Shami Ghosh: Kings’ Sagas and Norwegian History

CMS alumnus Shami Ghosh’s new book has just come out! Congratulations, Shami!

The book examines “of some of the principal issues arising from the study of the kings’ sagas, the main narrative sources for Norwegian history before c. 1200. Providing an overview of the past two decades of scholarship, it discusses the vexed relationship between verse and prose and the reliability as historical sources of the verse alone or the combination of verse and prose; the possibility and extent of non-native influence on the composition of these texts; and the function of the past, in particular given that most of the historiography of Norway was produced in Iceland.”

Paul Langeslag Wins Teaching Award

Paul Langeslag Wins Teaching Award

CMS student Paul Langeslag has won an undergraduate teaching award from the Toronto Students’ Association and the Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students for his course ENG240Y1 “Old English Language & Literature” (taught in 2010-11). Congratulations, Paul. Well done!!

For more information see here.

17th Annual Concordia Graduate Student History Conference

17th Annual History in the Making Conference
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Concordia University, Montreal

“Shattered Spaces: Piecing Together Narratives of Crisis and Change”

As we approach the centenary of the First World War, which fueled a maelstrom of death and destruction on unprecedented scales, we may be inclined to consider the Great War a historical watershed that shattered countless physical and ideological spaces. War, genocide, economic collapse, and natural disasters can all be called shattering forces that catalyze crisis and change.The Concordia University Graduate History Students’ Association is pleased to announce the 17th annual History in the Making Conference. This year’s theme, “Shattered Spaces: Piecing Together Narratives of Crisis and Change”, will investigate the ways that victims of crises have reconciled, reconstructed, or parted with ruptured spaces. These spaces can be physical, through the shattering of populations, institutions, and landscapes, or metaphorical, through the shattering of ethnic, religious, gendered, and ideological spaces. How, then, have political, economic, social, and natural forces brought about crisis and change? By following the trajectory of crisis and change, how might these rupturing experiences be historicized and incorporated into the larger discourse of the shattered space?
We welcome presentation topics that explore a variety of issues:
Shattered (physical) spaces:
War, zones of conflict, contentious borderlands, urbanization, natural disasters.

Shattered (social, political, and economic) spaces:
Genocide, coup d’états and regime changes, economic collapse, revolution, social movements, immigration/emigration.

Shattered (ideological) spaces:
Ethnic, religious, gender and sexual identity; memory, stories and oral testimony.

Shattered (transnational) spaces:
The environment, disease, inventions and innovations, media and communication.

We encourage perspectives across all historical disciplines and time periods, as well as cross-disciplinary approaches such as museum studies, art history, and medicine.Candidates must submit a brief biographical sketch (max. 150 words) and a paper abstract (max. 250 words) no later than January 9th, 2012. Successful applicants will be invited to present their papers by January 23rd via e-mail.

Please send submissions to the Graduate History Students’ Association [GHSA] at email hidden; JavaScript is required select number of conference papers will be published in the spring 2012issue of our peer-reviewed History in the Making journal. Graduate History Students’ Association [GHSA]Department of History, Concordia University1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, LB-1001,03,Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1M8E

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The Graduate Conference of Magdalene Medievalists Society

Medieval Multilingualism in the British Isles
Magdalene College, Cambridge, Saturday 21st July 2012
Keynote Speaker: Dr Tony Hunt, St Peter’s College, Oxford

The phenomenon of multilingualism in the Middle Ages has received an increasing amount of scholarly attention in recent years, with at least two major essay collections and one conference devoted to the topic since the Millennium, and numerous articles and book chapters. This graduate and early career conference aims to give those new to the field an opportunity to contribute to what has become an important site of critical debate.

Whilst recent scholarship has become steadily more aware of the interconnected nature of Anglo-Norman and Middle English, the use of Latin and its links to the vernaculars has often provoked less sustained attention than is justified by the language’s conceptual and administrative importance. The relationships between the mainstream trilingual culture of England and its contiguous linguistic enclaves (such as Cornish, Cumbric, Welsh, Hebrew, Flemish, Norse, Pictish, Manx, Irish and Scottish Gaelic) also frequently remain comparatively obscure. There is conflicting evidence about the medieval awareness of multilingualism, of the relationships between languages and of the phenomenon of language change; such contemporary treatments of these phenomena as survive often rely extensively on Biblical and Patristic accounts of sacred languages. In view of this complex picture, the conference is intended not only to facilitate a closer examination of the phenomenon of multilingualism, but also of medieval attitudes to its manifestations.

We invite papers that address any aspect of the interaction between the speakers of different languages in the Middle Ages, including, but not limited to:

– attitudes to the tres linguae sacrae and to the vernaculars
– pedagogy and medieval perceptions of language acquisition
– translation
– orality and its depictions
– medieval views of linguistic history
– code-switching, miscellanies, and scribal practice

We will accept submissions from graduate students and early career scholars in English and other languages and literatures, History, Linguistics, and all related disciplines. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length; please send abstracts of 250 words or less to Sara Harris, email hidden; JavaScript is required by February 1st, 2012. Further information will be available at

Annual Symposium of the Friends of the Mediaeval Studies Society of the Royal Ontario Museum

24th MARCH 2012

This is to announce, and is a call for papers to be presented at, the 7th Annual Symposium of the Friends of the Mediaeval Studies Society of the Royal Ontario Museum (FMSS-ROM). The FMSS-ROM is an association of ROM members and individuals that are professionally involved with the mediaeval period, who collectively wish to forward understanding of the mediaeval period.

Eight speakers will talk on various aspects of the Mediaeval world, including archaeology, history, culture, and art. The nature of the talks will be scholarly, but accessible to non-specialists. Chronologically, the scope of the society, and of the symposium, runs from the late classical world leading up to mediaeval times, and encompasses the Renaissance at the end. Geographically it crosses the Old World from Europe to Asia and Africa, having a general interest in the Age of the Stirrup wherever it occurs.

The FMSS-ROM invites scholars to submit proposals for papers to be given at this symposium. The deadline is JANUARY 15th 2012, and the proposals should eventually comprise a single page comprising your name, contact address, affiliation, and an abstract of the paper; but if you are pressed for time a title and a rough idea what you want to speak about may get you a spot. Proposed papers can deal with any subject in the broad remit of the FMSS-ROM. The subject need not be an object or collection at the ROM. Presentations cannot be longer than 30 minutes in length.

The Symposium papers will be presented on SATURDAY, 24TH MARCH, 2012 in the ROM Eaton Theatre, 100 Queen’s Park Crescent, Toronto. The event will take place from 9:30am to 5pm. The format is usually two speakers separated by breaks and lunch, for which lunch and refreshments are provided.

Participation in the symposium is free to speakers and those accompanying them, and professional mediaevalists (faculty and graduate students). Entry fee for the public is typically around $70, and will be used entirely to support the event, with any surplus going to support mediaeval-themed programming at the ROM. We can support travel costs of some speakers, but the event is chiefly aimed at raising funds for public programming towards the FMSS objectives.

All paper proposals and enquiries should be sent to Robert Mason at email hidden; JavaScript is required.