Celebrating a Collaborative Effort!

Congratulations to Isabelle Cochelin and many CMS Faculty, alumni and students for a recent publication.

The book was a collaborative work of longue haleine with one sixth of the authors and the majority of the translators directly or indirectly related to CMS and the University of Toronto as Faculty, students, alumni or PIMS fellows: in alphabetical order Alessia Berardi, Jesse D. Billett, Elma Brenner, Lochin Brouillard, Adam Cohen, Albrecht Diem, Fiona J. Griffiths, Drew Jones, Christian D. Knudsen, Lauren Mancia, Matthew Mattingly, Alison More, Bert Roest, Tristan Sharp, and Michael Webb. All the articles of the two volumes can be read online at UofTLibraries.

cover Medieval Manasticism in the Latin West

A. I. Beach, I. Cochelin (eds), The Cambridge History of Medieval Monasticism in the Latin West

Date: February 2020
Format: Multiple copy pack
ISBN: 9781107042117
Online: https://www.cambridge.org/id/academic/subjects/religion/church-history/cambridge-history-medieval-monasticism-latin-west?format=WX#bookPeople 

Monasticism, in all of its variations, was a feature of almost every landscape in the medieval West. So ubiquitous were religious women and men throughout the Middle Ages that all medievalists encounter monasticism in their intellectual worlds. While there is enormous interest in medieval monasticism among Anglophone scholars, language is often a barrier to accessing some of the most important and groundbreaking research emerging from Europe. The Cambridge History of Medieval Monasticism in the Latin West offers a comprehensive treatment of medieval monasticism, from Late Antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages. The essays, specially commissioned for this volume and written by an international team of scholars, with contributors from Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States, cover a range of topics and themes and represent the most up-to-date discoveries on this topic.


On-line Summer Latin Courses (deadline for enrolment: May 1st)

CMS Summer Latin Programme has existed for decades. For the first time, given the exceptional circumstances, the courses will be given online, except maybe for Level Two Latin (as it starts in July). If you are interested, please enrol as soon as possible as there is a numerus clausus.

The summer courses are non-credit and are taught by senior graduate students of the Centre who are thoroughly fluent in Latin and are already experienced teachers in our program. They work under the supervision of the faculty members teaching Medieval Latin and are trained specifically for these courses; we take great care in making appointments to these positions.

Students admitted to CMS MA or PhD programs for the next academic year can attend any of these summer courses, at the appropriate level, for free.

Students who attend the courses regularly and do all the assignments will be given an official letter from CMS indicating the course content and their participation in it.

The program is under the direction of the Committee for Medieval Latin Studies in the Centre for Medieval Studies. The Centre for Medieval Studies assumes no responsibility for cancellation of classes due to circumstances beyond its control.

Beginning Latin
19 May to 10 July 2020
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
Schedule yet to be finalized
Textbook: Moreland and Fleischer, Latin: An Intensive Course

An introductory intensive course for those with little or no previous exposure to Latin. You can’t expect to assimilate Latin grammar thoroughly or build an extensive vocabulary in just eight weeks, but those who successfully complete the course are adequately prepared to attend our Level One Latin class – that is, they should be able to score at least 30% on our Level One Latin examination in September.

14 July to 30 July 2020
Tuesday and Thursday
Following Beginning Latin, a three-week supplemental reading course will offer students an opportunity to consolidate their grasp of the language. Assignments will include selections from the Vulgate, the Gesta Romanorum, and other medieval texts of a similar level of difficulty. The supplemental course is open to those registered for Basic Latin with no additional tuition fee.


For the following two courses, Level One Latin and Level Two Latin, please see the enrolment restrictions. Given the COVID-19 Pandemic, if you have not already registered for the CMS Latin exam(s), you will not be able to take the exam(s), and, thus, to take these courses this year. We are really sorry for this.


Level One Latin

25 May to 03 July 2020
Monday through Friday
Schedule yet to be finalized
The class presupposes a basic knowledge of the elements of Latin (declensions and conjugations, some vocabulary, and prior exposure to complex syntax) as laid out in an introductory course (such as our Beginning Latin course). See also below “Review Session”.
The instructor will be available regularly for consultation. This course prepares students to sit our Level One exam in September. Readings encompass Latin texts of various periods, countries of origin, and disciplinary interest, with emphasis on close grammatical commentary and analysis. (Typical texts might include the works of Geoffrey of Monmouth, the Gesta Romanorum, the Vulgate Bible, Apollonius of Tyre, and others of similar difficulty.)
To register, a minimum mark of 30% on the April Level One Latin Exam is required. A mark below that might indicate you’d be better off in the Beginning Latin course. A mark below 50% suggests you should arrive early for the intensive grammar review as described above.
12 May to 22 May 2020
Tuesday through Friday
Schedule yet to be finalized.
Prior to the Level One Latin course we will offer a two-week intensive grammar review open at no extra charge to those who register for the Level One Latin course. We strongly recommend you take this review if you’re concerned that your grasp of grammar is shaky.


Level Two Latin

06 July to 14 August 2020
Monday through Friday
This course might still be given with in-person classes (depending how the pandemic evolves): 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Room: LI 310)
The instructor will be available regularly for consultation. For students who have already passed our Level One Latin examination and already have a thorough knowledge of Latin grammar and a basic working vocabulary. This course prepares you to take our Level Two Latin examination; a pass at that level indicates that a student is fluent in Latin, is completely sound on grammar (both accidence and syntax), can handle complex sentences, has a wide vocabulary, and can be trusted to use Latin for research purposes efficiently and without error. Class work includes regular sight passages and prepared reading of difficult Medieval Latin. As with the Level One Latin course, we try to make choices representative of different periods and a wide range of subject matter. (Typical texts might include works by Augustine, Notker Balbulus, Bernard of Clairvaux, Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Boethius and others of similar difficulty).
A Level One Latin Exam Pass is required to register. (Note: if you take and pass our Level Two Latin examination in April, you’re unlikely to benefit from these courses.)


Fees & Financial Support
The fees below are applicable to ALL students (including currently registered U of T graduate and undergraduate students) for Beginning Latin. The Level One Latin and Level Two Latin courses are free for graduate students currently registered full-time in the School of Graduate Studies, U of T. The fees below apply to all others.
Each course: $1,200 (CAD) for Canadian residents, or its equivalent in US dollars for non-Canadian residents, to be paid by 1 May.
For forms of payment, please contact CMS email hidden; JavaScript is required.


In case of withdrawal, return of the original receipt is required to process refund. Until the start of classes, a full refund is available, minus $50 for administrative services. In the first week of classes, 50 per cent of fees will be refunded. After the first week of classes has ended, no refund is possible.


Applying for Summer Latin
Enrolment in each course is limited. To register for any of the summer courses a letter and requisite registration fee must be submitted by 1 May.

Please note: although students (including CMS) currently registered in the University of Toronto do not pay additional fees for the Level One, Level Two, and Grammar Review courses, they MUST register their intention to take the courses by the 1 May deadline in order to reserve a space by sending an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required.


Update regarding COVID-19

Dear all,

The administration offices will be closed and all the work will be done remotely.  You can still leave messages on our main phone (416 978 4884) as our Graduate administrator can listen to them at distance.
The best, however, is to reach us all via email or to reach the Interim Director (IC) by phone.

The Summer Latin Program will go on but courses will be given online. Please contact our email hidden; JavaScript is required for further details.

Here is the website with news from the University and FAQ. For SGS, check School of Graduate Studies information and for HR, HR & Equity COVID-19 page.

Please also refer to Government of Canada travel advisories and Toronto Public Health advisories as this is an evolving situation.

If you feel distressed in these difficult times, please go to this website: https://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/news/caring-your-mental-health.

See also for University’s Employee and Family Assistance Program:  http://benefits.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/efap/

Careful all as there is an increase in internet scams, please read this message.

Each step to take in case you are worried regarding COVID-19 (see Self-Assessment by Ontario Public Health)
All employees and students should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms listed in the University’s COVID-19 FAQs
  • If experiencing symptoms, please follow the directives detailed on the Toronto Public Health website including self-isolating, taking the available Self-Assessment and following the recommendations for seeking additional care from their primary care provider, Telehealth or nearest hospital based of their symptoms
  • If one of you (Faculty, student or staff member) is contacted by a Public Health authority with regards to COVID-19, please contact the University’s Occupational Health Nurse at: email hidden; JavaScript is required
  • If any student is sick or self-isolating, please advise your supervisor or the Interim Director with Suzanne and Michael.
  • If any Faculty member or staff is sick or self-isolating, please contact Interim Director with Suzanne and Michael and complete the Employee Absence Self-Declaration form, available in the HR Service Centre and linked below:
  • If advised by Public Health that you are to self-isolate, you must confirm with Public Health that you are clear to resume normal activities prior to returning to work or study.
If you think someone you know might have it
“Remember that privacy is important: If you or someone else in your unit believes or suspects that a member of your unit may have been infected with COVID-19, we are not to share this information with others unless asked to do so by a Public Health Authority.”
Papers to be filled up for faculty who feels flu-like symptoms or is in self isolation
“In order to track COVID-19 related absences as advised by public health, we request that all faculty, staff and librarians who are absent due to flu-like symptoms or are self-isolating complete the Employee Absence Self-Declaration form, available in the HR Service Centre and linked below:
PIMS Library and UofT Libraries: closed

PIMS library will be closed until further notice. Same for all other libraries on campus. For news about UofT Libraries, click here

PhD defences, Special Field Exams, Annual Committee meetings, Language exams
All will be done online, and not in-person. Language exams will take place at the normal dates. Students are responsible for organizing the SFE and their annual committee meetings.


Possible sources of financial help for CMS students
There exists various emergency funds on campus and outside campus, including the new one from FAS, specifically for Graduate students:
  1. FAS Graduate Students Emergency Bursary
  2. School of Graduate Studies’ Emergency Grant 
  3. School of Graduate Studies’ Emergency Loan programs
  4. Canadian Government’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit that will pay $2,000 a month to workers who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Do not hesitate to contact as well the email hidden; JavaScript is required and the Front Office.


SSHRC news: here

See Website https://safetyabroad.utoronto.ca/covid-19/
What if research-related travel needs to be reimbursed?
The tri-council is allowing reimbursement of canceled travel fees. See the website of Research Services https://research.utoronto.ca/covid-19
International Students 
The Government of Canada has advised that study being delivered online on an exceptional basis because of measures related to COVID-19 will not affect Post-Graduation Work Permit Program eligibility for a post-graduation work permit.

Congratulations to recent graduate Bogdan Smarandache

Bogdan Smarandache (PhD 2019) has accepted a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship to be held at the Unité mixte de recherche 8167 Orient & Mediterranée in Paris. He will be joining a research team called Islam médiéval within the UMR. His project, “Sovereignty and the Negotiation of Minority Rights in the Medieval Mediterranean, c. 650-1450,” is an extension of his dissertation research, which examines how negotiations over the conditions of religious minorities contributed to Christian and Islamic conceptualizations of sovereignty. He also hopes to contribute to two current projects: “Atlas du monde musulman medieval” and “Les mots de la paix.” His 24-month Fellowship will begin in the fall or early winter. Congratulations, Bogdan!

LMS Interdisciplinary Research Seminar, PIMS, 4 March, 3:10 p.m.

You are cordially invited to attend the first LMS Interdisciplinary Research Seminar at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
3:10 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Room A, PIMS
59 Queen’s Park Crescent East

Policing Sanctuary in Medieval English Cities

Abstract (Duggan)

Presented by:

Dr. Kenneth F. Duggan
Mellon Fellow and LMS Candidate

This paper will discuss the use and abuse of sanctuary in thirteenth-century England, with a particular focus on the cities of London and Lincoln. It will also discuss how those who lived in cities might have felt that policing sanctuaries was more difficult in urban centres than it was in rural England. In doing so, this paper will demonstrate how those who lived in cities expected justices to be more lenient when it came to collective penalties levied against them for failures in peacekeeping duties that related to criminal cases involving fugitives who fled to sanctuary.

J.R. O’Donnell Memorial Lecture with Professor Francesco Stella, 5 March, 4:10 pm

The Centre for Medieval Studies cordially invites you to the 2019-2020 J.R. O’Donnell Memorial Lecture by:

Professor Francesco Stella
University of Siena

The Latin Lives of Mohamed


Thursday, 5 March 2020 at 4:10 p.m.

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

Reception to follow.

CANCELLED – Lecture by Paul Saenger, 12 March, 4:10 pm

The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, the Centre for Comparative Literature,
the Centre for Medieval Studies,
& the Department for the Study of Religion cordially invite you to a lecture by

Paul Saenger
Curator of Rare Books Emeritus The Newberry Library, Chicago

“Jewish Confrontations with Christianity in the Middle Ages and the Origin of the Modern Mode of citing Sacred Scripture”

Introduction by Prof. Brian Stock

Paris Bibliothèque Saint-Geneviève ms 1405 f.205r

Paris Bibliothèque Saint-Geneviève ms 1405 f.205r

Thursday, 12 March 2020, 4:10 p.m.

Centre for Medieval Studies, Room 301 Lillian Massey Building

125 Queen’s Park

Small reception to follow

CANCELLED Lecture by the George Rigg Visitor in Medieval Latin: Professor Mark Vessey, 19 March, 4:10 pm

The Centre for Medieval Studies cordially invites you to a lecture by the George Rigg Visitor in Medieval Latin:

Professor Mark Vessey
Department of English, University of British Columbia
Principal of Green College

Rome’s Empire, Christianity, and the New Latin Book-Mind of the Early Western Middle Ages – Rethinking Literature and Textual Community

Mark Vessey JPEG

Thursday, 19 March 2020 at 4:10 pm

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

CANCELLED Toronto Old English Colloquium, 27 March

The Centre for Medieval Studies, the Department of English, and St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, cordially invite you to the Toronto Old English Colloquium:

Toronto Old English Colloquium 2020

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Irina Dumitrescu (Universität Bonn): “Andreas: The Source Awakens”
Chair: Antonette diPaolo Healey (University of Toronto)

Benjamin Saltzman (University of Chicago): “Secrets and Servitude in Riddles and the Law”
Chair: Stephen Pelle (University of Toronto)

Kaitlin Griggs (Carleton University): “Elizabeth Elstob and her Sources: Analyzing Similarities in Elstob’s and Ælfric’s Grammar Texts”
Samuel Cardwell (University of Toronto): “Contracting Marriages in Eleventh-Century England: Be wifmannes beweddung”
Alexandra Bauer (University of Toronto): “Heterotopia and the Old English Mary of Egypt”
Chair: Cameron Laird (University of Toronto)

Gregory Heyworth (University of Rochester): “Scoundrels and Scholars: Textual Science and the Story of the Vercelli Book”
Chair: Deanna Brook’s (University of Toronto)

Reception to follow. All are welcome.

The event will take place at the Centre for Medieval Studies, 125 Queen’s Park, Room 301.