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Visiting Scholars, 2017–2018

The President and Fellows of the Institute are pleased to announce the election of new Mellon Fellows for the academic year 2017–2018.


Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Sabine von Heusinger

Sabine von Heusinger
W. John Bennett Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies and the Centre for Medieval Studies

Sabine von Heusinger is a Professor of Late Medieval History at the University of Cologne in Germany. Earlier, she has been a fellow at Morphomata International Center for Advanced Studies at University of Cologne and a Senior-Research Fellow at the Institute for Advances Studies for Junior Researchers at University of Konstanz. While she is in Toronto, her research will focus on water as a precondition for human life – without water survival is not possible. The topic “water” will allow her to explore numerous aspects of social, cultural and intellectual history in Late Medieval times.

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Mellon Fellows

Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis

Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis

Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis earned her PhD at the University of Notre Dame in 2015 with a dissertation entitled “Ministers of Christ: Benedictine Women Religious in Central Medieval England.” She is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Martin’s University, Lacey, Washington. She has published several articles and reviews, including “The Practice of Penance in Communities of Benedictine Women Religious in Central Medieval England,” Speculum 92 (2017): 36–84. As a Mellon Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Dr. Bugyis will work on her book for Oxford University Press, In Christ’s Stead: Benedictine Women’s Ministries in England, 900–1225.

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Brian Long

Brian Long

Brian Long earned his doctorate in Medieval Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2016 with a dissertation entitled “Body and Soul: The Production and Reception of Medical Translations from Arabic in the Long Twelfth Century.” He was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania 2016–17. As a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute, Dr. Long will work on his book, Uneasy Humors, about Constantine the African’s Viaticum and early medical translators from Arabic into Greek and Latin.

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Evina Steinová

Evina Steinová

Evina Steinová received her doctorate from Utrecht University in 2016 with a dissertation entitled “Notam superponere studii: The use of technical signs in the early Middle Ages.” Since 2016 she has been a co-investigator in the Caroline Minuscule Mapping Project. Among her publications is “The List de notis sententiarum in the Liber Glossarum,” Journal of Medieval Latin 26 (2016): 315–362. As a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute, Dr. Steinová will research the Etymologies of Isidore of Seville from the perspective of “the dynamics of encyclopedic knowledge in the Carolingian period.”

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Steven Watts

Steven Watts

Steven Watts received his doctorate in 2016 from St. Andrew’s University for his dissertation “Let us run in love together: Master Jordan of Saxony (d. 1237) and the participation of women in the religious life of the Order of Preachers.” In 2015–2016 he was a Visiting Lecturer in Church History and Christian Thought and Culture at Regent College, Vancouver BC. He published “Diabolical Doubt: The Peculiar Account of Brother Bernard’s Demonic Possession in Jordan of Saxony’s Libellus,” in The Church and Doubt [Studies in Church History 52] (Cambridge, 2016): 102–117. As a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute, Dr. Watts will explore how Jordan of Saxony and other leading members of the Dominican Order sought to shape the identity of the brethren following the death of Dominic of Caleruega.

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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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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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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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Svitlana Kobets

Svitlana Kobets

Svitlana Kobets (LMS 2009) was Visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame 2003–2005, and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Kiev Mohyla Academy in the summer of 2006; since 2007 she has been Literature Instructor in the Continuing Education Division of St Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. In addition to her scholarship in Ukrainian and Russian literature, Dr Kobets has devoted much of her scholarly life to the study of holy foolishness, with over a dozen articles on this theme. With Priscilla Hunt, she coedited Holy Foolishness in Russia: New Perspectives (Slavica Publications, 2011). As a Visiting Fellow for 2017–2018, Dr Kobets will conduct research on the theme “To God through Folly: The Holy Fool as a Prophet and Visionary,” which will form part of her monograph on paradigms of foolishness.

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Jacqueline Murray

Jacqueline Murray

Jacqueline Murray is 3M National Teaching Fellow and Professor of History at the University of Guelph. Her research interests include masculinity, embodiment and male sexuality in premodern Europe, and theological and cultural ideas about gender and sexuality, marriage and family in premodern Europe. Among recent publications are A Miscellaneous Medievalist: Essays in Honour of Margaret Wade Labarge, edited and introduced by Jacqueline Murray (Florilegium 28, 2011), and Marriage in Premodern Europe: Italy and Beyond, edited and introduced by Jacqueline Murray (Toronto: CRRS, 2012). While associated with the Institute, Professor Murray will work towards completing a monograph on “Male Sexuality and Masculine Embodiment in the Middle Ages”; two related projects are the production of an annotated bibliography on men and masculinity in the Middle Ages, and an article, “Chastity, Celibacy, Continence: What’s in a Name?”

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