Visiting Scholars

Mellon Fellows

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.”


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.” ...


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).”


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.”


Research Fellows

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. ...


Linda Safran

Linda Safrais writing a textbook on medieval art and architecture (with two colleagues), under contract with Cornell University Press. Another project for this year is an article on Byzantine diagrams of the Trinity, which will appear in a volume on Byzantine, Western Medieval, and Islamic diagrams that she is co-editing with Jeffrey Hamburger and David Roxburgh of Harvard. Recent and forthcoming publications include ...


Visiting Fellows

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.


Maureen Boulton

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

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.  


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.


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 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.


Lisa Schwab

M. Elisabeth Schwab is currently a postdoc at the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Latin at the University of Cologne (Germany). She earned her PhD from the Georg-August-University of Göttingen, which will be published in the summer of 2019 entitled “Grasping Antiquity” (original title: “Antike begreifen, Antiquarische Texte und Praktiken in Rom von Francesco Petrarca bis Bartolomeo Marliano”, series: Quellen und Untersuchungen zur lateinischen Philologie des Mittelalters, Hiersemann Verlag). She has published a number of articles and book chapters on the reception of classical authors in the Italian Renaissance. Her most recent publication is a translation of the Epistle to the Colossians from the Vulgate together with Andreas Schwab (series: Tusculum, De Gruyter 2018). At the PIMS she will work on relics in the early medieval period.


Deanne Williams

York Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

A full professor in the Department in English at York University, Toronto, Deanne Williams was recently elected to the Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, and also holds a two-year Killam Research Fellowship for her work on girl performers in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. ...

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