Susan Boynton, “RESOUNDING IMAGES: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music, and Sound”

Brown Bag Lunch Book Presentation

RESOUNDING IMAGESMedieval Intersections of Art, Music, and Sound

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The book will be presented by one of the two editors, Susan Boynton (Columbia U), in conversation with Jill E. Caskey, Adam S. Cohen, Isabelle Cochelin

Friday, November 27, 12:30 p.m. Great Hall, Centre for Medieval Studies, 125 Queens Park

CMS Annual Alumni Dissertation Award: Congratulations to Justin Haynes

Jill Caskey / CMS Alumni Dissertation Award citation/ 29 October 2015:

“One of my favorite parts of working as PhD Coordinator at CMS was learning about the research of the Centre’s doctoral students. I was, and remain, consistently struck by how students — how all of you — combine intense linguistic training with interdisciplinary sophistication, and then take your research in so many different directions.  The range of materials, themes, and concepts probed by CMS students is remarkable, as is the quality of the dissertations they produce.

 This year there were eight contenders for the Alumni Dissertation Award.  Their work represents a broad spectrum of disciplinary and methodological frameworks. Some of these dissertations examine little-known or neglected sources in order to bring them into lively scholarly debates.  Others revisit Old Favourites, and through exacting yet creative interdisciplinary analysis, convince us to see these Old Favourites in a new light.

 The winner of this year’s Alumni Dissertation Award is Justin Haynes, whose dissertation is entitled “Recovering the Classic:  Twelfth-Century Latin Epic and the Virgilian Tradition.” Members of the alumni jury describe the dissertation as “brilliant, a model of how to do good intellectual history.” Another writes, “It is methodologically sound, informed by both intimate knowledge of the texts on which it is based and the broad range of scholarship on them and on the theme of medieval Virgilianism in general,” and a third comments, “Haynes notes that, while the influence of Virgil on the vernacular has been well-studied, the web of interpretation, commentary, and reception in which medieval (and early modern) Latin epics are embedded, has not been well-explored. The dissertation does a great job of showing why such connections matter. … The dissertation entirely makes its case that there is a huge gap in our understanding of Virgilian reception.”

 image1Since Justin Haynes is not able to receive the award in person, his co-supervisors, John Magee and David Townsend, will accept it in his stead.”

On the picture: Jill, left, David (holding the award) and John

Justin Haynes has a one-year lecturer position teaching classes in postclassical Latin and the reception of the classics for the Classics department at UCLA.

Also congratulations to the recently married Justin!

Elisheva Baumgarten, “Consent and Choice Reconsidered: Marriage in Medieval Ashkenaz”

David Lipson Memorial Lecture

This talk examines evidence from a wide variety of medieval Hebrew sources discussing the age of brides at marriage and their agency in choosing their spouses in the medieval Jewish communities of Germany and northern France. Contrary to many recent studies it suggests that the bride and groom were far from passive in the arrangement of their own marriages and that the bride was generally older than commonly assumed. Changes in this pattern over the High Middle Ages within Jewish communities are situated within shifting conceptions of marriage in medieval Christian Europe at large.

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Elisheva Baumgarten is the Yitzhak Becker Professor of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author and editor of many articles and books, most recently Practicing Piety in Medieval Ashkenaz: Men, Women and Everyday Religious Observance (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) and Jews and Christians in Thirteenth Century France, ed. Elisheva Baumgarten and Judah D. Galinsky (Palgrave Press, 2015).

Presented by the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Please be advised that seating is limited.

Monday, November 23, 2015 – 4:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street

Prestigious creative writing award for Helen Marshall!

Wonderful news: one of our alumnae, Helen Marshall, has just won a prestigious creative writing award!

It’s just been announced that Helen’s collection Gifts for the One Who Comes After has received the 2015 World Fantasy Award, in the category of Collection:


Here also is a link to Helen’s book, on the publisher’s website:

And Helen’s own website:


Lecture and Seminar by Dr. Mark J. Clark, CUA

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, CMS, Dr. Mark J. Clark of the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., will give a talk about his new book, The Making of the Historia scholastica, 1150-1200, published by PIMS press. In his talk, Dr. Clark will present the principal findings of the book and show the significance of these findings for future research. A reception in the PIMS Laurence K. Shook Common Room will follow immediately after the lecture.

The next day, Wednesday 11 November, at 10:00 a.m., in the Great Hall, CMS, Dr. Clark will hold a seminar on his current research, guaranteed to involve Stephen Langton and the teaching and study of the Bible and theology in the Paris schools in the late twelfth century.