The Early Romance Studies Research Cluster, along with the Committee for Medieval Studies at the University of British Columbia, hosted the 40th Annual UBC Medieval Workshop, on Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th of March 2012. The conference was held at Green College, one of the UBC graduate residences, nestled on a forested cliff overlooking ocean and mountains at the edge of our campus in Vancouver, Canada.

For any further information on the 40th UBC Medieval Workshop, please email ubcmedievalworkshop@gmail.com

☞ See also: ABOUT the Medieval Workshop

CFP: 41st UBC Medieval Workshop

THE NEXT MEDIEVAL WORKSHOP: The 41st UBC Medieval Workshop (7-9 November 2013) welcomes submissions appropriate to its theme, “Interpretive Conflations: Exegesis and the Arts in the Middle Ages.” Please see the call-for-papers (PDF).

Deadline for submission of an abstract: 15 September 2012.

Please submit an electronic copy to Professor Gernot Wieland, UBC English (gernot-dot-wieland-at-ubc-dot-ca).


UPDATES (2012 UBC Medieval Workshop)

This site was last updated on: 28 June 2012. Updates appear below in reverse chronological order.

(June 2012)

  • Thank you to all our participants for making this a wonderful conference; and also to all who helped, assisted, supported, and otherwise contributed to the 40th UBC Medieval Workshop. The 2012 organizing committee is especially grateful for support and financial assistance supplied by our generous sponsors:
    ❀ The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
    ❀ The University of British Columbia: the Faculty of Arts; the Provost’s Office; Green College; the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies; the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies; the Department of History; the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies; the Department of English; and the Department of Art History, Visual Arts, and Theory

(March 2012)

❀ UPDATE: for registration once the Workshop has started, please either bring a completed registration form with you, or fill one out then and there. This is more practical, as the Workshop organizers will be at the Workshop for the duration.

The deadline for full registration—including lunches and the Friday evening banquet—has now passed; last-minute registration (coffee only, no meals) is still open.
The requisite form is available as an ODT file and as a Word doc

❀ NEW: Maps and directions for the Workshop locations (also hyperlinked to the online programme and in the drop-down menu above, under PRACTICALITIES):
Main location: Green College Coach House
Plenary location: Buchanan A
Banquet location
– locating food around UBC (other than refreshments & lunches at Green College and the Saturday banquet)

❀ UPDATED: Vancouver transportation / getting around Vancouver (including from the airport to hotels)

❀ UPDATED: the final programme (all last-minute changes have been incorporated into the version online here, as the printed programme has already gone to press)

(February 2012)

❀ NEW: Vancouver transportation / getting around Vancouver

❀ The Provisional Programme has been updated

❀ The Workshop poster is now available

Registration for the Workshop is now open; the registration form is available as an ODT file and as a Word doc.

(December 2011)

❀ The Workshop website has moved from its old home at http://ubc2012medieval.blogspot.com to its present new home here at


❀ The provisional programme has been published.

❀ Information on Vancouver accommodation has been updated.


15th century illustration from Giovanni Boccaccio‘s
De Mulieribus Claris. In the collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Image c/o Wikimedia Commons.

Site header image:
Based on a detail from Caravaggio (1571-1610): Death of the Virgin (c. 1601-06).
Musée du Louvre.
Image c/o Wikimedia Commons.
(Tweaking and doctoring by J. O’Brien.)