News and events

  • Signed and Sealed: The Rise of the Charter in Medieval Scotland

    The Guelph Centre for Scottish Studies is thrilled to share with you an exciting online event and exhibit launch that will feature our valuable medieval Scottish land charter collection planned for November 6th.

    Registration is now open on Eventbrite and early registration is encouraged. The event is free and open to the public.

    Those interested in attending can click on the link provided below for full event details and to register.

    We look forward to you joining us!

  • Event planned to mark the 700th Anniversary of Dante’s Death

    Born in Florence in 1265, Dante Alighieri was both a poet and prominent political figure in his native city until his exile in 1302 (victim of a plot devised by the opposing party and the papacy). The rest of his life was spent in different cities (chiefly Verona and Ravenna), under the protection of powerful rulers. It is during his exile that Dante wrote his most important works, from philosophical, political, literary and linguistic treatises, to his highly celebrated The Divine Comedy, a journey through Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise.

    In addition to literary influences, Dante’s Comedy (particularly the Inferno) has inspired

    thousands of creative works of every genre and medium: painting, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, illustrations, maps, designs, cinematic works, music (from symphonies to heavy metal rock), operas, ballets, TV shows, graphic novels, video-games, architecture and even comics. In short, Dante’s work has had an enduring impact on global culture.

    Many countries throughout the world are honouring Dante, supreme poet and father of the Italian language, on the occasion of the 700th Anniversary of his death. At Brock, the Italian Program (of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures) and the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies are organizing a Symposium with guest speakers and readings from the Inferno. Details will follow in September.

    For more information on Dante, contact Professor Ernesto Virgulti.   You may also be interested in ITAL/MARS 3P93 dedicated to Dante’s Inferno being offered in D2 on Wednesdays from 1800-2100 hours.  The course is taught in English by Professor Virgulti.  Click here to view course promo.

  • The rise and fall of the Kingdom of Man – Andrew McDonald

    On a small island in the Irish Sea, fortresses preside over the rugged shores. This unlikely location was the birthplace of a medieval empire that lasted 200 years. Rulers built coastal fortresses on cliffs, roved the seaways, and threw themselves into epic battles to consolidate control over an impressive maritime kingdom. Andrew McDonald uncovers this forgotten dynasty of sea kings.  Click here to watch.

  • Historian Colin Rose talks plague, famine, and climate change in seventeenth-century Bologna, Italy

     Click here for a new eplisode of Forward featuring Historian Colin Rose talk about plague, famine, and climate change in seventeenth-century Bologna, Italy.

  • MARS 2P95 Conference – The Origins of Sports and Games in the Middle Ages from East to West

    March 18 at 6:35 p.m. and March 25 at 5:15 p.m.
    Click here for conference poster and program
    Contact Professor Teresa Russo at for access to Event on Teams
  • Landspeak – A gathering of Indigenous and Irish Voices – Free online event running March 17-20

    Landspeak – A gathering of Indigenous and Irish Voices, an online event which we are organising in partnership with Ireland Canada University Foundation, and the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture in the University of Manitoba.

    Running from 17th-20th March, Landspeak is a series of free online talks, workshops, events, and activities, which seeks to build connections, opportunities and friendship between Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island in Canada, and people of Ireland.

    Landspeak brings together artists, academics and leaders for explorations in culture, sport, creativity, language, and the environment. We hope you will be inspired by the lineup of participants, which includes Manchán Magan, Pura Fé, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Jeanette Armstrong, Oein DeBhairduin, Louise Halfe, Nuala Hayes, Kontiwennenhawi — Akwesasne Women Singers, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Richard Van Camp and Liam Ó Maonlaí, with more still to be confirmed.

    All events are free to attend. More information including how to register can be found on the Landspeak website here

  • The Poetry of Hester Pulter: Revolution and Remediation

    Announcing a special issue of Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, co-edited by Leah Knight and Wendy Wall, on Hester Pulter’s poetry. The title of the issues is “The Poetry of Hester Pulter: Revolution and Remediation.”  The volume features essays by seven wonderful contributors plus an afterword and an introduction clarifying why Pulter’s verse warrants this kind of close attention—not least after several centuries of total neglect.

    Leah Knight is a member of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Faculty Advisory Committee and a professor of English at Brock University.  She teaches a couple of popular MARS courses every year.

    Definitely worth checking out!

  • “A 17th-Century Poet’s Digital Renaissance”  – Free Event

    January 26th, 7 p.m.: Brock Talks

    Leah Knight, Department of English Language & Literature, Brock University

    When a poet named Hester Pulter died in 1678, her verse survived in a single leather-bound manuscript. That book was barely remembered until scholars reopened it in the very last years of the twentieth century and were astounded to read Pulter’s 120 original poems. These remarkable texts respond to the political and scientific revolutions of the seventeenth century as well as the personal tumult of living through those civil and intellectual wars, birthing fifteen children, and burying most of them. Professor Leah Knight will provide an account of harnessing the digital revolution of our own time in order to transform this important addition to our store of early modern women’s writing by making it freely available through The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making.

    This event is co-hosted by the St. Catharines Public Library and will take place online. The event is free, but advance registration is required. To register, visit:

  • Christmas Wishes from MARS!

  • The Virtual Brigata – Free Online Lecture Series

    The American Boccaccio Association, founded in 1974, is a non-profit scholarly organization dedicated to the promotion of the study and teaching of Giovanni Boccaccio’s life and works.  They are offering a free online lecture series – The Virtual Brigata.  For more info, click here.