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.

Pre-Kalamazoo Overflow Sessions: May 10, 10am-1pm

Practice Your Kazoo Overflow Session
Tuesday, May 10, Room 310, Lillian Massey Building
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Since the first Practice Your Kazoo session was so popular that it filled right up, we’re running an informal overflow session the following morning. After you’ve attended the formal session on Monday May 9th, please join us on Tuesday the 10th for Practice Your Kazoo Part II: The Two Kazoos! Our schedule is below.

Plenary, 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Lara Howerton, “Mending Medieval Manuscripts: The Tools and Techniques of Embroidered Parchment Repairs”

Coffee break, 10:45 am – 11:00 am

Panel 1: Out of This World, 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Anna Wilson, “They also had FURS”
Kaitlin Heller, “The Truth Is Up There: UFOs and National Identity from Medieval Europe to Antebellum America”

Coffee break, 11:45 am – 12:00 noon

Panel 2: Power and Control, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Christopher Berard, “‘De rotunda tabula prohibenda’: Squaring the Circle of Medieval Round Tables”
Daniel Price, “Don’t Mess with This Monastery: Two Sixth-Century Gallic Vitae Leveraging Famous Patrons into Raw Political Power”

Pre-Kalamazoo: May 9, 9am-4pm

Session 1: 9.00-10.30
Constanz Buyken, “Defining, Performing, and Questioning: “Chivalry” and Gender in Late Medieval Conduct Literature and the Tournament”
Sara Wilk, “Christine de Pizan, Chivalry, and Feminism”
Sarah Gregory, “Trans-like Identities in the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance”
Guillaume Bureaux, “The Persistence of the Warrior Tradition in the Last Years of the Middle Ages: The Example of the Pas d’Armes in Burgundy under Duke Charles the Bold”

Coffee/tea Break 10.30-10.45

Session 2: 10.45-12.00 
Sarah Gilbert, “Anglo-Saxon Medical Recipes in non-medical manuscripts: matters of culture, context and community”
Elise Williams, “Mendicant Medics: When Friars Treated in the Middle Ages”
Ariana Ellis, “The Great Equalizers: Death and Humour During the Black Death of the Fourteenth Century”

Lunch Break 12.00-1.00

Session 3: 1.00 – 2.15
Vanina Kopp, “Playful Reading as Pastime at the French Court: The Performance of Literary Games and Poetic Competitions in the Late Middle Ages”
Dylan Wilkerson, “Source Study of the Prologue of Guthlac A”
Amy Conwell, “Confessing Nothing: Marguerite Porete’s Middle English I without You”

Coffee/Tea Break 2.15-2.30

Session 4: 2.30- 4.00
Sigbjørn Sønnesyn, “‘But first: are you experienced?’: Robert Grosseteste’s Experiential Epistemology”
Jonathan Turnock, “Many lords, many kings: Architectural and sculptural visualisations of Anglo-Norman lordship”
Stephanie Britton, “Memory and identity at Canterbury: the written record”
Kate Menendez, “The Role of Exegesis in Complicating the Linear Narrative in Jonas of Bobbio’s Life of Columbanus”


Henry Daniel’s Linguistic Innovation

Henry Daniel’s Linguistic Innovation
Sarah Star

Tuesday, 10 May 2016
4:00 pm
Centre for Medieval Studies, Room 310

Henry Daniel, fourteenth-century Dominican friar, wrote the earliest known academic medical treatise in Middle English. To accomplish this task, he had to create much of the vocabulary needed to express specialist knowledge in English. In this talk, Sarah Star will outline some features of Daniel’s linguistic innovation, idiosyncratic style, and connections with medieval English literary culture to show how he established his vernacular authority.

Download the poster here.

Old English Colloquium, Friday, 6 May 2016

Old English Colloquium

Centre for Medieval Studies, 125 Queen’s Park, Room 310

Friday, 6 May 2016

9:00-10:15 am
Chair: Dylan Wilkerson (University of Toronto)
Leslie Lockett (Ohio State University): “New Manuscript Evidence for the Relationship Between the Old English Soliloquies and the Carolingian Study of Augustine’s Soliloquia.”

10:15-10:30 am
Coffee Break

10:30-11:15 am
Christopher Jones (Ohio State University)
Rob Getz (University of Toronto)
Stephen Pelle (University of Toronto)
Lexicography Workshop: “Problems in Old English Lexicography: Preost and Mæssepreost

11:15-11:30 am
Coffee Break

Chair: Elise Williams (University of Toronto)
Val Pakis (University of Toronto): “‘Perhaps the Most Famous Romance of Germanic Philology’: Eduard Sievers and the Invention of Genesis B
Rob Getz (University of Toronto): “Genesis A 2733b-34: The Problem, the (Gothic) Solution”

12:30pm-2:00pm: Lunch (Great Hall)

2:00-3:30 pm
Chair: Dylan Wilkerson (University of Toronto)
Cameron Laird (University of Toronto): “Cynewulfian Accounts of Creation and The Fall”
Jessica Lockhart (University of Toronto): “Wonder and the Riddles in Solomon and Saturn II
Mallory McCampbell (University of Toronto): “Wilderness and Beorg in Guthlac A

3:30-3:45 pm
Coffee Break

3:45-5:00 pm
Chair: Elise Williams (University of Toronto)
Drew Jones: “Eucharistic Theology in the Circle of Alcuin: An Unedited Treatise in Munich, BSB, Clm 6389”

Reception to follow.
Download the poster here.

2016 Leonard E. Boyle Lecture: Roberta Gilchrist, “Glastonbury Abbey Archaeology, Legend and Interpretation”

You are invited to attend the 2016 Leonard E. Boyle Lecture

“Glastonbury Abbey: Archaeology, Legend, and Interpretation”

sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

presented by Roberta Gilchrist (University of Reading)

Research Dean for Heritage and Creativity and Professor of Archaeology

4:00 p.m., Monday, 2 May 2016

Room 400, Alumni Hall
121 St. Joseph Street
St. Michael’s College
University of Toronto

Reception to follow.

Roberta Gilchrist’s research addresses medieval social archaeology, with particular focus on gender and belief. She has published widely on the archaeology of medieval burial and religious communities (nunneries, monasteries, hospitals, cathedrals). She is particularly intrigued by the relationship between Christianity and medieval magic. A champion for equal opportunities, Gilchrist promotes women in archaeology and is actively involved in initiatives to integrate disability into the teaching of fieldwork.

Download the poster here.


Dictionary of Old English awarded prestigious NEH grant

wyrm (large)The Centre for Medieval Studies is thrilled to announce that the Dictionary of Old English (DOE) has been awarded a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant (US $160,000/CAN $210,000) will be administered through the NEH’s Division of Preservation and Access and will allow the DOE to continue to make progress over the next two years, particularly in the areas of technological innovation and sustainability.

The DOE is one of a very few projects outside the United States to enjoy the support of the NEH, which has been one of the DOE’s most important backers for many years. The support of agencies outside Canada is a clear indicator of the international importance of the DOE’s work.

The NEH’s evaluators for this grant hail the DOE as “one of the most significant scholarly lexical projects” of the last 50 years and “a model project in every way.” Singled out for particular praise are the project’s efforts to link to related entries in the Middle English Dictionary and Oxford English Dictionary, as well as the recent incorporation of links to manuscript images, which is commended as “an innovative approach to ‘problematic citations,’ changing the nature of evidence for historical dictionaries.”

Half of the new NEH grant will be awarded outright, while the other half must be matched by other third-party contributions in order to be released. If you would like to contribute to the DOE to help raise the matching funds, you may make donations online through credit card or by mail.


Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

Siân Echard, “How Gower Found his Vox: Latin and the Gowerian Poetic”


Professor Siân Echard

Department of English, University of British Columbia

“How Gower Found his Vox: Latin and the Gowerian Poetic”

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Friday, 29 January 2016

4:10 p.m.

Great Hall, Room 310
Centre for Medieval Studies
125 Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario

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: or (416) 978-4884.

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


Printable flyer available here.

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.