Call for Papers “Using and Creating Digital Medievalia”

Fons Luminis, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal edited and produced annually by graduate students at the Centre for Medieval Studies in the University of Toronto provides a forum in which to address, challenge, and explore the content and methodologies of our various home disciplines. We invite current graduate students to submit papers relating in some way to the 2015 journal theme, “Using and Creating Digital Medievalia.”

For more information, see the Fons Luminis Website.

CMS well represented at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies

The Centre for Medieval Studies will be represented by twenty-nine speakers at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo (May 8-11, 2014). The speakers are:

  • Susannah Brower: Baudri of Bourgueil and Loire Valley Ovidianism
  • Peter Johnsson: A monk in the king, a cloister in the court”: Examining Aelred of Rievaulx’s Notions of Affect in His Work on the Lives of Kings
  • Sean M. Winslow: The Gospels of Ǝnda Abba Gärima and the Contexts of Early Christian Manuscript Production in Ethiopia
  • Amanda Wetmore: Interruptum est opus: Queering Loss in Aelred’s Speculum caritatis
  • Adam Giancola: Appel Comme D’Abus: Tracing Its Origins in the Medieval Canon Law
  • Daniel Price: Fitting a Square Saint into a Round Vita: Eugippius and the Writing of the Sixth-Century Vita Severini
  • Caroline Smith: “You will receive so many stab wounds here”: The Role of the Cathedral Chapter in the 1331 Girona Holy Week Riot
  • Christopher Berard: When the Sword Is Mightier than the Pen: The Role of Caliburn in the Marriage Alliance of Richard I of England and Tancred of Sicily
  • John A. Geck: The Hagiographical Vita Amici et Amelii and the Exemplary Romance Amis and Amiloun
  • Annika Ekman: Textual Relationships between the Scholastic Psalms Commentaries of the Early Twelfth Century
  • Lochin Brouillard: The Obazine Experiment: Women, Children, and Their Father in the Vita sancti Stephani Obazinensis
  • Daniel Jamison: Nuisance and Necessity: Supervising the Leather Industry in Late Medieval Lucca
  • Jill Caskey: Gifts for Saint Nick: Charles II and San Nicola in Bari
  • Fabienne Michelet: The Old English Juliana and the Economy of Debt
  • John Haines: The Musical Hand of Knowledge
  • Tomas Flecker: Christian Typology and Medieval Bestiaries
  • Matthew Sergi: Amateurs and Compensation in Medieval Performance and Revival
  • Jill Ross: Language, Translation, and Conversion among Jews in the Crown of Aragon in the Early Fifteenth Century
  • Bridget Riley: “Sanctum Ythamarum huc dirige”: The Cult of Saint Ithamar and the Search for Identity
  • Chris Piuma: Seeing Spaces
  • Morris Tichenor: “Versus non ratione cognitus”: Ciceronian Distinctions between Poetry and Prose in Medieval Rhetoric
  • Peter Buchanan: Given by the Flesh: The Subjectivity of the Medieval Book
  • Suzanne Conklin Akbari: Imagining Medieval Futures
  • Colleen Butler: Female Homoeroticism in Hrotsvit of Gandersheim and Elizabeth of Schönau
  • Emily Blakelock: Loving Men Then and Now: Reading Juvenal in the Twelfth-Century Classroom
  • Kyla Turner: Whose Law Is It Anyway? Authority over Work in Post-Pestilence England
  • Christopher Liebtag Miller: Feeling Generous: The Perils of Giving and the Necessities of Taking in Middle High German Epic
  • Noelle Phillips: King and Country: MS Royal 18.D.ii and the Percys’ Royal Anxieties
  • Chris Piuma: How to Read Fake Hebrew: The Serra Altarpieces

Other CMS students and faculty are involved in workshops, round-table discussions, and as organizers & presiders: Alla Babushkina, Antonette diPaolo Healey, David N. Klausner, Joseph Goering, Robert A. Taylor, Elizabeth Watkins, Alexandra Johnston, David Townsend.

A New Cameron Professor of Old English: Roy M. Liuzza

We are very pleased to announce that Roy M. Liuzza will be joining us as the Cameron Professor of Old English as of 1 July 2014, moving from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he has played a leading role at the MARCO Institute. His recent book Anglo-Saxon Prognostics: An Edition and Translation of Texts from London, British Library, MS Cotton Tiberius A.iii, just won the Beatrice White Prize of the English Association for 2013. Professor Liuzza will be teaching both in the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Department of English, with special responsibilities as Chief Editor of the Dictionary of Old English. Please feel free to welcome him during his visit to Toronto for the Old English Colloquium on 2 May!

The John Munro Doctoral Fellowship in Medieval Economic History

We are very happy to announce that the family of John Munro has made a significant lead gift towards the establishment of the John Munro Doctoral Fellowship in Medieval Economic History. We are currently soliciting further contributions to raise an initial amount of $50,000. Once this level is reached, the amount raised will be matched 1:1 by the University of Toronto. So all donations are highly welcome at this point!

This fellowship will provide research support to a doctoral student working in the field of economic history, with a preference for students working in John Munro’s own research field of medieval economic history. The award will be presented annually, unless there is no qualified applicant in a given year, and will be adjudicated by the Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies (or his/her designate) in consultation with the Department of Economics.

Ancient Abbeys of Brittany Project Colloquium: May 1-2, 2014

Cistercians and Canons Regular in Medieval Brittany, Normandy, England and Wales

Thursday May 1, 2014

8:30-9:00 am: Light Breakfast

9:00-9:15 am: Welcome and Introduction
Christian Marjollet, Master of New College, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University

9:15-10:15 am: Keynote: “The Cistercians in Wales and on the Welsh Border: a reappraisal.
Janet Burton, Trinity Saint David, University of Wales

10:15-10:45 am: Break

10:45-12:15 pm: Session 1: “Cistercian Saints”
Ann Hutchison, Glendon College, York University and Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Chair
Emilia Jamroziak, University of Leeds, “The cult of saints in medieval Cistercian English houses: a forgotten phenomenon?”
Ralf Lützelchwab, Freie Universität, Berlin, “Vos de coelis originem ducitis – Aelred of Rievaulx as preacher on synods.”
Ronald Greenwald, University of Liverpool, “Aelred of Rievaulx, Cistercian Investigator.”

12:15-1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30-2:45 pm: Session 2: “Cistercian Architecture I”
Candice Bogdanski, York University, Chair
Christian Forster, Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas, Leipzig, “Walkenried and Magdeburg: Burgundian Gothic as the appropriate style.”
Jean-Baptiste Vincent, CRAHAM, GRHIS, Université de Rouen, “Les cisterciens en Normandie : un juste équilibre entre milieu et architecture.”

2:45-3:15 pm: Break

3:15-4:30 pm: Session 2 Continued: “Cistercian Architecture II”
Candice Bogdanski, York University, Chair
Gerrit Vermeer, University of Amsterdam, “The Cistercians in Friesland: The First Use of Brick and Gothic Architecture.”
Malcolm Thurlby, York University, “Were Cistercians missionaries of the Gothic in England?”


Friday May 2, 2014
University of Toronto, Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100

8:30-9:00 am: Light breakfast

9:00-9:15 am: Welcome and Introduction
Domenico Pietropaolo, Principal & Vice-President (Academic), University of St Michael’s College

9:15-10:15 am: Keynote: “Chanoines réguliers et Cisterciens ou la réforme de l’Église par le retour aux origines.”
Bernard Ardura, Conseil pontifical des Sciences historiques

10:15-10:45 am: Break

10:45-12:15 pm: Session 3: “Chanoines et Cisterciens dans le Grand Ouest”
Isabelle Cochelin, University of Toronto, Chair
Georges Pon, Université de Poitiers, “Un siècle de vie canoniale en Poitou (1050-1150).”
Cédric Jeanneau, CRBC, Université de Brest, “Les Chanoines réguliers en Bretagne.”
Christophe Mauduit, CRAHAM, Université de Caen, “ L’expansion des Cisterciens et des Chanoines réguliers en Normandie au XIIe siècle.”

12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch

2:00-3:15 pm: Session 4: “Méthodes et Symboles de Communication/ Communications: Means and Symbols.”
Harriet Sonne de Torrens, University of Toronto Mississauga, Chair
Martine Fabre, CRBC, Brest, “Sceaux cisterciens, augustins, prémontrés.Le témoignage des abbayes bretonnes dans l’Ouest européen.”
Michael Hohlstein and Anne Diekjobst, Universität Konstanz, “Communication facilitated: individual and group addresses in late medieval English Cistercian monasteries and nunneries”

3:15-3:30 pm: Closing RemarksPaul Evans and Claude Evans

4:00-6:00 pm: Robarts and PIMS Library Exhibit
“Medieval Brittany” Blackburn Room (RL 4036)



For registration details, updates and a list of sponsors and their websites, please visit the Ancient Abbeys of Brittany Colloquium website.

The Colloquium takes place at York University and the University of Toronto

Eileen Kim wins Medieval Academy’s Annual Meeting Bursary

Congratulations to Eileen Kim! She has been awarded one of the Medieval Academy’s prestigious Annual Meeting Bursaries for her paper “Charitable Bequests and the Cultivation of a Spiritual Economy in the London Commissary Court Wills, 1350-1485”. The Medieval Academy of America awards Annual Meeting Bursaries of up to $500 each to graduate students for papers presented at the Annual Meeting and judged meritorious by the Program Committee. Eileen presented her paper at the past MAA meeting at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of California Los Angeles (April 10-12, 2014).

In the picture, Eileen is on the left; the students are with Bill Jordan (middle), who is the MAA president for 2014-15.

New Book by Alexander Andrée

Congratulations to Alexander Andrée on the recent publication of his book, an edition of Anselm of Laon’s Glosses on the Gospel of John:

Anselmi Laudunensis Glosae super Iohannem, Corpus Christianorum. Continuatio mediaeualis, 267 (Turnhout, 2014)

The Glosae super Iohannem, here printed for the first time, is a continuously-written commentary on the Gospel of John. Surviving in fourteen manuscripts from medieval France, England, Italy and Germany, the text is critically edited and analyzed as to authorship, composition, sources and later influence. Though mostly anonymously transmitted, through an assessment of external and internal evidence it is possible to restore the Glosae to Anselm of Laon (d. 1117), acclaimed teacher of the sacra pagina at the cathedral school of Laon in the early twelfth century. By substantially reorganizing and rewriting previous commentary material, Anselm crafted a unique compendium of the ‘best’ exegesis on the Gospel of John. Popular in its own right, the Glosae also served as primary source of the immensely popular Glossa, later known as the ‘ordinaria’, on the Fourth Gospel, thus extending even further the influence of its author and his school.

For more information, visit the publisher’s website.



Canada Chaucer Seminar: April 12, 2014

Saturday April 12, 2014
Centre for Medieval Studies
Lillian Massey Building, 3rd Floor, Room 312
125 Queen’s Park, Toronto

No Registration Fee

8:30-9:00       Registration / Coffee, Tea and Muffins

9:00-10:00      Session 1
Welcome: William Robins
Chair: TBD
Helen Cooper (Cambridge): “Not Swerving from Decorum: Chaucer’s Practice of Theory”

10:00-10:15     Coffee and Tea

10:15-11:45     Session 2
Chair: TBD
Frederick M. Biggs (Connecticut): “The Confessio Amantis and Other Sources for the Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale”
Robert Meyer-Lee (Indiana): “What Hoccleve’s Series Tells Us about the Canterbury Tales”
Noelle Phillips (Toronto): “Lydgate’s Verses on the Kings of England and the Social Function of Fifteenth-Century Literary Historiography”

11:45-12:00     Coffee and Tea

12:00-1:00      Session 3
Chair: TBD
Melissa Furrow (Dalhousie): “Philippa of Hainault as English Spectacle”
Lynn Arner (Brock): “Chaucer and Film in Pre-WWII America”

1:00-2:30       Break for Lunch
We will provide participants with suggestions for nearby restaurants and cafés

2:30-4:15       Session 4
Chair: TBD
Kathleen Cawsey (Dalhousie): “Ice Letters, Checkerboard Voices, Broken Wind: The Look of Words in Chaucer’s House of Fame.”
Elizaveta Strakov (Penn): “Sufficient English: Engaging with the French in the Squire’s Tale and the Prologue to the Legend of Good Women”
Fiona Somerset (Connecticut): “Trouble with Consent: Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale”

4:15-4:30       Coffee and Tea

4:30-5:30       Session 5
Chair: TBD
Warren Ginsberg (Oregon): “The Dancer and the Dance: Tellers, Tales, and Translation in the Canterbury Tales”

5:30 Reception


Please direct questions to