Congratulations to Bogdan Smarandache for his recent publication!

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.

Toronto Old English Colloquium – 29 April 2019

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!

 

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Congratulation to alumnus Connell Monette for his new publication, presented to the Pope in the presence of King Mohammed VI of Morocco!

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.

The Arabic and English editions were presented by the Minister of Islamic Affairs to Pope Francis, during the Papal visit to Rabat on Saturday 30th March, in the presence of King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
Prof. Connell Monette and his co-author, Rev. Karen Smith, were featured with the books on national television.  The official program has been posted online (you can listen to it in Spanish) and they appear with the books between 09:00 and 09:30, and the presentation of the books to the Pope (with the King and Minister) appears at 38:35.

New bilingual resource for learning about medieval manuscripts (a project involving CMS alumni and Faculty)

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!

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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!

The 2019 Étienne Gilson Lecture with Prof. John van Engen

You are cordially invited to attend the 2019 Etienne Gilson Lecture presented by the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

“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)

4:00 pm, Thursday, 11 April 2019
 Rm 400, Muzzo Family Alumni Hall
 121 St. Joseph Street
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Reception to follow in the Laurence K. Shook Common Room
 Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
 59 Queen’s Park Crescent East

 

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.

Lecture by Kathryn Kerby-Fulton–10 April 2019

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”

“Go’day,” bobbed carol with musical notation from Oxford, Bodleian Library, Arch. Selden B. 26 (SC 3340) f. 8."

“Go’day,” bobbed carol with musical notation from Oxford, Bodleian Library, Arch. Selden B. 26 (SC 3340) f. 8.”

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

 4:00 p.m.

Centre for Medieval Studies,

Room 310

3rd Floor, Lillian Massey Building

125 Queen’s Park, Toronto

Congratulations to alumna Jessie Sherwood

Jessie SherwoodJessie 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.

Annual Leonard E. Boyle Lecture by William J. Courtenay on March 26th, 2019

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”

presented by

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

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