Update regarding COVID-19

Our administration office is closed and all the work is 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) on her cellphone.

The Summer Latin Program has started and all our Summer Latin courses are being given online. Please contact our graduate administrator for further details.

All our Fall courses will be given online and, for some of them, when possible, also in person. See the program here.

Training for TAships and Course Instructorships can be found on the TATP website.

PIMS Library and UofT Libraries are closedFor news about UofT Libraries, click here. By June 22nd, “curbside” pickup for faculty, students and staff will be possible for books housed in Robarts that are not available through the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). You can make a request using a Get Help button in the catalogue record for a book you would like. If your request is successful, you will be notified by email and can pick the book up at Robarts. The Kelly Library will be offering a similar service in the coming weeks. Moreover, for our CMS students: CMS and PIMS collaborate to provide digital access to some of PIMS resources. Find out more here.

Interlibrary loans will also try to help you for your research; do not hesitate to reach for themMoreover, many publishing houses and journals made their publications in free access. Check their websites. See also, among other sites, the National Emergency Library and OpenAccess.

Given that there exists far more resources online than the UTCat lets us see, if you need any assistance or have questions, a great person to contact is the liaison librarian for your discipline: https://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/liaison-librarians. No-one is specifically in charge of medieval studies but Graham Bradshaw would be happy to help. If he cannot help you himself, he will find another librarian whom to contact. Dr Greti Dinkova-Bruun (PIMS library) and Richard Carter (Kelly Library) would also be happy to be of help.

PhD defences, Special Field Exams, and Annual Committee meetings

For the time being, all will be done online, and not in-person. Students are responsible for organizing the SFE and their annual committee meetings. Contact the graduate administrator if you have any question.

September Latin exams: regarding their format, please read the attached memo. Concerning the practice exams and the mock exams in preparation for the September Latin exams, please refer to this second memo.

Possible sources of financial help for CMS students

There exists various emergency funds on campus and outside campus for Graduate students:

  1. FAS Graduate Students Emergency Bursary. This Bursary is now  managed via CMS. Fill up this form and send it to Rhonda Marley. The forms will be reviewed on Friday and the results being made known the following Monday.
  2. School of Graduate Studies’ Emergency Grant
  3. School of Graduate Studies’ Emergency Loan programs
  4. Canadian Government: for help from the Government that might be useful to Graduate Students, see this site. Careful: this document is regularly updated. So if its date seems a bit old, go on the website of the FAS Graduate Students Emergency Bursary to check if you can find a more recent version.

Moreover:

. The Student Executive Committee has also created a fund: the Student Executive Committee COVID-19 Relief Fund offers limited funds from the SEC budget to all CMS students (particularly MAs, P5 and unfunded PhDs, international students, and student parents) to help defray emergency expenses, lost income, rent, food, medication, and other costs incurred or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Requests can be for as little as 20$. Please email any member of the student executive committee to apply or for more information.

AND

. CMS Executive Office has created a CMS Emergency Fund for PhD students outside of the funded cohort, to help them with the current situationOnly an annual meeting report (with the statement that you are in a “Satisfactory Standing”) and a rationale are required to apply. There is no deadline. Evaluations and payments are done weekly.

Moreover, there exists, at least for this year, CMS awards to support writing and completion for students who will be in P6-P8 this coming September. These awards amount to $4,000 (with one instalment of $2,000 in the Fall and the other one in the Spring). The deadline to apply was June 15.

Finally, whatever group you are in, do not hesitate to contact us.

SSHRC news: here

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

In addition to the regular University Student Crisis Number (only during office hours: 416-946-7111), OISE has compiled a list of city resources especially for COVID-19 coping, with 24/7 emergency counselling services (the Gerstein crisis centre has been especially recommended): https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/aphd/Home/COVID-19_Coping_Resources/index.html

See as well, for graduate students, the Guide to Working From Home for Graduate/Postdoctoral Researchers and, for their supervisors, the Strategies for Graduate Mentoring and Supervision at a Distance.

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

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: ehs.occhealth@utoronto.ca
  • If any student is sick or self-isolating, please advise your supervisor or the Interim Director and Acting Manager.
  • 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:

Travels

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 regarding Faculty. For students, please contact us, cc-ing at least two persons: graduate administrator, Interim Director, etc.

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.

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Congratulations to Talia Zajac (CMS 2017) for her two postdoc fellowships

 Talia Zajac has been offered and has accepted the following prestigious postdoctoral fellowships: a Mellon Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies for the coming academic year 2020-2021 and a 36-month Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship beginning May 2021 in the John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester. She will conduct research on “Royal women, cultural exchanges, and Rus’ ecumenical marriages, circa 1000-1250”

Seal by the Rus’–born Duchess Gremislava (or in Polish, Grzymisława, d. 1258), widow of Duke Leszek the White of Kraków (d. 1227), affixed to a charter issued on 12 May 1228, kept in the Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych / The Central Archives of Historical Records in Warsaw, Zb. dok. perg. 6429, digitized at: http://www.agad.gov.pl/inwentarze/ddpp.xml

Regarding this seal, Talia wrote “To the best of my knowledge, this is the only extant seal issued by a Rus’-born bride in Latin Christendom in the pre-Mongol period (before 1240/1241). It is also remarkable because it is the earliest Polish seal that depicts a duchess crowned, seated on a throne, and alone, without written or visual reference to the authority of husbands or sons; a strong statement of female authority.”

Congratulations to Elisa Brilli for a recent co-edited publication with Johannes Bartuschat and Delphine Carron

Florence, the celebrated city-republic, dominates the historiography of medieval Italy still today. The birth and growth of the Mendicant Orders paralleled the rise of urban Europe. As attention to medieval cities has increased, so too the history of the Dominican Order has constituted a major field of study, since the Dominicans were at the forefront of the cultural and religious life of Medieval cities. The combination of these two traditions of studies precipitates a particularly fruitful research field: the reciprocal influences and interactions between the activities of Dominican intellectuals and the making of Florentine cultural identity. The essays collected in this volume explore various facets of such an interaction. Without presuming to be exhaustive, these contributions restore the complexity of the relationship between the Dominicans and the city of Florence, as well as the communal society in the broadest sense of the term.

J. Bartuschat, E. Brilli, D. Carron (eds.), The Dominicans and the Making of Florentine Cultural Identity (13th-14th centuries), Florence: FUP, 2020 (Reti Medievali Ebook, 36). Open access: https://www.fupress.com/isbn/9788855180467 

Contents: 

Emilio Panella OP, Ouverture: Santa Maria Novella e Firenze: convento e città
Johannes Bartuschat, Elisa Brilli, Delphine Carron, Introduction
Delphine Carron, Iñigo Atucha, Anna Pegoretti, Chronologie de Santa Maria Novella (1291-1319)
Delphine Carron, Influences et interactions entre Santa Maria Novella et la commune de Florence. Une étude de cas: les sermons de Remigio de’ Girolami (1295-1301)
Ruedi Imbach, Une métaphysique thomiste florentine. Notule sur le traité De modis rerum de Remigio de’ Girolami
Blaise Dufal, Nicholas Trevet : le théologien anglais qui parlait à l’oreille des Italiens
Anna Pegoretti, Lo “studium” e la biblioteca di Santa Maria Novella nel Duecento e nei primi anni del Trecento (con una postilla sul Boezio di Trevet)
Cecilia Iannella, Giordano da Pisa e il pubblico. Modelli e comportamenti
Maria Conte, Gli “Ammaestramenti degli Antichi”di Bartolomeo da San Concordio. Prime osservazioni in vista dell’edizione critica
Roberto Lambertini, L’usura tra Santa Croce e Santa Maria Novella: Pietro de Trabibus e Remigio de’ Girolami a confronto
Andrea Tabarroni, Disciplinamento sociale e teologia nei Quodlibeta di Pietro de Trabibus
Sonia Gentili, Poesia e filosofia a Firenze tra Santa Croce e Santa Maria Novella
Thomas Ricklin, L’ordre dominicain dans le ciel du soleil. Dante Alighieri et la « viva giustizia » du Paradiso
Francesco Bruni, Dante, Remigio de’ Girolami, il sistema angioino: teologia e politica

Memo Regarding the CMS Practice and Mock Latin Exams, Summer 2020

Dear Students,

     As promised in the previous memo regarding our options for administering the Centre’s Latin exams in September, we are now providing the information on the practice and mock exams which all students are welcome and encouraged to participate in. Both the practice and mock exams will be offered through U of T’s Quercus platform, accessible with students’ credentials for registered U of T students and via temporary guest access for students who have not yet registered and for external participants. To obtain a Guest ID, please contact Rhonda Marley (gradadm.medieval@utoronto.ca).

     All incoming and current students who have not yet passed both exams will be added to the course by June 23, along with non-CMS students currently enrolled in summer Latin courses. Other non-CMS students should contact Rhonda Marley to be enrolled, as should any current or incoming students who have not been added by June 23.

     1. Practice Exams

     A new course called “CMS Latin Exams” has been created on Quercus: (https://q.utoronto.ca/courses/173888).The purpose of this practice exams is to give an opportunity to the students to test and familiarize themselves with the technical aspects of writing the exam on Quercus.

     2. Mock Exams

     The mock exams will be set for Monday, July 20, 1 p.m. Eastern/Toronto time. Students who plan to write the mock exam/s need to register by July 15.

     The mock exams will contain 2 passages instead of 4 and would thus be scheduled for 1,5 hours rather than 3, as is the case for the real exams. The mock exams will be timed but not marked, although translations for self-check will be provided. The mock exams will be monitored by a member of the Latin Committee through a video-meeting on Zoom. The purpose of the mock exams is for the students to have an experience as close as possible to the real exam situation in September, and to get acquainted with the hybrid Quercus/Zoom system adopted by CMS for the September exams.

     3. Feedback from the Students

     CMS and the Latin Committee will appreciate the students’ feedback by July 31, so that any potential technical problems could be addressed in timely fashion. Please send your comments to the Chair of the CMS Student Executive Committee Laura Moncion (laura.moncion@mail.utoronto.ca).

For the Latin Committee

Dr. Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Chair
greti.dinkova.bruun@utoronto.ca

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Memo Regarding the CMS Practice and Mock Latin Exams, Summer 2020

Dear Students,

     As promised in the previous memo regarding our options for administering the Centre’s Latin exams in September, we are now providing the information on the practice and mock exams which all students are welcome and encouraged to participate in. Both the practice and mock exams will be offered through U of T’s Quercus platform, accessible with students’ credentials for registered U of T students and via temporary guest access for students who have not yet registered and for external participants. To obtain a Guest ID, please contact Rhonda Marley.

     All incoming and current students who have not yet passed both exams will be added to the course by June 23, along with non-CMS students currently enrolled in summer Latin courses. Other non-CMS students should contact Rhonda Marley to be enrolled, as should any current or incoming students who have not been added by June 23.

     1. Practice Exams

     A new course called “CMS Latin Exams” has been created on Quercus. The purpose of these practice exams is to give an opportunity to the students to test and familiarize themselves with the technical aspects of writing the exam on Quercus.

     2. Mock Exams

     The mock exams will be set for Monday, July 20, 1 p.m. Eastern/Toronto time. Students who plan to write the mock exam/s need to register by July 15 by contacting Rhonda Marley.

     The mock exams will contain 2 passages instead of 4 and would thus be scheduled for 1,5 hours rather than 3, as is the case for the real exams. The mock exams will be timed but not marked, although translations for self-check will be provided. The mock exams will be monitored by a member of the Latin Committee through a video-meeting on Zoom. The purpose of the mock exams is for the students to have an experience as close as possible to the real exam situation in September, and to get acquainted with the hybrid Quercus/Zoom system adopted by CMS for the September exams.

     3. Feedback from the Students

     CMS and the Latin Committee will appreciate the students’ feedback by July 31, so that any potential technical problems could be addressed in timely fashion. Please send your comments to the Chair of the CMS Student Executive Committee Laura Moncion.

For the Latin Committee
Dr. Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Chair.

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Memo Regarding the CMS Latin Exams in September 2020

Dear Students at the Centre for Medieval Studies,

     Because of the uncertainty about how the Fall term of 2020 will unfold at the University of Toronto in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CMS Latin Committee met on May 26 to discuss our options for administering the Centre’s Latin exams in September. After serious deliberation, it was agreed that under the current conditions writing the exams online will be the default option. In light of the problems experienced in the April writing of the exams and in consideration of the feedback the Latin Committee received from the CMS Student Executive Committee, it was decided that CMS will not again use the services of ProctorU. A different system for writing the exams online was agreed upon (see below, Section 1). As an alternative to writing the exam online, the possibility of writing the exams on-site in person was also discussed (see below, Section 2).

     Training for the online option will be provided during the summer, after which a new round of feedback from the students will be requested, in order to ascertain whether any adjustments need to be implemented. The aim is to ensure that the September Latin exams are written in an environment which allows students to perform at their very best in a fair and equitable way.

 

     Important Dates and Information

    

     Information about the training for the online option will be provided during the month of June.

     Students who are planning to take the Latin Exam on September 9 (Level 1) or September 11 (Level 2) need to register via email with Rhonda Marley by August 4, 2020. At the moment of their registration, students are asked to indicate whether they prefer writing the exam on-site in person, should this option be available in September 2020. Students in different time zones should indicate their time constraints at the time of registration.

     CMS will communicate to students registered for the exams all the details concerning the exams, both online and in person (if this option is available), by August 20, 2020.

1. Writing the Latin Exams online

After discussing three options for administering online exams, the Committee agreed on using the following hybrid system. Exams will be conducted online through the Quercus site (accessible with students’ credentials for registered U of T students and via temporary guest access for students who have not yet registered and for external participants). Live support and monitoring will be offered to the participants in the exams by members of the Latin Committee through a video-meeting on Zoom. Students will not be recorded while taking the exams, nor will a browser lock-down software be used.

This hybrid system will provide equal conditions for all students, conditions which are comparable with those occurring during regular times during on-site in person exams. This effective and friendly monitoring was successfully implemented during the April Modern Language Exams at CMS. The hybrid system also includes configuration strategies to ensure that the needs of students with special needs are accommodated.

For additional information about Quercus, please consult this page.

For additional information about Zoom, please consult this page.

2. Writing the Latin Exams on-site in person

     While it is not currently possible to guarantee on-site in person exams, the Committee discussed also this option. A decision was made that in case the University of Toronto makes the public buildings accessible in September 2020, the students who so desire can write the Latin Exam at:

     2a. The Library of the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies.

     The PIMS Library offers many advantages over the spaces at the Centre for Medieval Studies:

1) because of its size, the PIMS Library can ensure satisfactory social distancing;

2) the PIMS Library will provide equal conditions for all students writing the exam;

3) the PIMS Library will provide a quiet space where the students can concentrate on the exam without any external disturbances. In order to ensure this, the Librarian has promised to close the Library for other patrons during the exams. As an exception, students will be allowed to bring in water and snacks, while phones and all other personal belongings will be placed in the lockers.

For additional information about the PIMS library, please consult this page.

     2b. The University of Toronto Exam Centre.

     Students with specific accessibility needs or health concerns can express their preference for writing the exams in person at the University of Toronto Exam Centre. The Exam Centre will do its best to satisfy such requests, should this possibility be available.

For additional information about the University of Toronto Accessibility Services, please consult this page.

     It needs to be stressed that both “writing in person”-options depend on the decision of the University of Toronto to make the relevant buildings accessible and require an explicit choice to be made by the student who is interested in one of these options. This is why each student, who will be writing the Latin exam/s in September, is asked to specify whether they would prefer to write the exam on-site in person, provided that this is possible by the University’s regulations, at the moment of the registration no later than August 4. Any change in preferences should be communicated to Rhonda Marley by September 1.

For the Latin Committee

Dr. Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Chair

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P6, P7 and P8 Writing and Completion Fund

The following is for this year only. Other solutions will be found in the future.

To support your writing and completion, PhD students who will be registered in P6, P7 and P8 in 2020-21 can obtain an award of $4,000 if they fulfill the following requirements:

. For the ones who will be registered in P6 in 2020-21: at least 2 chapters completed by the beginning of the next academic year (11 September 2020), and a plan to finish by the end of 2020-2021.

. For the ones who will be registered in P7 in 2020-21: at least 3 chapters completed by the beginning of the next academic year (11 September 2020), and a plan to finish by the end of 2020-2021.

. For the ones who will be registered in P8 in 2020-21: at least 4 chapters completed by the beginning of the next academic year (11 September 2020) and a firm intention to finish in 2020- 2021.

In case the obtention of books from the libraries is still significantly limited during July and August, then one of these chapters can still be in draft form.

To obtain this financial support, please submit by June 15, 2020 the following documents to the graduate administrator, Rhonda Marley:

. Annual Advisory Committee Meeting Report in which the members of your Advisory Committee testify that you meet the criteria above.

. If you have not yet these chapters ready but will have them by 11 Sept 2020, then we will also ask a September letter from your supervisor confirming that the chapters are done.

Support will be disbursed in two instalments: students who fulfill these requirements will receive $2,000 in the Fall, and if they are still registered in the program, $2,000 in the Spring.

If you do not fulfill these requirements and are in the unfunded cohort, do not hesitate to apply to CMS Emergency Fund.

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Congratulations to Alexandra (Alex) Gillespie, new VP-Principal at UTM!

Screen Shot 2020-05-14 at 8.49.58 PMAlex Gillespie has been appointed as new Vice-President, University of Toronto and Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). The appointment runs from July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2025.

Alex Gillespie is the chair of UTM’s Department of English & Drama. She is well-known in our community of medievalists as a great supervisor of many of our PhD students. She also engages in fascinating and important projects. She is the principal investigator of U of T Old Books New Science Lab; she and her team have received over $2.5 million (Cdn) in funding. Their international research initiative uses non-destructive analytic techniques to investigate the origins and development of books in their project entitled The Book and the Silk Roads. In 2016, she founded the Jackman Humanities Institute’s tri-campus Digital Humanities Network. Her 2006 book, Print Culture and the Medieval Author, showed that pre-modern ideas about authorship shaped Western printing technologies while her forthcoming monograph, Chaucer’s Books, explores the literary history and philosophy of the book sciences.

Congratulations to our recent PhD Candidate David M. Foley!

David M. Foley: “PETRI COMESTORISGlosae super Iohannem glosatumProthemata et Capitulum IA Critical Edition with an Historical Introduction” (University of Toronto 2020).

Recent discoveries surrounding the twelfth-century schools of Northern France have begun to attract the attention of scholars to a vast corpus of unedited lecture materials (reportationes) emanating from the cathedral school of Notre-Dame. This dissertation encompasses the first partial critical edition and specialised study of one such series of lectures, Peter Comestor’s Glosae super Iohannem glosatum. Delivered in Paris in the mid-1160s, Comestor’s lecture course on the Glossa ordinaria’ on the Gospel of John has been preserved in the form of continuous transcripts taken in shorthand by a student-reporter. From this original set of reportationes, likely revised and authorised by Comestor prior to their diffusion, all of the sixteen extant witnesses to the text ultimately derive. Despite the impressively stable textual tranmission of the Glosae, each manuscript contains unique information about Comestor’s immediate teaching environment: interpolations in the main body of text, student annotations, marginal glosses reporting Comestor’s teaching in his other classes, and additions made (or dictated) by the master himself. Accordingly, I have selected ten of the best witnesses dating from between the last quarter of the twelfth century and the first quarter of the thirteenth to produce a critical edition of the prothemata (i.e. prefatory material) and the first chapter of Comestor’s lectures. In addition to the text of the original lectures, I provide two appendices containing the layered accretions made by Comestor and his students to the lectures, as well as a third appendix containing an edition of the corresponding portion of the textbook from which Comestor lectured, the Glossa ordinaria’ on John.

The second part of this dissertation, comprised of five chapters, serves to provide a wide-ranging introduction to the historical and intellectual context of Peter Comestor’s biblical teaching. Chapter One presents an outline of Comestor’s scholastic career and known works, a survey of the scholarship on his biblical glosses, and a general introduction to the text of the edition: its date, genre, and title. Chapter Two charts the intellectual landscape of Comestor’s lectures: namely, the tradition of biblical teaching originating at the School of Laon, preserved in the Laonnoise Glossa ordinaria,’ and subsequently developed in the classroom by Peter Lombard and a succession of Parisian masters. Chapter Three represents a critical study of the portion of the Glosae presented in the edition: an overview of its structure and narrative sequence, an examination of Comestor’s teaching method and scholastic setting, an outline of the sources (both patristic and ‘modern’) behind his biblical scholarship, and a survey of his engagement in contemporary doctrinal controversies. In Chapter Four, I provide a detailed description of the ten manuscripts selected for the edition together with a stemmatic analysis of their relations. Finally, Chapter Five specifies the editorial principles observed in the critical edition, its various apparatus, and the appendices.

Publication of Letters A-C of the Epinal-Erfurt Glossary Editing Project

Professor Herren wishes to announce the publication of Letters A-C of the Epinal-Erfurt Glossary Editing Project, sponsored by the  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and housed at the Dictionary of Old English. Final preparations are being made for Letter D, which will be published soon.

The editorial team includes CMS doctoral candidates Dylan Wilkerson, Cameron Laird, Deanna Brooks, and Shirley Kinney, with acknowledgements to Dr. Stephen Pelle and Dr. Robert Getz, co-editors of the Dictionary of Old English. The international editorial team consists of Michael Herren, David Porter (Southern University), and Hans Sauer (Munich).

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