Welcome to our New Students!

The Centre for Medieval Studies welcomes everyone to a new academic year 2014-15. A special welcome to our new MA and PhD students. We have 25 new MA students this year and 14 students entering the PhD class. We hope everyone will have a chance to meet them as soon as possible. Here is a list of some of the new students.

MA students:

  • Eun Seon (Ludia) Bae, BA (York University): gender history, monastic communities in the High Middle Ages, and stained glass windows.”
  • Jonathan Brent, AM (University of Chicago), BA (Maryville College): Late Medieval England, Romance, Animal Studies
  • Mark Doerksen, BA (Hons.) (University of Saskatchewan): Anglo-Saxon Studies and Germanic Literature
  • David Foley, BA (Hons.) (University of Saskatchewan): St. Thomas Aquinas, Philosophical Theology, Rhetoric and Poetics
  • Anthony J. Fredette, BA (Fresno Pacific University): the expression of philosophical and theological themes in medieval literature, particularly in Boethius, the Lancelot-Grail Cycle, and Dante
  • Walker Horsfall, BA (University of Toronto): Medieval German vernacular literature; medieval esoteric religious movements and philosophies
  • Leonardo Lombardi, BA (McGill University): Political discourses, Government, and Law in Late Medieval Italy
  • Namiko Hitotsubashi,BA (Wheaton, MA): Old English history and literature, Old Norse Lit.
  • Matthew Monk, BA (University of Tennessee): Northern European economic and social history, material culture, medieval industry and trade, and textile and book production
  • Elizabeth Perfetto, BA (University of Toronto): English and French vernacular literature, food culture, medieval reception
  • Robert Smth, BA (University of Oxford), History. Interests: Early medieval, esp Carolingian, history; hagiography and political admonition
  • Angela Warner, BA (University of Kansas): troubadours, Cathars, emotional communities, emotional expression, medieval mystics, medieval medicine

New PhD students:

  • Benjamin Durham, BA (Ohio), MA (Toronto): Codicology and Palaeography
  • Boaz Faraday Schuman, BA (Calgary), MA (Toronto): scholastic metaphysics and philosophy of mind, especially in the thought of Duns Scotus and his pupil Franciscus de Mayronis; and Old English biblical paraphrases and saints’ lives
  • Caitlin E. M. Henderson, BA (Wilfrid Laurier University), MA (University of York): medicine; codicology and palaeography; Middle English
  • Terri Sanderson, BA (Dalhousie) BA (Ottawa), MA (Toronto): medieval cosmology, Old English literature
  • Cameron Wachowich, BA (Toronto), MA (National University of Ireland, Galway), MA (Toronto): Insular medieval vernaculars, especially Irish; text editing and translation; reception studies; historiography
  • Julia Warnes, BA (Ottawa), MA (National University of Ireland, Galway), MA (Toronto): Late Antique private letter collections
  • Sarah Wilk, BA (Lethbridge), MA (Toronto): Late Medieval Warfare, Chivalry, Masculinity
  • Dylan Wilkerson, BA (UCLA), MA (Toronto): English Literature and Scandinavian Literature

Catherine Conybeare Lecture: Nov 14

The Centre for Medieval Studies cordially invites you to a lecture by 2014 John Bennett distinguished visiting scholar,

Catherine Conybeare
Professor of Classics, Bryn Mawr College

“An Eccentric Approach to Augustine of Hippo”

Friday, 14 November, 4:10 p.m.
Alumni Hall 400
121 St. Joseph St

How might Augustine’s anomalous position as simultaneously a triumphant example of imperial education and a defiantly loyal North African affect the structure of his thought and his view of the world?

Reception to follow


New Book by Jesse Billett


Jesse Billett New bookCongratulations to Jesse Billett on the recent publication of his book, The Divine Office in Anglo-Saxon England, 597-c.1000

“At the heart of life in any medieval Christian religious community was the communal recitation of the daily “hours of prayer” or Divine Office. This book draws on narrative, conciliar, and manuscript sources to reconstruct the history of how the Divine Office was sung in Anglo-Saxon minster churches from the coming of the first Roman missionaries in 597 to the height of the “monastic revival” in the tenth century.
Going beyond both the hagiographic “Benedictine” assumptions of older scholarship and the cautious agnosticism of more recent historians of Anglo-Saxon Christianity, the author demonstrates that the early Anglo-Saxon Church followed a non-Benedictine “Roman” monastic liturgical tradition. Despite Viking depredations and native laxity, this tradition survived, enriched through contact with varied Continental liturgies, into the tenth century. Only then did a few advanced monastic reformers conclude, based on their study of ninth-century Frankish reforms fully explained for the first time in this book, that English monks and nuns ought to follow the liturgical prescriptions of the Rule of St Benedict to the letter. Fragmentary manuscript survivals reveal how monastic leaders such as Dunstan and Æthelwold variously adapted the native English liturgical tradition – or replaced it – to implement this forgotten central plank of the “Benedictine Reform””


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2014-15 J.R. O’Donnell Memorial Lecture in Medieval Studies: Nov 21

CMS cordially invites you to the 2014-15 J.R. O’Donnell Memorial lecture in Medieval studies, by

Professor Catherine Conybeare
Department of Classics, Bryn Mawr College

“Augustine the African”

Friday, 21 November 2014
4:10 p.m.
Great Hall, Room Room 312
Centre for Medieval Studies
125 Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario

The notion of a distinctively African Latin, “africitas”, which was first suggested in the sixteenth century by Vives and then elaborated by scholars throughout the twentieth century, has recently been emphatically laid to rest by J. N. Adams. So without resorting to clichés about “africitas”, can we detect other, subtle ways in which Augustine engaged his congregations and interlocutors to invoke a common African heritage?

Reception to follow

This lecture series is free and open to the public. If you have an accessibility or accommodation need for this event, please contact the Centre for Medieval Studies medieval.studies@utoronto.ca 416 978 4884

Jointly sponsored by: The Centre for Medieval Studies, Centre for Comparative Literature, Centre for the Study of Religion, Department of Classics, Department Philosophy, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and the Journal of Medieval Latin