Research Language Supports

The ability to engage with research materials, whether primary literature (translated or untranslated), secondary literature, or manuscript material, across a variety of languages is an essential skill of serious scholarship. Western Ontario Early Modern Philosophy is pleased to offer supports for scholars developing their capabilities to read a variety of the standard languages required of scholars of Western early modern philosophy. We offer grammar and sight-reading support groups geared towards acquiring and honing participants ability to read materials necessary for their research. Paleography courses of study are also available through our partnership in the Newberry Library consortium.

WOEMP Latin Language Seminar A Grammar Support Group (Benjamin Hill)

Offered every other academic year, this group meets weekly to discuss a lesson from Latin for Reading by Knudsvig, Craig, and Seligson. As the group’s capabilities grow, philosophical sight-readings are added. Participants are expected to work through the weekly lessons on their own and contribute to the discussions of the lessons, their exercises, and the sight-readings. The focus is on building the capacity to read Latin texts rather than translating. The seminar is currently ongoing.

French Grammar Support Group (Benjamin Hill)

Offered every other academic year, this group meets weekly to discuss a lesson from A Short Course in Reading French by Celia Brickman. As the groups capabilities grow, philosophical sight-readings are added. Participants are expected to work through the weekly lessons on their own and contribute to the discussions of the lessons, their exercises, and the sight-readings. The focus is on building the capacity to read French texts rather than translating. Next offered 2021-22.

Paleography (Newberry Library)

Western is a member institution of the Newberry Library and as such Western students and scholars are eligible to participate in Newberry Library programming. For scholars needing the specialized skills of paleography, the Newberry’s Center for Renaissance Studies offers a set of resources here. And in recent years, in conjunction with the Folger Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the Huntington Library, and thanks to a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, they have run Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography. Next offered TBA.

For any question or more information please contact Dr. Benjamin Hill (bhill28@uwo.ca).

Testimonials

“I would highly recommend the Latin Language Seminar for those wishing to learn to read Latin for the purposes of conducting philosophical research. Lessons are highly accessible to those with little to no prior knowledge of Latin. Moreover, Dr. Hill is a patient facilitator who fosters a supportive and collaborative environment for learners.” Jenna Yuzwa, SFU