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

News and Announcements

  • 14 Apr 2020 11:13 AM | Marc Cels (Administrator)

    During the CORONA-19 confinement, Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum is offering virtual visits as #MuseumWithoutWalls. It includes a 3D-virtual tour of the recent exhibition, ‘Caravans of Gold.'

  • 14 Apr 2020 11:04 AM | Marc Cels (Administrator)

    The CSM is sad to announce the passing of two retired Canadian medievalists:

    Mary-Ann (Quick) Stouck (1941-2020). Retired medievalist, Dr. Stouck passed away in April after a fight with Cancer. Prof. Stouck taught in the English and Humanities programs at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, for 37 years. She served for a time on the Society's Advisory Board and as Secretary-Treasurer (1999-2001). SFU has posted her obituary on the English Department news page: https://www.sfu.ca/english/news/remembering-mary-ann-stouck--1941-2020-.html

    To write a condolence to Dr. Stouck's family, please visit www.mckenziefuneralservices.com.


    Hubert Eric Morgan (1941-2020) passed away April 8, 2020 in Halifax at the age of 79. Dr. Morgan specialized in Old and Middle English and Old Norse in the Department of English, Dalhousie University. Tributes can be posted on the obituary page: https://tjtracey.com/tribute/details/1109/Dr-Hubert-Morgan/obituary.html

  • 20 Mar 2020 10:19 AM | CSM Webmaster (Administrator)

    It is with great regret that we pass on the notice thatCongress is cancelled due to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing.

    CFHSS is looking into the logistics of holding some sort of virtual Congress; let Kathy Cawsey know if you would be at all interested in joining something like that. CSM is also exploring options for holding our AGM.

    If you have already registered, Congress will refund your fees (both the general fee and the society conference fee). Let us all thank the organizers, who must be gutted by this decision.

    Stay safe, stay apart, be kind. We'll all have a really big party once this is over.

  • 15 Mar 2020 9:41 AM | Marc Cels (Administrator)

    "Into the DRAGEN's Den..." A feature on Steven Bednarski at St. Jerome's University (U. Waterloo) and the connections his project makes between today's climate change and the Middle Ages.

    https://www.catholicregister.org/item/31198-into-the-dragen-s-den

  • 15 Mar 2020 9:39 AM | Marc Cels (Administrator)

    A feature on the University of St. Michael's College (University of Toronto) and the importance of Medieval Studies.

    https://www.catholicregister.org/item/31201-medieval-studies-goes-back-for-a-better-future

  • 2 Mar 2020 2:20 PM | CSM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Thanks to a transformational gift to St. Michael’s by alumnus Dr. Tony Comper, President David Sylvester is pleased to announce the establishment of the Comper Professorship in Medieval Studies at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. The donation reflects Dr. Comper’s firm belief that studying the humanities offers invaluable benefits both personally and professionally – and that St. Michael’s is on the right path with its renewal as a vibrant centre of undergraduate education at U of T.

    Dr. Sylvester is also delighted to announce that Dr. Alison More is appointed the inaugural holder of the Comper Professorship. Dr. More is a highly regarded Latinist whose research investigates the intersections of social and religious culture in late-medieval Northern Europe. Read the full press release about this exciting gift and inaugural appointment. 

  • 2 Mar 2020 1:55 PM | CSM Webmaster (Administrator)

    On Friday 21 February 2020, Erik Kwakkel (UBC) gave a Darwin College Lecture on "The Enigmatic Premodern Book".

    The Darwin College Lectures are an annual series of public lectures at the University of Cambridge, UK, each "built around a single theme, approached in a multi-disciplinary way, and with each lecture prepared for a general audience by a leading authority on his or her subject"

    A summary of Dr. Kwakkel's talk is below, and more information can be found here:

    "The defining feature of the medieval manuscript—the premodern book at the heart of this lecture—is that its contents have been written rather than printed. A compelling feature of written text from the medieval period is that it produces two kinds of meaning. The first is the meaning of the words themselves: the most common reason for consulting a manuscript and the reason why it was produced in the first place. The other kind is hidden within the shape of the letters. As they copied a text, scribes included information about themselves in their handwriting. How the individual letters were formed depended on a range of variables, including the location and approximate moment of the scribe’s training, the institution in which the manuscript was produced, and even with how much care a text was copied. This is the enigma of the medieval manuscript: a wealth of information is enclosed in its material design, if we can decipher the code. What methods are available to untangle this enigma? What knowledge can be gleaned from how the medieval book was put together? Why is looking at this object as useful as reading it?​"

  • 2 Mar 2020 1:51 PM | CSM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Dr. Mary Rambaran-Olm has been named a Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of Toronto's Department of English and Drama.

    The University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides funding to increase opportunities for hiring postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups, specifically Indigenous and/or Black researchers. These fellowships will enable postdoctoral researchers to grow their scholarly profiles, undertake academic work at the University of Toronto, and strengthen the research environment at the University with diverse perspectives.

  • 2 Mar 2020 11:26 AM | Marc Cels (Administrator)

    President David Sylvester is pleased to announce the establishment of the Comper Professorship in Medieval Studies at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. This newly endowed position has been made possible by a foundational investment by St. Michael’s alumnus, Dr. Tony Comper, C.M., L.LD. (Hon). Dr. Sylvester is also delighted to announce that Dr. Alison More is appointed the inaugural holder of the Comper Professorship. Dr. More is a highly regarded Latinist whose research investigates the intersections of social and religious culture in late-medieval Northern Europe. Read more about the Comper Professorship here.

  • 25 Feb 2020 12:39 PM | CSM Webmaster (Administrator)

    A new memorandum of understanding between the University of St. Michael’s College, the University of Toronto, and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies reaffirms Toronto’s status as North America’s centre for research in mediaeval studies.

    The five-year memorandum formally expresses a commitment on the part of the three signatories to work together to further engage with the mediaeval period through research, teaching, and publication. While each party remains distinct, the agreement suggests possibilities such as joint academic seminars or colloquia, as well as scholarly collaboration.

    The full press release about the memorandum can be found here: https://stmikes.utoronto.ca/news/new-agreement-underscores-ties-between-st-mikes-pims-and-u-of-t/

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