The Alway Symposium 2023

When and Where

Sunday, March 19, 2023 6:30 pm to Monday, March 20, 2023 5:00 pm
Father Madden Hall, Car Hall
University of St Michael's College (100 St. Joseph Street, Toronto)


Sacred Book and Sacred Page in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Traditions


The University of St. Michael's College and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies are hosting the Alway Symposium 2023 on Sunday, March 19 and Monday, March 20.



Sunday, March 19, 2023 

  • Opening Plenary (6:30 pm - 8 pm)

“Threading, Folding, Binding across Traditions: Towards a Genealogy of Manuscript Materiality”
Kristine Rose-Beers, Head of Conservation, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

  • Reception (8 pm - 9 pm)

Monday, March 20, 2023


  • 8:15 am

Registration & Light Refreshments

  • 8:45 - 10:15 am

“Transmediality and Visual Culture in Thirteenth-Century Mosul: Painted Manuscripts and their Multiple Manifestations”
Ruba Kana’an, Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Visual Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga

  • 10:30 am-12 pm

“Sacred Page, Sacred Monument: Learning from the Taj Mahal for our Multireligious Societies”
Michael Calabria, OFM, Director, Center for Arab and Medieval Studies, Saint Bonaventure University, Olean, New York

  • 12 - 1 pm

Lunch is provided


“A Culture of Refinement: Jewish and Muslim Calligraphy in Dialogue”
Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, Director of the Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford; President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies; Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford

* Co-sponsored by the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies

SPECIAL EXHIBITION (3:30 pm - 5 pm)

"Open House and Display of Selected Manuscripts"
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (120 St. George Street, 2nd Floor, University of Toronto)



* To register, visit the St. Michaels' College website.
* See the event poster: PDF icon2023 Alway Symposium Compressed Poster.pdf