Distinguished Research Professor Michael Herren of the Department of Humanities in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies has just been awarded a research prize from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation.
The prize will enable Herren to begin work on the first complete edition of the oldest Latin-English dictionary, the Épinal-Erfurt Glossary, dated to the late 17th century. He will collaborate with Professor Hans Sauer, emeritus professor of English Philology at the University of Munich.
Herren, a leading specialist in Medieval Latin Philology, plans to use the resources of the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae and the Medieval Latin Dictionary projects, both located in the Bavarian Academy in Munich, Germany.
In 2004 Herren received the Konrad Adenauer Research Prize, jointly sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation and the Royal Society of Canada, in recognition of his life’s work in the Humanities. In 2007 Herren was invited to be Distinguished Visiting Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, and in 2010 was made a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. In 2011 he published a new edition, first translation, and major study of the enigmatic Cosmography of Aethicus Ister (Brepols N.V.).
As professor emeritus, Herren continues to engage in post-retirement teaching at York and in doctoral supervision both at York and at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto.