43rd UBC Medieval Workshop / 10th Gregorian Institute of Canada Colloquium: 9-10 October 2015

Friday the 9th – Saturday the 10th of October 2015
Green College, UBC
—Organisers: UBC Medieval Studies Committee & the Gregorian Institute of Canada

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Some more information via the UBC Medieval Studies website



Please complete, save, and submit this registration form. The easiest mode of payment is by PayPal via the GIC website: www.gregorian.ca. However if you prefer to send a hard copy cheque in Canadian dollars along with your printed out registration form, please send these to me, either through campus mail (c/o French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, UBC Zone 1) or by regular mail to the address below.



Prof. Chantal Phan
Dept. of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies
University of British Columbia
797-1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
FAX: (1)-604-822-6675
PHONE AND VOICE MAIL: (1)-604-822-4038


You are invited to bring along any leaflets publicizing your recent books or recordings, or those about to come out, as well as any other publications on topics related to that of the conference. Please note that our display table will not be constantly supervised, so we advise you to bring only leaflets (or xeroxed advertisements), rather than actual copies of the books or recordings.

Publication: “The Mirror in Medieval and Early Modern Culture: Specular Reflections”

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 6.39.17 PMWith the upcoming 43rd UBC Medieval Workshop in mind, it is salient to remind ourselves of the labours of previous workshop organizers. Such work, as can be seen in the attached notice of the publication of The Mirror in Medieval and Early Modern Culture: Specular Reflections, rarely end when the workshop is complete. Congratulations to Professor Frelick on this fine volume, and to all who have contributed to the success of the UBC Medieval Workshops over the years.–a colleague and fellow UBC medievalist

Nancy Frelick, ed.
The Mirror in Medieval and Early Modern Culture: Specular Reflections
Turnhout: Brepols, 2016
ISBN 9782503564548

Re: 40th UBC Medieval Workshop 2012 – “Specular Reflections” Continue reading Publication: “The Mirror in Medieval and Early Modern Culture: Specular Reflections”

Œcologies: Engaging the world, from here: 1-3 October 2015

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 7.23.54 PMOecologies: Inhabiting Premodern Worlds is a research cluster supported by The University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.

The Oecologies Research Group is excited to announce an upcoming two-day, international, and multi-institutional conference: “Oecologies: engaging the world, from here.” It will take place from 1-3 October 2015 at Harbour Centre (Simon Fraser University) in downtown Vancouver. Continue reading Œcologies: Engaging the world, from here: 1-3 October 2015

Site moving

A PRACTICAL UPDATE: This site is moving from wordpress.com (earlyromance.com) to UBC Blogs (blogs.ubc.ca/earlyromance). Rest assured: the entire old site has been duplicated. Posts from November 2009 through August 2015 may include links that refer back to the old site. I’ll keep both sites going for the next while, in parallel…

The new site URL is:


Please update your bookmarks and RSS feeds accordingly.

Reasons for move: sense and economy.

  1. When first designing and building the site in 2009, it was O’Brien’s intention for it to be at UBC Blogs, as is proper for a UBC institutional research cluster. At that time, UBC’s blog-hosting capabilities were rather limited (aesthetics, media permitted, storage space, etc.); UBC Blogs is now more than adequate to the purpose.
  2. UBC Blogs is completely free to run and is ad-free. Blogs hosted at WordPress are not; being ad-free costs extra.
  3. WordPress data is stored outside Canada and not subject to Canadian and BC FIPPA and other privacy legislation. The servers used by UBC Blogs are here in Canada (to the best of my knowledge; if not, that is an issue to be pursued with UBC IT). That is a more appropriate location for any data and activity associated with a Canadian public institution.
  4. The WordPress site was attached to O’Brien’s personal WordPress account. It is more appropriate for an institutional research cluster’s site to be elsewhere, for the purposes of other potential future site administrators, as they might not necessarily have or wish to have WordPress accounts.

Anna Thirion: “Reconstructing the Past: From Architectural Remains to 3D Model’; Tuesday 10 March 2015

The Department of Art History, Visual Arts, and Theory
The Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies
The Medieval Studies Program

invite you to attend a research presentation by

ANNA THIRION, a doctoral candidate and member of research team in archaeology at the Université de Montpellier, France, speaking about her work in digital reconstruction of Medieval architecture.

“Reconstructing the Past: From Architectural Remains to 3D Model. The Romanesque ‘Tribune’ of Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa (France, ca 1150)”

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TUESDAY, MARCH 10, at 3:30 pm

Jamille Barretto & Chantal Phan: “Languages in contact: the case of early Portuguese”; Mon. 26 January 2015

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On Monday, January 26 at 3:00 P.M., in Buchanan Tower, room 799 (FHIS Lounge),

the UBC Early Romance Studies Research Cluster will present two short research talks on:


Chantal Phan will talk about Occitan and French influence on the medieval Gallego-Portuguese lyric, especially the “Cantigas de amigo”. In these songs that both imitate and renew existing styles, a female persona sings of the ocean and of the man she loves, who is far away — this being a reversal of a predominant troubadour theme: a male persona sings to the far-away, inaccessible Lady.  The talk will include recorded examples.

Jamille Barreto will discuss “17th-c. Portuñol.”  Modern speakers of Portuguese and Spanish like to refer to the occasional blend of the two languages, which share a myriad of similarities, as portuñol. But the origins of this magnetic linguistic blend are much older and point to the diglossic Iberian Peninsula of the 17th century. This talk will include a look at some period documents.

Both presentations will be in English.

Everyone is welcome!

Info: juliet.obrien@ubc.ca  or  chantal.phan@ubc.ca




The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal, excepting those who presented papers at the annual meetings of the Medieval Academy in 2014 or 2015; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy.

Boston is home to numerous universities, art museums, and performing arts companies. Hosted by several Boston-area institutions, the meeting will convene at the Hyatt, across the street from the renovated Opera House and in the heart of Boston’s theater district. The final reception will be held at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Rather than an overarching theme, the 2016 meeting will provide a variety of thematic connections among sessions. The Medieval Academy welcomes innovative sessions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries or that use various disciplinary approaches to examine an individual topic. To both facilitate and emphasize interdisciplinarity, the Call for Papers is organized in “threads.” Sessions listed under these threads have been proposed to or by the Program Committee but the list provided below is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive.

Individuals may propose to offer a paper in one of the sessions below, a full panel of papers and speakers for a listed session, a full panel of papers and speakers for a session they wish to create, or a single paper not designated for a specific session. Sessions usually consist of three 25-minute papers, and proposals should be geared to that length, although the committee is interested in other formats as well (poster sessions, digital experiences, etc). The Program Committee may choose a different format for some sessions after the proposals have been reviewed.

1 May 2015

The complete Call for Papers with additional information, submission procedures, selections guidelines, and organizers is available here:

Please contact the Program Committee at
with any questions.



  • “Contacts with Islam”
  • “Frontiers”
  • “Transformations, 877-987”


  • “The 1000th Anniversary of Cnut the Great (1016/2016)”
  • “Art and Architecture in the Eleventh Century: An Age of Experiments”
  • “Creative Liturgies in the Eleventh Century”


  • “Monastic Visual Cultures”
  • “Monastic Identities”
  • “Ascetic Bodies in the Late Middle Ages”


  • “The ‘Lyric’ Dante”
  • “Poetic Form”
  • “Petrarch between the Vernacular and Latin”


  • “Garden, Park, Wasteland”
  • “Material Ecologies”
  • “Medieval Anthropocenes”
  • “Water Worlds and Seascapes”
  • “Mediterranean Landscapes”


  • “Unfinished Books, Incomplete Texts”
  • “Medieval Art and Architecture as Work(s) in Progress”
  • “Ruins”


Papers are invited for a thread devoted to the exciting new ways in which medieval studies and digital humanities intersect. Topics might include (but are not limited to)

  • issues of visualization and the re-presentation of
    medieval spaces,
  • soundscapes,
  • the implications of digital archives for the
    editing of medieval texts,
  • the digital (re)construction of medieval collections and libraries,
  • GIS and mapping projects,
  • social network  analysis,
  • text encoding,
  • and computational approaches to texts and scribal


  • “800th Anniversary of the Dominican Order”
  • “800th Anniversary of Pope Innocent III’s Death”
  • “Mortality / Facing Death”
  • “Margins of War”
  • “Images of Coercion and Dissent”
  • “Dangerous, Deviant, and Disobedient Women in the Middle Ages”
  • “Vernacular Exegesis”
  • “Drama/Performance”
  • “Literature of Pastoral Care”
  • “Boston Area Medieval Manuscripts”

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CSM/SCM–Congress 2015 / Congrès 2015 (30 May – 5 June 2015, Ottawa): CFP for 15 January 2015

Dear Colleagues/Chers collègues (le français suit),

Reminder: The deadline for proposals for papers to be presented at this year’s Congress [of the Humanities and Social Sciences] is January 15, 2015. Proposals should include a one-page abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes’ reading time. Please e-mail them to Professor David Watt, President of the Canadian Society of Medievalists, at David.Watt@umanitoba.ca.

This year’s meeting includes special sessions on Agincourt, Syon Abbey, vernacular psalms and the year 1215  as well as joint sessions with both the Society for Renaissance Studies and the Canadian Association of Teachers of German.  All special sessions except the one on Syon Abbey and the joint session with the Society for Renaissance Studies (on Manuscript and Print) are still accepting papers so if your paper would fit well with those topics, please signal that in your e-mail to David.

There are many other exciting events planned for this year’s Congress.

1) The plenary address will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2015 in the afternoon, and features Professor Daniel Wakelin, the Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Palaeography at the University of Oxford, who will discuss writing as process, scribal agency and the aesthetics of letterforms in late medieval English textualis script, in his talk entitled “Texting.”

In case you might be arriving early at Congress, you might like to know that Professor Wakelin will also be speaking at Carleton University in Ottawa on the night of Friday, May 29 (7:30pm), where he will present a different lecture, ““Restored to his owne Antiquitie’: The Renaissance Correcting the Middle Ages,” to inaugurate Carleton University’s new Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. The lecture is free and open to the public; CSM members are particularly welcome to attend and a small reception will follow.

The CSM is grateful to Carleton University and to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences there for providing the funding for our plenary speaker this year.

2) Professors Andrew Taylor and Paul Merkley from the University of Ottawa will lead a workshop on manuscripts at the University of Ottawa on Saturday, 30 May, from 9am-12noon. Anyone attending this year’s congress is welcome to attend. We will provide further information about registration for the workshop soon, since it will help us to know ahead of time how many people plan to attend. If demand exceeds the spaces available, priority will be given to students and scholars early in their careers.

3) The conference will also include a roundtable discussion of Manuscripts in Canada and efforts to update the Da Ricci census that will include brief presentations by scholars from across the country.

(Version française)

N.B. Prière de faire parvenir vos propositions de communication pour la rencontre annuelle de la Société canadienne des médiévistes avant le 15 janvier 2015. Les propositions devront comprendre un résumé et un curriculum vitae, d’une page chacun; le temps de présentation devra se limiter à vingt minutes. S’il vous plaît, envoyez-les à Professeur David Watt, Président de la SCM, à David.Watt@umanitoba.ca.

Cette année la rencontre annuelle comprend des séances spéciales à propos d’Agincourt, psaumes vernaculaires, et l’an 1215, et des  séances jointes avec la Société canadienne d’Etudes de la Renaissance et l’Association canadienne des enseignant(e)s de l’Allemand.  Si vous aimerez faire une proposition pour une de ces séances (sauf celle avec la Société canadienne d’Etudes de la Renaissance qui est maintenant pleine), s’il vous plaît indiquez ceci dans la proposition que vous envoyez  à Professeur David Watt.

Beaucoup d’autres événements intéressants sont planifiés pour notre rencontre:

1) Notre Séance plénière, “Texting,” se passera samedi, le 30 mai, 2015, pendant l’après-midi et sera présentée par Professeur Daniel Wakelin, the Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Palaeography à l’Université d’Oxford. Il parlera de l’écriture comme processus et de l’esthétique des caractères dans le script anglais médiéval textualis.

Si vous arrivez à Ottawa avant le commencement de la rencontre annuelle, vous peut-être aimerez assister à une autre présentation par Professeur Wakelin. Vendredi, le 29 mai, à 19h30, à l’Université Carleton, Professeur Wakelin présentera ““Restored to his owne Antiquitie’: The Renaissance Correcting the Middle Ages.” La présentation est gratuite et ouverte à tous,  et une petite réception suivera. Les deux présentations seront en anglais, mais Professeur Wakelin va prendre des questions en français et anglais.

La SCM apprécie le patronage de l’Université Carleton et de sa Faculté des Arts et Sciences Sociales pour notre séance plénière cette année.

2) Professeurs Andrew Taylor et Paul Merkley de l’Université d’Ottawa présenteraient une séance de travail pratique sur les manuscrits médiévaux samedi le 30 mai de 9h à  12 h. Tous qui viennent à  la rencontre annuelle sont bienvenues, mais si le nombre de personnes qui veulent participer est trop grand pour la salle, les étudiants des cycles supérieurs seront donnés les premières places . Des informations sur l’inscription pour cette séance seront circulés bientôt.

3)  On présente aussi un table ronde sur les manuscrits au Canada (et les efforts de mettre à jour le  recensement da Ricci) qui comprend des présentations par médiévistes de toutes régions du pays.

2nd CFP with deadline extension: UBC Medieval Workshop (9-10 October 2015)

Here is the second call for papers for the October 2015 UBC Medieval
Workshop, held jointly with the Gregorian Institute of Canada.

Liturgical and Secular Drama in Medieval Europe: Text, Music, Image (ca.


Please note the new conference dates and extended deadline for submissions.

Second call for papers

*Please note new dates and extended submission deadline.

The Gregorian Institute of Canada and The University of British Columbia’s Medieval Studies Committee

invite paper and session proposals for

THE 43rd UBC MEDIEVAL WORKSHOP / THE 10th GIC COLLOQUIUM, a joint interdisciplinary research conference:

Liturgical and Secular Drama in Medieval Europe: Text, Music, Image (c. 1000-1500)

Taking place at Green College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, on OCTOBER 9-10, 2015.

This conference will focus on the Medieval segment of the long history of European theatre. One objective will be to analyze aspects of the great repertoire of liturgical drama, from its supposed modest beginnings in the Gregorian liturgy of Easter, through its various developments in Latin and the vernaculars, into liturgical, semi-liturgical and secular plays. Just as importantly we recognize the fact that European drama did not begin in the Medieval church. When one considers the secular themes appearing in semi-religious plays then in comic genres of the late Middle Ages, such as the farce, it often becomes necessary to study the direct or indirect influence of secular sources such as Latin comedies, Medieval French fabliaux, or the troubadours’ satirical dialogues. Beyond this intertextuality, combined in many cases with musical exchanges, Medieval drama gradually acquired visual components including manuscript illuminations, props, theatrical machines, sets, and different approaches to spatial organization in relation to the audience. The transformations in drama over the period 1000-1500 are connected to evolving attitudes toward music in the church, music in theatre, spoken vs. sung plays, the place of the actor in society, religious and secular themes, interactions with other genres, and the manuscript tradition (notations, text transmission, stage directions and commentaries).

Given the diverse aspects of this conference theme, we hope to receive paper and session proposals in: historical musicology, theatre studies, history, performance studies, philosophy, religious studies, translation studies, art history, palaeography and edition. We particularly invite contributions involving two or more of these disciplines.

Proposals for 20-minute papers or 3-paper sessions, in English or in French, should be submitted by FEBRUARY 15, 2015, addressed to

James Blasina and Chantal Phan


and sent by email to:

jblasina-at-fas-dot-harvard-dot-edu and chantal-dot-phan-at-ubc-dot-ca

or by mail or fax to:

Prof. Chantal Phan (Medieval Studies), FHIS, 797-1873 East Mall, VANCOUVER, BC V6T 1Z1, CANADA. Fax: (1)-604-822-6675

CFP: 2015 UBC Medieval Workshop (9-11 October2015)

DEADLINE: 31 December 2014

Second Call for Papers for the 2015 UBC Medieval Workshop / 10th Colloquium of the Gregorian Institute of Canada


Keynote Speaker: Professor Susan Boynton (Columbia University)

Place: Green College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Dates of conference: October 9-11, 2015

Please see the attachment [=image below] for details.
English cfp: GIC-UBCMW 2015

*Deadline for abstracts: December 31, 2014*

James Blasina jblasina@fas.harvard.edu
Chantal Phan chantal.phan@ubc.ca


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