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  • 29 Nov 2017 1:54 PM | CSM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Our newest featured member is Jennifer Bain.

    You’re arriving at an airport for a research trip and the border control agent asks what you do.  How do you answer?

    I usually just say that I’m a university professor, but then they usually ask “what do you teach?” If I say music, I’m always asked next, “Oh yeah, how many instruments do you play?” Once instead of “music” I said “medieval music” and the border control agent said, “That sounds boring!”. 

     What projects are you currently working on? 


    I’m working on a big collaborative project, Cantus Ultimus, teaching computers how to read medieval chant manuscripts (cantus.simssa.ca). I love working on a team and learning about various aspects of computing, and it’s led to many unusual side projects including developing a music exhibit as part of a large 6-month exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: Centuries of Silence: the discovery of the Salzinnes Antiphonal (https://www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/exhibitions/centuries-silence-discovery-salzinnes-antiphonal).

    A solo project that I’ve been working on recently is a reception history. Using materials from the State Archive in Wiesbaden, I’ve been reconstructing a WWII story about the status of two Wiesbaden manuscripts containing works of Hildegard of Bingen. Both were sent to a bank vault in Dresden during the war, and miraculously survived the bombing. One, the Scivias manuscript, was pillaged and remains lost, while the other, the so-called “Riesencodex”, was left behind in the vault and was later seized officially by Soviet authorities. The story of the return of the Riesencodex to Wiesbaden is a fascinating window on the early days of the Cold War, and involves a lot of deception and a number of thwarted plans.

    What do you think is the best part of being a medievalist?

    The people (and the manuscripts!) I’ve met along the way.

    Why did you join the CSM? What other societies do you belong to?

    I think it’s important to be part of a national community of scholars. I belong to a number of music societies including the International Musicological Society and its study group, Cantus planus, the American Musicological Society, the Society for Music Theory, the Canadian University Music Society, the Plainsong and Mediaeval Music Society, the Gregorian Institute of Canada, and an interdisciplinary society, the International Machaut Society.

    Where can we find/read some of your work?

    My book, Hildegard of Bingen and Musical Reception: the Modern Revival of a Medieval Composer, can be found on Google Books, or if you want to read the whole thing you can purchase it through amazon.ca.

    Any final thoughts?

    A group of colleagues and I are planning to start up a manuscript fragment site for fragments from chant manuscripts. If you happen to have a folio of chant hanging on your office wall, please be in touch!

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    Vous arrivez à un aéroport pour un voyage de recherche et le douanier demande ce que vous faites. Comment répondez-vous ?

    Habituellement, je dis simplement que je suis professeure d’université, mais ensuite ils demandent généralement « Quel sujet enseignez-vous? » Si je dis musique, ils m’interroge toujours de suite, « Oh oui, combien d’instruments jouez-vous ? » Une fois, au lieu de « musique » j’ai dit « musique médiévale » et le douanier dit, « Cela semble ennuyeux ! »

    Sur quels projets travaillez-vous présentement?

    Je travaille sur un grand projet collaboratif, Cantus Ultimus, qui consiste à enseigner aux ordinateurs à lire des manuscrits médiévaux de chant (cantus.simssa.ca). J’aime travailler en équipe et apprendre divers aspects de l’informatique, et de nombreux projets latéraux inhabituels dérive de cette expérience, notamment l’élaboration d’une pièce de musique dans le cadre d’une grande exposition de 6 mois à l’Art Gallery of Nova Scotia : siècles de Silence : la découverte de l’Antiphonaire de Salzinnes (https://www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/exhibitions/centuries-silence-discovery-salzinnes-antiphonal).

    Un projet solo sur quel  j’ai travaillé récemment est une histoire de la réception. À l’aide de matériaux provenant des Archives de l’État à Wiesbaden, j’ai  reconstruis une histoire qui a eu lieu pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, au sujet du statut de deux manuscrits de Wiesbaden contenant des œuvres de Hildegarde de Bingen. Tous les deux ont été envoyés à un coffre de banque à Dresde pendant la guerre et ont miraculeusement survécu au bombardement. . Un, le manuscrit du Scivias, est pillé et reste perdu, tandis que l’autre, le soi-disant « Riesencodex », fut laissé dans la chambre forte et fut par la suite saisi officiellement par les autorités soviétiques. L’histoire du retour du Riesencodex à Wiesbaden offre une perspective fascinante sur les premières phases de la guerre froide et implique beaucoup de déception et un certain nombre de plans contrariés.

     Que pensez-vous est la meilleure partie d’être un médiéviste?

    Les gens (et les manuscrits!) que j’ai rencontrés au long du chemin.

    Pourquoi vous êtes-vous enrôlé dans le SMC? À quelles autres sociétés appartenez-vous ?

    Je pense qu’il est important de faire partie d’une communauté savante nationale . J’appartiens à un certain nombre de sociétés de musique, dont l’International Musicological Society et son groupe d’étude, Cantus planus, the American Musicological Society, la Société pour la théorie de la musique, la Société canadienne de musique de l’université, la Société du plain-chant et de la musique médiéval, l’Institut grégorien du Canada, et une société interdisciplinaire, la Société internationale de Machaut. 

    Où pouvons-nous trouver/lire certains de vos travaux?

    Mon livre, Hildegard of Bingen and Musical Reception: the Modern Revival of a Medieval Composer, peut être trouvé sur Google Books, ou si vous voulez le lire en entiers vous pouvez l’acheter sur amazon.ca!

    Quelles sont vos dernières pensées?

    Un groupe de collègues et moi avons l’intention de lancer un site de fragment de manuscrit pour les fragments de manuscrits de chant. Si vous avez un folio du chant accroché sur le mur de votre bureau, veuillez être en contact !

     

     

  • 28 Sep 2017 1:41 PM | CSM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Our Featured Medievalist this month is Stephanie Morley!

    You’re arriving at an airport for a research trip and the border control agent asks what you do.  How do you answer?

    I say I teach at Saint Mary’s University, which is true.  I’m generally grumpy about air travel and this answer garners the least amount of eye-rolling (or anti-intellectualist commentary) from border agents sufficient to get me through security with the least exasperation, even though it’s not the whole story.  I always indicate the trip is for pleasure, when it is for work, because that is a path of least resistance.  I think I should alter this strategy.  Work is work, and should be valued as such. 

    Crossing the Blue Water Bridge to attend Kalamazoo is a notable exception.  Usually by the time I cross, the border agents have encountered so many medievalists on their way to Congress that they are actually interested in what I (we) do.  And extra points for the guy who asked if I had any firearms or medieval broadswords to declare. 

    It must be said that my border crossings are only ever uneventful, if sometimes irritating.  Many of my colleagues and friends are not as lucky as I.

    What projects are you currently working on?

    With my eminent colleague, Brandon Alakas, I am working on the first scholarly edition of Richard Whitford’s Diverse Holy Instructions for the Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies series at Liverpool University Press. I’m also working on a student edition of Lady Margaret Beaufort’s Middle English translations of two devotional texts for the TEAMS Middle English Texts series.  Editing is bloody-minded work.  Oddly satisfying, but bloody-minded.

    What do you think is the best part of being a medievalist?

    The money.

    Where can we find/read some of your work?

    My most recent article appears in Devotional Literature and Practice in Medieval England (K.R. Vulic, S. Uselmann, C.A. Grise, eds.), a collection of essays on the reading and reception of devotional literature in England.  It’s a fantastic book and I am pleased and proud to be included alongside such excellent, thoughtful work. http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503530291-1

    You will also find some of my work, albeit more ephemeral, at the upcoming Atlantic Medieval Association’s annual meeting, being held this year at Dalhousie University 22-23 September 2017.  Along with Jennifer Bain at Dalhousie, I am co-organising the SSHRC-funded conference, Material Matters, celebrating the return of the Salzinnes Antiphonal to Saint Mary’s University.  The antiphonal is a lushly illustrated sixteenth-century manuscript from the Cistercian Abbey of Namur (Belgium) that offers an important glimpse into the history of female monasticism, music and book production in the period.  The conference, comprising papers that consider the variety of interdisciplinary aspects involved in the study of medieval manuscripts,  coincides with an exhibition on the antiphonal at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and includes a concert performance by the Belgian ensemble Psallentes of music from the antiphonal. 

    Halifax is absolutely lovely in the fall.  You should come.

    https://materialmattershalifax.wordpress.com

    https://www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/exhibitions/centuries-silence-discovery-salzinnes-antiphonal

     

    Vous arrivez à un aéroport pour un voyage de recherche et l’agent de contrôle de frontière demande ce que vous faites. Comment répondez-vous ?

    Je dis que j’enseigne à l’Université de Saint Mary's, ce qui est vrai. Je suis généralement grincheuse pendant les voyages aériens et cette réponse attire le moins de frustration (ou commentaire anti-intellectualiste) des agents frontaliers, même si ce n’est pas toute l’histoire. Je dis toujours que le voyage est pour le plaisir, même lorsqu’il s’agi de travail, parce que c’est le chemin le plus facile. Je pense à changer cette stratégie. Mon travail est mon travail et doit être apprécié en tant que tel.

    Traverser le pont Blue Water à Kalamazoo constitue une exception notable. Habituellement quand je le traverse, les agents frontaliers ont déjà rencontré tant de médiévistes se rendant au congrès qu’ils sont réellement intéressés par ce qu’on fait. Et des points supplémentaires pour le gars qui a demandé si j’avais des armes à feu ou sabres médiévaux à déclarer. 

    Il faut dire que mes passages frontaliers ne sont jamais sans incident, et parfois même irritants. Beaucoup de mes collègues et amis ne sont pas aussi chanceux.

    Sur quels projets travaillez-vous présentement?

    Avec mon éminent collègue, Brandon Alakas, je travaille sur la première édition savante du Diverse Holy Instructions de Richard Whitford pour l’Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies Series à Liverpool University Press. Je travaille également sur une édition étudiante des traductions en anglais médiéval  de Lady Margaret Beaufort de deux textes dévotionnels pour la série TEAMS Middle English Texts. C’est un travail bestial. Étrangement satisfaisant, mais bestial.

    Que pensez-vous est la meilleure partie d’être un médiéviste ?

     L'argent.

    Où pouvons-nous trouver/lire certains de vos travaux ?

    Mon plus récent article apparaît dans la littérature de dévotion et de la pratique dans l’Angleterre médiévale (K.R. Vulic, S. Uselmann, C.A. Grise, eds.), un recueil d’essais sur la lecture et la réception de la littérature de dévotion en Angleterre. C’est un livre fantastique et je suis heureuse et fière de figurer aux côtés de tel travail excellent et pensif. http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503530291-1

    Vous trouverez également certains de mes travaux, quoique plus éphémères, à la réunion annuelle de l’Association médiévale de l’Atlantique, qui aura lieu cette année à l’Université Dalhousie du 22 au 23 septembre. Avec Jennifer Bain de Dalhousie, je suis co-organisatrice de la Conférence Material Matters, financée par le CRSH. Cette conférence  célèbre le retour de l’Antiphonaire de Salzinnes à l’Université Saint Mary. L’Antiphonaire est un manuscrit du XVI siècle de l’abbaye cistercienne de Namur (Belgique), somptueusement illustré, qui offre un aperçu important du monachisme féminin ainsi que de la musique, et production de livres à cette époque. La conférence, qui inclue des présentations considérant les divers aspects interdisciplinaires impliqués dans l’étude des manuscrits médiévaux, coïncide avec une exposition sur l’Antiphonaire à la Gallerie d’Art de la Nouvelle Ecosse et un concert présenté par  l’Ensemble Psallentes. Halifax est absolument magnifique à l’automne. Vous devriez venir.

    https://materialmattershalifax.wordpress.com

    https://www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/exhibitions/centuries-silence-discovery-salzinnes-antiphonal

     

  • 6 Mar 2017 12:52 PM | Andrew Klein

    This month's featured CSM member is our very own webmaster, Andrew Klein!

    Education

    I received my B.A. at the University of Saskatchewan, in English. There I also completed a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies. More recently, I completed my doctoral studies in English at the University of Notre Dame.

    You’re arriving at an airport for a research trip and the border control agent asks what you do. How do you answer?

    I would like to say I don’t flub this simple question – but many of us do under the skeptical stare of the weary border-control officer, don’t we? The combined effects of a border officer in Calais dismissing my long-winded explanation of what I do with “Well, that’s booooring” and an American border officer’s scoffing disbelief that any school would pay me a stipend to study the Middle Ages have meant that I can never really steer myself through this ordeal without stammering embarrassingly incoherent responses. Usually the word “professor” is met with some dim glimmer of recognition in my oppressor’s eyes.

    What projects are you currently working on?

    Though the semester’s beginning means that projects are beginning to languish, I am looking forward to turning my dissertation (which focuses on England the nation, internationally conceived) into a book, and I have been working on an article on digital visualizations of natural imagery in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and another on the derogatory trope of Scottish footwear. I’ve got a few pieces on bobs, wheels, and manuscript mise-en-page coming down the pipe as well.

    What do you think is the best part of being a medievalist?

    Other than the people you meet? The breadth of the area. Being a medievalist has opened me up to such a variety of scholarship and scholars. It can be a pain to be expected to teach a thousand years’ worth of literature, but I’m always stretching myself because of it, and meeting interesting folks along the way. The word “medievalist” can also raise eyebrows in a really satisfying way outside of academic circles.

    Why did you join the CSM? What other societies do you belong to?

    When I was an undergraduate looking to do graduate work, my soon-to-be supervisor, Dr. Yin Liu, said I ought to consider joining. I’m glad that I have: the CSM is a warm, supportive community even when one isn’t able to make it to the annual meetings, and for those of us now living in Trumpland, having a (any!) connection to the motherland is a real boon. I also belong to the Medieval Academy of America, The New Chaucer Society, and The International Arthurian Society.

    Where can we find/read some of your work?

    The latest volume of Studies in Iconography (2016) has a piece in it by me. I’ve co-authored another piece on mise-en-page that will be coming out, hopefully in 2017, in a collection titled The Medieval Literary beyond Form from Boydell and Brewer.

    Any final thoughts?

    Teaching at a liberal arts college (Wabash College) has really made me aware of how fortunate we are to have an active, genial community of Canadian medievalists, now connected via the web. I’m glad to have a part in managing the website – and I hope I can bring some useful updates to the site in the near future. 

  • 6 Feb 2017 12:56 PM | Andrew Klein

    Education

    BA Hons McGill University; MA Queens University at Kingston; PhD University of Notre Dame

    You’re arriving at an airport for a research trip and the border control agent asks what you do. How do you answer?

    University Professor

    What projects are you currently working on?

    Narratives of Impassioned Things: Tales of Christian Passion Relics and Their Circulation in Muslim Contexts as told across a variety of genres (chronicles, romances, chansons de geste, letters); also a study of translation and manuscript form in a Middle English romance

    What do you think is the best part of being a medievalist?

    The colleagues! Also the opportunity to study and communicate some sense of the importance and appeal  of medieval texts and ideas to modern people and their concerns

    Why did you join the CSM? What other societies do you belong to?

    I joined the CSM to stand up and be counted as a medievalist working in Canada and to foster the study of the Middle Ages in Canada. Our membership numbers are annually reported to CFHSS, which lobbies the government for humanities and social sciences funding and to which most university administrators belong. If I want medieval studies to be identified as a vibrant avenue of scholarly investigation, study and teaching at administrative and bureaucratic levels in Canada (which I do), then the CSM is the main organization to belong to.  I also think it is a great chance to meet medievalists from many disciplines across Canada and share both research interests/work AND the lived experiences of medievalists navigating political and bureaucratic policies and trends in Canada. I also belong to the Medieval Academy, the MLA, The International Arthurian Society (North American Branch), the New Chaucer Society, and the Early English Text Society

    Where can we find/read some of your work?

    http://carleton.ca/english/people/bly-calkin-siobhain/ or www.academia.edu 


  • 6 Jan 2017 12:57 PM | Andrew Klein

    This month's featured member is Robert Marcoux at Université Laval!

    You’re arriving at an airport for a research trip and the border control agent asks what you do. How do you answer?

    University professor

    What projects are you currently working on?

    The resurrection of Lazarus in text and image in the Western Middle Ages; the body, death, and the image: reflections on the aesthetic of the macabre (13th-15th C)

    What do you think is the best part of being a medievalist?

    Being in a position to bring a critical approach to Western civilization, by examining its structures and its representational system.

    Why did you join the CSM?

    To become part of a community, and to have more occasions to have a drink with like-minded people!

    Where can we find/read some of your work?

    https://ulaval.academia.edu/RobertMarcoux


  • 5 Nov 2016 12:59 PM | Andrew Klein

    Education

    I did my BA (History and Medieval Studies) and my MA (History with Specialization in Medieval and Renaissance Studies) both at the University of Ottawa, and my PhD (History) at the University of York, UK. Now I work as a postdoc and academic manager at the Centre for Medieval Literature (History department, University of Southern Denmark & Department of English and Related Literature, University of York).

    You’re arriving at an airport for a research trip and the border control agent asks what you do. How do you answer?

    As a Canadian working in Denmark with a history of student visas in the UK, I get asked this question a lot. Right now it usually goes something like: 

    Canadian border control: “What are you doing in Denmark?” 

    Me: “I…work at a Centre for Medieval Literature?”

    Canadian border control: “…you don’t hear that every day.”

    What projects are you currently working on?

    I have two main research projects on the go right now. The first is the process of publishing parts of my PhD research as articles. I have a new one forthcoming in Florilegium, “The King and his Relatives in Political Literature for Charles VI of France,” and am working on a book chapter on the 15th-century manuscripts of Philippe de Mézières’ Songe du viel pelerin, originally completed in 1389. 

    I’m also writing a monograph tentatively titled Pierre Salmon’s Dialogues and Political Literature in Late-Medieval France. The book will look at two remarkable manuscripts: the two very different authorial versions of a text editorially titled the Dialogues based on it being partly framed as a record of a conversation ostensibly held between Charles VI of France and Salmon, who worked as the king’s secretary. The manuscripts both contain extensive image programs as well as multiple textual genres (mirror for princes, autobiography, catechism, letters…), and my monograph will explore the role of these genres in 15th-century attempts to intervene in political conversations using literature, as well as the way Salmon’s record of the conversations he had and letters he exchanged with influential figures of the day propose a model of the political community in 15th-century France. You can see the manuscripts online here http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b84546920.r=fr%2023279?rk=21459;2 and here http://www.e-codices.ch/en/searchresult/list/one/bge/fr0165.

    What do you think is the best part of being a medievalist?

    I’ve always enjoyed the way the medieval can be both utterly alien and completely familiar. On the one hand, from a modern perspective there’s something extremely bizarre about describing the king of France as a white falcon with golden feet, a golden beak, and a crown, and then sticking that falcon in the middle of a chessboard and telling him each square of the board has a lesson on how to govern better. But on the other hand, there’s something extremely familiar about people using available media to have political conversations (think Rick Mercer’s rants or late-night talk shows). And I always get a laugh out of medieval complaints that kids these days just wear their clothes too tight and reveal too much to passers-by.

    Why did you join the CSM? What other societies do you belong to?

    I was urged to join during my MA so I could participate in the CSM’s annual conference, which took place at Carleton that year. I remember being really confused about the relationship between the CSM conference and the rest of the activities on campus – Congress is a baffling model for a rookie, but now that I get how it works, I love it.

    I’m also a member of the Society for the Study of French History, the Société des études médiévales du Québec, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature (Medium Aevum).

    Where can we find/read some of your work?

    In addition to my forthcoming Florilegium article, I recently (2016) published “The Royal Entries of Henry VI in a London Civic Manuscript” in the Journal of Medieval History, and in 2015 my chapter “Reconfiguring Queen Truth in BnF Ms. Fr. 22542 (Songe du vieil pelerin)” came out in Textual and Visual Representations of Power and Justice in Medieval France: Manuscripts and Early Printed Books, edited by Rosalind Brown-Grant, Anne D. Hedeman, and Bernard Ribémont (Ashgate).

    In an unusual move for a UK PhD, I didn’t put an embargo on the digital version of my PhD thesis, “Counselling Charles VI of France: Christine de Pizan, Honorat Bovet, Pierre Salmon, and Philippe de Mézières,” so it’s free to download. You can find links to all my work here: https://kristinbourassa.wordpress.com/research/. I’m also on Twitter (@kristinbourassa).

    Any final thoughts?

    Being the current CSM PR officer has made me realize how many interesting things Canadian medievalists are doing all around the world! If you’re also on Twitter, please consider subscribing to our Twitter list Canmedieval, https://twitter.com/canMedievalists/lists/canmedieval. And remember to email canmedievalistsPR@gmail.com for your own Medievalist of the Month feature!



  • 6 Oct 2016 1:01 PM | Andrew Klein

    October 2016's Medievalist of the Month is CSM President David Watt (University of Manitoba)!

    Education

    BA, MA: University of Alberta

    M.St., D.Phil: St Anne’s College, University of Oxford

    You’re arriving at an airport for a research trip and the border control agent asks what you do. How do you answer?

    Nervously. I always get the sense that the border control agent is going to say, incredulously, “Are you really a medievalist?” causing my sense of imposter syndrome to kick in. “You’re right,” I can see myself admitting, “I’m not smart enough to be a medievalist. I can’t believe how long it took for someone to catch me.”

    What projects are you currently working on?

    I am currently working on a special issue of Florilegium that focuses on Medieval Manuscripts in Canada. It is great to learn about some of the projects that are currently underway in Canada. I hope that anyone reading this might be able to send me information about their holdings or an article about a manuscript or collection. I am also working on a book called Awkwardness and Grace. It explores awkwardness as a literary as well as a social experience, focusing on what I have come to call “the long fifteenth century” (though that’s really so that I can justify including the Pearl-manuscript at one end of a study of fifteenth-century texts and Skelton at the other!).

    What do you think is the best part of being a medievalist?

    Frequently having to defend the value of what I do. I used to think this was a drawback, and it certainly can be. However, I have now come to think of this as an advantage. Having to explain and defend what I do to others gives me a chance to ask myself whether I value what I do. At the end of his book Juvenescence, Robert Harrison (a medievalist by training) argues that learning serves “no purpose at all, except the enhancement of life. In the human sphere learning is life, and life is learning.” As a medievalist, I have the chance to help others to enhance their lives by learning about the past. The medieval past can help us to understand the kinds of learning that persist, either because they are so enduring or because they are worth fighting for. Having to defend the value of what I do as a medievalist has helped me to understand that the purpose of learning is the enhancement of life. 

    Why did you join the CSM? What other societies do you belong to?

    I first came to a meeting of the CSM because I wanted to stay active in the Canadian community when I was studying abroad. I stayed involved because the CSM is such a friendly, supportive, and intellectually stimulating group of people. Although I am not someone who naturally loves conferences, I thoroughly enjoy CSM meetings because I learn so much about work outside my area and because I always feel I am amongst people who support me. I am also member of the Early Book Society, the New Chaucer Society, the Medieval Academy, and the Modern Language Association. 

    Where can we find/read some of your work?

    You can read my book, The Making of Thomas Hoccleve’s Series, or publications in The Journal of the Early Book SocietyRenaissance and Reformation, and Leeds Studies in English as well as articles in Pedagogy and SMART, which both focus on teaching. You can also read my introductions and student editions of Hoccleve and Malory’s Tale of Gareth in the Broadview Anthology of British Literature

    Any final thoughts?

    Whenever I talk to people—from elementary-school-aged children to university students to adults—I find that they are enthusiastic about learning about the past, especially the distant past. While many of us feel obliged to spend time defending the humanities, I would like to spend more of my time talking about the ways that we can share our love of learning about the medieval period with others. I know many Canadian medievalists are currently doing this in their classrooms or through outreach work, and I would love to hear more about it.


  • 7 Sep 2016 1:02 PM | Andrew Klein

    We begin the 2016-17 academic year with a profile from Lynn Arner, Associate Professor in the Department of English at Brock University!

    Education

    I have a PhD in English and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. My first two degrees are from Canada, while my last set of degrees is from the U.S. 

    You’re arriving at an airport for a research trip and the border control agent asks what you do. How do you answer?

    I teach medieval English literature, contemporary theory, and gender studies at Brock University. After teaching in a visiting post at the University of Pittsburgh for several years, I teach in the region where I grew up.

    What projects are you currently working on?

    I am currently working on two projects. The first is a study of class and gender in the professoriate in the discipline of English in Canada and the U.S., a project for which I have won a SSHRC Insight Development Grant. The second is scholarship on discourses of civility in late medieval England.

    What do you think is the best part of being a medievalist?

    I think that medieval literature and history are invaluable to teach because of their historical alterity. Such alterity helps denaturalize our current assumptions about gender, class, race, sexuality, and so many other important rubrics and cultural narratives. Of course, there is some historical continuity from late medieval England to now: for example, England began its long, brutal history of colonization in the late Middle Ages, by colonizing the Welsh and by attempting to colonize the Scots and the Irish. Once students learn about the Crusades, they often have a different understanding of European and American involvement in the Middle East now.

    The less erudite side of me adores medieval literature because I enjoy strong narratives and because I still giggle over many words from dead languages. For example, an Anglo-Saxon would “unlock his word-hoard,” and an ancient Roman ate placenta [cake]. 

    Why did you join the CSM? What other societies do you belong to?

    I joined the CSM because of its annual convention, which is a great way to meet other medievalists across Canada.

    I am a member of the Modern Language Association, the New Chaucer Society, the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, the Working-Class Studies Association, and a founding member of The Gower Project.

    Where can we find/read some of your work?

    My first scholarly monograph was Chaucer, Gower, and the Vernacular Rising: Poetry and the Problem of the Populace After 1381(Research Triangle, PA: Penn State University Press, 2013). I also edited a special issue of Exemplaria (2007).

    My most cited article is “The Ends of Enchantment: Colonialism and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 48.2 (2006); 79-101. This article was also my most frustrating essay because it took me over seven years to get it published. [My advice to PhD students: tenacity is crucial for success in the profession.]

    My webpage has links to some of my work: https://brocku.ca/humanities/departments-and-centres/english-language-and-literature/faculty-and-staff-el/lynn-arner

    Any final thoughts?

    I am often asked, “Don’t you hate the latest Hollywood movie on King Arthur” [or Robin Hood, etc.]? I respond, “I love such movies, T.V. programs, and video games---the more, the better.” At a time when the Humanities are under attack in Canada and the U.S., pop culture representations of the Middle Ages help provide a steady flow of students into our medieval courses.

    Thanks, Lynn! Remember, all members are welcome to contribute a Medievalist of the Month profile to canmedievalistsPR@gmail.com.



  • 11 Aug 2016 1:03 PM | Andrew Klein

    April showers bring May flowers...and a new Medievalist of the Month, Robin Norris of Carleton University!

    Would you like to be the next medievalist of the month? Get in touch at canmedievalistsPR@gmail.com. New medievalists currently sought for May, June, July, and August! 

    Education

    B.A., English and Linguistcs double major at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, with a year at Trinity College Dublin. M.A., Ohio State. Ph.D., University of Toronto.

    You’re arriving at an airport for a research trip and the border control agent asks what you do. How do you answer?

    I am a professor in the English Department at Carleton. If they ask what I teach, I tell them I teach medieval literature and the history of the English language. Then there usually follows a love it or hate it reaction.

    What projects are you currently working on?

    I am collaborating with Johanna Kramer (University of Missouri) and Hugh Magennis (Queens University, Belfast) on a collection of 22 anonymous Old English saints’ lives to be published in 2017 by Harvard University Press for Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library. Each text has been reedited with an introduction and translation. This will likely require two volumes! I am responsible for six lives: Giles, James, Machutus, Mildred, Neot, Pantaleon. Over reading week, we three editors will meet at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in Washington, DC, to finalize the project, which goes to press on July 1.

    What do you think is the best part of being a medievalist?

    One of the best things about being a medievalist is understanding where English came from and how the language has changed over time. This is also an interesting time to be teaching as a medievalist because our popular culture seems to be obsessed with the medieval world. 

    Why did you join the CSM? What other societies do you belong to?

    There are some amazing medievalists working in Canada. I also belong to ISAS and the Babel Working Group.

    Where can we find/read some of your work?

    I have published in a number of journals and edited collections. I have one piece online about film adaptations of Beowulf: “Resistance to Genocide in the Postmodern Beowulf.” Literature Compass 8 (2011): 435–8. I have a recent article out in Anglo-Saxon England 2014: “The Sevenfold-Fivefold-Threefold Litany of the Saints in the Leofric Missal and Beyond.” This question makes me wonder if I should get on academia.edu…

    Any final thoughts?

    Marc Saurette and I co-founded a new minor in Medieval and Early Modern studies. He taught the first of our core courses this fall.

     

    On July 1, I will become chair of my department. 


  • 6 Mar 2016 1:04 PM | Andrew Klein

    March 2016's Medievalist of the Month is Kouky Fianu (University of Ottawa):

    You’re arriving at an airport for a research trip and the border control agent asks what you do. How do you answer?

    That I'm a Professor of Medieval History.

    What projects are you currently working on?

    I'm finishing a book on the notaries of Orléans at the end of the Middle Ages, and starting a new project on the management of documents and archives at the Hôtel-Dieu of Orléans (12th-17th centuries).

    What do you think is the best part of being a medievalist?

    Working on a fascinating period, on a world so different from and yet so linked to our own. Understanding western civilization in-depth. Needing other disciplines (literature, philosophy, languages, etc) and a strong comparative dimension.

    Why did you join the CSM? What other societies do you belong to?

    It's important to have Canadian representation and contacts with others working on the period in Canada, to avoid isolation and to make it known that we exist. I am also a member of the SEMQ and of LAMOP (Laboratoire de médiévistique occidentale de Paris).

    Where can we find/read some of your work?

    On my departmental website and in university libraries.

    Remember, to contribute your own profile to medievalist of the month get in touch at canmedievalistsPR@gmail.com!


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