MS 61, fol 1v, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

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  • 24 Nov 2020 5:42 PM | Siobhain Calkin (Administrator)

    The Fall 2020 issue of Scrinium was just e-mailed out. Check out the President's Message, the 2020 Prize winners, submission procedures for 2021 Dissertation and Book Prizes, a call for nominations for officers, and an update on Florilegium. Also, don't miss the Call for Papers for our 2021 Annual Meeting (abstracts due Jan. 15, 2021) and an update on its format!

  • 17 Nov 2020 2:25 PM | Kathy Cawsey (Administrator)

    12 novembre 2020 – Offres d’emploi

    Le Département des littératures de langue française sollicite des candidatures pour un poste de professeur ou de professeure à temps plein au rang d'adjoint en littérature française du XVIe siècle.

    La date limite pour postuler est le 15 décembre 2020 inclusivement.

    Pour plus d'information, veuillez cliquer  ici.

  • 16 Nov 2020 8:27 AM | Siobhain Calkin (Administrator)

    (le français suit)

    The Society has withdrawn from the 2021 Canadian Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences. We will conduct our annual meeting through shorter sessions spread over the four Mondays of June 2021. June 7, 14, 21, and 28 will be ‘Medieval Mondays.’  

    The Society’s Executive Committee decided to withdraw from the 2021 Virtual Congress after consulting with the Advisory Board. We acknowledge the considerable work and ingenuity of the Congress organizers and hosts at the University of Alberta. The organizers pivoted to produce an impressive virtual interface. Nevertheless, we concluded that our Society could host a more flexible and affordable online annual meeting independently.

    Our online meeting will provide an opportunity for medievalists to share their work and learn more about the Middle Ages. Given the circumstances, and the unique opportunities as well as constraints offered by the online format, we are encouraging members to propose papers and formats that go beyond the traditional three-paper panel. A series of shorter (7-10 minute), thematically linked talks or a roundtable discussion would be alternative ways of organizing a session. 

    We will also conduct our Annual General Meeting online, elect our officers, and award our book and dissertation prizes. We are also considering ways to help participants network in a convivial online environment. Please visit the CSM/SCM website for the revised call for papers. Technical details have yet to be worked out. Questions and suggestions can be sent to Marc B. Cels (


    La Société s’est retirée du Congrès des sciences humaines de 2021. Notre réunion annuelle aura lieu au cours de sessions plus courtes réparties sur les quatre lundis de juin 2021. Les 7, 14, 21 et 28 juin seront donc les « lundis médiéval ». 

    Le Comité exécutif de la Société a décidé de se retirer du Congrès virtuel de 2021 après avoir consulté le Conseil consultatif. Nous reconnaissons le travail considérable et l’ingéniosité des organisateurs et des hôtes du Congrès à l’Université de l’Alberta. Les organisateurs ont produit une interface virtuelle impressionnante. Néanmoins, nous avons conclu que notre Société pourrait organiser une réunion annuelle en ligne plus souple et plus abordable de façon indépendante.

    Notre rencontre en ligne sera l’occasion pour les médiévistes de partager leur travail et d’en apprendre davantage sur le Moyen Âge. Compte tenu des circonstances, des possibilités uniques ainsi que des contraintes offertes par le format en ligne, nous encourageons les membres à proposer des conférences et des formats de séances qui vont au-delà du traditionnel panel de trois documents. Une série de discussions plus courtes (7-10 minutes), thématiquement liées ou une table ronde seraient d’autre façons d’organiser une séance. 

    Nous organiserons également notre assemblée générale annuelle en ligne, élirons nos officiers et décernerons nos prix de livre et de thèse. Nous étudierons également des moyens d’aider les participants à se réunir dans un environnement en ligne convivial. Veuillez visiter le site Web du CSM/SCM pour voir l’appel révisé à communication. Les détails techniques n’ont pas encore été précis. Des questions et des suggestions peuvent être envoyées à Marc B. Cels  (
  • 16 Nov 2020 7:31 AM | Kathy Cawsey (Administrator)

    Associate Professor – Later Medieval English Literature (1200-1500)

    The Department of English and the Centre for Medieval Studies in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invite applications for a joint full-time tenure stream position (75% English & 25% Centre for Medieval Studies) in the field of Later Medieval English Literature (1200-1500). The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021.

    Applicants must have earned a PhD in English, with a clearly demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in both teaching and research. The Department of English and Centre for Medieval Studies offer the opportunity to teach and to pursue research at the highest level. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing strengths in the Department of English and the Centre for Medieval Studies. Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

    Candidates must provide evidence of excellence in research in Later Medieval English Literature which can be demonstrated by a record of sustained high-impact contributions and publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, as well as strong endorsements by referees of international standing.

    Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, by a strong statement of teaching philosophy, sample course materials, excellent teaching evaluations, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing. A teaching dossier which includes these materials must be submitted as part of the application.

    Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    For more information about the Department of English, please visit; for the Centre for Medieval Studies, please visit

    All qualified applicants are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations), a research statement outlining current and future research interests, and a substantial writing sample (e.g. article or book chapter). All candidates are expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment. Evidence of such commitment should be demonstrated through the application materials

    Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each once an application is submitted. Applicants, however, remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date, November 30, 2020. They should be addressed to Professor Paul Stevens, the Chair of the Search Committee.

    Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining the attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

    If you have questions about this position, please contact Paul Stevens, Chair of the Department of English at

    All application materials, including reference letters, must be submitted online by the closing date of November 30, 2020.

  • 9 Nov 2020 10:01 AM | Marc Cels (Administrator)

    The Canadian Historical Association is please to announce the release of the third edition of its career manual. Employing History (EH): A Guide to Graduate School and Navigating the Job Market is a handbook for graduate students and early career historians. It contains experiential advice and guidance on navigating post-graduate study, sharing academic research and finding work. 

    La Société historique du Canada est heureuse d'annoncer la publication de la troisième édition de Tirer profit de l’histoire : un guide pour les études supérieures et la recherche d’emploi (TPH). Tirer profit de l'histoire (TPH) est un guide destiné aux étudiant.e.s diplômé.e.s et aux en début de carrière. Il contient des conseils pratiques et des renseignements sur comment naviguer les études de troisième cycle, partager la recherche universitaire et trouver du travail.

  • 26 Oct 2020 12:48 PM | Siobhain Calkin (Administrator)

    (la version française suit)

    After each annual gathering of the CSM/SCM (which, alas, could not happen this year), a prize is awarded for the best graduate student presentation. At the 2020 AGM, members voted to re-name that prize the M. Jane Toswell Student Presentation Prize/ Le prix de présentation étudiante M. Jane Toswell to honour the work of Professor M. Jane Toswell in helping to found the CSM / SCM.

    While organizing the CSM / SCM archive, President Marc Cels learned of the hard work undertaken by Professor Toswell in 1992 when a group of medievalists attending the ACCUTE meetings at the 1992 Learneds—the old name for the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Congress­­––decided it was high time to found a Canadian Society of Medievalists. Duties were shared out. Jane approached the Federation about starting a new society and, crucially, hunted down medievalists across Canada to mail them invitations to join. She worked on and administered the first SSHRC grant for the new society, helped organize the first meeting in 1993, and started our society newsletter. She drafted the first constitution and was part of a team that recruited the first officers, and chaired the first AGM. She went on to serve as Editor of Florilegium, and has continued to be a very active member: giving papers, taking turns on our committees, and serving as our local arrangements coordinator—a role that she took up again in 2020 only to have all her hard work thwarted by the cancellation of Congress due to Covid. Of course, Jane has also contributed to Canadian medieval studies during her career teaching in Western’s English Department and through her research and writing, but this prize has been named to commemorate her work in founding the CSM/SCM and thereby providing a community in which graduate student work on medieval topics can be presented and honoured by this prize.

    Version française:

    Après chaque conférence annuelle de la SCM / CSM, un prix est décerné pour la meilleure présentation par un.e étudiant.e de troisième cycle. En 2020, ce prix a été nommé le Prix de présentation étudiante M. Jane Toswell afin d’honorer le travail de la professeure M. Jane Toswell qui a aidé à fonder la SCM / CSM.

    Pendant qu’il mettait en ordre les archives de la SCM /CSM, le président Marc Cels a découvert le travail entrepris par la professeure Toswell en 1992 quand un groupe de médiévistes qui assistaient à la conférence annuelle d’ACCUTE a décidé que c’était l’heure de fonder une société canadienne de médiévistes. Les taches étaient distribuées. Jane a parlé avec la Fédération des sciences humaines à propos de la fondation de cette nouvelle organisation et elle a invité les médiévistes de toutes régions du Canada de s’y inscrire. Elle a obtenu et administré une subvention de la Fédération, a organisé la première conférence en 1993, et a monté notre lettre d’information (maintenant Scrinium). Elle a rédigé la version préliminaire de notre constitution, et a fait partie de l’équipe qui a recruté les premiers officiers de l’organisation, et elle a présidé á la première assemblée générale annuelle. Plus tard, elle a servi comme l’éditeur de Florilegium, et elle reste encore une membre très active, donnant des présentations, faisant partie de plusieurs comités, et prenant les dispositions nécessaires au niveau local pour plusieurs conférences annuelles, quelque chose qu’elle faisait encore en 2020 quand la conférence a dû être annulée à cause de Covid-19. Bien sûr, elle a aussi contribué aux études médiévales au Canada pendant qu’elle enseignait dans le Département d’Anglais de l’Université de Western et écrivait plusieurs études du Moyen Âge, mais ce prix a été nommé pour commémorer son travail pour la fondation de la SCM / CSM et la création d’une communauté où le travail des étudiant.e.s peut être présenté, et honoré par ce prix.

  • 21 Oct 2020 11:22 AM | Marc Cels (Administrator)

    Athabasca University and the University of Calgary are offering this Massive Open Online Course for graduate supervisors across the disciplines from 26 Oct. to 21 Dec. 2020. For more information, visit:

  • 21 Oct 2020 5:42 AM | Kathy Cawsey (Administrator)

    Casey Paradies, is now working on an MFA in Directing. He will be directing an original adaptation and translation of the York (and Wakefield) Mystery Plays—live online! Please join in the fun.




  • 15 Oct 2020 11:33 AM | Siobhain Calkin (Administrator)

    A new podcast hosted by Kathy Cawsey, Associate Professor (English) at Dalhousie University and past President of the Canadian Society of Medievalists. Check it out at:

  • 14 Oct 2020 8:50 AM | Marc Cels (Administrator)

    Congratulations and welcome back to Canada to Dr. Professor Carolyn Muessig, who in July 2020 became Chair of Christian Thought in the Department of Classics and Religion at the University of Calgary. The Department's website says: "She specializes in Medieval Christianity, with particular emphasis on its devotional dimensions and the contribution of female teachers and preachers in Western Europe. Among her publications are The Faces of Women in the Sermons of Jacques de Vitry and The Stigmata in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. An award-winning teacher, she works with undergraduate and postgraduate students, and has supervised numerous PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers. She is presently assessing the activities of medieval and early modern female preachers. Professor Muessig is committed to bringing together diverse communities from within and outside academe to explore the significance of Christianity in art, history and culture."

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