can hear the universe!” This was the triumphant proclamation at a February 2016 press conference announcing that the Laser Interferometer Gravity Observatory (LIGO) had detected a “transient gravitational-wave signal.” Taking in hand this current “discovery” that we can listen to the cosmos, Andrew Hicks argues that sound—and the harmonious coordination of sounds, sources, and listeners—has always been an integral part of the history of studying the cosmos. Composing the World charts one constellation of musical metaphors, analogies, and expressive modalities embedded within a late-ancient and medieval cosmological discourse: that of a cosmos animated and choreographed according to a specifically musical aesthetic. The specific historical terrain of Hicks’ discussion centers upon the world of twelfth-century philosophy, and from there he offers a new intellectual history of the role of harmony in medieval cosmological discourse, a discourse which itself focused on the reception and development of Platonism. 

With a rare convergence of musicological, philosophical, and philological rigor, Hicks presents a narrative tour through medieval cosmology with reflections on important philosophical movements along the way, raising connections to Cartesian dualism, Uexküll’s theoretical biology, and Deleuze and Guattari’s musically inspired language of milieus and (de)territorialization. Hicks ultimately suggests that the models of musical cosmology popular in late antiquity and the twelfth century are relevant to our modern philosophical and scientific undertakings. Impeccably researched and beautifully written, 
Composing the World will resonate with a variety of readers, and it encourages us to rethink the role of music and sound within our greater understanding of the universe.

composing the world coverIn praise of Composing the World, John Marenbon (Senior Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge) writes, “Hicks’ book is required reading, not just for historians of music and cosmology, but for everyone interested in medieval thought,” and Peter Pesic (director of the Science Institute at St. John’s College, Sante Fe, NM and author of Music and the Making of Modern Science) calls it “a scholarly tour de force that will be a valuable resource for all who are interested in the deep history of cosmic harmony.”



For more details on the book, consult the publisher’s website here.


Toronto Old English Colloquium – 9 May 2017

The Centre for Medieval Studies and the Department of English (UTSG) cordially invite all those interested to the Toronto Old English Colloquium 2017, scheduled for Tuesday, May 9th.

This year’s colloquium features a plenary talk by Dr. Rosalind Love, the head of Cambridge University’s Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, entitled “Imagination and Authority: Early Medieval Exercises in Reading the Text.”

The event is free of charge and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. The detailed program can be consulted below.