Hello Canadian Medievalists!
Many thanks to all for a successful and engaging annual meeting. We enjoyed a fantastic manuscript and rare book visitation at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox where the local archivist, Gerry Scheibel, gave us a generous tour and gamely looked on as the medievalists handled the college's treasures. That's Gerry on the left below.
Among the many stellar papers (details of some can be found on our twitter feed) were two spectacular plenaries: one joint plenary with AASSC delivered by Thomas Dubois of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a second plenary from our own Past President, David Watt of the University of Manitoba entitled " What Do We Study When We Study Manuscripts in Canada?" While we didn't get a pic of David Watt giving his absorbing lecture, you can see Thomas Dubois delivering his lecture, "Sacrality and the Landscape in the Nordic Middle Ages," below:
Congratulations are due as well to our prize winners. Shannon McSheffrey was awarded the 2018 Margaret Wade Labarge Prize for her book Seeking Sanctuary (Oxford UP, 2017).
Kenneth F. Duggan was awarded the Leonard Boyle Dissertation Prize for his dissertation entitled “Communal Justice in Thirteenth-Century England” completed in 2017 at King's College London. Following the conference, Stephanie Lahey (University of Victoria) was awarded the Student Presentation Award for her fascinating paper, "Professional Pages, Done Dirt Cheap: On the Genre of English Offcut Manuscripts." You can see our President, Dominic Marner, awarding Kenneth his certificate, beautifully illuminated by Kathryn Finter, below:
Along with the more scholarly pursuits there was, of course, a great number of first-time meetings, reconnections, and general merry-making, facilitated by the delicious food and drink at Crave. Thank you to all those who came out and made Congress a success!
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To those members who were unable to attend -- you were sorely missed, and we look forward to future gatherings, sharing of research, and conviviality. See you in Vancouver!