From Stigmata to Pizza – Constructions of Sanctity

When and Where

Thursday, April 29, 2021 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Online via Zoom - see event description for further information


George Ferzoco (Goggio Visiting Professor)


Saints’ cults mushroomed in the later medieval period, especially as popes claimed to be the arbiters of who should or should not be reverenced as a holy person. This talk will look at some ways in which the traits of a candidate for sainthood could be created, modified, or ignored.

Since 2020, George Ferzoco is based in the Department of Classics and Religion at the University of Calgary, where he is Visiting Fellow in the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. A Toronto native, he completed his B.A. at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. With Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, George is the only U of T graduate to hold this Goggio visiting professorship. Previously, with his wife (Prof. Carolyn Muessig), he lived in the United Kingdom for 27 years, teaching mainly at the universities of Exeter, Leicester, and Bristol. George’s research focuses on late medieval religious culture, especially on official and popular propaganda. He has published on Dante, saints’ cults, (e.g., Hildegard of Bingen, Peter of the Morrone, Catherine of Siena), and manuscripts. He has lectured on such topics (as well as on Federico Fellini) throughout Australia, Europe, and North America, as well as in South Africa.

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Contact Information


Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies - University of Toronto