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  • All welcome to attend the MARS Open House (featuring Beechwood Donuts!)

  • Call for Papers – The Comedy of Death: Living and Dying in the Renaissance


    6th Annual Conference by the Association of Renaissance Students
    20 March 2020
    Victoria College
    U of T

    The Association of Renaissance Students at the University of Toronto invites students of all disciplines to participate in the Sixth Annual Renaissance Studies Undergraduate Conference on March 20, 2020. The theme of the conference is “The Comedy of Death: Living and Dying in the Renaissance”. The purpose of this colloquium is to provide a platform for undergraduate students interested in the Renaissance and Reformation periods to present their work and engage in a discussion of all things Early Modern.

    We invite students to submit papers that explore topics relating to the theme, including but not limited to:
    • Art & architecture
    • Bibliographical Historiography
    • Material and Print culture
    • Women and Queer History
    • Oral Culture
    • The Digital Humanities

    The objective of this event is to generate a positive space for students of all disciplines in the Faculty of Arts & Science to explore and challenge their fields of interest.

    Deadline for Proposals: 10 January 2020 @ 11:59pm

    Submission Guidelines:
    We welcome all undergraduate students, regardless of year or major and encourage students from institutions outside the University Toronto to apply! Submissions are to be made via this Google Form Submissions are to be made via this Google Form: . You will be asked a series of questions, this is also where you must submit your 150-300 word abstract.

    Contact for more information –

    Click here for CFP Document

  • Holiday Wishes from all of us in MARS

  • Ever wanted to delve into the world of Dante? Here’s your chance!

  • Call for Papers – Medieval Studies in Canada

    Papers for the CSM Annual Meeting can address any topic on medieval studies. Proposals for sessions of three papers are also invited. Presentations may be in either English or French. Bilingual sessions are particularly welcome.

    Proposals should include a one-page abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes’ reading time. Proposals for complete sessions should include this information in addition to a title and a brief explanation of the session and its format. Please indicate if the proposed session would be suitable as a joint session with another learned society. The theme for this year’s Congress is “Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism.” See
    Please submit proposals for individual papers by December 15, 2019 and proposals for sessions by January 15, 2020 by email to Kathy Cawsey, either by regular email ( or via our website’s email system ( You must be a member of the CSM by the time of your presentation.

    Canadian Society of Medievalists Annual Meeting will be held during Congress 2020 being held at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario from June 1 to 3, 2020.





  • Professor McDonald’s book shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish History Book of the Year 2019

    Professor Andrew McDonald’s book The Sea Kings: The Late Norse Kingdoms of Man and the Isles, c. 1066-1275, published by John Donald earlier this year, has been shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish History Book of the Year 2019.  These awards are Scotland’s national literary awards and are very prestigious.  The award ceremony is on November 30 (St. Andrew’s Day) in Edinburgh.

    Click here for the Brock News story.



  • Transgressive Vikings: Gender boundaries in the Viking Age

    The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Speaker Series presents

    Professor Angus Somerville

    Transgressive Vikings: Gender boundaries in the Viking Age

    October 24, 2019  3-4 p.m. in GLNA164

    Light refreshments served – come try some Scandinavian goodies!

    All welcome

    Click here for event poster


  • Call for Papers – 4th Conference of the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative


    Modernisms, Inside & Out
    The 4th conference of the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative
    Toronto, 15 – 17 October 2020

    A collaboration between Concordia University, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection & Ryerson University’s Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre.

    The 4th conference of the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative welcomes papers that respond to this question across all forms of material and visual culture. Case studies and broader analyses are welcome, as are new methodologies for studying un(der)explored Canadian women artists inside and outside of Canada. Modern formations cross time, geographies, cultures, and media; we invite your engagement with current debates that help us to better understand this diversity.

    Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2020. Please email a working title, a 150-word abstract and a 2-page cv to Graduate students should also forward a letter of support from their supervisor. Selections will be made by 30 March 2020. Any inquiries may be directed to

    Click here for CFP




  • Brock prof returns to land of Vikings for book launch

    A tiny island nation tucked away in the middle of the United Kingdom has a special place in Viking history, and History Professor Andrew McDonald hopes to share that story with a wider audience.

    McDonald, whose research focuses on the Viking kingdoms of the Late Norse period, has been visiting the Isle of Man regularly for research and lectures since 2005. He has worked closely with Manx National Heritage — the island’s heritage organization — and consulted on a number of their initiatives, including museum exhibits.

    McDonald returned to the heart of Viking culture to launch his new book The Sea Kings: The Late Norse Kingdoms of Man and the Isles c. 1066-1275.

    Brock History Professor Andrew McDonald, fourth from right, joined a group of Vikings of Man re-enactors for Tynwald Day celebrations during his time on the Isle of Man to launch his new book.

    “It’s a somewhat neglected period because it’s usually considered to fall after the Viking age proper, but there is still considerable Scandinavian influence in the Isle of Man and the Scottish islands in this period,” he says.

    The book represents the first-ever overview of the two dynasties of sea kings that dominated the island kingdoms on the Atlantic margins of Britain between the 11th and 13th centuries.

    In the late 11th century, a warlord named Godred Crovan united the Isle of Man and the Scottish islands into a “sea-girt kingdom” ruled by his descendants for the next 200 years, until 1260, says McDonald.

    With the Isle of Man being the focal point of this kingdom, it was an appropriate place for McDonald to launch his new book. The professor gave a public lecture on July 4, following by the book launch on July 6 at Peel Castle, the base of operations for the sea kings of the Late Norse period.

    McDonald’s events coincided with Tynwald Day, a national Manx holiday. Tynwald is the site of a four-tiered artificial hill used for the open-air assemblies, which were important institutions in the Viking world.

    “Every July 5, the Manx parliament or Tynwald still holds an open-air assembly at the site that mirrors in many ways the medieval protocols,” says McDonald.

    His work on the island’s history has always been welcomed enthusiastically by the Manx people, he says. His lectures have always been well-attended, and he has been interviewed about his work on Manx radio.

    “The Manx nation is, rightly, very proud of its Viking heritage and the continuities that exist with the Viking and Late Norse periods,” says McDonald.

    “I am very grateful for the warm welcome I’ve always received there and for the interest in my work. It’s one of the most gratifying aspects of my research by far.”

    Click here to link to original Brock News article.

  • MARS instructor uses creative ways to engage students

    Have you ever thought about registering for a course in Medieval and Renaissance Studies?  Think it might be boring?  Think again!

    Check out Professor Barootes blog reflecting on MARS 2P95  Reading the Middle Ages: the Heroic and the Chivalric, which he taught in 2019 at Brock and will again in 2020.  The student comments show just how engaged they were.