New Drafting Editor at the Dictionary of Old English

The Centre for Medieval Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Valentine Pakis has been hired as a new Assistant Professor of Medieval Studies and Drafting Editor at the Dictionary of Old English. Val joined the DOE team in January, working alongside new Drafting Editors Robert Getz and Stephen Pelle. He brings to the job a deep knowledge of Old English language and literature and a thorough training in Germanic linguistics. He earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2008, working under the supervision of Anatoly Liberman and Andrew Scheil. His academic publications have contributed to the fields of Old Norse, Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic, and Medieval Latin, and he worked as a bibliographer on Liberman’s monumental Bibliography of English Etymology. Please welcome Val as he settles into his new job, and becomes part of this important project, strengthening Old English studies at Toronto for the next generation.

New Book by Bert Roest

Congratulations to Bert Roest! His new book “Franciscan Learning, Preaching and Mission c. 1220-1650” has just come out with Brill.

To quote from the description: “Returning to themes first discussed in his book A History of Franciscan Education (Brill, 2000), Bert Roest discusses in this volume a wide range of issues pertaining to the organization of learning in the Franciscan order in the late medieval and early modern period, and the ways in which this order engaged in pastoral and missionary activities in confrontation with the rise of Protestantism. The essays in this volume break new ground in their treatment of school formation, the chronology of educational developments, and the transformation of Franciscan schools between the mid fifteenth and the mid seventeenth century. They also challenge ingrained scholarly verdicts on the efficacy of sixteenth-century mendicant homiletics, and on the role of the Franciscans in the Dutch mission from the early seventeenth century onwards.”

For more information see the publisher’s website.

“Classics in the Middle Ages” by Michael Herren

Earlier this year Michael Herren published an extensive annotated bibliography “Classics in the Middle Ages” with Oxford Bibliographies Online. This is a highly useful research tool that deals primarily with the transmission and reception in western Europe of classical Greek and Latin texts written before 525 CE, and focuses on the Latin tradition. The chronological limits observed here are 525 CE–c. 1400 CE. As the description remarks “the overarching aim of the entry is to highlight the achievement of the Latin Middle Ages in preserving the ancient classics and appropriating them for new uses in a Christian civilization.”

Congratulations, Michael, for having created this incredible research tool! We encourage everyone to check it out. (Users outside of the UofT intranet will have to login through the UofT library website.)

University of Toronto Colloquium in Medieval Philosophy 2014

Friday, September 19

Session I (4:30 – 6:30)
Chair:  Claude Panaccio (Université du Québec, Montreal)
Speaker:  Blake Dutton (Loyola University Chicago): “Augustine on Knowledge of First Person Truths”
Commentator:  Susan Brower-Toland (Saint Louis University)

Saturday, September 20

Session II (10:00 – 12:00)
Chair:  Mohammed Rustom (Carleton University)
Speaker:  Olga Lizzini (VU University Amsterdam): “Potency, Power, and Potentiality in Avicenna: Some Remarks”
Commentator:  Robert Wisnovsky (McGill University)

Session III (2:00 – 4:00)
Chair:  Rachel Bauder (University of Toronto)
Geneviève Barrette (Université de Montréal): “On the esse/essentia Distinction: Could Hervaeus Natalis be a Thomist”
Garrett Smith (University of Notre Dame): “Petrus Thomae and the Problem of the plura aeterna”
Brian Embry (University of Toronto): “The Semi-Extrinsic Denomination View of Truth”

Session IV (4:15 – 6:15)
Chair:  Scott McDonald (Cornell University)
Speaker:  Jeff Brower (Purdue University): “Aquinas on Prime Matter and Individuation”
Commentator:  Jorge Gracia (University of Buffalo)

All sessions will be held in Room 100 of the Jackman Humanities Building (170 St. George Street) and are free and open to the public.

Registration and inquiries: medieval_dot_philosophy_at_utoronto_dot_ca and

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

Organizers: Deborah Black, Peter King, Martin Pickavé

Pre-Leeds/NCS Conference Paper Workshop

CMS students are running an informal Pre-Leeds/NCS Conference Paper Workshop on Thursday, June 26th, from 1pm-5pm in Room 310 of the Lillian Massey Building.  Medievalists will be presenting run-throughs and drafts of the papers they will be giving in a few days or weeks at the summer conferences of Leeds, Bucharest, NCS-Reykjavik, and elsewhere. This is a great opportunity to see what Toronto medievalists are working on, and to give helpful advice as they polish their papers before releasing them to the world.

Programme (tentative)

Panel 1: 1pm-2:20pm
1. Madeleine Getz, “The Why and Wherefore of Chanting the Divine Office: The Manuale de mysteriis ecclesiae of Peter of Roissy, Canon of Chartres c. 1200, and Its Sources”
2. Christopher Berard,
 “Hanc legem Arthurus inuenit: King Arthur in the ‘London Collection’ of the Laws of England.”
3. Bogdan Smarandache, “Symbolic Gestures of Violence in Frankish-Muslim Relations, 503-588 AH/1109-1192 AD.”

Panel 2: 2:30-3:50pm
4. Talia Zajac, “‘Intercede for the Peace and Unity of Holy Church’: the prayer-book of Gertrude of Poland, wife of Iziaslav Yaroslavich (c. 1075-1086) ” (Leeds)
5. Vanina Kopp, “The Lost French Royal Medieval Library. The Louvre Collection in the Hundred Year’s War.”
6. Eduardo Fabbro, ““Ob restaurationem regni: Paul the Deacon on Lombard kingship and the settlement of the Lombards.”
7. Sarah Reeser, “St. James Mata-Indios: Reconquista Rationales in the Conquest of Mexico and the Growth of the Spanish Empire”

Panel 3: 4pm-5pm
8. Bridget Riley, “The Cult of St. Frideswide: how an eighth-century princess became the patroness of twelfth-century canons.”
9. Kyla Turner, “Militant Edward?: Minot’s Portrayl of Edward III in Battle.”
10. Jessica Lockhart, “‘So ynly swete / So wonderful’: Puzzling Sweetness in Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess” (5 minute roundtable paper)
11. Chris Piuma, “How to Read a Pseudotext: Recognizing and Reading the Texts of Pere Serra’s Altarpiece of the Virgin” (poster paper)

A New Cameron Professor of Old English: Roy M. Liuzza

We are very pleased to announce that Roy M. Liuzza will be joining us as the Cameron Professor of Old English as of 1 July 2014, moving from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he has played a leading role at the MARCO Institute. His recent book Anglo-Saxon Prognostics: An Edition and Translation of Texts from London, British Library, MS Cotton Tiberius A.iii, just won the Beatrice White Prize of the English Association for 2013. Professor Liuzza will be teaching both in the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Department of English, with special responsibilities as Chief Editor of the Dictionary of Old English. Please feel free to welcome him during his visit to Toronto for the Old English Colloquium on 2 May!

The John Munro Doctoral Fellowship in Medieval Economic History

We are very happy to announce that the family of John Munro has made a significant lead gift towards the establishment of the John Munro Doctoral Fellowship in Medieval Economic History. We are currently soliciting further contributions to raise an initial amount of $50,000. Once this level is reached, the amount raised will be matched 1:1 by the University of Toronto. So all donations are highly welcome at this point!

This fellowship will provide research support to a doctoral student working in the field of economic history, with a preference for students working in John Munro’s own research field of medieval economic history. The award will be presented annually, unless there is no qualified applicant in a given year, and will be adjudicated by the Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies (or his/her designate) in consultation with the Department of Economics.

Eileen Kim wins Medieval Academy’s Annual Meeting Bursary

Congratulations to Eileen Kim! She has been awarded one of the Medieval Academy’s prestigious Annual Meeting Bursaries for her paper “Charitable Bequests and the Cultivation of a Spiritual Economy in the London Commissary Court Wills, 1350-1485”. The Medieval Academy of America awards Annual Meeting Bursaries of up to $500 each to graduate students for papers presented at the Annual Meeting and judged meritorious by the Program Committee. Eileen presented her paper at the past MAA meeting at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of California Los Angeles (April 10-12, 2014).

In the picture, Eileen is on the left; the students are with Bill Jordan (middle), who is the MAA president for 2014-15.