Dr. Chris L. Nighman
Associate Professor of History
Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Co-ordinator of the Medieval Studies Program
Contact InformationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.3134
Office Location: DAWB 4-141
Office Hours: Winter 2015 (Tues. & Thurs. 12-2pm)
- BA in History and Medieval Studies, U.C. Santa Barbara (1988)
- MA in History, University of Toronto (1990)
- PhD in History, University of Toronto (1996)
Born in Ohio, grew up in California, emigrated to Canada in 1989 to attend graduate school, and acquired dual Canadian-US citizenship in 1995. Moved to Kitchener-Waterloo in 1999; married with one child.
My research field is late medieval and early renaissance intellectual and ecclesiastical history, focusing on Latin florilegia (collections of quotations), early Italian humanism, conciliar sermons (especially eulogies) and ecclesiastical politics, rhetorical theory and practice as it relates to the construction of self and delimitation of audience, pastoral reform in response to heresy, scribal agency in manuscript traditions and editorial agency in early print traditions. I am also involved in the growing field known as digital humanities, especially the publication of Open Access critical editions of historical texts.
Next year I expect to teach the following undergraduate courses:
- HI 310 - The Italian Renaissance, 1350-1530 (Winter 2016)
ML400 - History & historical novels: Philippa Gregory & the Wars of the Roses (Fall 2015)
Publications: Book Chapters
"Revising John of Wales's role in creating the Manipulus florum" (under review, expected to appear in 2016/17).
"Editorial agency in the Manipulus florum: Thomas of Ireland's reception of two texts by Peter of Blois" (accepted with revisions, expected to appear in 2016).
"Inchcolm Abbey's 'warming room' revisited: the reception of Thomas of Ireland's Manipulus florum in Walter Bower's Scotichronicon" (in preparation, expected to appear in 2015/16).
"The Manipulus florum, Johannes Nider's Formicarius, and late medieval misogyny in the construction of witches prior to the Malleus maleficarum," Journal of Medieval Latin 24 (2014), 171-84.
"Citations of 'noster' John Pecham in Richard Fleming's sermon for Trinity Sunday: evidence for the political use of liturgical music at the Council of Constance," Medieval Sermon Studies 52 (2008), 31-41.
"Bernardus Baptizatus, Bernard de la Planche and the sermon 'Sedens docebat turbas' at the Council of Constance," Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum 38.2 (2006), 313-20 [co-authored with S. Valery-Radot].
"A new bibliographical register of the sermons and other speeches delivered at the Council of Constance," Medieval Sermon Studies 50 (2006), 71-84 [co-authored with P. Stump]. Abstract
"Commonplaces on preaching among commonplaces for preaching? The topic Predicacio in Thomas of Ireland's Manipulus florum," Medieval Sermon Studies 49 (2005), 37-57.
"Confronting Heinrich Finke's 'Stettin MS 33': a contribution to conciliar sermon studies," Codices Manuscripti 36 (Sept. 2001), 13-30.
"Hermann von der Hardt’s 'MSCt Erfurtensis', a major source for his editions of sermons from the Council of Constance," Medieval Sermon Studies 38.2 (1996), 38-45.
Publications: Book Reviews
S. Wenzel, Preaching in the age of Chaucer, H-Albion (February 2009).
F. Logan, History of the church in the Middle Ages, Canadian Journal of History 39.3 (2004), 558-60.
P. Grendler, Universities of the Italian Renaissance, Quaderni d’Italianistica 23.2 (2002), 64-6.
J.H. Burns & T. Izbicki, Conciliarism and papalism, Sixteenth Century Journal 32.2 (2001), 487-8.
A. Brown, Popular piety in the diocese of Salisbury, 1250-1550, Confraternitas 17.1 (1996), 19.
An Invited Research Presentation
"Digital florilegia: the Manipulus florum and Compendium moralium notabilium projects...and beyond": Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania (3 June 2014)
Publications: Online Resources
The Electronic Manipulus florum Project (since 2002)
The Compendium moralium notabilium Project (since 2013)
The Liber pharetrae Project (since 2014)
The Lucula noctis Project (since 2015)
Electronic Sources for the Council of Constance (since 2003, with P.H. Stump)
A Bibliographical Register of Sermons Delivered at the Council of Constance (since 2006, with P.H. Stump)