Informal memorial gathering to celebrate George Rigg’s life – 25 April 2019

An invitation from David Townsend, Chair of the Latin Committee and Professor Emeritus in Medieval Studies and English:

The Centre for Medieval Studies will host an informal memorial gathering to celebrate George Rigg’s life, accomplishments, and inestimable contributions to CMS, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 in the Great Hall. There will be ample opportunity to share reminiscences of George. As George himself might well have wanted, we’ll close with a cup of tea and a nice biscuit at 4. As George himself would surely have been glad, the gathering will take place between Rounds Two and Three of the Latin Scrabble tournament that day.

Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies – 20-23 March 2019

Established in 2002, Vagantes is North America’s largest and most successful Medieval Studies conference for graduate students of medieval studies. Much like the clergy students and minstrels of the Middle Ages who adopted nomadic lifestyles, this conference adopts their wandering spirit by being hosted by a different unviersity each year. The event is organized entirely by graduate students and seeks to provide junior scholars from all disciplines the opportunity to discuss their reserach on any aspect of Medieval Studies.

In keeping with its ission, Vagantes never charges a registration fee, but you can register for the conference and find more observation on their website: http://vagantesconference.org/

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All events will take place in the Great Hall of the Centre for Medieval Studies unless otherwise noted. (Lillian Massey Building, 3rd Floor, 125 Queen’s Park)

Thursday, March 21

8:30-9:00- Breakfast and Registration

9:00-9:30 – Introductory Remarks

9:30-11:00 – Session One: Imagined and Created Histories 

                    Moderated by Alison More

Imagined Pasts: Reconstructing Ottoman Harem Narratives

Kortney Stern (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Stories of the Maccabees in Nicholas Trevet’s Les Cronicles

Jonathan Brent (University of Toronto)

Identity and Reception of the Byzantine Croce degli Zaccaria 

Caitlin Mims (Florida State University)

11:00-12:00- Tour of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies Library

12:00-1:30- Mentorship Lunch, organized by Timothy Nelson (University of Arkansas)

1:30-3:00- Session Two: Rhetorical (Re)writings

                Moderated by Dan Brielmaier

Moor or Saracen? Translation as Propaganda in the Cantigas de Santa Maria, 1270-1284

Marlena Cravens (University of Texas, Austin)

Saxo and his younger cousin – principles used to make Gesta Danoruminto Compendium Saxonis

Marko Vitas (Brown University)

Emotional Rhetoric in Aelfric’s Letter to the Monks of Eynsham

Edith Cherrett (Carleton University)

3:00-3:15- Coffee Break

3:15-4:45- Session Three: Tradition Re-examined

                  Moderated by Erika Loic

Seeing Matter: The Materiality of Monstrance Reliquaries

Mark Summers (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

The Old English Judgement Day I and the Origins of the Submerged Earth Motif

Mark Doerksen (University of Saskatchewan)

Desert Islands: Evoking the Desert Fathers in Early Irish Monastic Art

Mya Eileen Frieze (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

4:45-5:00- Coffee Break

5:00-6:00- Keynote Lecture, given by Daniel Hershenzon (University of Connecticut)

“Captivated by the Mediterranean: Early Modern Spain and the Political Economy of Reason” 

6:00- 8:00- Welcome Reception, Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies Shook Lounge

Friday, March 22nd

8:30-9:00- Breakfast and Registration

9:00-10:30- Session Four: Images of the Holy

                    Moderated by Adam Cohen

Meditatioand Visio in early fourteenth-century English stained glass and illuminated manuscripts

Roisin Astell (University of Kent)

The image of the cosmos unfolding between the alpha and the omega

Merih Danali (Harvard University)

Meditatio and the Margins: Marginalia as Tools for Meditation in the Macclesfield Psalter

Christine James Zepeda (University of Texas, Austin)

10:30-10:45- Coffee Break

10:45-12:15 – Session Five: Time

                       Moderated by Kara Gaston

Salvational Space and the Case for Medieval Russian Literature

Taylor Thomas (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Running Out of Time: Situating Readers in The Book of John Mandeville

Emily Lowman (University of Rochester)

Petrarch’s Net and the Lyrical Poetics of Time

Peerawat Chiaranunt (Yale University)

12:15-1:15- Lunch

1:15-2:45- Session Six: Teaching (in) the Middle Ages

                 Moderated by Alice Sharp

Carolingian networks of exegetes: an examination with cluster analysis

William Mattingly (University of Kentucky)

Can We Recover the Lost Glosses of Peter Lombard?: Revisiting the Biblical Lectures of the Parisian Master’s Successor

David Foley (University of Toronto)

Rebranding “Darkness” – Teaching and Advertising Medieval History in British Columbia 

Jovana Andelkovic (Simon Fraser University)

2:45-3:00- Coffee Break

3:00-5:00- Professionalization Panel: Elisa Brilli, Kara Gaston, Shami Ghosh 

5:00-7:00- Reception, Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies Shook Lounge

6:30-8:30- Board of Directors Meeting at the Centre for Medieval Studies

Saturday, March 23rd

8:30-9:00- Breakfast and Registration

9:00-10:30- Session Seven: Transformation of Women

                    Moderated by Emily Blakelock

(Un)Clothe the She-wolf: Problematise the Female Body in the Bisclavret Triad         

Minjie Su (University of Oxford)

Female Empowerment Through Adornment in the Middle English Judith and Joan of Arc’s Trial

Maitlyn Reynolds (California State University)

Approaching Warrior Women: Amazons in The Shahnameh and Alexandreis

Catherine Albers (University of Connecticut)

10:30-10:45- Coffee Break

10:45-12:15- Session Eight: Spiritual Literary Spaces

                      Moderated by David Townsend

The Virgin Mary in the Cantigas de Santa Maria

Carmen Denia (Yale University)

 ‘He hadde a spirit of trewe prophecye’: Amphiorax and the Undermining of Truth in The Siege of Thebes

Jennifer Easler (University of Minnesota)

Outliving Death: Cemeteries as Spaces of Immortalization in Medieval French Quests

Kirsten Lopez (University of Chicago)

12:15-1:15- Lunch

1:15-2:45- Session Nine: Law and Gender in the Mediterranean

                 Moderated by Kirsty Schut

They shall be very loyal and very wise: Almogavares in Castilian Law 

Marcos Perez Canizares (Cornell University)

Being Your Best Self: An Examination of the Pisan Consumer Culture through the Female Elect on the Last Judgement Fresco

Tania Kolarik (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Le plus dreit heir: Maria of Antioch and the crown of Jerusalem 

Charlotte Gauthier (University of London, UK)

2:45-3:00- Coffee Break

3:00-4:30- Session Ten: Social Standing, Community, and Legality

                   Moderated by Jessica Lockhart

Precariously Human: Bare Life, Paternal Recognition, and Animal Transformation in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi

Mead Bowen (University of Rochester)

Contextualizing Resistance to Sexual Violence in Le Bone Florence of Rome

            Mariah Luther Cooper (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Langland’s Mirror: Self-Understanding among the Multa  

Audrey Saxton (Pennsylvania State University)

4:30-4:45- Coffee Break

4:45-5:45- Keynote Lecture, given by Alexandra Gillespie (University of Toronto)

                “The Printer and the Pardoner”

5:45- 6:00- Concluding Remarks

6:00-9:00- Final Banquet

 

Many thanks to the Centres, Colleges, Departments, and other Organizations that have made the 18th Vagantes Conference possible

  • Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Centre for Medieval Studies’ Student Committees
  • Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies
  • An Anonymous Donor
  • Centre for Comparative Literature
  • Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
  • Department of English
  • Department of French
  • Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Department of History
  • Department of History Intellectual Community Committee
  • Department of History of Art
  • Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Dictionary of Old English
  • Emmanuel College
  • Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies
  • Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • Jackman Humanities Institute
  • Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
  • The Medieval Academy of America/Graduate Student Committee Grant for Innovation in Community Building and Professionalization
  • Milestones and Pathways Initiative of the Faculty of Arts and Science
  • St. Michael’s College
  • Student Initiative Fund, Division of Student Life
  • Trinity College
  • University College
  • University of Toronto Press
  • Victoria College
  • Wycliffe College

Congratulations to Christopher Berard for his recent publication!

Congratulations to alumnus Christopher Berard (PhD 2015) for the publication of Arthurianism in Early Plantagenet England from Henry II to Edward I (Boydell & Brewer, 2019).

9781783273744_29_1_5The precedent of empire and the promise of return lay at the heart of King Arthur’s appeal in the Middle Ages. Both ideas found fullness of expression in the twelfth century: monarchs and magnates sought to recreate an Arthurian golden age that was as wondrous as the biblical and classical worlds, but less remote. Arthurianism, the practice of invoking and emulating the legendary Arthur of post-Roman Britain, was thus an instance of medieval medievalism.
This book provides a comprehensive history of the first 150 years of Arthurianism, from its beginnings under Henry II of England to a highpoint under Edward I. It contends that the Plantagenet kings of England mockingly ascribed a literal understanding of the myth of King Arthur’s return to the Brittonic Celts whilst adopting for themselves a figurative and typological interpretation of the myth. A central figure in this work is Arthur of Brittany (1187-1203), who, for more than a generation, was the focus of Arthurian hopes and their disappointment.

 

For more information, consult the publisher’s website.

The Implications of Reading Brian Stock Colloquium – 15 March 2019

Please consult the website of the event for additional information.

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The colloquium, organized by Gur Zak and Sarah Powrie, offers an opportunity to consider the legacy and influence of Brian Stock’s scholarship on the history of reading.

REGISTRATION

Conference speakers are automatically registered. Others wishing to register should do so through the Eventbrite website. Registration is free of charge.

DATE AND TIME

Fri, 15 March 2019

8:30 AM – 7:00 PM EDT

LOCATION

Rm 112 of the Victoria College Building

73 Queen’s Park Crescent East

Toronto, ON M5S 2C3

 

SCHEDULE

Room 112 (Alumni Hall) of the Victoria College Building

8:15 Registration and Welcome

8:45 Opening Remarks

OPENING LECTURE, 9:00-9:30

Aviad Kleinberg, Tel Aviv University, “The Life of Brian”

SESSION 1: 9:30-11:00

Seth Lerer, UC San Diego, “The Textualized Augustine and Late Antique Communities”

Paul Saenger, Newberry Library, “Augustine’s Ideas on Vision and the Evolving Format of the Patristic Page”

Sarah Spence, Medieval Academy of America, “Augustine, Vergil and the Geography of Loss”

11:00-11:30 coffee

SESSION 2: 11:30-12:45

John Magee, University of Toronto, “Boethius and the Legacy of Alexander of Aphrodisias”

Marcia Colish, Yale University, “Self-Baptism in the Middle Ages”

Bruce Holsinger, University of Virginia, “Augustine the Eater”

1:00-2:30 Lunch

SESSION 3: 2:30-4:00

Willemien Otten, University of Chicago, “Naturalism without Mediation: William of Conches and Hildegard of Bingen on Thinking Nature”

Suzanne Akbari, University of Toronto ,”Allegory and Integument, from the Victorines to Christine de Pizan”

Elisa Brilli, University of Toronto, “Dante’s Inner Dialogues”

4:00-4:30 coffee

SESSION 4: 4:30-6:00

Albert Ascoli, UC Berkeley, “Believe Me! Stories of Reading in the Early Modern Period”

Jane Tylus, Yale University, “Listening for the congedo: scenes of goodbye in the Renaissance”

Giuseppe Mazzotta, Yale University, “”What is Vico’s New Science About? Vico’s Imaginary Dialogue with St. Augustine”

CONCLUDING LECTURE, 6:00-6:30

Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto, “A Scholarly Friendship”

 

Congratulations to our recent PhD graduate!

Congratulations to our recent PhD graduate who defended in the last months:

Jason Brown: “St Antonin of Florence on Justice in Buying and Selling: Introduction, Critical Edition, and Translation.”

This dissertation presents an extensive introduction to the Summa of St Antonin (Antoninus, Antonino) of Florence and his teaching on justice in buying and selling. It also presents, for the first time, critical editions and English translations of three chapters of his Summa: 2.1.16 (On fraud), 3.8.1 (On merchants and artisans), and 3.8.2 (On the various kinds of contracts). St Antonin was a Dominican friar and archbishop of Florence from 1446 to 1459, and composed one of the most comprehensive medieval manuals of moral theology, his Summa. In his preaching and writing, Antonin sought to teach the merchants and artisans of Florence about the proper conduct of trade and exhorted them to practice virtue and moderation in the pursuit of profit. The first part of this dissertation is an introduction with four chapters. Chapter One provides a brief literature review on St Antonin and a biography. Chapter Two is a study of his Summa: its conception, textual witnesses, and process of composition. This chapter demonstrates that the manuscripts traditionally considered to be the originals are indeed the author’s autographs, and offers the most extensive analysis of these manuscripts yet produced. Chapter Three expounds the development of scholastic teaching on justice in buying and selling in the thirteenth-century faculties of canon law and theology. Chapter Four explains Antonin’s teaching: its social context in renaissance Florence; its content, sources, and method; and its purpose, namely, helping the clergy in their pastoral duties of preaching, hearing confessions, and resolving moral dilemmas. A postscript comments on Antonin’s place in the history of moral theology. The second part of the dissertation, the appendices, is the critical edition and English translation, preceded by an explanation of the edition and followed by tables illustrating the recensions of each chapter, as well as a description of Antonin’s handwriting.

Congratulations to Ben Wheaton for being awarded the Claudio Leonardi Fellowship!

The Claudio Leonardi Fellowship is granted by the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation for Medieval Latin Studies. Ben Wheaton (PhD 2018) will be spending six months in Florence, Italy being hosted by the SISMEL Institute (Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino), where he will be revising and adding to his dissertation on Venantius Fortunatus for publication. In particular, he intends to explore in more detail the poem In laudem sanctae Mariae, uncovering its sources and looking at how it fits into the broader context of theological dispute in Late Antiquity.

6th Cologne–Toronto Graduate Student Colloquium – 1-3 November 2018

The 6th Cologne–Toronto Graduate Student Colloquium takes place Centre for Medieval Studies, 3rd Floor, 125 Queen’s Park, from Thursday, 1 November to Saturday, 3 November 2018. All are welcome to attend.

Thursday November 1

14:00: Welcome

14:30–15:45: Session 1
Chair: Shami Ghosh.
Alexandra Atiya: ‘The depiction of agricultural labour in Mankind’.
Commentator: Irina Dumitrescu.

16:00–17:15: Session 2
Chair: Jill Caskey.
Jared Johnson: ‘Alcuin’s Vita Richarii: linguistic renovation as a mechanism of control’.
Commentator: Dominik Waßenhoven.

17:30–18:45: Session 3
Chair: Susanne Wittekind.
Hannes Fahrnbauer: ‘Gloves in ritual actions: objects, texts, and images in normative configurations of the Latin Church (11th–13th centuries)’.
Commentator: Jill Caskey.

Friday November 2

9:00–10:15: Session 4
Chair: Bert Roest.
Kamil Majcherek: ‘William of Ockham on Artifacts’.
Commentator: Andreas Speer.

10:30–11:45: Session 5
Chair: Andreas Speer.
Christoph Burdich: ‘The end of ignorance? Some observations concerning the transformation of ‘heresiological knowledge’ in late-medieval Austria’.
Commentator: Bert Roest.

12:00–13:15: Session 6
Chair: Dominik Waßenhoven.
Pavla Ralcheva: ‘Implementation of kinetic images as a mode of presentation and preservation of relics in the later middle ages’.
Commentator: Matt Kavaler.

14:30–15:45: Session 7
Chair: Matt Kavaler.
Ariana Ellis: ‘“It was a graveyard smash”: Humour and the Dance of Death in the fifteenth-century Danse macabre des femmes and the Bergamo Oratorio dei disciplini’
Commentator: Susanne Wittekind.

Saturday November 3

9:00–10:15: Session 8
Chair: Udo Friedrich.
Antje Strauch: ‘ich lass in disem walde alles mein künigreich: Not lost, but found: the meaning of wandering in the Middle High German heroic epic’.
Commentator: Markus Stock.

10:30–11:45: Session 9
Chair: Markus Stock.
André Flicker: ‘Running into the woods: nonsense and non-sense in Middle High German Mären on the three cunning women’.
Commentator: Udo Friedrich.

12:00–13:15: Session 10
Chair: Irina Dumitrescu.
Adrian Meyer: ‘Fair trade: economic equivalence as de-escalation strategy in medieval German narratives’.
Commentator: Shami Ghosh

14:30–15:45: Session 11
Chair: Sabine von Heusinger.
Eva-Maria Cersovsky: ‘Compassionate hearts and thaumaturgic bodies: feminising care and healing during the 13th to 16th centuries’.
Commentator: Isabelle Cochelin.

16:00–17:30: Session 12
Chair: Shami Ghosh.
Emma Gabe: ‘Patrimony, gender, and pious strategies in fifteenth-century Besançon’.
Commentator: Sabine von Heusinger.

7th Annual CMS Alumni Lecture: Oren Falk – 8 November 2018

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

Oren Falk (CMS 2001) Professor of History and Medieval Studies, Cornell University  

Hayden White Doing Headstands in Saga Iceland: Telling the Truth about History

 

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 4:10 p.m.

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

 

Reception to follow

SMC-PIMS Symposium 2018 – 19-20 October 2018

SMC-PIMS SYMPOSIUM 2018

Mediaeval Studies at the University of St. Michael’s College:

Past, Present, and Future

 

PROGRAM

Unless otherwise stated, all events will take place in the Laurence K. Shook Common Room, PIMS.

 

Friday 19 October

9:30                     Coffee

10:00                   Opening remarks: Ann Hutchison, PIMS, and David Sylvester, USMC

10:20-12:30       First Sitting: Origins and Development

Presenters: Fr. James Farge, Giulio Silano

Motivator: Alison More

12:30-2:00         Lunch

2:00-4:00           Second sitting: Curriculum

Presenters: Joe Goering, Michèle Mulchahey, Bob Sweetman

Motivator: Greti Dinkova-Bruun

4:00-4:30           Coffee

4:30                     Theme speaker: Paul Dutton. Introduction by John Magee

6:00                     Reception

 

Saturday 20 October

9:30                     Coffee

10:00-12:00       Third sitting: Projects and Teachers

Tom Burman, Richard Gyug

Motivator: Isabelle Cochelin

12:00-1:00         Summary and Conclusions: Alexander Andrée