Medieval Women Workshop III: Writers and Subjects

You are cordially invited to attend Medieval Women Workshop III: Writers and Subjects

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Dates & Times:

Friday, January 31st

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Saturday, February 1st

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Laurence K. Shook Common Room

Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

59 Queen’s Park Crescent East


For free registration please RSVP to before 29 January.

(Lunch & refreshments included)

For further information, please contact Ann M. Hutchison or Alison More


Friday, 31st January

3:30 p.m. Refreshments

4:00 p.m. Welcome and Remarks

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Kenneth Duggan – Mellon Fellow, PIMS (2019-20)

“Writing Women Back into Legal History”  

Jack McCart  –  MA candidate, Centre for Medieval Studies

“Roesia Burford (1286 – 1329) and her Mercantile Milieu: Finance, Family Strategy, and the Female Merchant in Late Medieval London”

5:30 p.m. Reception

Saturday, 1st February

9:30 a.m. Coffee, tea, etc.

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Sister Maria Parousia Clemens, SSVM – PhD candidate, Centre for Medieval Studies

“The Spouse of Christ: Marriage and Metaphor”

Robert Sweetman – H. Evan Runner Chair in the History of Philosophy, Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto; Centre for Medieval Studies

Aemulatio as Pedagogical and Amatory Ethos in Abelard and Heloise’s Letter Exchange”

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. SHORT BREAK

11:45 a.m.. – 12:30 p.m.

USMC Medieval Studies Students – presentations moderated by Alison More

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Sandwich lunch at PIMS

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Lydia Walker – Mellon Fellow, PIMS (2018-19)

“Women and War: Critiquing Thirteenth-Century Crusade Initiatives through Portraits of Women in Pastoral Literature” 

Laura Moncion – PhD candidate, Centre for MedievalStudies

“Workshopping Recluse Rules: the Admonitio ad Nonsuindam reclusam, the Regula solitariorum, and the Waldregel

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. SHORT BREAK

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

Alison More – Assistant Professor, University of St Michael’s College

Schismatic Regularization and its Legacy: John XXIII, the Grey Sisters, and the Vita Apostolica

James Ginther – Professor of Medieval Theology and Sisters of St Joseph of Toronto Chair in Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of St Michael’s College

“Hidden figure? Hildegard’s community at Rupertsberg and her Life of St Rupert”

5:00 p.m. Conclusion and refreshments

Grateful acknowledgement for the support of the University of St Michael’s College, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, and the Centre for Medieval Studies and for the kind assistance of Sheila Eaton and Cynthia Watson.

Professor John Magee New Director of CMS Starting July 1, 2020

Congratulations to Professor John Magee who will take over the directorship of the Centre for Medieval Studies from Interim Director Professor Isabelle Cochelin on July 1. Professor Magee received his PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto in 1986. He was appointed to the Department of Classics at Columbia University in 1986 as an Assistant Professor. In 1992, he joined the University of Toronto and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies as an Associate Professor in the Centre for Medieval Studies. In 1999, Professor Magee was promoted to the rank of Professor. He is a member of the Classics Department, the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, and the Centre for Medieval Studies. He has been a Senior External Fellow of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, and an Old Dominion Fellow of the Council of the Humanities, Princeton University (Department of Classics).

Professor Magee’s general research interests are in late ancient philosophy and philosophical commentators, and in textual criticism. He has published extensively on Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius in particular and is currently working on a critical edition of his Περὶ Ἑρμηνείας commentaries. He is the author of three books and a number of articles dealing primarily with the history of philosophy in the later Roman empire. Professor Magee has a fourth book, The Codex Pagesianus (BAV Pagès 1) and the Emergence of Aristotle in the Medieval West, coming out this year.

Having served as the Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Chair of Classics and, most recently, as the Vice-Dean, Faculty & Academic Life, Professor Magee has extensive academic administrative experience. Additionally, he has served on numerous committees at the Department, College, Faculty, and University levels.

Lecture by Professor Steven Bednarski, January 16 at 4:00 pm

The Centre for Medieval Studies cordially invites you to a lecture by:

Professor Steven Bednarski
Department of History, University of Waterloo
Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

Environments of Change & Changing Environments: Digitizing the Middle Ages

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Thursday January 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Centre for Medieval Studies, Room 301
Lillian Massey Building
University of Toronto
125 Queen’s Park, Toronto

In this talk, Project Director and PI, Prof. Steven Bednarski, presents the goals and objectives of Environments of Change and explores ways of integrating the approaches offered by traditional and digital humanists with those of the natural and pure sciences.

Environments of Change is a new SSHRC-funded research network that unites scholars from over a dozen disciplines including history, literature studies, art history, conservation, archaeology, geomorphology, palaeoclimatology, and dendrochronology with fifteen industry partners. The project explores how best to use emerging digital technologies to shine light on the complex relationship between people and nature at the end of the Middle Ages. To do this, project members have built the Medieval Digital Research in Arts and Graphical Environmental Networks Lab (DRAGEN), Canada’s first and only digital humanities lab dedicated to climate and culture. Through the Lab, and with the support of $2,500,000 in SSHRC funding and another $7,500,000 in partnered contributions, Environments of Change will provide 467 training opportunities over seven years to students and junior colleagues in Canada, the US, and the UK. These opportunities will train the next generation of digitally minded medievalists.

Congratulations to our recent PhD graduates!

Congratulations to our PhD students who recently defended their theses:

Riley, Bridget (2019) “Quotquot invenire posset: Inventiones and Historical Memory in Southern Italy, c. 900-1150″

“This dissertation examines inventiones, that is narratives of relic discoveries, written in southern Italy between the tenth and twelfth centuries. During this period, communities dealt with sweeping changes brought on by political upheaval, invasion, and ecclesiastical reforms. Several inventiones written concomitantly to these events have received little scholarly attention. This dissertation has two goals: to enhance our understanding of the genre in general and to explore further the local circumstances that prompted their composition and copying. The following four case studies pertain to Christian communities in Naples, Benevento, and Larino, and the abbey of San Vincenzo al Volturno respectively. This dissertation argues that, because of their “inventive” nature, these sources were powerful means of writing and rewriting history and, more often than not, the exercise of historical memory fueled their production. In particular, this dissertation contends that in eleventh-and twelfth-century southern Italy, as communities underwent the transition from Lombard to Norman authorities, the memory of the Lombard lords of the past was utilized in inventiones as a powerful tool to rewrite the identity of a community as it negotiated the changing political and ecclesiastical landscape. Furthermore, this dissertation argues that because of the devotional nature of inventiones, typically composed for use in the liturgy and thus potentially exposed to a large public, the history encoded within these sources was made all the more powerful. Inventiones reveal how the liturgy, ritual, and devotion were mobilized by medieval communities and display an inherent reciprocity between historical and devotional writing and thought. In order to unlock these features as well as the local conflicts and agendas that prompted the production of inventiones, both a close study of the original manuscripts of extant inventiones as well as attention to contemporary liturgical, diplomatic, and material sources are major components of each case study.”

Warnes, Julia (2019) “Dúngal: A Study of his Life and Works”

This study provides the first comprehensive treatment of the life and works of Dúngal, cleric and scholar active on the European continent during the ninth century. This dissertation has two main aims. First, it seeks to clarify what we can know about Dúngal based on an examination of the texts and manuscripts. It establishes a corpus of texts that can be attributed to Dúngal, and reassesses the palaeographic evidence of the manuscripts associated with him. Second, this dissertation provides a study of Dúngal in order to investigate broader questions about Carolingian intellectual history in the ninth century: what texts were they reading, what questions were they asking, or how were manuscripts being constructed, used, and reused? In sum, it examines Dúngal in order to contribute to our understanding of Carolingian intellectual culture in the ninth century.

Cologne-Toronto Graduate Student Colloquium December 12-14, 2019

Sponsored jointly by the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School and the Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien (ZEMAK), Universität zu Köln, and the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto.

The colloquium will take place in Cologne between the 12th and the 14th of December 2019. Six papers by students of each institution will be presented and commented on by professors of the other institution. The aim of the colloquium is to foster discussion and exchange among graduate students and faculty from both institutions.

This is the seventh colloquium in the series, which alternates between Cologne and Toronto. The University of Cologne is one of the most important German centres for the study of the Middle Ages and shares many ties with the CMS. Participants in past colloquia have benefited from the commentaries of scholars from different academic cultures and from the opportunity to build academic networks in Europe.


2:00 pm  Welcome – Opening

2:30-3:45 pm  Section 1

Chair: Sabine von Heusinger

Adrian Kammerer: Gender and the Spread of the Dominican Third Order

Commentator: Alison More

4:00-5:15 pm  Section 2

Chair: Alison More

Sister Parousia: Female Monks or Brides of Christ? Monastic Profession for Women in Medieval German Rituales

Commentator: Sabine von Heusinger

5:30-6:45 pm  Section 3

Chair: Markus Stock

Florian Müller: Old Tales in a New Medium: On the Prefaces of Printed Books of Heroes (1479-1590 CE)

Commentator: Andreas Hammer


9:00-10:15 am  Section 4

Chair: Susanne Wittekind

Irina Dudar: Medieval Archer Guild Collars as Storehouses of Collective Memory

Commentator: Suzanne Akbari

10:30-11:45 am  Section 5

Chair: Shami Ghosh

Graham Johnson: Liutprand’s of Cremona ‘Antapodosis’ – A “retributive” history of Late-Ninth and Early-Tenth Century European Politics

Commentator: Peter Orth / Dominik Waßenhoven

12:00-1:15 pm  Section 6

Chair: Monika Schausten / Andreas Hammer Alisa Hajdarpašić: Contingency and the Ambivalence of Poetic Justice in ‘Fortunatus’

Commentator: Shami Ghosh

2:15-3:30 pm  Section 7

Chair: Martin Pickavé

Lucas Marincak: Microtonalism and the Middle Ages: Exploring the 17-Tone Hypothesis of George Secor

Commentator: Frank Hentschel


9:15-10:30 am  Section 8

Chair: Suzanne Akbari

Matthew Orsag: ‘Advocati’ in the Lombard Legal Glosses

Commentator: Fiorella Retucci

10:45-12:00 am  Section 9

Chair: Udo Friedrich

Julius Herr: Complex Legendary Narration and the Thematics of Sleep in Heinrich von Veldeke’s ‘Sente Servas’

Commentator: Markus Stock

12:15-1:30 pm  Section 10

Chair: Shami Ghosh

Mary Maschio: The Paradox of Beauty and the Body in Velthandros & Chrysandza, Livistros & Rodamni, and Kallimachos & Chrysorroi

Commentator: Irina Dumitrescu

2:30-3:45 pm  Section 11

Chair: Fiorella Retucci

Francesco de Benedittis: The Commentary by John Pecham on the I Book of the Sentences by Peter Lombard. Critical Edition and Analysis. Prooemium, Prologue and dist. 1-3

Commentator: Martin Pickavé

4:00-5:15 pm  Section 12

Chair: Andreas Speer

Margarete Neuhaus: What is Matter? Three Answers using the Concept of ‘Undetermined Dimensions’

Commentator: Martin Pickavé


Lecture by Professor Anders Winroth, January 23 at 4:00 pm

The Centre for Medieval Studies cordially invites you to a lecture by

Professor Anders Winroth

Birgit Baldwin Professor of History, Yale University
President, Stephan Kuttner Institute of Medieval Canon Law

Secrets of the Vikings

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Centre for Medieval Studies, Room 301
Lillian Massey Building
University of Toronto
125 Queen’s Park, Toronto

Toronto Old English Colloquium Graduate Student CFP 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS – Graduate students


We are pleased to announce the 2020 Toronto Old English Colloquium hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Department of English at the University of Toronto. Each year, the colloquium brings together graduate students and seasoned scholars for a day dedicated to Old English scholarship. We invite proposals from graduate students for papers on any area of interest related to Old English, and are seeking a broad range of topics including – but not limited to – literature, law, history, art history, medicine, science, lexicography, palaeography, and any other relevant areas. The length of a paper presentation should be 20 minutes. We may be able to provide some funding to support accommodation and/or student travel.

Deadline: January 6th, 2020
Proposals should include a 300-word abstract, a one-page CV, and full contact information.

Please submit queries or proposals for papers to Professor Fabienne Michelet ( and Shirley Kinney (