CMS-UTLibraries partnership in Manuscript Studies

In partnership, University of Toronto Libraries and Centre for Medieval Studies’ Old Books New Science Lab have undertaken a project – “Digital Tools for Manuscript Study” – funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We have identified some core needs of scholars who use digital surrogates of medieval books: data portability, repository interoperability and tool modularity. Our project aims to create tools that support these needs.

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London, British Library, Yates Thompson 47, f.14

Our project is one node in an international network built upon IIIF, the International Image Interoperability Framework, and the Web Annotation data model. IIIF de-silos image stores. It allows scholars to work with manuscripts from different repositories, and enables cross-institutional image and annotation sharing. Using IIIF and Web Annotation specifications, our team will be integrating several modular tools with Omeka, the popular open-source content management system. We hope to improve the usability of these tools for medievalists, and to increase the portability of data between Omeka, library and archive repositories, and scholars’ desktops. Our project also uses to improve the interoperability of the data produced by scholarly transcription, translation and annotation of books.

The Second Toronto-Washington Colloquium for the Study of the Bible and Theology in the Middle Ages

The purpose of the Colloquium is to provide a forum for graduate students working on different aspects of the medieval sacra pagina to present and discuss their work in the presence of faculty and peers. The main focus of the meetings will be on student presentations, circulated beforehand, to which faculty will respond. In addition, there will be one or more lectures and/or workshops given by faculty members on relevant themes. The Colloquium thus provides students with a valuable opportunity to discuss their work with experts who they do not encounter on a regular basis, and to interact with fellow students working on related topics. The overarching goal of the Colloquium is to create a solid foundation for the revision of the role the Bible played in the development of theology in the Middle Ages and beyond.


Evangelium Sancti Matthei cum glossa, Montpellier, Bibl. med. H 155, f. 11r

Evangelium Sancti Matthei cum glossa, Montpellier, Bibl. med. H 155, f. 11r


Thursday, June 16


9:00-9:30: Breakfast and welcome. PIMS, Laurence K. Shook Common Room


9:30-10:00: Opening Keynote Lecture. PIMS, Classroom A

Alexander Andrée (CMS), “The Bible and Theology in the Twelfth Century: A New Approach.”


10:00-11:30: Session 1. PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Tim Noone (CUA)

Speaker: Kevin Augustyn (CUA), “Peter Comestor’s Lectures on the Sermon on the Mount in the Glossed Matthew.”

Response: Alexander Andrée


11:45-12:30: Session 2. PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Peter O’Hagan (CMS)

Speaker: David Foley (CMS), “Hoc Initium Signorum: Preliminary Reflections on Mazarine 175’s Anonymous Glose siue postille super Iohannem.


12:30-2:00: Lunch.  PIMS, Laurence K. Shook Common Room


2:00-3:30: Session 3. PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Alexander Andrée

Speaker: Kirsty Schut (CMS), “Teaching the Bible in Fourteenth-Century Naples.”

Response: Tim Noone


3:45-4:30: Session 4. PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Joshua Benson (CUA)

Speaker: Lane Springer (CMS), “A Genesis Commentary in St Gallen 146.”


4:30-6:00: Session 5. PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Giulio Silano (SMC)

Speaker: Peter O’Hagan, “Sacra doctrina as Historical Act: Peter Lombard’s Use of the Glossa ‘ordinaria’ on Romans.”

Response: Mark Clark (CUA)


Friday, June 17


9:30-10:00: Breakfast. PIMS, Laurence K. Shook Common Room

10:00-11:30: Session 6. PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Mark Clark

Speaker: Andrew Cuff (CUA), “Peter Comestor’s Lectures on the Glossed Luke and the Gloss: a Preliminary Study.”

Response: Alexander Andrée


11:45-1:00: Session 7, PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Kirsty Schut

Speaker: Ben Durham (CMS), “Biblical Authority and Structure in the Sermons of Peter Comestor.”

Speaker: Katie Menendez (CMS), “Exegesis and Historiography in Peter Comestor.”


1:00-2:00: Lunch. PIMS, Laurence K. Shook Common Room

2:00-3:30: Session 8. PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Joshua Benson

Speaker: Allison Zbicz Michael (CUA), “Six-Fold Senses and the Adornment of Creation in Robert Grosseteste’s Hexaemeron.”

Response: Jim Ginther (SMC)


3:45-4:30: Session 9. PIMS, Classroom A. Chair: Alexander Andrée

Speaker: Alessia Berardi (CMS), “The Materia super librum sententiarum: Peter Comestor and the Authority of his Master.”


4:30-5:00: Closing Keynote Lecture. PIMS, Classroom A

Mark Clark, “The Lectures That Formed the Basis for All of Stephen Langton’s Lectures on the Old Testament: an Introduction.”


The Colloquium for the Study of the Bible and Theology in the Middle Ages is organized with the generous support of the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in the University of Toronto, and the School of Theology of the Catholic University of America.