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Visiting Scholars, 2013–2014

The President and Fellows of the Institute are pleased to announce the election of new Mellon Fellows for the academic year 2013–2014, as well as of other distinguished visitors and research fellows.


Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Christopher Martin

Christopher Martin

Christopher Martin, from the University of Auckland, is this year's Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Institute and the Centre for Medieval Studies. Prof. Martin has an international reputation as a historian of logic, especially for his groundbreaking work on Boethius and Abelard; he is currently working with Peter King (CMS) on an edition of Abelard’s commentary on Porphyry’s Isagoge. Prof. Martin has been part of the team editing the works of Richard Rufus of Cornwall; he has worked extensively on the emergence of twelfth-century thought, including original manuscript research; he has written on topics as varied as the use of Avicenna’s “Flying Man” argument in High Scholasticism, Peter John Olivi on knowing that one knows, the influence of John Major in the sixteenth century, and the nature of logical consequence. He has been a visiting fellow in philosophy at All Souls College (Oxford), a visiting professor at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, and most recently held a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at the University of Cambridge.

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Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan, from Dublin, Ireland, is the Celtic Studies Program's Philip and Linda Armstrong Visiting Scholar for 2013–2014. Dr Ryan will be on campus from January to April 2014 and will teach a course on Celtic Archaeology. Among the many prestigious positions he has held in the fields of Irish archaeology and museums are: President of the Royal Irish Academy; Director of the Chester Beatty Library (where he established it in its new home in the grounds of Dublin Castle); Keeper of Irish Antiquities, National Museum of Ireland; and currently lecturer on Celtic and Viking Ireland at University College Dublin.

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Mellon Fellows

Ainoa Castro Correa

Ainoa Castro Correa

Ainoa Castro Correa (Mellon Fellow and LMS Candidate) received her PhD in 2012 from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona for her dissertation “Visigothic Scripture in Galicia. I. Diocese of Lugo.” She is presently Astrik L. Gabriel Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Medieval Education at the University of Notre Dame. She has edited three books, authored two additional works and published several articles and chapters in books dealing with the Visigothic Script. While a Mellon Research Fellow of the Institute Dr Castro Correa will conduct research on the regional diversity of Visigothic Script.

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Vanina Kopp

Vanina Kopp

In 2013, Vanina Kopp (Mellon Fellow and LMS Candidate) jointly submitted to the Universität Bielefeld and the École des hautes etudes en sciences sociales her dissertation, “Der König und die Bücher. Sammlung, Nutzung und Funktion der königlichen Louvrebibliothek amd spätmittelalterlichen Hof in Frankreich/Le roi et les livres. Collection, utilisation et fonction de la bibliothèque royale du Louvre à la cour au bas Moyen Age.” Since September 2012 she has been lecturer and researcher in the Department of History, Freiburg University. Among her publications are a co-edited book, Archiv-Macht-Wissen. Organisation und Konstruktion von Wissen und Wirklichkeiten in Archiven (Frankfurt, 2010), and three articles. During her tenure of the Mellon Research Fellowship, she will explore the theme “Reading as a Pastime at Court: The Performance of Literary Games and Poetic Competitions in the Late Middle Ages.”

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Christopher Lakey

Christopher Lakey

Christopher Lakey (Mellon Fellow and LMS Candidate) earned his doctorate in Art History at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2009 with a dissertation, “Relief in Perspective: Italian Medieval Sculpture and the Rise of Optical Aesthetic.” He was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University 2012–13. He co-edited and contributed to a special issue of Gesta 51 (2012) and published “The Curious Case of the Chiarito Tabernacle: A New Interpretation,” Getty Research Journal 4 (2012): 13–30. As a Mellon Research Fellow he will explore the theme “Relief and the Rise of Optical Aesthetics (1100–1400).”

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Stephen Pelle

Stephen Pelle

Stephen Pelle (Mellon Fellow and LMS Candidate) is a graduate of the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, where he earned his PhD in 2012 with his dissertation “Continuity and Renewal in English Homiletic Eschatology, ca. 1150–1200.” He has published seven articles, most recently “A New Source for Part of an Old Icelandic Christmas Homily,” Saga-Book 36 (2012): 102–116. While a Mellon Research Fellow of the Institute, Dr Pelle will conduct research on “Exploring the Sources and Background of the Lambeth and Trinity Homilies.”

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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 an article on Byzantine diagrams, a workshop on medieval Jewish cemeteries (Utrecht), and a paper on teaching Byzantine art in China (Birmingham). 

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Alain J. Stoclet

Alain J. Stoclet

Alain J. Stoclet was educated at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Licence, Agrégation) and at the University of Toronto's Centre for Medieval Studies (PhD). He has held a variety of teaching and research positions in Toronto and in Lyon, France, and is currently also associated with the Centre for Medieval Studies as well being a member of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique's Unité Mixte de Recherche (UMR) 5648 (Lyon).

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