We acknowledge with deep sadness the death of Professor A.G. Rigg on Monday, 7 January 2019. We are all of us the poorer for the loss of this kind, good, and brilliant man.
In 2014 the Dictionary of Old English (DOE) welcomed its new staff Chief Editor, Roy M. Liuzza, and new Drafting Editors, Rob Getz and Stephen Pelle. Continuing the work of the DOE is a great privilege and a great challenge, and support at this time is an expression of confidence in the scholarly mission of the Dictionary.
In 2013, the DOE was awarded a $500,000 five-year Challenge Grant from the Triangle Community Foundation of Raleigh, North Carolina. The grant requires a 1:1 match to release funds to the project. Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of individuals and institutions, we were able to raise $100,000 to release the first instalment of funds in 2014. Our goal now is to raise another $100,000 to match next year’s grant. Support is especially welcome at this time, when each donation, no matter how large or small, will have twice the impact.
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, or a pledge form is available to facilitate donations by mail; please make your cheque out to “DOE/ University of Toronto”. Tax receipts will be issued for all gifts.
You may consult the conference’s website here.
Saturday, May 4
8:30am – 9:00am Continental breakfast
9:00am – 10:00am 137th Annual Meeting of the Dante Society of America (open to DSA members only)
- Albert R. Ascoli (University of California, Berkeley), President, Dante Society of America
10:00am – 10:30am Greetings and Welcome
- S. Bancheri (University of Toronto)
- A. Ruggera (Istituto Italiano di Cultura)
- E. Brilli (University of Toronto)
10:30am – 11:30am Keynote Lecture on Plurilingualism
- Manuele Gragnolati (Paris IV – La Sorbonne), Dante’s Plurilngualism and the Complexity of Literature
- Introduced by Suzanne Akbari (University of Toronto)
11:30am – 12:00am Coffee Break
12:00am – 1:30pm Roundtable on Plurilingualism
- Chair: William Robins (University of Toronto)
- Ambrogio Camozzi Pistoja (Harvard University), Plurilingualism and Readership
- Gary Cestaro (DePaul University), Plurilingualism and Gender, Body and lingua materna
- Francesca Southerden (Oxford University), Plurilingualism and Particularity
1:30pm – 2:30pm Buffet Lunch
2:30pm – 3:30pm Keynote Lecture
- Marcello Ciccuto (Università di Pisa & Società Dantesca Italiana), Giotto, Dante, Francesco da Barberino: alle fonti del ‘visibile parlare’
- Introduced by Albert R. Ascoli (University of California, Berkeley)
3:30pm – 4:00pm Coffee Break
4:00pm – 6:00pm Roundtable on Visibile Parlare
- Chair: Elisa Brilli (University of Toronto)
- Suzanne Akbari (University of Toronto), Visibile Parlare and Ekphrasis
- Aida Audeh (Hamline University), Visibile Parlare and Visual Arts
- Luca Fiorentini (Accademia dei Lincei), Visibile Parlare and the Secolare commento
- Eloisa Morra (University of Toronto), Visibile Parlare and Twentieth Century Italian Visual Culture
- Arielle Saiber (Bowdoin College), Visibile Parlare and the Invisible
Please refer to the ISCAD website for information on travel, lodging, parking, and meeting venues.
- Elisa Brilli, University of Toronto
- William Robins, University of Toronto
- Justin Steinberg, University of Chicago
ISCAD research assistants
- Kelsey Cunningham, University of Toronto
- Sara Galli, University of Toronto
This is a joint event organized by the Dante Society of America and the International Seminar on Critical Approaches to Dante (ISCAD), which has been based at the University of Toronto since 2015 and supported by a wide network both within and outside this institution:
- Department of Italian Studies
- E. Goggio Chair for Italian Studies
- Centre for Comparative Literature
- Centre for Medieval Studies
- Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
- Department of History of Art
- Faculty of Music
- Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Toronto
- Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
- University of Saint Michael’s College
- UTM Department of Language Studies
- Victoria University
Congratulations to Bogdan Smarandache, a doctoral candidate at CMS, for his publication of Conceptualizing Frankish-Muslim Partition Truces in the Coastal Plain and Greater Syria, vol. 16 of the Ulrich Haarmann Memorial Lecture (Berlin: EB-Verlag, 2019).
“This paper is an attempt to clarify the development, function, and conceptualization of shared‐revenue arrangements between Franks and Muslims in the Coastal Plain (al-Sāḥil) and Greater Syria (Bilād al-Shām) in the medieval period. I first catalogue truces that established partitions while assessing their defining characteristics. I then analyze how Frankish and Muslim conceptualizations of property and territory may have informed two slightly different notions of partitioning. Based on an analysis of these conceptualizations of ownership and territory, I argue that the only basis for partition truces in the Frankish‐Muslim context was a division of revenue that resembled tributary status.”
For more information, you may consult the publisher’s webpage here.
The Toronto Old English Colloquium Organizers are pleased to be welcoming an exciting group of speakers for this year’s Toronto Old English Colloquium, which will be taking place on April 29th 2019 from 9:30am to 5:30pm in Room 310 at the Centre for Medieval Studies. Please see the attached poster for the schedule, which includes two stimulating plenaries presented by Professor Stacy S Klein and Professor M.J. Toswell. We look forward to see you there!
Congratulations to our recent PhD student who recently defended her thesis:
Kirsten Schut: “A Dominican Master of Theology in Context: John of Naples and Intellectual Life Beyond Paris, ca. 1300-1350”.
This dissertation provides the first comprehensive biography of the Dominican scholar John of Naples (Giovanni Regina di Napoli), who flourished during the first half of the fourteenth century. John studied and taught at the Dominican schools in Naples and Bologna, and at the University of Paris, where he was made a master of theology in 1315. He spent most of the rest of his life in Naples, where he was closely associated with the Angevin court. Chapter 1 surveys John’s life and works, setting his career in its Neapolitan context. Chapters 2-4 deal with different aspects of his teaching. Chapter 2 contrasts his contributions to debates about the nature of theology at Paris with the way he introduced this subject to his Dominican students in Naples. Chapter 3 examines the role of medicine in his theological teaching, where it served as a tool for interpreting core texts as well as a source of material for preaching. Chapter 4 analyzes the symbiotic relationship between his quodlibets and the literature of pastoral care. Chapter 5 looks at John as a Dominican friar and preacher, turning to his sermon collection as a source of information about Dominican life in southern Italy, and Chapter 6 investigates his relationship with the Angevin rulers of Naples and the role of politics and political theory in his works. Appendices to chapters 2-6 provide transcriptions of unpublished quodlibetal questions, sermons, and other texts used as the basis for this study. Two additional appendices provide descriptions of the main manuscripts and discuss the dating and placing of John’s works. This study considers John from a variety of angles – teacher, preacher, friar, courtier, Neapolitan – and suggests that these overlapping identities cannot be productively separated from one another. It highlights the vibrancy of intellectual life in early-fourteenth-century Naples, and the strong cultural ties between Naples, Paris, and Avignon, as well as other regions such as the Kingdom of Hungary. Furthermore, it illustrates how mendicant convents could help to disseminate theological teachings from the University of Paris to the provinces, while also serving as sites of innovation in their own right.
Prof. Connell Monette (CMS 2008), Associate Professor of Religion, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, recently co-authored a textbook entitled Introduction to Christianity. The book was commissioned by the Moroccan state to be used specifically for training male clerics (imams) and female clerics (murshidats) in Christian doctrine, for interfaith purposes. The book was written in English, translated into Arabic, and published by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowments.
A new project, The Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200, involves the work of several Centre faculty and alumni.
The two libraries have fully digitised eight hundred manuscripts from the eighth-twelfth centuries, all viewable online on a dedicated project page. The project also curated a bilingual website, Medieval England and France, 700-1200, that provides resources in both English and in French for learning more about the manuscripts, including videos and articles.
The Project Manager was Tuija Ainonen, a former student at the Centre, who has also written two articles, one on ‘Glossed Psalters’ and one on ‘Saints in medieval manuscripts’. Centre alumnus Damian Fleming has contributed an article on ‘Hebrew in Christian manuscripts of the early Middle Ages’, while CMS Assistant Professor Cillian O’Hogan has also written two articles, on ‘The Classical Past’ and ‘The Latin Middle Ages’. (Cillian also oversaw the development in 2016 of the British Library’s Greek Manuscripts website.) This work will help to promote the Middle Ages, and especially the detailed study of medieval manuscripts at the heart of the Centre’s program, to the general public. Congratulations to all!
PS: if you watch the video on the website https://www.bl.uk/medieval-english-french-manuscripts/about-the-project, you can see Tuija (Ainonen) numerous times!
“Fidelity, Faith, and Doubt in the Twelfth Century: Writings of William of St Thierry
in Their Cultural Context”
John Van Engen (University of Notre Dame)
William of St-Thierry (1075/80–1148), a gifted and original monastic intellectual and writer, if often lost in the shadow of his friend Bernard of Clairvaux, wrote two works in the 1140’s on “faith” as such, this more or less a novelty and wrongly tied by scholars to the Abelard controversies. This talk situates those writings in his own life, and more broadly in the contested contemporary culture of schools and monasteries as well as courts.
John Van Engen taught Medieval History at the University of Notre Dame for forty years, and served during fourteen of those years as director of its Medieval Institute. He has written widely on medieval religion, twelfth-century culture and monasticism, medieval women writers, and late medieval movements such as the Devotio Moderna. He is currently completing the reconstruction and translation of the writings of a largely overlooked Netherlandish woman writer named Alijt Bake, to be published as The Writings of Alijt Bake of Utrecht and Ghent (1413–55): Teacher, Prioress, and Spiritual Autobiographer.
Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, Professor Emerita of English, University of Notre Dame, will give a lecture on
“Songs of Work and Protest from the Vicars Choral of Late Medieval English Cathedrals: Lyrics of the Clerical Proletariat and the City in York, Norwich and London”
Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Centre for Medieval Studies,
3rd Floor, Lillian Massey Building
125 Queen’s Park, Toronto
Jessie Sherwood has just been hired as Associate Librarian with the Robbins Collections at Berkeley Law (University of California). Jessie obtained her PhD at CMS in 2006 (with Mark Meyerson as her supervisor) and then obtained a Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of Washington, Information School, in 2010. Her latest publication is entitled “Legal Responses to Crusading Violence Against Jews.” In Religious Minorities in Christian, Jewish and Muslim Law (5th-15th Centuries). Turnhout: Brepols, 2017.
The Robbins Collection promotes and sponsors comparative research and study in the fields of religious and civil law, and its materials attract students and leading scholars from universities and research institutions around the world. This position, in particular, will oversee original and complex copy cataloging and preservation of the Collection.
The Friends of the PIMS Library invite you to attend
The annual Leonard E. Boyle Lecture
“From the Blessed Hand: Papal Provisions and the University of Paris in the Fourteenth Century”
William J. Courtenay, Professor Emeritus
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tuesday 26 March 2019, 4 pm
Alumni Hall, Room 100, University of St. Michael’s College
121 St. Joseph Street
Reception to follow, Shook Common Room, PIMS
59 Queen’s Park Crescent East