Toronto, Canada’s largest city and cultural capital, is home to over 2.8 million people from around the world. Situated along the northwest corner of Lake Ontario, the city is famous for its multiculturalism, and is consistently ranked among the most livable cities on the planet. Toronto is home to a number of museums and centres for the performing arts, as well as National Historic Sites, and plays a major role in the North-American film industry. The city’s strikingly modern skyline is dominated by the CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.

Located in the centre of downtown Toronto, the University of Toronto’s historic St George Campus lies in the immediate vicinity of museums, restaurants and shops, and offers easy access by subway to other parts of the city. Here the American-Canadian Branch of the Société Rencesvals pour l’étude des épopées romanes organizes the XXIst International Congress of this Society. Congress activities will mostly take place at Victoria College and St Michael’s College, on the east side of Queen’s Park.


XXIst International Congress of the Société Rencesvals
University of Toronto, 13-17 August 2018


1. The chanson de geste between France and England
(Plenary Speaker: Luke Sunderland, Durham University)

2. Travels and exchanges: diversity, cultural contact, and the Romance epic in the Americas
(Plenary Speaker: Simone Pinet, Cornell University)

3. Family structures, filiation, and bastardy
(Plenary Speaker: Muriel Ott, Université de Strasbourg)

4. Production centers of the chanson de geste
(Plenary Speaker: Gabriele Giannini, Université de Montréal)

5. Varia

Organizing Committee: 
Dorothea Kullmann, Maureen Boulton, Elisa Brilli, Isabelle Cochelin, Franco Pierno, Jill Ross

Jonathan Brent, Anthony Fredette, Alice Martignoni, Eva Plesnik, Angela Warner

Contact email: rencesvals2018@chass.utoronto.ca

Scientific Committee: 
Mercedes Vaquero (Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island)
Nadine Henrard (Université de Liège)
Leslie Z. Morgan (Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore)
Paolo Rinoldi (Università degli Studi di Parma)



Oliphant : Sicily, 12th century, ivory, carved ; mount : England, 17th century, silver, moulded and engraved. Aga Khan Museum AKM 809, © The Aga Khan Museum


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