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September 17, 2017

Statement of solidarity

In the wake of the well-documented appropriation of medieval imagery by white supremacists, the horrors of racially-motivated aggression and violence at Charlottesville over the summer, and now the online harassment of valued medievalist and activist Dorothy Kim, the Canadian Society of Medievalists wishes to publicly register its condemnation of racism and white supremacism in its various forms and its desire to see medieval studies move forward as a field to address its problematic relationship with the structures of white nationalism. If you have not already, we urge you to read the collective statement by the Medievalists of Color who responded to recent controversies in our field over the summer. The Society of Medieval Feminist Scholarship, The Medieval Academy of America and The New Chaucer Society have also issued responses to the uncivil discourse of recent days. The Canadian Society of Medievalists
Dear medievalists, If you've tried to register for the Society, or to renew your membership, you may've encountered some snags, and for that I apologize. Something seems to have gone wonky with our site due to come compatibility/versioning issues, and in order to let you pay online, I've had to come up with a work around. If you are renewing, you should be able to do so by logging in with your username and password, and choosing to renew from the menu there. Please use the links below if you are registering online for the first time: 1) NEW members/paying online for the first time can make their payment via the following links: Regular Membership, $57: Retired/Unemployed, $42: Student, $37: Sustaining, $125: 2) Renewing members can still log into the homepage, as per usual, and renew there from their profile. Thanks to all of you for your patience. And apologies, again, for any inconvenience. You can also renew via mail (oh, simpler days...). To get the form and mailing address, visit Best, Andrew
Boydell & Brewer is offering CSM members a discount code for the following two titles: 9781843844365. Representing the Dead: Epitaph Fictions in Late-Medieval France. Helen J. Swift 9781843839897. Trees in the Religions of Early Medieval England. Michael D.J. Bintley Use the code BB335 while checking out at!
A reminder that our new feature, Medievalist of the Month, is up and running. For the latest featured members, see here: To participate, get in touch with Kristin Bourassa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Welcome to our new series, Medievalist of the Month! Every month a new medievalist will tell us a bit about their research and their involvement in the society. Up first is Lori Jones, who tells us... I have an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University, and a second MA in History (Medieval and Renaissance Studies Specialization) from the University of Ottawa. One might wonder how I moved from one field to the other, but it really isn't that far of a jump: it's all about studying how people in different cultures and in different time periods experience life. I'm now a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Ottawa. You're arriving at an airport for a research trip and the border control agent asks what you do. How do you answer? I actually just experienced that exact question at a couple of border crossings this spring and summer. It is sometimes a tricky one to answer, because you have to gauge what kind of reception your answer is likely to get and tailor it accordingly. I usually say that I'm researching the plague (which is true), and after getting a horrified glance from the border agent, I soften my answer by saying that I'm doing library research and teaching classes on the history of disease. Sometimes the agent shows some interest, but usually I get passed through pretty quickly after that. Guess no one wants to think about disease. What projects are you currently working on? My PhD research looks at how people's perceptions of where the plague came from (geographically and historically) changed over time. It includes a detailed look at the changing textual contents of two plague treatises that had a very long life in manuscript and print in England and France. I'm also involved in a side project that identifies and tracks cropped medieval manuscript images that circulate on the internet (and in publications, documentaries, etc.) with captions that incorrectly identify them as images of the plague. It's quite amazing how quickly some of these mislabelled images go viral and spread misinformation; at the same time, I'm quite pleased to see how many people are willing to 'fix' the error once they've been notified about it. I am also the moderator of the University of Ottawa-Carleton University medieval/early modern email group. What do you think is the best part of being a medievalist? I think the best part is simply that it is fun. Medievalists tend to be rather quirky sometimes, which makes them really interesting people to meet. That plus studying a time period that feels both familiar and oddly unfamiliar at the same time. Why did you join the CSM? What other societies…
Games and Gaming in Medieval Literature constitutes the first collection that explores the depth and breadth of games in medieval literature and culture. With geographical and methodological diversity of interdisciplinary scholarship, this volume presents fresh critical discussions of medieval games as vehicles for cultural signification, and challenges scholars to reconsider how games were understood by medieval writers, compilers, scribes, players, audiences, and communities. Chapters span from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries, and cover Europe from England, France, Denmark, Poland, and Spain. This volume not only brings to the forefront a re-examination of medieval games in diverse social settings - the Church, the court, the school, and the gentry household - but also their multifaceted relation to literary discourses as systems of meaning, interactive experiences, and modes of representation. See the book on Palgrave's website here.
An author, Kelly Evans, has written a novel of historical fiction which takes place during Canute the Great's reign and is about his first wife, Aelfgifu. Primary sources were used where available and the story is more history than fiction. She and her publisher are looking for an academic review, someone who can substantiate the historical detail and perhaps provide a comment for the book jacket. If anyone is interested, please contact her at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. She has provided a link to the publisher's website in case people are interested in viewing the early details.
Interfaces promotes connective and interdisciplinary views of the literatures of medieval Europe and explores their place and significance in a world of global literature. Interfaces is an open-access peer-reviewed journal and invites scholarly papers in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish.
Dalhousie professor uses Chaucer to examine dentistry scandal SIMONA CHIOSE EDUCATION REPORTER — The Globe and Mail Published Thursday, Jul. 02, 2015 8:33PM EDT Last updated Thursday, Jul. 02, 2015 8:37PM EDT English literature professor Kathleen Cawsey had taught Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s Tale several times when, during a lecture this February, she decided to update it for her audience, a class of students at Dalhousie University in Halifax. “I was in mid-sentence and found myself saying, ‘So does anyone object to the fact that the rapist gets the girl at the end and goes on to a successful career in dentistry?’” You can read the rest of the article here.
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