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Visiting Scholars, 2018–2019

The President and Fellows of the Institute are pleased to announce the election of new Mellon Fellows for the academic year 2018–2019.


Mellon Fellows

Benjamin Barootes

Benjamin Barootes

Benjamin Barootes received his PhD in English Literature from McGill University in 2015, having written a dissertation entitled “The Poetics of the Elegiac Dream Vision in Middle English Literature.” His most recent publication is “’In fourme of speche is chaunge’: Final –e in Troilus and Criseyde II.22–28,” The Chaucer Review 53.1 (2018): 102–11. He has a monograph in preparation, The Elegiac Dream Vision, 1340–1500. As a Mellon Fellow, Dr Barootes will work on “Devotion to the Holy Name in the West Midlands, 1375–1425: The Material Evidence.”

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Andrew Dunning

Andrew Dunning

Andrew Dunning earned his PhD through the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto in 2017 with a dissertation entitled “Alexander Neckam’s Manuscripts and the Augustinian Canons of Oxford and Cirencester.” In 2016–17 he was Curator of Medieval Historical Manuscripts (1100–1500) at the British Library. He published Samuel Presbiter: Notes from the School of William de Montibus, Toronto Medieval Latin Texts 33 (2016). His research project while a Mellon Fellow at the Institute is “Linked provenance data for medieval British books.”

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Anna Peterson

Anna Peterson

Anna Peterson received her PhD from the University of St Andrews in 2017, having written a dissertation entitled “A Comparative Study of the Hospitals and Leprosaria in Narbonne, France and Siena, Italy (1080–1348).” She has entries, forthcoming, in three books dealing with lepers and health care issues in the middle ages. As a Mellon Fellow, Dr Peterson will work on the topic “Detesting such neglect and abuse: the church’s response to corruption in hospitals and leprosaria in western Europe (c. 1200–1342).”

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Simona Vucu

Simona Vucu

Simona Vucu earned her PhD through the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto in 2017 with a dissertation entitled “Henry of Ghent and John Duns Scotus on Self-Agency and Self-Motion: An Inquiry into the Medieval Metaphysics of Causal Powers.” She published “The Beginnings of the Research University in the United States of America and the Role of Administration” [in Romanian] in Filosofia în Universitatea Contemporanîă (Timişoara: Editura Universităţii de Vest, 2017): 221–244. As a Mellon Fellow Dr Vucu will research the topic “The judges before the philosophers: medieval philosophical discussions of judicial activities.”

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Research Fellows

Richard Gyug

Richard Gyug

Richard F. Gyug (AB, Carleton University; MA, PhD, University of Toronto; MSL, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies) is a Research Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, and Professor at the Department of History, Fordham University. He is also the author of numerous publications on liturgical books in southern Italy and Dalmatia, and social history in medieval Catalonia.

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Linda Safran

Linda Safran

Linda Safran continues to serve as editor (with Adam S. Cohen) of Gesta, the journal of the International Center of Medieval Art (http://www.medievalart.org/gesta/). With two colleagues, she is writing a textbook on medieval art and architecture to be published by Cornell University Press. Additional projects for this year include the spring symposium in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks (on Byzantine, Western Medieval, and Islamic diagrams), which she organized with Jeffrey Hamburger and David Roxburgh of Harvard; continued work on Byzantine Trinitarian and other religious diagrams; and articles on Byzantine art in China and on teaching medieval art in China.

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Visiting Fellows

Jonathan Boulton

Jonathan Boulton

Jonathan Boulton is Professor Emeritus of History and Medieval Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of two books, co-editor of one book with an additional five books in preparation. Sixty-five articles and chapters in books bear his name. He is the Founding Editor of Alta Studia Heraldica: The Scholarly Journal of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada – La revue savante de la Société royale héraldique du Canada. During his Visiting Fellowship at the Institute, Professor Boulton will work to complete his book, “The Modern Myth of Medieval 'Chivalry': A Comprehensive Study of Didactic Works Proposing Codes of Behaviour for Noblemen composed 1170-1505,” which will refute the modern notions both of the existence of a single nobiliary code, and of the general association of such ideal behaviour with knighthood.

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Maureen Boulton

Maureen Boulton

Maureen Boulton is a professor of French at the University of Notre Dame who studies medieval French literature, particularly the relation between narrative and lyric poetry and also religious literature. She has edited two fourteenth-century texts, the Old French Evangile de l’Enfance (1984) and a related text in Anglo-Norman, the Enfaunces de Jesu Crist (1986). Her third book, The Song in the Story, a study of lyric quotations in 13th- and 14th-century romances, was published in 1993. She collaborated with Ruth J. Dean on Anglo-Norman Literature. A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts, which was awarded the Prix Chavée by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres (Paris). A volume of translations, Piety and Persecution in the French Texts of England appeared in 2013, and Sacred Fictions of Medieval France appeared last year. She is currently editing a volume of essays on literary responses to the Fourth Lateran Council.  

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Edit Anna Lukács

Edit Anna Lukács

Edit Anna Lukács is a researcher at the Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, University of Vienna. Her research focuses on the history of philosophy and theology in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, metaphysics, and manuscript transmission. She translated, annotated and wrote the introduction for Thomas Bradwardine, De causa Dei contra Pelagium et de virtute causarum, Auszüge Lateinisch-Deutsch (Göttingen, 2013). She published “Some further theological disputations at Vienna in the Fifteenth Century,” Bulletin de philosophie médiévale 58 (2016): 325–53, with five more articles forthcoming. While a Visiting Fellow, Dr Lukács will work on a monograph entitled Divine Knowledge, the Bible, and the Sentences at the University of Vienna (1384–ca. 1420).

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William Schipper

William Schipper

William Schipper is Professor of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research interests encompass Old English, Carolingian Studies, Biblical commentaries, and Hrabanus Maurus. He co-edited The Maritime World of the Anglo-Saxons, Essays in Anglo-Saxon Studies 5, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 455 (Temple, AZ, 2014). His article “‘Unpublished’ Biblical Commentaries by Hrabanus Maurus” has appeared in Journal of Medieval Latin 27 (2017): 223–301. As a Visiting Fellow, Professor Schipper will work on two projects: the completion of an edition with apparatus of Hrabanus Maurus, De rerum naturis; an investigation into the manuscript tradition of Hrabanus Maurus’ Biblical commentaries.

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