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  • 6 Jun 2018 9:51 AM | CSM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Hello Canadian Medievalists!

    Many thanks to all for a successful and engaging annual meeting. We enjoyed a fantastic manuscript and rare book visitation at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox where the local archivist, Gerry Scheibel, gave us a generous tour and gamely looked on as the medievalists handled the college's treasures. That's Gerry on the left below.

    Among the many stellar papers (details of some can be found on our twitter feed) were two spectacular plenaries: one joint plenary with AASSC delivered by Thomas Dubois of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a second plenary from our own Past President, David Watt of the University of Manitoba entitled " What Do We Study When We Study Manuscripts in Canada?" While we didn't get a pic of David Watt giving his absorbing lecture, you can see Thomas Dubois delivering his lecture, "Sacrality and the Landscape in the Nordic Middle Ages," below:

    Congratulations are due as well to our prize winners. Shannon McSheffrey  was awarded the 2018 Margaret Wade Labarge Prize for her book Seeking Sanctuary (Oxford UP, 2017).

    Kenneth F. Duggan was awarded the Leonard Boyle Dissertation Prize for his dissertation entitled “Communal Justice in Thirteenth-Century England” completed in 2017 at King's College London. Following the conference, Stephanie Lahey (University of Victoria) was awarded the Student Presentation Award for her fascinating paper, "Professional Pages, Done Dirt Cheap: On the Genre of English Offcut Manuscripts." You can see our President, Dominic Marner, awarding Kenneth his certificate, beautifully illuminated by Kathryn Finter, below:

    Along with the more scholarly pursuits there was, of course, a great number of first-time meetings, reconnections, and general merry-making, facilitated by the delicious food and drink at Crave. Thank you to all those who came out and made Congress a success!

    We'd also like to encourage all members to send information to the CSM/SCM regarding projects, especially those with an on-going digital presence, and publications of any sort that we might share on our site. Simply send an email to including the pertinent details -- a title, blurb, abstract, web address, etc.

    To those members who were unable to attend -- you were sorely missed, and we look forward to future gatherings, sharing of research, and conviviality. See you in Vancouver!

  • 30 Apr 2018 5:11 PM | CSM Treasurer (Administrator)


    Research Institute & Library - Est. 1607

    Dear Colleague,

    For over four centuries the Société des Bollandistes has been at the forefront of scholarship in the vast field of Christian hagiography. Since the days of Jean Bolland and Daniel van Papenbroeck, through those of Hippolyte Delehaye, Paul Peeters and Baudouin de Gaiffier, its publications, including the Acta Sanctorum, the Subsidia Hagiographica, the Analecta Bollandiana, the Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina, Graeca, and Orientalis have been the essential tools of thousands of scholars around the world.

    Its library, containing some 500,000 volumes and 1,000 periodicals, as well as its online resources, serve critical scholarship in all areas of hagiography and religious and devotional history. Today’s Bollandists continue this great tradition with the same rigour and dedication. Now, however, they are obliged to depart from their usual discretion because their future is endangered. The Société has been since its inception supported by the Belgian Provinces of the Society of Jesus, but the Jesuits, although willing to maintain the work, are no longer able to provide the finances necessary to sustain this great enterprise. Thus we are launching an urgent appeal to scholars and colleagues around the world to help keep this great and historic tradition alive. I am inviting you to help continue the mission of the Société by becoming a member of the American Friends of the Société through an annual donation to support our work:

    And of the Canadian Friends:

    We offer membership at USD 100 (CAD 130) a year, but any contribution will help us continue our work. Your gift is fully tax exempt in the US and Canada. Friends will have the possibility of receiving periodic updates on the work of the Société, and will be assured of a warm welcome should they wish to work or simply visit the Bollandist library in Brussels. Further initiatives will be announced in the coming months. However, we emphasize that any level of support you can provide that will help keep this great historical enterprise flourishing in the twenty-first century will be most welcome.

    Yours sincerely,

    Robert Godding, S. J. Director


    Bd. Saint-Michel, 24 1040 Bruxelles Belgique

  • 26 Feb 2018 11:04 AM | CSM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Hi everyone,

    If you've ever wanted to buy a membership for someone but didn't know how, you can now do just that online. Head to "Gift Memberships and Donations" under the "Member Information" drop down in the menu above. Follow the instructions on the page, and we'll get a new account set up for your gift recipient. For information on membership more generally, don't forget to visit the "Memberships" page. You can also submit general donations to the CSM/SCM if you'd like.

    Membership can make a great gift to students looking to make contacts and find community throughout the course of their studies.

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  • 1 Feb 2018 7:39 AM | John Osborne

    The 38th annual Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians will take place at Carleton University, Ottawa, March 16-17., and will feature 26 speakers from across Canada, as well as the United States and Britain. The plenary address will be delivered by John Goodall, FSA, historian and architectural editor for Country Life magazine.

  • 25 Jan 2018 3:33 PM | Leanne Groeneveld

    Dr. Allison Fizzard and I (Dr. Leanne Groeneveld) are interested in proposing a session for Congress 2018 entitled "Food: Feasting and Fasting in the Middle Ages" (a working title). We are both currently researching in this area and would like to connect with another member who might like to join us in drafting a proposal. If interested,  please contact me at

  • 24 Jan 2018 4:32 AM | Kristin Bourassa

    The Centre for Medieval Literature (CML) at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU, Odense) and the University of York invites applications for a total of three postdoctoral positions. (It is possible to apply to both universities with the same research plan, but you must make separate applications following the procedures of each institution.)

    The CML’s research is interdisciplinary and multilingual, combining literary study with history, history of art, history of science, and other disciplines. We cover a broad range of topics addressing texts within and, especially, beyond the established medieval literary canons. The CML works to establish theoretical models for the study of medieval literature in a European scale. Our research is organised in three main research strands: Imperial Languages, Canon and Library, and Transformations and Translocations.

    For more information.

  • 23 Nov 2017 10:54 PM | CSM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Do you have a great idea for a research project in Medieval Studies?

    The new CARMEN Project Prize could be for you! This unique award will recognise a project idea in any area of Medieval Studies, which has the potential to advance our understanding of the medieval period or its reception in important and/or innovative ways. Unlike conventional publication prizes, the CARMEN Project Prize seeks to identify the highest-quality academic research at the planning / development stage
    and to encourage its future progress.

    The aims of the CARMEN Project Prize reflect the distinctive mission of CARMEN, The Worldwide Medieval Network, as an international forum for scholars at all levels to exchange ideas, build partnerships and develop collaborative research.
    The application form is short (just 2 pages). Why not give it a go? Deadline for entries is 15 January, 2018. Find more information and the application form at

    Carmen The Medieval Network :: Project prize

  • 1 Nov 2017 8:59 AM | Andrew Klein

    Hello, and welcome to the CSM website at its new home !

    Over the next little while, we'll be continuing to streamline the website or introduce new sections and features (some a long time coming), so bear with us. As webmaster for the CSM site, I'm happy to hear about any suggestions or problems you're having. The move to our new platform should hopefully make things easier for everyone and resolve a number of issues with our former website. You can reach me at .

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