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

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

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.

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


UBC Medieval Workshop: 7-8 November 2014

Next weekend sees UBC and SFU host the 42nd Annual Medieval Workshop (on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th November).

Most of the conference will be held at Green College, UBC, while the concluding Saturday evening plenary will be held at the SFU Harbour Centre (see program for location addresses and times).

There are two plenary lectures, which all would be especially encouraged to attend:

On Friday 7th November,
from 12pm to 1pm,
in Buchanan A 102, UBC Campus:

  • Jonathan Hsy (George Washington University),
    “Ecolinguistics in Theory and Practice: Premodern Worlds and the Life of Languages”

On Saturday 8th November,
at 5pm, followed by a reception,
in the Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre, Room 1420-1430, at SFU Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver:

  • Laurie Shannon (Northwestern University),
    “‘The Fabrick of the Wing’: Minute Bodies and Human Defect, circa 1600’”

REGISTRATION: there is no registration fee, but if you are intending to attend the majority of the workshop, please email Robert Rouse by Tuesday 4th November at (robert.rouse@ubc.ca) so that he can put your name on the attendees list (and have a conference name tag printed). There is no need to RSVP in this manner if you are already on the program as a speaker or a session chair.

The conference program can be accessed from the links below:



Haijo Westra, 15 October: UPDATE re. location

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 6.02.40 PMWednesday 15 October, 4:00 p.m., in BUCHANAN PENTHOUSE.

The original post has been updated, including the addition of a poster. Information below serves as a reminder…

The UBC Early Romance Studies Research Cluster

is happy to confirm that

Dr. HAIJO WESTRA (Prof. Emeritus, University of Calgary)

will be speaking on


on Wednesday, OCTOBER 15th at 4:00 p.m.
at UBC’s BUCHANAN PENTHOUSE (4th floor of Buchanan Building).

The talk will offer an analysis of ‘A-Dieu a la Nouvelle France’, a poem by Marc Lescarbot who spent a year at Port Royal (now Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia). It is really a rhymed prospectus of the country’s resources and an invitation to invest in their exploitation. The aim of the paper will be to elicit the motivation and strategies of representation, focusing in particular on attitudes toward nature and autochthonous peoples, while comparing this text to others like it.

This event is sponsored by the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies and by Saint John’s College.
It will be of interest to faculty and students in the areas of French Literature, History of Canada,  Early Modern Studies, Colonialism, Oecology, among others.

See ATTACHMENT:  Lescarbot’s 1609 map, from the Gutenberg project edition of his History of New France.
Other period maps will be shown during the presentation.

Info: Juliet O’Brien and Chantal Phan, Convenors, UBC Early Romance Studies Research Cluster:
chantal.phan@ubc.ca  and  juliet.obrien@ubc.ca

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Cord J. Whitaker: 14 October 2014

4:00 p.m.
2080 West Mall, Jack Bell building, room 028

“B(l)ack Home in the Medieval Garden: Time, Space, and Race in Jessie Redmon Fauset’s Medievalism”

Of interest to students and scholars working in Medieval Studies, African American Studies, ecotheory, comparative literature, postcolonial studies, and literary history, criticism and theory more broadly.


Jessie Redmon Fauset was the most published woman novelist of the Harlem Renaissance, literary editor of the NAACP’s Crisis, and the editor who discovered Langston Hughes. She was also profoundly interested in the Middle Ages. In this talk, I examine her use of the garden imagery that permeates medieval romance in the short story “My House and a Glimpse of My Life Therein.” Nestling her literary house between a modern cityscape and a verdant medieval forest, Fauset explores what is to be black in twentieth-century America and a student of the ostensibly white Middle Ages. Going beyond the enchanted forest to a medieval garden loaded with literary resonance, Fauset invites her reader to consider whether the Middle Ages are really all that white after all. In “B(l)ack Home,” I consider how Fauset uses the ecology of the garden to turn popular interest in the Middle Ages to her own early twentieth-century racial and political ends.


Dr. Cord J. Whitaker is Assistant Professor of English at Wellesley College and has also served as Chase Faculty Scholar Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire. Whitaker’s scholarship and teaching focus on the development of racial ideology in the religious and literary cultures of late medieval England and Europe, and he is currently completing a book on the subject entitled Black Metaphors: Race, Religion, and Rhetoric in the Literature of Late Medieval England. Whitaker has long been fascinated with the literary and cultural history of medieval gardens.

Co-sponsored by UBC English Department and The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice.

Information above from the GRSSJ website.

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