Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Mellon Fellows

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The President and Fellows of the Institute are proud to announce the election of four new Mellon Fellows drawn from the U.S., Canada, and Italy for the current academic year.

Shami Ghosh (Mellon Fellow) wrote his dissertation on “The Barbarian Past in Early Medieval Historical Narrative,” receiving his doctorate from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto in 2009. He was recently a Junior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, Oxford. His publications include Kings' Sagas and Norwegian History: Problems and Perspectives (Leiden, 2011), and “Conquest, Conversion and Heathen Customs in Henry of Livonia's Chronicon Livoniae and the Livländische Reimchronik,” which appeared in the journal Crusades in 2012. During his time at the Institute, he will work on “Money, Mints and Markets: the Commercialisation of Rural Society in Southern Germany, 800–1100.”

Claire Jones (Mellon Fellow) is Assistant Professor of German at the University of Notre Dame. She earned her doctorate in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation entitled “Communal Song and the Theology of Voice in Medieval German Mysticism.” Her essay “Christian Listening and the Ethical Community of Liturgical Text” was published in Literature and Theology in 2013. While at the Institute, she will complete her book manuscript tentatively entitled The Ecstasy of the Psalms: Mysticism, Song, and Body in Medieval Monasticism.

Annalia Marchisio (Mellon Fellow) was awarded her doctorate in Classics in 2013 at the Università degli Studi di Udine, having submitted a dissertation entitled “La tradizione manoscritta della Relatio di Odorico da Pordenone.” She was a post-doctoral Fellow of the Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame from October 2013 to January 2014, and currently holds the Claudio Leonardi Fellowship of the Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation at Harvard University. Her most recent publication, “Il volgarizzamento Tedesco della Relatio di Odorico da Pordenone e il suo modello latino,” appeared in Filologia Mediolatina in 2011. As a Mellon Research Fellow, she will work on a project entitled “Representing the Other in Medieval Travel Literature: The European 'Cartography' of the Far East from 1245 to 1400.”

Stephen Metzger (Mellon Fellow) earned his PhD through the Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame in 2013 with a dissertation entitled “Gerard of Abbeville, Secular Master, on Knowledge, Wisdom and Contemplation.” He is the author of two essays on Ioannes Hagen de Indagine published in Bulletin de philosophie medieval in 2008 and 2009, and, with Kent Emery, Jr. and W.J. Courtenay, the co-editor of Philosophy and Theology in the Studia of the Religious Orders and at Papal and Royal Courts, the proceedings of a colloquium held under the auspices of the Société Internationale pour l'Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (Turnhout, 2012). His tenure of the Mellon Research Fellowship will allow him to continue his research on Gerard of Abbeville.

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