Events

 

chinese_symbols_for_poetry_edtLets’ celebrate poetry and language
October 21, 4:30 in HHB 105

As a forerunner for our year in Asia, let’s hear together about Medieval Chinese Poetry and celebrate the wondrous diversity of cultures and… programs! You are invited to a stimulating and friendly interdisciplinary event.  First, a lecture by Prof. Wing Pang on How Language Reforms Poetry, How Poetry Transforms Language – A pivot Point in Medieval Chinese Literary Culture. Second, a reception/party in HHB 120. This event is free and open to all. Everyone is welcome.
RSVP by October 18 to hcazes[at] uvic.ca (Thank you for using the subject line “RSVP Circle”)

Cup of TeaAre Medieval Studies your cup of tea?
September 13, 2016: MEDI TEA
, Lib A003/A025 4:30-6 pm
Come and have a look at some medieval treasures from our library vaults and enjoy light refreshments with the medieval community of UVic. As of 5 pm, in a friendly setting, program instructors will be happy to answer questions about course selection, degrees, projects etc.
Everyone is welcome. We look forward to this time together!

Spring 2016

30 January 2016: Al-Andalus 2016!, 29th Annual Medieval Workshop

19-20 February 2016: Global Magic, student conference, Harry Hickman Building room 120. Everyone is invited to the student conference of the year, led by the program of Religious Studies in collaboration with the students of Medieval Studies. Program is to be downloaded here. Keynote address will be delivered by Prof. Andrew Gow. An open and free event not to be missed!

12 March 2016: Medieval Minutes, Medifest! A half-day of workshops, lectures, shows, demonstrations and medieval joy, 2 to 7pm. Program to be posted soon! Mark the day!

Fall 2015 @ UVicMEDI

  1. Michael Lines has updated the medieval studies library guide: http://libguides.uvic.ca/medieval-studies More good news to come soon…
  2. Heather Dean, at the Special Collections, invites medieval scholars to a number of fascinating  workshops and events. I attach a brief list below. Please, stay tuned to the “library channels”.
  3. Our first date is the Meet & Greet hosted “after hours” in the Special Collections, this Tuesday September 22, 2015: you’ll learn about the latest acquisition for our growing collection of medieval manuscripts! Through the generosity of Brian Pollick, UVic Libraries recently purchased a fascinating collection of notarial documents dating from the 16th century.  The catalogue record is available here:http://voyager.library.uvic.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=3373784 and the dealer description is attached.

Lecture: “By That Fatal Fire: Manuscripts in the Aftermath of Destruction”
Dr. Siân Echard, University of British Columbia
Date: October 1st
Location: Room A003, Lower Level, McPherson Library—Mearns Centre for Learning
Time: 4:30pm
Books can be remarkably enduring: medievalists can often expect to sit down with manuscripts closely related, in time and space, to a medieval text’s origin. But books are also subject to all manner of threat. Fire, decay, and deliberate destruction take their toll, and sometimes, all that survives of a medieval text is a damaged original, or a later copy. This lavishly illustrated talk will explore the role that copies of ancient books, from early engravings to modern digital facsimiles, play in our interactions with the medieval past.

Workshop: “Containing the Book: The Institutional Afterlives of Medieval Manuscripts”
Dr. Siân Echard, University of British Columbia
Date: October 1st
Time: 2:00-3:00pm
Location: Room 210, McPherson Library—Mearns Centre for Learning

This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to preview and discuss with Dr. Echard her chapter “Containing the Book: The Institutional Afterlives of Medieval Manuscripts” forthcoming in The Medieval Manuscript Book: Cultural Approaches, edited by Michael Johnston and Michael van Dussen (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015). A copy of Dr. Echard’s chapter will be circulated to participants ahead of time.
To book your spot please contact: speccoll@uvic.ca.
Special Collections After Hours

During 2015-2016 Special Collections and University Archives will be hosting monthly 45 minute tours of collection highlights and new acquisitions for graduate students. These tours will provide an overview of rare print and archival material within a particular time period and/or subject area.

Tours are limited. To book your spot please contact: speccoll@uvic.ca.

All tours will take place at 4:30pm in the Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room (A005).

2015

Tuesday, September 22nd: Medieval & Early Modern

Tuesday, October 20th: Modernism

Tuesday, November 24th: Romantics, Victorians, and Edwardians

Tuesday, December 15th: Literatures of the West Coast

2016

TBA: Restoration & 18th Century

TBA: Children’s Literature

TBA: Literary Archives

Workshops

Special Collections and University Archives hosts workshops that prepare graduate students for in-depth research with rare books and archives.

September 22 & 23: Paleography Workshop: Introduction to Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts

Did you know that UVic Special Collections holds examples of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English manuscripts (including letters, legal documents, and armorial records)? By the end of this ninety-minute workshop, you’ll be able to read these texts and to work with the increasing numbers of digitized manuscript documents available online. Kim McLean-Fiander and Erin E. Kelly (both from the department of English) will introduce you to the most common hands, give you a chance to try writing with a quill, and help you transcribe some documents. This workshop will be of particular use to graduate students interested in early modern English history and culture, but all are welcome.

Space is limited to 15 participants for each workshop session.

This workshop will run twice:

Date: Tuesday, September 22
Time: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Location: McPherson Library—Mearns Centre for Learning, Lower Level, Room A025
To book your spot please contact: speccoll@uvic.ca.

Date: Wednesday, September 23
Time: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Location: McPherson Library—Mearns Centre for Learning, Lower Level, Room A003
To book your spot please contact: speccoll@uvic.ca.

October 5th: An Introduction to Bookbinding

Location: Room A003, Lower Level, McPherson Library—Mearns Centre for Learning

Time: 5:00-7:00pm

This two hour talk and workshop will focus on the physical aspects of books, including the parts of a book and the importance of each part being made correctly for the set purpose of each book, its readability, and longevity. Participants will be encouraged to make one or two introductory sewn pamphlets.

Joan Byers is an amateur bookbinder who has been binding for fifteen years. She is one of core curriculum teachers for Bookbinding I and II offered by the Canadian Bookbinding and Book Arts Guild.

Space is limited. To book your spot please contact: speccoll@uvic.ca.

October 28: Graduate Student Orientation to Special Collections and University Archives

Location: Room A003, Lower Level, McPherson Library—Mearns Centre for Learning

Time: 1:30-4:30pm

The goal of this three hour orientation session will be to:

Introduce you to rare materials, manuscripts, and archives held at UVic Libraries Special Collections & University Archives
Provide you with an overview on how to discover archival material relevant to your research area
Explain copyright regarding archival material
Show you how to digitize rare books and manuscripts
Provide tips on how to write a successful grant to support research in a cultural heritage institution
The event is free and open to all graduate students.

Space is limited. To book your spot please contact: speccoll@uvic.ca.

Lecture and Conversation: November 25, 2014, 4:30 pm in HHB 105

Mardinalia and the Program of Medieval Studies invite you to a lecture, given by Prof. Josef Polzer (University of Calgary) :

The Black Death and its Effects on Tuscan Art and Religion Reconsidered

This event is free and open to all. For more information, contact journeys@uvic.ca

Please download  the lecture poster and share with your friends, colleagues and students, this information-invitation.

MardinaliaLecture

Medieval Secrets and Mysteries

The Medieval Studies Course Union of the University of Victoria, B.C. invites you to the students conference to be held February 28 and March 1, 2014, at the University of Victoria, on the topic: Medieval Secrets and Mysteries, a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange and innovation in the study of the Middle Ages! Current graduate and undergraduate students from UVic and beyond will present their research and share ideas. Download here the poster and there the program.

Two keynote addresses:

Feb 28, 2 pm, DSB C 116: Prof. Andrew Gow, University of Alberta, Obscure ‘superstitions’ or human rights under the rule of law: what is medieval? The Arras witch-hunt of 1460 and its aftermath

March 1, 5:30 pm, DSB C 116: Prof. Sara Beam, University of Victoria, Secret Pain: Judicial Torture Behind Closed Doors in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Next Meetings : Feb 17, 4:00, Cle C 251

Readings from Augustine’s Confessions.

First chapter of the first book, and then, on to the second book (the best known for our modern minds). For the Latin text: see here and there
For the English translation: see here and there

Yes, the mardinalian mandragores are now ready to be picked: download the January 20 presentation on French on-line resources for medieval manuscripts here

Next Meeting : Jan 27, 4:00, Cle C 251.

Happy New Year 2014! Nota Bene: Mardinalia moves to Monday.
First Meeting, Jan 20, is in the library, 2:30: Mardinalia in Bibliotheca. With great pleasure, we invite all mardinalians to join librarians and Faculty in the library for a workshop devoted to French databases and websites on medieval manuscripts which gain to be known. We’ll look at Madragore, Calames, LiberFloridus, The Lyons library, the Museums of Louvre and Cluny, and Gallica. Thanks to our wonderful librarians, Michael Lines, Tina Bebbington, and Justin Harrison, the session is set as a hands-on workshop with a general demonstration followed by short exercises and practices: bring your research topics!

An informal gathering will follow the library presentation

Next Meeting : Jan 27, 4:00, Cle C 251.

Meeting dates: Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5. First session will be devoted to research events: how to launch a successful students’ conference, how to submit a winning proposal.

Upcoming (and past) events

A call for papers: the Medieval Studies Course Union of the University of Victoria, B.C. extends an invitation to the students conference to be held February 28 and March 1, 2014, at the University of Victoria, on the topic: Medieval Secrets and Mysteries, a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange and innovation in the study of the Middle Ages! Current graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words via e-mail by November 30, 2013 to this address Interested faculty and community members are welcome to attend!

Applications for poster presentations, medieval performances and presentations will also be accepted. Further info can be found in this Call for Papers. Any questions on dates, criteria, or travel arrangements, or not answered within the attached document can be directed to the Hélène Cazes

A visit of the “Medieval Library” (Bibliographical methods and holdings) under the guidance of Michael Lines, librarian: Tuesday September 24th, 2014, 2:30, Mearns Centre for Learning.

Please register by sending an email to Hélène Cazes

A medieval Islamic month :  October 2013

First, October 4, 12:30, Special Collections, Mearns Centre for Learning: Prof Jan Just Witkam presents “Islamic Manuscripts in the UVic Collections”. This presentation is organized by the “pre-digital” research collective.

Second, October 9th, 12:30, Cornett A 125 Bernard O’Kane presents a lecture on Medieval Inscriptions in Cairo. This event is organized by the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, the department of History in Art and the program of Medieval Studies.

Third, October 16th, 7pm, Niall Christie presents “Friends, Fools or Foes” (the Crusades seen through Muslim eyes). This event is organized by UVic’s Middle East and Islamic Consortium.

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