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date: 08 December 2019

Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studieslocked

  • Jonathan B. Bengtson


Centre for the study of the humanities founded in 1929 by the University of St Michael’s College in the University of Toronto and the Congregation of the Priests of St Basil. The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (PIMS) is the oldest humanities research institute in Canada. The founders, who included Etienne Gilson from the Sorbonne and the Collège de France, planned an institution that would provide the essential resources for scholarly research and publication, attract research scholars, and offer advanced training at the graduate level particularly in palaeography and codicology, as well as medieval philosophy and theology.

In 1939, the Institute was awarded pontifical status by the Vatican, and has since been regulated by pontifical statutes and has the power to grant pontifical degrees in Mediaeval Studies. PIMS has remained a relatively small, autonomous academic community with no departmental divisions, but with informal ties to St Michael’s College and the University of Toronto’s graduate Centre for Medieval Studies. At present, PIMS offers a post-doctoral Licentiate programme that provides four fully funded one-year post-doctoral fellowships. The Institute has one endowed position, the Leonard E. Boyle Chair in Manuscript Studies, and a university press that publishes studies, texts, translations, reference works, and collections of articles relating to the art, history, and culture of the Middle Ages and early modern period. The Institute’s well respected annual journal, ...

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