Developing Ethiopian Studies at UofT

CMS and the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations are glad to share news of this upcoming fundraising event by the Bikila Award foundation, in support of a new initiative in Ethiopian Studies at the University of Toronto. This initiative includes the launch in 2016-17 of an introductory course in Ge’ez language, the language of Ethiopia’s rich manuscript tradition.


The 1st Annual Track & Field Meet coming to world class Varsity Stadium, University of Toronto, 299 Bloor St. West

On August 6, 2016, 5:00pm – 10:30pm

Athletic Competitions, Great Entertainment, Family Fun Night

Adults $10, Youth (age 10 – 17) $5, and FREE for under 10.

Meet Elite Runners. Be a Champion!

During this inaugural event athlete Belaineh Densamo,

Marathon world Record holder for 10 years will be attending.

For more info and to pre-register for competitions: or call 416-709-5647.

Conveniently located pay parking available or steps away from St. George Subway.


Appointments of Haruko Momma and Alexandra Bolintineanu

Message from Prof. Suzanne Akbari, CMS Director:

I am delighted to announce two faculty appointments: our incoming Cameron Professor, and a new position in Digital Medieval Studies.

Professor Haruko Momma will join the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Department of English as of 1 May 2017 as the Cameron Professor of Old English Language and Literature. In that role, she will lead the Dictionary of Old English as Chief Editor, continuing the rich tradition of Anglo-Saxon studies at Toronto and contributing to the ongoing strength of digital projects in the humanities. The DOE team and the larger medieval community are very excited to begin this new chapter in our history. Professor Momma is the author of From Philology to English Studies: Language and Culture in the Nineteenth Century. (Cambridge, 2012) and The Composition of Old English Poetry. (Cambridge, 1997), and the editor of A Companion to the History of the English Language (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008). She has held a number of prestigious fellowships from institutions including the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University. We look forward to welcoming Professor Momma at Toronto in the course of the coming year.

Alexandra Bolintineanu joins the Centre for Medieval Studies as of 1 July 2016 as Assistant Professor, teaching stream, of Digital Humanities and Medieval Studies. Professor Bolintineanu recently completed three years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute and CMS, supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources. In her new role, she will build upon her work in the area of Digital Medieval Studies at CMS while developing new undergraduate programming in Digital Humanities at Woodsworth College. Please join me in welcoming both of them into Toronto’s Medieval Studies community.