Faculty of Arts & Science
Centre for Medieval Studies
Nowhere is inquiry into the Middle Ages more intensive, comprehensive and ground-breaking than at U of T's Centre for Medieval Studies. More than 70 medievalists from across the humanities, law and music are affiliated with this nexus of graduate teaching and research and they freely cross traditional boundaries to explore new theories and approaches and push the limits of the discipline. The centre's outstanding record in original scholarship is possible because of the many resources available to scholars through the priceless collections of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and the world-renowned library at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. At the same time, the centre has exacting standards in training core skills, notably philology, and the centre's Latin examinations are viewed as the international gold standard. Here, language study is complemented by expert training in palaeography and manuscript studies. U of T is seeking to raise $15.8 million to build on the centre's reputation as the leader in North America. A significant part of this effort is securing philanthropic support to complete the Dictionary of Old English (DOE). This internationally acclaimed project is documenting the beginnings of the world's most widely spoken language and constitutes Canada's primary contribution to the story of English.