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

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  • 14 Jul 2021 5:09 PM | Marc Cels (Administrator)

    On 6 July 2021, The Aga Khan Museum of Toronto announced the appointment of Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis to the position of Director and Chief Executive Officer. Read more at the museum's website.

  • 13 Jul 2021 10:57 AM | Siobhain Calkin (Administrator)

    (le français suit)

    Congratulations to Dr. John Osborne, Professor Emeritus at Carleton University who was awarded the 2021 Labarge Prize for his monograph, Rome in the Eighth Century: A History in Art (Cambridge University Press, 2020)!

    Citation: In an incisive and synthetic study, John Osborne invites readers to reconsider the history of Rome in the eighth century, arguing that what has long been considered a fallow period was in fact a dynamic, vibrant one, and arguably one of the most consequential in all of Roman history.  To do so, he has developed an innovative, interdisciplinary methodology that, inter alia, confirms further the autonomy of material culture as historical evidence.  Using art, artifact, and archaeology as historical documents, Osborne constructs a portrait of a city that was in the process of renegotiating its identity in a cultural borderland between the Greek East and the Latin West, a city becoming “Roman” again, but a different kind of “Roman” than before.  For example, Osborne offers a particularly insightful assessment of the ruling elite, characterizing them not as a Greek elite replaced by Romans, but as the existing elite reinventing themselves as distinctly Roman.  He also uses art and architecture to chronicle the process of Rome becoming a “city of the Church,” situated consciously as the centre of Christendom.  Like the tesserae of the mosaics he describes, Osborne’s individual analyses are beautiful on their own, but taken together, they offer a broad and nuanced view of Rome and its place in the global medieval worldview.  Throughout, this study also encourages readers to ask broad, complex questions about what “Rome” and “Roman” really meant in the Middle Ages.  Finally, we would like to recognize that this book, in its conception and execution, reflects the interdisciplinary ethos that has come to define Canadian medieval studies.


    Félicitations à Dr John Osborne, Professeur émérite de l’université Carleton qui a remporté le prix Margaret Wade Labarge 2021 pour son livre Rome in the Eighth Century: A History in Art (Cambridge University Press, 2020)!

    L’éloge du comité du prix: Avec son étude approfondie et sagace, John Osborne invite ses lecteurs à reconsidérer l’histoire de Rome au huitième siècle. Il affirme que ce siècle n’était pas une période en jachère, mais plutôt une période dynamique, vivace, et primordiale dans l’histoire de la cité. Afin d’appuyer cette nouvelle interprétation du huitième siècle, il développe une méthodologie innovante et interdisciplinaire qui, de plus, souligne l’autonomie de la culture matérielle comme preuve historique. Osborne tient compte de l’art, les artéfacts, et l’archéologie comme les documents historiques, et dresse ainsi un tableau d’une ville en train de renégocier son identité à la frontière entre l’Est grec et l’Ouest latin, une ville en train de redevenir « romain », mais « romain » d’une autre manière qu’auparavant. Par exemple, Osborne nous présente une interprétation innovatrice de l’élite dirigeante. Ce groupe, il dit, n’était pas une élite grecque remplacée par une élite romaine, mais plutôt une élite qui se caractérise nouvellement et nettement comme romain à cette époque. À travers l’art et l’architecture de Rome, Osborne explique aussi comment Rome est devenu une « ville de l’Église » qui se situe sciemment comme le centre de la chrétienté. Comme les tesserae des mosaïques qu’il décrit, les analyses présentées par Osborne sont individuellement belles, mais ensemble elles offrent une vision large et complexe de Rome et de sa place dans le monde médiéval. Rome in the Eighth Century invite aux lecteurs de réfléchir sur les significations compliquées de « Rome » et « Romain » qui circulaient durant le Moyen Âge. Finalement, la conception et la réalisation de ce livre reflètent la philosophie interdisciplinaire qui marque les études médiévales au Canada.

  • 12 Jul 2021 8:44 AM | K. Whetter

    Arthurian Literature is pleased to announce an early career essay prize: the Derek Brewer Essay Prize, offered in memory of the distinguished medievalist and founder of the D.S. Brewer publishing imprint, part of Boydell and Brewer Ltd.  Candidates for the Prize are normally expected to be either doctoral students in a recognised institution of Higher Learning, or within two years of having completed a doctorate (from the date the degree was awarded).  The Prize will be awarded annually for an as-yet unpublished scholarly paper based upon original research on an Arthurian topic within the broad remit of Arthurian Literature. Details are available here:

  • 28 Jun 2021 8:18 AM | Brandon Alakas

    Assistant Professor, History of Medieval Christianity

    Princeton Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure-track position in the History of Medieval Christianity. The research and publication specialization is open. We invite applications from scholars who work on medieval Christianity’s theological, cultural, and social aspects. Candidates must be prepared to teach an introductory survey course on early and medieval church history. Ability and/or experience in teaching courses on the varieties of medieval Christianity beyond Europe, and on the interactions among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the middle ages is desirable.

    The successful candidate will teach in all of the Seminary’s degree programs (M.Div., M.A.C.E.F., M.A.T.S., Th.M., and Ph.D.), pursue an active scholarly research agenda, and participate in the life of the Seminary. As Princeton Theological Seminary is related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), faculty members are expected to work constructively within an ecumenical ethos informed by the Reformed Tradition. Women and candidates from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

    A letter of interest and curriculum vitae (including bibliography) should be uploaded to the online application site at: The appointment is expected to commence July 1, 2022. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2021.

    Those wishing to nominate others for this position are invited to contact Jacqueline Lapsley, Dean of Academic Affairs, at


    Princeton Theological Seminary is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


  • 24 Jun 2021 8:16 AM | Meredith Bacola

    The Sixth International Conference on the Ancient Novel (ICAN VI), with the theme ‘Roads less travelled’, will take place from 21st to 24th September 2022 and will be hosted in hybrid form, both in Ghent (Belgium) and online.

    Proposals are hereby invited for papers and panels. The conference is open to all areas of study related to the ancient novel.

    If you wish to present a paper or panel at ICAN VI, you are requested to submit an anonymized abstract with a maximum of 400 words. The deadline for abstract submission is 30th November 2021.

    Further information and submission guidelines can be found at

  • 3 Jun 2021 3:33 PM | Marc Cels (Administrator)

    Greetings from Newcastle in  England! 

    I am forwarding this to you in case your members are interested. Dr Giles Gasper studied medieval theology at the Pontifical  Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto in 2013. He is a post doctoral fellow in theology and organises these medieval courses with us at Blackfriars restaurant. This is our 4th course now. 

    Medieval cookery course is fit for a king using original recipes held at Durham University

    An interactive five-day online medieval cookery course with recipes from the Forme of Cury, the most famous English cookbook of the Middle Ages, is being hosted by Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle in collaboration with Durham University's Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies (IMEMS).

    Eat Medieval: Fit for a King will take place from 28 June to 2 July and the recipes in the book are associated with the court of King Richard II, and one 15th century copy still survives here in the North East in Durham University library. The chefs at Blackfriars will delve deep into this fascinating collection of recipes on meat, fish and game as well as vegetables, pottage, and sweet dishes and breathe new life into them.

     Participants will be shown how to cook medieval pancakes, Egarduce (sweet and sour fish), Flaumpeyns (a wonderful variant on Pork Pie) and Comadore (apple turnover) as well as recipes from the Catalan Sent Sovi collection, from the same period, with Stuffed Octopus and a medieval form of Creme Catalan.

    They will be able to take the original recipes and present them with the help of Blackfriars chefs for the modern palate and will be introduced to the historical period as well through films, podcasts explaining the period, the history, and how medieval people lived. They can also take part in live Q&A sessions and a lively Facebook group to show-off your own creations.

    Steeped in history and working with the best of modern cuisine, Blackfriars Restaurant is located in a 13th-century former Dominican friary and is believed to be the oldest purpose-built restaurant in the UK, making it a fitting venue for the course.

    Andy Hook, owner of Blackfriars said: “The Forme of Cury really is the original cookbook, it’s the earliest English collection of recipes we know so we’re are beyond delighted to present these on what we hope will be our biggest and best Eat Medieval course so far."

    Dr Giles Gasper, professor of Medieval History at Durham said: "This is a wonderful opportunity to explore medieval food and culture and really brings together all of the team - history, music, literature and of course cooking - all in accessible and welcoming formats. I love working with the participants and look forward very much to this course! And we also have a 15th century copy of Forme of Cury at Durham - so this will be from the original". 

    This is the fourth course held between Blackfriars and Durham University’s IMEMS.

    Once participants have bought a ticket they will be emailed a code to unlock their shopping list, the recipes, pre-recorded films from chefs and scholars, as well as suggested reading and other online resources which will be available throughout. 

    The 5-day course costs £125 and is available to purchase here

    More information can also be seen at 

    Sam Hook

    Marketing Director | Hooked on Group

  • 17 May 2021 5:45 AM | Kathy Cawsey (Administrator)

    The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie University invites
    applications for The Simon and Riva Spatz Chair in Jewish Studies. This
    appointment will be a tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.

    The successful candidate should be an exceptional scholar of international
    reputation, with a proven track-record suitable to a Research Chair at a major
    The Chair is inclusive of scholars from a wide variety of arts, humanities, and
    social science backgrounds. Dalhousie welcomes applications from scholars
    engaged in teaching and research related to Classical Judaism; Jewish
    Philosophy and Thought; Jewish History and Social Sciences; Jewish Cultures,
    Languages, and Literatures; Judaism and the performing and visual arts;
    Holocaust studies; or contemporary Middle Eastern politics. Candidates are
    expected to have broad expertise and documented research and teaching
    experience in several areas and/or historical periods treated within Jewish
    Studies, as well as a working knowledge of the primary languages within Jewish
    Studies, especially Hebrew.
    The Spatz Chair in Jewish Studies is intended to bring a distinguished scholar
    to Halifax to share their expertise with students and faculty at Dalhousie
    University, with the closely-affiliated University of King's College, and with
    members of the broader Halifax community; to lead new initiatives in the field
    of Jewish Studies at Dalhousie and beyond; and to foster excellence in research, teaching, and outreach in the field.
    The Spatz Chair in Jewish Studies will teach two 3-credit-hour courses per year in their home unit (normally, one each in the Fall and Winter terms, to include both introductory and more specialized courses in their field of expertise); give at least one public talk in each of the two terms; and participate in community outreach and knowledge mobilization. As a Research Chair, they will engage in a rigorous research program as appropriate to their discipline and fields of study. The Spatz Chair will also be expected to initiate and be involved in cross-faculty initiatives at the university and to coordinate projects across academic and non-academic sectors. Building on existing academic units including the Religious Studies program and the Minor in Abrahamic Religions, as well as faculty members' interests and current courses, the Chair will work towards establishing a robust program in Jewish Studies at Dalhousie University.
    Dalhousie University is currently engaged in numerous fruitful collaborations with the Jewish community, including among others the annual Shaar Shalom Lecture. The Spatz Chair in Jewish Studies will be expected to contribute to planning for these and related initiatives.
    The start date is negotiable between July 1, 2021 to July 1, 2022.
    Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit this link.
    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
    Candidates who wish to apply for this position should do so through this link by June 7, 2021. Link:
    A complete application package for this position will include:
     a cover letter
     a detailed curriculum vitae
     a two-page research statement
     a two-page statement on the proposed research and teaching program for the Spatz Chair in Jewish Studies
     the names and contact information for three referees.
    Applicants are encouraged to include, in their cover letter, an explanation of the impact that any career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement.
    Dalhousie University recognizes its obligation to accommodate candidates in order to ensure full, fair, and equitable participation in the hiring process. Our complete Accommodation Policy can be viewed online at:
    For further information about this position, or to request accommodation at any stage of the hiring process, please contact Laura Godsoe at
    For academic-related questions please contact Professor Yuri Leving, Chair of the Search Committee for The Simon and Riva Spatz Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies at

  • 5 May 2021 11:06 AM | Marc Cels (Administrator)

    Date: Wednesday, May 12

    Time: 12 Noon EST

    Join University of Toronto Press for a special panel discussion as we celebrate the launch of three new books in the Lectura Boccaccii series organized by the American Boccaccio Association.

    The event features Kristina Olson, President of the American Boccaccio Association, in conversation with:

  • 13 Apr 2021 12:54 PM | Siobhain Calkin (Administrator)

    Last Colloquia Ottaviensia 2021 conference on Friday, April 16 at 10:00 am (Eastern Time):

    Roberto Hofmeister Pich (PUCRS, Porto Alegre),

    “Latin American Colonial Scholasticism: Some Major Topics in Practical Philosophy”

    Résumé | Abstract

    The presentation will focus on key contributions in the area of practical philosophy by thinkers belonging to the period of what is known as Colonial Scholasticism (scholastica colonialis). The main themes I will cover are: 1) natural rights, 2) the new "ius gentium" and the theory of conflict / war (Francisco de Vitoria, Domingo de Soto, Bartolome de Las Casas, Alonso de Veracruz, Jose de Acosta), and 3) debates pertaining to the question of slavery, particularly black slavery, with special attention to such authors as Thomas de Mercado, Luis de Molina, Diego de Avendano, Alonso de Sandoval, and the largely unknown Capuchins Epifanio de Moirans and Francisco Jose de Jaca. I will also briefly touch on the question of "restitutio".

    Lien Zoom:

    Au plaisir de vous y voir | Looking forward to see you

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