CMS Welcomes Medieval Colloquium Attendees

The CMS 33rd Medieval Colloquium is this Friday and Saturday March 2–3, and we are looking forward to having you all here with us in Toronto. Here are some important points of information in preparation for the event.
1. Registration and Conference Schedule: Here is the current conference schedule. Please note the registration and coffee/breakfast time of 8-9am, where you may pick up your conference packets. Registration will occur at the main conference location of Alumni Hall, in the Old Victoria College building.
2. Conference Locations: Here is a link to a Google-Map of local conference locations. Touch your cursor to the name of the location and the appropriate pin will be highlighted. We also have a printable walking map.
Registration, panels, and keynotes, together with various coffee breaks, will take place in Alumni Hall of Old Victoria College (not to be confused with Alumni Hall of Saint Michael’s College). “Old Vic” is the castle-shaped building in the middle of the Victoria University complex of buildings, and has a large main door. Alumni Hall is the room directly ahead of you upon entrance.
Lunches will be served in the Great Hall of the Centre for Medieval Studies, which is on the third floor of the Lillian Massey Building across from the ROM. There will be signs with arrows posted around, so you should be able to find it without difficulty.
Our Friday evening reception will be held in the Provost’s Lodge of Trinity College, which is accessed through the door to the right of the main entrance.
Any extracurricular drinking will probably occur in the Bedford Academy, which is a friendly local pub on Prince Arthur Street near Bedford Road. Members of the conference committee will be going for an informal drink there on Thursday March 1, beginning at around 7 if anyone wishes to join us. The reservation will be under the ‘CMS Medieval Conference’. The CMS Social Committee will also be having a pub night on Friday evening at 8:00 PM in the Bedford Academy (36 Prince Arthur Avenue).
Each of these locations is wheelchair-accessible. Please contact us if you have any special requirements.
3. Getting to downtown from the airports (for visitors to Toronto):

To transit downtown from Pearson International airport: from the Pearson Terminal, take the 192 Airport Express to Kipling Subway Station. Take the subway eastbound to St. George Station.

To transit downtown from Toronto Island Airport: a free shuttle bus runs from the ferry terminal at Toronto Island Airport to a hotel about a block from Union Subway Station. Take the ‘University-Spadina’ subway line northbound from Union and get off at either Museum (closest to the conference building) or St. George (closest to the hotel). Transit fares are $3 one-way.

If you do not wish to transit, you may take a taxi; fares to downtown should be ca. $35-40 from Pearson and ca. $15–20 from Toronto Island Airport.

4. Inquiries and Directions: various volunteers will be stationed around the conference areas full of helpful answers to all your questions.

Register for the Medieval Colloquium

Registration is now open for CMS’s 33rd Medieval Colloquium, “Imitation, Emulation, and Forgery: Pretending and Becoming in the Medieval World”:

Imitation implies both a faithfulness to its sources and also an inherent differentiation, and medieval culture used this space that embodied both sameness and difference as a particularly fertile zone; the religious found an imperfect mirror within the world and humanity, reflecting the transcendent world beyond matter; saints imitated Christ and one another, authors and poets looked to the models of both Christian and pagan antiquity, texts were copied and diffused, artists looked to the work of their forbears and the world around them, and knights fashioned themselves in the guise of the heroes of romance.

Be there.

2011–12 J.R. O’Donnell Memorial Lecture

2011-12 J.R. O’Donnell Memorial Lecture in Medieval Latin Studies

In search of Geoffrey of Vinsauf’s Lost “Long Documentum

Professor Martin Camargo, University of Illinois

Over a long teaching career Geoffrey of Vinsauf (fl. 1200) composed three general composition textbooks that survive in at least one manuscript copy: the Summa de coloribus rhetoricis, theDocumentum de modo et arte dictandi et versificandi, and the most famous Poetria nova. A fourth such work has been attributed to Geoffrey of Vinsauf but is in fact a much later, anonymous compilation that was known as Tria sunt (s. XIV ex.). This lecture will discuss the evidence of the Tria sunt and how this may help reconstruct Geoffrey’s lost revision and expansion of the earlier Documentum.

Martin Camargo, Professor of English, Classics, and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois, is an internationally acclaimed expert on medieval rhetoric. He is the author of Medieval Rhetorics of Prose Composition: Five English “Artes Dictandi” and Their Tradition (1995);The Middle English Verse Love Epistle (1991); Ars Dictaminis, Ars Dictandi (l991); and more than forty articles and book chapters on medieval rhetoric and Middle English literature.

Friday, 28 October 2011
4:00 pm
Great Hall, Room 312
Centre for Medieval Studies
125 Queen’s Park

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.
416 978 4884

Sponsored by the Journal of Medieval Latin, the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Department of Classics,  the Centre for Comparative Literature, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies & the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy.

DOE receives Mellon Challenge Grant

In spring 2011 the Dictionary of Old English received a $500,000 Mellon
Challenge Grant which requires a 1:1 match to release funds to the
project. Your support is always welcome, but most especially at this time. Each donation, no matter how large or small, will have maximum impact, for it will double in value. Your gift will help to ensure that the DOE will reach completion and will serve scholars and lovers of the English language for generations to come.

Donations may be made online through credit card, and cheques may be mailed to the Dictionary. Tax receipts will be issued for all gifts.

If you are interested in making a donation to the Centre for Medieval Studies for another purpose (for instance, in support of graduate students or the George Rigg Visitorship in Medieval Latin) you are very welcome to contact the Centre’s director or to visit the donations website.

Workshop on the Letters of Boniface (d. 754) and Lul (d. 785)

Rethinking the “Christian Foundation of Europe”:
An International Workshop on the Letters of Boniface (d. 754) and Lul (d. 785)
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and Trinity College, University of Toronto
Toronto, September 22–24, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Laurence K. Shook Common Room, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
8:45–9:30 Coffee
9:30–10:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Richard Alway, Praeses, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
John Magee, Director, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Alain Stoclet, Organizer
10:00–10:45 Session 1: General Introduction 
Dáibhí Ó Cróinín: The Importance of the Collection.
10:45–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–12:30 Session 2: Introducing BLE
Mary Garrison: The Boniface Letters: Some Comparisons, chiefly with Alcuin, and their Implications.
Jonathan Herold: Collecting and Preserving Written Records in the Age of Boniface.
12:30–2:00 Lunch (Common Room, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies)
2:00–3:00 Roundtable 1 (Moderator: T.B.A.)
Discussion will bear on the preceding papers by Ó Croínin, Garrison and Herold, as well as on broader issues pertaining to the prospective edition, such as the Introduction’s outline and contents or the inclusion in it of a summary of overarching findings, and the composition of editorial team and board of scientific advisors.
3:00–3:15 Coffee break
3:15–5:00 Session 3: Context
Achim Thomas Hack: From Archive to Codex.
James Palmer: Successor and Keeper? Lul and BLE.
Michael Elliot: BLE 50 and the Problem of Missing Names.
5:00–6:30 Reception (Common Room, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies)

Friday, September 23, 2011
Ethics Centre Seminar Room, Trinity College
8:30–9:00 Coffee
9:00–9:45 Session 4: Context (continued)
Andy Orchard: Lul and Boniface as Heirs to an Anglo-Saxon Tradition.
9:45–10:45 Roundtable 2 (Moderator: John Eldevik)
Dicussion will bear on the papers by Hack, Palmer, Elliot and Orchard. If feasible, brief memos and/or bibliographies will be circulated beforehand on: Fulda, Mainz and Reims in the ninth century, which will hopefully nourish the debate on context.
10:45–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–12:30 Session 5: Manuscripts
Alain Stoclet: The Manuscript Tradition, with Special Reference to Monacensis.
Christopher Landon: Tracking Sonderüberlieferungen : Hazards (BLE 92, Lul to Abbot Gregory of Utrecht) and Rewards (BLE 10, the Vision of the Monk of Wenlock).
12:30–2:00 Lunch (Ethics Centre, Trinity College)
2:00–3:00 Roundtable 3 (Moderator: James Carley)
Discussion will bear on the preceding papers, by Stoclet and Landon, as well as on: the typology of manuscripts; the search for new manuscripts; what to do with excerpts of the Letters found in canon law compilations; variations in selection and order of the Letters; creation of a virtual library and digitized facsimiles.
3:00–3:15 Coffee break
3:15–5:00 Session 6: Transmission and Scholarship (Medieval and Modern)
Wilhelm Friesen: In the Beginning: Willibald, BLE and the Vita Bonifatii Prima.
Michael Glatthaar: The Two Versions of Concilium Germanicum.
Heinrich Wagner: A New World? Johannes Nauclerus’ Chronica and the first printed Letters.
5:00–6:30 Reception (Provost’s Lodge, Trinity College)

Saturday, September 24, 2011
Ethics Centre Seminar Room, Trinity College
8:30–8:45 Coffee
8:45–9:45 Roundtable 4 (Moderator: T.B.A.)
Discussion will bear on the preceding papers, by Friesen, Glatthaar and Wagner, as well as on practical issues relating to the catalogue of instances of—indirect or secondary—transmission; preparing preliminary lists of entries; distributing tasks.
9:45–11:15 Session 7: Edition
Rob Meens: Editing the Letters: some thoughts.
Michael Herren: The Style of the Letters of Boniface.
11:15–11:30 Coffee break
11:30–12:30 Roundtable 5 (Moderator: Stephanie Hayes-Healy)
Discussion will bear on the preceding papers, by Meens and Herren, as well as on the edition translation, and commentary on Letter 95, which has been chosen as a test-case.
12:30–2:00 Lunch (Ethics Centre, Trinity College)
2:00–4:00 PLENARY ROUNDTABLE (Moderator: Ann Dooley)
Discussion will bear on the broader challenges of the proposed new edition, translation, and commentary for which the Workshop has prepared the ground.
4:00–4:15 Concluding remarks
Andy Orchard and Alain Stoclet, Organizers

Please note that the Laurence K. Shook Common Room has two dozen seats in addition to those reserved for speakers and round-table moderators and the Ethics Centre Seminar Room half as many: within these limits, anyone interested in attending is welcome.

The organizers gratefully acknowledge major funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in the form of an Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences grant, as well as additional contributions by the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto (T.B.C.), the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and Trinity College, University of Toronto.

University of Toronto Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy

Friday, September 23
Session I (4:30–6:30)
Chair:  Scott MacDonald (Cornell University)
Speaker:  Jennifer Ashworth (University of Waterloo):
“Aquinas, Scotus and Others on Naming, Knowing, and the Origin of Language”
Commentator:  Giorgio Pini (Fordham University)

Saturday, September 24
Session II (10:00–12:00)
Chair:  Bob Sweetman (Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto)
Speaker:  Susan Brower-Toland (St. Louis University):
“Medieval Approaches to Consciousness: Ockham and Chatton”
Commentator:  Richard Cross (University of Notre Dame)

Session III (2:00–4:00)
Chair: Matthew Siebert (University of Toronto)
Eric Hagedorn (University of Notre Dame): “Ockham’s Mental Language and the Dispute over the Subject of Scientia
Jennifer Pelletier (Université du Québec à Montréal): “Metaphysics and the Categories in Ockham”
Rachel Bauder (University of Toronto): “Naming Caesar: Siger of Brabant on Proper Names”

Session IV (4:15–6:15)
Chair:  David Piché (Université de Montréal)
Speaker:  Jack Zupko (University of Winnipeg):
“Contextualizing the Self-Knowledge Question in Later Medieval Philosophy”
Commentator:  Neil Lewis (Georgetown University)

All sessions will be held in room 100 of the Jackman Humanities Building (170 St. George Street).

All sessions are free and open to the public. Email us for 
registration and inquiries. Visit the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy for further information.

The colloquium is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Studies, the Centre for Medieval Studies, and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.

Organizers: Deborah Black, Peter King, Martin Pickavé

Welcome to the 2011–2012 Academic Year

The Centre for Medieval Studies welcomes new and old students to a new academic year. The Centre will be participating in various events to kick off the year, beginning with orientation events in the week before classes and continuing with the Toronto Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy and a Workshop on the Letters of Boniface and Lul later in the month. We look forward to another year of new insights into the medieval world and its influence on contemporary society.

Textual Cultures of Medieval Italy

William Robins (University of Toronto):

There are signs that we are now in the midst of another threshold moment in the study of medieval writing, similar to the consolidations and transformations of twenty-five years ago. In the intervening decades all the relevant humanistic disciplines have responded energetically to the basic imperative to see written documents (and indeed all verbal and non-verbal signs) not so much as transparent windows giving direct access to extra-textual facts, but as complicated material and social phenomena in their own right.

Available from University of Toronto Press.