Winfried Rudolf Lecture: March 11, 2014

The Centre for Medieval Studies cordially invites you to attend a lecture by:

Winfried Rudolf (University of Göttingen)
Textual Instability in Old English Anonymous Homilies and the Use of Latin in the Vercelli Book

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
4:10 p.m.
Room 301
Lillian Massey Building

Toronto Old English Colloquium 2014

Thursday, 1 May

2:00-5:00pm: Digital Humanities Workshop with Alexandra Bolintineanu (CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow, U of Toronto)
For Call for Participation and more information about this Workshop see here.

Friday, 2 May 2014

9:00am: Session I
Chair: Mary Catherine Davidson (York University)
Stephen Pelle (Mellon Fellow, PIMS): Contextualizing the Anglo-Saxon Composite Homily

10:15am: Break

10:30am: Session II
Chair: James Weldon (Wilfrid Laurier University)
Antonette diPaolo Healey (University of Toronto): Mapping Metaphors

11:45am: Break

12:00pm: Session III
Chair: Alexandra Bolintineanu (CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto)
Digital Humanities Workshop Presentation

12:45-2:15pm: Lunch

2:15pm: Session IV
Chair: Ian McDougall (University of Toronto)
M. J. Toswell (Western University): The genres of the Old English psalms, and their influence on poetry

3:30pm: Break

3:45pm: Session V
Chair: David Townsend (University of Toronto)
Samantha Zacher (Cornell University): The Imaginary Jew in Anglo-Saxon England

All sessions will take place at the Centre for Medieval Studies, Room 301. All are welcome.

For more information, please contact Fabienne Michelet ( or Megan Cavell (

This event is sponsored by the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Department of English, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and St Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.

To download the program click here.

Patrick Moran Lecture: March 4, 2014

The Centre for Medieval Studies is pleased to welcome guest lecturer,

 Professor Patrick Moran (McMaster University)

“World building and text building in French Arthurian cycles”

Tuesday March 4, 2014
4:10 p.m.
Centre for Medieval Studies, Room 310
3rd Floor, Lillian Massey Building
125 Queen’s Park, Toronto

Paolo Trovato Lectures: March 13, 2014

The Department of Italian Studies in the University of Toronto is pleased to present two talks by Professor Paolo Trovato (Università di Ferrara):

“Everything you always wanted to know about Lachmann’s Method. A Non-Standard Handbook of Genealogical Textual Criticism in the Age of Post-structuralism, Cladistics and Copy-Text”

Thursday, March, 13th, 2014
:00 pm
Carr Hall 106
St. Michael’s College
121 St. Joseph St
Toronto, Ontario

“The ‘hidden Dante’. Recent studies (2008-2013) on the manuscript tradition and text of the Divina Comedia.”

Thursday, March, 13th, 2014
4:00 pm
Alumni Hall, 400
St. Michael’s College
121 St. Joseph St
Toronto, Ontario

Congratulations to Niki Hamonic

Congratulations to Nicole Hamonic (PhD 2012). She has just been hired as Assistant Professor of Medieval History and Latin (tenure track) at the University of South Dakota, where she will start in the Fall. Niki is currently an adjunct professor at the Marco Institute at the University of Knoxville, Tennessee. Her dissertation “The Order of St. John of Jerusalem in London and Middlesex c.1128-c.1442: A Social and Economic Study based on the Hospitaller Cartulary, British Library Cotton MS Nero E vi” was supervised by Michael Gervers.

Well done, Niki!! All the best for the start in your new position!

Job Advertisement: Drafting Editors at the Dictionary of Old English

The Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, invites applications for two positions of Drafting Editor at the Dictionary of Old English. This is a grant-funded contractually limited term appointment for three years, with the possibility of renewal, at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2014. 

The successful candidate will have a PhD by time of appointment or shortly thereafter. Applicants must also demonstrate a deep familiarity and expertise with the Corpus of Old English and have excellent research ability. The successful candidate will have teaching experience and will be expected to contribute to teaching in the graduate program in the Centre for Medieval Studies. Knowledge of medieval Latin is essential and proficiency in a cognate Germanic language is desirable. The primary responsibility of the successful candidate will be to draft entries for the Dictionary of Old English.

This position offers a rare opportunity to participate in team research in the humanities, and therefore the ability to work well with other members of the project and to complete entries efficiently and expeditiously so deadline is of paramount importance. The position also involves outreach to the public, so the ability to communicate the project’s research in a dynamic, engaging manner is also essential. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

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

For details about the positions and the application see here (online ad) or here (downloadable ad).

Patricia Sutherland Lecture: Feb 27th, 2014

The University of Trinity College in the University of Toronto
is pleased to present

Dr. Patricia Sutherland

Adjunct Professor, Memorial and Carleton Universities, Canada.
Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

“Norse / Native Contact in Arctic Canada”


Patrica Sutherland Lecture

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
4:10 pm
Combination Room, Main Building
Trinity College
6 Hoskin Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Coffee reception to follow.

This lecture is jointly sponsored by Trinity College, the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, the Undergraduate Program in Medieval Studies in St. Michael’s College, the Canadian Studies Program in University College, the Aboriginal Studies Program and Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives in the University of Toronto.

CMS/PIMS Distinguished Visiting Scholar: Professor Michael Ryan

A warm welcome to Prof. Michael Ryan who is spending the Winter term in the Celtic Studies Program at St. Michael’s College and is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.

Professor Ryan is an archaeologist who served as Director of the Chester Beatty Library from 1992 until his retirement in 2010. He was President of the Royal Irish Academy (2002-2005) and Chair of the Discovery Programme (Ireland’s independent organisation for advanced archaeological research) 2001-2011and served on the boards of various state bodies. He was Keeper of Irish Antiquities in the National Museum of Ireland from 1979-1992. He is a warden of the Company of Goldsmiths of Dublin and was Master Warden for the period 2008 – 2009.

His research interests include early-medieval art and archaeology, ancient Christian metalwork, landscape history and early prehistory in Ireland. He is co-author with Frank Mitchell of Reading the Irish Landscape. His collected essays Studies in Medieval Irish Metalwork were published in 2002 by Pindar Press. He is the author of numerous research articles and monographs and editor of several books on archaeological topics and contributor to several exhibition catalogues including Treasures of Ireland, The Work of Angels (edited by Susan Youngs) and Leonardo: The Codex Leicester. His current project is completing a monograph on the Derrynaflan Chalice.

He led the Chester Beatty Library to the awards Irish Museum of the Year (2001) and European Museum of the Year (2002). He has taught in University College and Trinity College, Dublin and in St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. He was appointed Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters by the Government of France in 2009. He was awarded the Frend Medal of the Society of Antiquaries of London for contributions to the archaeology of the Christian church and to the defence of the archaeological heritage.

Professor Ryan will give a public lecture on March 27 entitled “Seeking the context of fine metalwork in Early Medieval Ireland: provenance, manufacture and use”.

Seth Lerer Lecture: February 25, 2014

The Centre for Medieval Studies cordially invites you to attend a lecture by:

Seth Lerer (Dean of Arts and Humanities and Distinguished Professor of Literature, University of California, San Diego)
“Beowulf and the Eloquence of Minor Characters”

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
4:10 p.m.
Room 301
Lillian Massey Building

Roy Liuzza Lecture: February 11, 2014

The Centre for Medieval Studies cordially invites you to attend a lecture by:

Roy Liuzza (Professor of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
“Diminishing Returns: The History of the Future in Anglo-Saxon England”

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
4:10 p.m.
Room 301
Lillian Massey Building