CFP: Atlantic Medieval Association Annual Conference

The Atlantic Medieval Association (AMA) will hold its annual conference at Dalhousie University in Halifax September 30-October 1.

The Plenary Speaker will be Dr. Toni Healey, Editor ofthe Dictionary of Old English.

Paper proposals are welcome on all topics concerning the Middle Ages; abstracts of 250 words should be sent to Kathy Cawsey at email hidden; JavaScript is required by
August 30, 2011.

Non-presenting participants who wish to develop relationships with other Atlantic medievalists are also very welcome.

Textual Cultures of Medieval Italy

William Robins (University of Toronto):

There are signs that we are now in the midst of another threshold moment in the study of medieval writing, similar to the consolidations and transformations of twenty-five years ago. In the intervening decades all the relevant humanistic disciplines have responded energetically to the basic imperative to see written documents (and indeed all verbal and non-verbal signs) not so much as transparent windows giving direct access to extra-textual facts, but as complicated material and social phenomena in their own right.

Available from University of Toronto Press.

Anglo-Saxon Psychologies in the Vernacular and Latin Traditions

Old English verse and prose depict the human mind as a corporeal entity located in the chest cavity, susceptible to spatial and thermal changes corresponding to the psychological states: it was thought that emotions such as rage, grief, and yearning could cause the contents of the chest to grow warm, boil, or be constricted by pressure. While readers usually assume the metaphorical nature of such literary images, Leslie Lockett, in Anglo-Saxon Psychologies in the Vernacular and Latin Traditions, argues that these depictions are literal representations of Anglo-Saxon folk psychology.

This book is part of the Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series, and is available from University of Toronto Press.

CFP: 32nd Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians

32nd Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada / 9-10 March, 2012

We would like to inform you that the 32nd annual CCMAH will be co-hosted by the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg on 9-10 March, 2012. We are calling for papers on any subject related to medieval or medieval revival art, architecture or visual culture. Papers may not exceed 20 minutes in length. Please submit a max one-page abstract by 15 September, 2011 to either: Claire Labrecque, email hidden; JavaScript is required, or Jim Bugslag, email hidden; JavaScript is required. We are hoping to receive your proposals as soon as possible, as we plan to apply for grants in September. Please feel free to forward this message to anyone else who may be interested. We look forward to seeing you in Winnipeg in March 2012.

CCMAH 2012 organizing committee: Claire Labrecque, University of Winnipeg, and Jim Bugslag, University of Manitoba

The Body Legal in Barbarian Law

The sixth to ninth centuries saw a flowering of written laws among the early Germanic tribes. These laws include tables of fines for personal injury, designed to offer a legal, non-violent alternative to blood feud. Using these personal injury tariffs, Lisi Oliver examines a variety of issues, including the interrelationships between victims, perpetrators, and their families; the causes and results of wounds inflicted in daily life; the methods, successes, and failures of healing techniques; the processes of individual redress or public litigation; and the native and borrowed developments in the various ‘barbarian’ territories as they separated from the Roman Empire.

This book is part of CMS’s Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series, and is available from University of Toronto Press.

The Politics of Law in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy

The Centre for Medieval Studies is pleased to announce the inaugural volume in its Toronto Studies in Medieval Law series, which aims to provide a venue for the publication of monographs and thematic essay collections on aspects of the ius commune, the complementary systems of Roman and canon law that formed the ‘common law’ of medieval and early modern Europe. This volume is edited by Lawrin Armstrong and Julius Kirshner, and features original contributions by international scholars on the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Lauro Martines’ Lawyers and Statecraft in Renaissance Florence, which is recognized as a groundbreaking study challenging traditional approaches to both Florentine and legal history. Available from University of Toronto Press.

Cataloguing Discrepancies: The Printed York Breviary of 1493

Andrew Hughes (with Matthew Cheung Salisbury and Heather Robbins):

The importance of investigating medieval books for the liturgical offices, perhaps the largest unexplored corpus of similar material, hardly needs to be emphasized. Liturgy was the backbone of most medieval activities, providing material for many aspects of contemporary literary endeavours. But assessing the influence in a general sense can be undertaken only after individual Uses have been defined, differentiated, and described.

Available from University of Toronto Press.

Old English Metre: An Introduction

Jun Terasawa (University of Tokyo):

Metre interacts not only with grammar and syntax but also with word-formation or the word-choice made by the poets. Old English poets tend to avoid certain metrical sequences in compounds, certain inflected forms of a given word, and certain suffixes, for example. Word-formation in the poetry is highly constrained on metrical grounds.

This book is part of CMS’s Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series, and is available from University of Toronto Press.

Sacred and Profane in Chaucer and Late Medieval Literature: Essays in Honour of John V. Fleming

Will Robins and Robert Epstein:

The profane is revealed as the point at which the sacred and the secular converge, as a place of mediation between various currents of discourse, where the domain of the sacred might be seen in either a hierarchical or a complementary relationship to the things of this world, and where corporeality and carnality might be seen as legitimate aspects of human life.

Available from University of Toronto Press.

CMS’s Thirty-Third Medieval Colloquium

Imitation, Emulation, and Forgery: Pretending and Becoming in the Medieval World
March 2–3, 2012
The Thirty-Third Medieval Colloquium of the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

Opening Keynote: Jan Ziolkowski, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin, Harvard
Closing Keynote: Marjorie Curry Woods, Jane and Roland Blumberg Centennial Professor of English and Distinguished University Teacher, The University of Texas at Austin

Imitation is a central concept within medieval thought, linking disparate genres and avenues of human experience within a network of interconnected models and interpretive structures. Medieval people saw their work standing within a relationship of resemblance to models and sources that predated their efforts, from the image of God in man, to the examples of poets, historiographers and hagiographers. Imitation implies both a faithfulness to its sources and also an inherent differentiation, and medieval culture used this space that embodied both sameness and difference as a particularly fertile zone; the religious found an imperfect mirror within the world and humanity, reflecting the transcendent world beyond matter; saints imitated Christ and one another, authors and poets looked to the models of both Christian and pagan antiquity, texts were copied and diffused, artists looked to the work of their forbears and the world around them, and knights fashioned themselves in the guise of the heroes of romance. Establishing a relationship to a transcendental model was a primary mechanism of producing authority, and it formed the basis for traditions of textual transmission, institutional legitimacy, personal identity, and a sweeping range of other persistent ideas. While scholars of medieval subjects have each grappled with imitation in their own fields, rarely have those discoveries been brought together in a concentrated interdisciplinary conversation.

We invite abstracts of 250 words together with a 1-page CV by the deadline of 1 September 2011 that deal with the broad issue of imitation in the Middle Ages as encountered in (but not limited to) literature, theology, hagiography, historiography, art history, and philosophy. We hope to bring together scholarly discourses regarding the imitative traits found in medieval subjects in ways that combine and seek to reveal the often-neglected similarities present in medieval forms of imitation.  Topics might include, but are not limited to

  • Literary, dramatic, or artistic mimesis
  • Medieval forgeries and frauds
  • Textual copying and diffusion
  • Legal precedents
  • Vernacular translations and adaptations of Latin classical or patristic sources
  • Dionysian mysticism, the imitatio Christi and the theology of imitation
  • Imagination and simulation in the Middle Ages
  • Magic and illusion (including diabolic deception)
  • The Speculum as concept and organizational method
  • Genre building and imitation
  • Historiography and ‘borrowing’
  • Discipleship and ‘following’
  • Sacred topology

Papers should be 20min in length. To submit a proposal, or for any other inquiries, please email the Conference Committee c/o Daniel Price at email hidden; JavaScript is required.