The George Rigg Visitorship in Medieval Latin Studies: John J. Contreni

The Centre for Medieval Studies is pleased to welcome:

Professor John J. Contreni (Department of History, Purdue University)
“Replacing the Classics in the Carolingian Age”

Thursday, February 6, 2014
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Room 310
Lillian Massey Building
125 Queen’s Park, 3rd Floor
Toronto, Ontario

Prof. John Contreni, in addition to delivering the O’Donnell Memorial Lecture in Medieval Latin Studies on February 7, has kindly agreed to assume the role of George Rigg Visitor in Medieval Latin Studies for events on Thursday, February 6. Prof. Contreni will meet with half a dozen doctoral students that morning and over lunch to discuss their current work in informal conversation, and then will present a seminar at 2.30 on his own work in progress, entitled “Replacing the Classics,” in which he will discuss his formulation of a new paradigm for understanding the engagement of Carolingian intellectuals with the literary legacy of classical Rome. The seminar is intended as a participatory conversation and is open to all.

An endowment in support of the George Rigg Visitorship was begun in 2008 to foster informal, small-group contacts between a distinguished visiting scholar and members of the CMS community, especially doctoral students. It honors the signal contributions of Professor Emeritus A.G. Rigg to Medieval Latin teaching and research at the CMS over the span of some forty-five years. Further contributions to this endowment will enhance the flexbility and scope of events that can be offered under the auspices of the Visitorship in coming years.


Upcoming Lecture: Professor Janet Burton

“Representing the past: Selby Abbey (Yorkshire) and its medieval historian”

Please mark your calendars. On April 30, 2014, CMS will be welcoming Professor Janet Burton (University of Wales, Lampeter).

Professor Burton has recently published an edition and translation of the Historia Selebiensis Monasterii – a history of Selby (the first Norman monastery in northern England) – written in 1174, with Oxford Medieval Texts.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Lillian Massey Building, Room 310

Practice Job Talks December 2013

The Centre for Medieval Studies is hosting 3 practice job talks this upcoming December:

“Hell, Fire, and Human Societies at Orleans in 1022”
Wednesday, December 11
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

“Ovidianism in the Carmina of Baudri of Bourgueil”
Wednesday, December 11
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

“Genre and Translation: Hagiography and Romance in Medieval England”
Thursday, December 12, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

All talks will be held in Room 310 of the Lillian Massey Building.

Come support our students on the job market. All are welcome.

New Book by John Haines

Congratulations to John Haines! His book, “Music in Films on the Middle Ages: Authenticity vs. Fantasy” has just been published by Routledge.

“This book explores the role of music in the some five hundred feature length films on the Middle Ages produced between the late 1890s and the present day. Haines focuses on the tension in these films between the surviving evidence for medieval music and the idiomatic tradition of cinematic music. The latter is taken broadly as any musical sound occurring in a film, from the clang of a bell off -screen to a minstrel singing his song. Medieval film music must be considered in the broader historical context of precinematic medievalisms and of medievalist cinema’s main development in the course of the twentieth century as an American appropriation of European culture. The book treats six pervasive moments that define the genre of what could be called medieval film: the church-tower bell, the trumpet fanfare or horn call, the music of banquets and courts, the singing minstrel, performances of Gregorian chant, and the music that accompanies horseriding knights, with each chapter visiting representative films as case studies. These six signal musical moments create a fundamental visual-aural core that is central to making a film feel medieval to modern audiences, and these musical stereotypes originate in medievalist works predating cinema by some three centuries.”

For more information, visit the publisher’s website.

Welcome to our New Students!

The Centre for Medieval Studies welcomes everyone to a new academic year 2013-14. A special welcome to our new MA and PhD students. We have 30 new MA students this year and 9 students entering the PhD class. We hope everyone will have a chance to meet them as soon as possible. Here is a list of the new students.

MA students:

  • Julia Cadney, BA (Mount Allison): History and Classics
  • Benjamin Durham, BA (Ohio): Codicology and Palaeography
  • Tomas Flecker, BA (Toronto): Late Antiquity and Early Medieval
  • Adam Giancola, BA (Toronto): Legal History, Canon Law, Italian History, Jurisprudence
  • Sarah Giesbrecht, BA (York): Religious Art and Book History
  • Sara Giesler, BA (Nipissing): Medieval Church Art and Propaganda
  • Melanie Hurley, BA (Memorial): Old English literature
  • Elena Iourtaeva, BA (Toronto): Art and monasticism in medieval Rus’; cultural exchanges between Eastern and Western Europe; the rise of Muscovy
  • Elisabet Lindale, BA (Acadia): Late medieval England; the Wars of the Roses; social and gender history; material culture
  • Cornelis Malan, B Compt (South Africa), MA (Southern Evangelical Seminary): Classical metaphysics (and epistemology), philosophical theology
  • Caitlin Mans, BA (Flagler College): women and gender; religious communities; and mystics on the Continent between the 10 and 13th centuries
  • Katie Menendez, BHum (Carleton): Humanities and History
  • Kylee Nicholls, BA (Sydney): Medieval Studies and Asian Studies
  • Kari North, BA (UBC) – Focus on women, politics, crusades, and warfare in the Late Middle Ages
  • Heather Darling Pigat, BA (York): Material Culture; Medieval Manuscript Pigments
  • Caroline Purse, BA (Cambridge): Old English literature; Anglo-Saxon history and archaeology; Medieval French literature; Celtic history
  • Boaz Faraday Schuman, BA (Calgary): scholastic metaphysics and philosophy of mind, especially in the thought of Duns Scotus and his pupil Franciscus de Mayronis; and Old English biblical paraphrases and saints’ lives
  • Terri Sanderson, BA (Dalhousie) BA (Ottawa): medieval cosmology, Old English literature
  • Marianna Stell, BA (Baylor): Art History and English Literature
  • Cameron Wachowich, BA (Toronto), MA (National University of Ireland, Galway): Insular medieval vernaculars, especially Irish; text editing and translation; reception studies; historiography
  • Julia Warnes, BA (Ottawa), MA (National University of Ireland, Galway): Late Antique private letter collections
  • Hannah Weaver, BA (Boston): French Romance, Chaucer, and Rhetoric
  • David Welch, BA (Baylor): Old and Middle English literature and medieval exegesis
  • Sarah White, BA (Victoria): Canon and Common Law in England, Document Studies
  • Sarah Wilk, BA (Lethbridge): Late Medieval Warfare, Chivalry, Masculinity
  • Dylan Wilkerson, BA (UCLA): English Literature and Scandinavian Literature

New PhD students:

  • Alex Bauer, BA, MA (Toronto): Old English, Comparative Literature
  • Lochin Brouillard, BA (McGill), MA (Toronto): Gender and Cultural History
  • Jason Brown, BA (Manitoba), MA (Toronto): Medieval Kingship and Old English Literature
  • Michael Fatigati, BA (Biola), MA (Villanova): Later Medieval Latin philosophy and Classical Arabic philosophy
  • Ryan Hall, BA (UCLA), MA (Toronto): Old English, Old Norse, Literary Theory
  • Samuel Klumpenhouwer, BA, MA (Toronto): Ecclesiastical History, esp. Mendicant Orders
  • Francesco Pica, MA and PhD (Antonianum Pontifical University, Rome): Late Medieval Theology and Philosophy; Franciscan thought (thirteen-fourteen century); Metaphysics; ethics
  • Bridget Riley, BA (Catholic U.), MA (Toronto): Cult of Saints, pilgrimage, and miracle collections
  • Bogdan Smarandache, BA (Montreal), MPhil (Cambridge), MA (Toronto): Frankish-Muslim Relations during the Crusades