Nature of the Collaborative Program
The Collaborative Specialization in Editing Ancient and Medieval Texts offers a platform for doctoral students involved and interested in editing texts from their particular field of research. Trained in the arts of editing texts of their discipline, students meet with faculty in the bi-monthly Higher Seminar in Editing Ancient and Medieval Texts to discuss matters of philological interest across the disciplines. In addition to participating in the Seminar, students in the program complete courses in their home departments which deal with the techniques of reading, transcribing, and editing manuscripts, and then complete an editorial project, which can be a paper for a course in any of the collaborating departments, and independent publishable project, or the student’s dissertation or a part thereof.
The Collaborative Specialization in Editing Ancient and Medieval texts is open to doctoral students in Classics, English, French, History, Italian Studies, Medieval Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religion, and Spanish. Students who are applying to a PhD in one of their programs may indicate their intention to enrol in the program on their SGS Admissions Application. Students who are already enrolled in a PhD should write to the Graduate Administrator at the Centre for Medieval Studies to request admission to the collaborative program. Applicants must be accepted into a Participating Graduate Degree Program before being accepted into the Collaborative Specialization, and must meet the admission requirements of both the Participating Graduate Degree Program and the Collaborative Specialization.
The student must register first in the Participating Graduate Degree Program. Thereafter, upon acceptance, the student must then apply to and register in the Collaborative Specialization. The student must meet all degree requirements of the Participating Graduate Degree Program, as well as the requirements of the Collaborative Specialization.
- Every student must take at least 0.5 FCE in the philology of the language of the home department or editorial project they intend to pursue; it is the onus of the home graduate program to ensure that this requirement is fulfilled. If the language of the intended editorial project is, for instance Medieval Latin, and the home department lacks a suitable course in this, students could instead take one of the courses offered by the Centre for Medieval Studies (provided that they pass the internal requirements of this unit. The relevant MST courses include: MST1104H, MST 1105H, MST 1107H, MST 1110H, MST 1113H, MST 1115H, MST 1384H).
- Every student must take and receive credit in the Higher Seminar in Editing Ancient and Medieval Texts (MST1111HY); see below for details.
- Every student must complete and submit an approved editorial project, which can be part of a paper for a course in any of the collaborating departments, an independent publishable project, or the student’s dissertation or a part thereof.
MST1111HY Higher Seminar in Editing Ancient and Medieval Texts
This seminar is the core common learning activity of the Collaborative Specialization in Editing Ancient and Medieval Texts. It is a credit/non-credit course (0.5 FCE) that runs over the course of one year. It is organized by the Director of the Specialization but relies on the generous support and participation from the collaborating units. The seminar is roughly divided in six to eight reading-group seminars, where representatives of the collaborating units prescribe and discuss material relevant to the editorial practices and philology of their respective discipline, and four to six work-in-progress seminars, where students and faculty who are working on preparing critical editions of ancient and medieval texts, regardless of their language, may present and discuss their work, and thus receive invaluable feedback. The exact structure and contents of the seminar in any given year depend largely on the composition of the student body enrolled in the program.