Visiting Scholars

Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Felix Heinzer

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

Felix Heinzer, who will be with us for the spring term, studied philosophy and Catholic theology at the Universities of Rome (Gregoriana), Lyon, Chur, Fribourg (Switzerland) and Bonn. He received his Doctoral degree from Fribourg (Switzerland) with a thesis on the Christology of Maximus Confessor in 1979. After six years as a cataloguer of medieval manuscripts at Karlsruhe (Badische Landesbibliothek) from 1981 to 1986 he was promoted to the post of Head of the Manuscripts Department at Stuttgart Wurttemberg State Library until 2005, when - after his Habilitation at the University of Basel on monastic book culture and monastic reform ideas in medieval south-west Germany in 2001 - he was appointed Professor of Medieval Latin at the University of Freiburg (Germany).


Zulfikar Hirji

York Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

As an anthropologist and social historian, Zulfikar Hirji is interested in how human societies articulate, represent and perform understandings of self, community and other. His research focuses on Muslim societies in a range of historical and contemporary contexts. He also interrogates knowledge produced about Muslims, by academics and others. His research interests have lead him to study a range of issues including the production and performance of identity, the role of cultural workers and social movements, the dynamics of family networks and inter-generational migration, the socio-legal formation of communal identity in colonial contexts, and form and context of urban violence in religiously plural societies. He has conducted archival research and multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork in various parts of the world including East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Europe and North America. He is the author of Between Empires: Sheikh-Sir Mbarak al-Hinawy, 1896–1959 (2012) and (with Farhad Daftary) of The Ismailis: An Illustrated History (2008), as well as editor of Diversity and Pluralism in Islam: Historical and Contemporary Discourses amongst Muslims (2010). During his fellowship year at PIMS he will be working on Islam, an Illustrated Journey, scheduled for publication in 2017. Covering nearly 1400 years of history in four main sections (dynastic campaigns, geographic passages, thematic routes, and personal itineraries), the book will include extensive sections on the life and culture of Muslims in the medieval period and their engagement with Christianity and Judaism in different settings.


Mellon Fellows

Susannah Fisher

Susannah Fisher earned her PhD at Rutgers University in 2012 with a dissertation “Materializing the Word: Ottonian Liturgical Manuscript Covers and Viewer Reception”; she has taught in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University and was a Research Fellow 2013–2014 at Bard Graduate Center. She published “A Touching Image: Andrea Mantegna’s Engraving of the Virgin and Child,” Rutgers Art Review 29 (2013). Her Mellon Research project entails the completion of a book, The Form of Faith: Liturgical Art and Environments in the Age of the Ottonians.


Shami Ghosh

Shami Ghosh studied at King’s College London, Harvard University, and the University of Toronto, where he received his PhD from the Centre for Medieval Studies in 2009. Formerly a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Leicester and Junior Research Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford, Shami came to PIMS in 2014 as a Mellon Fellow, and has returned in 2015 as Research Fellow with an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for 2015-17. His research interests range from early medieval historiography to global economic history in the eighteenth century.

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Ariana Patey

Ariana Patey studied Theology at Heythrop College, University of London where she earned her doctorate in 2012 with a dissertation entitled “The Life and Thought of Charles de Foucauld: A Christian Eremitical Vocation to Islam and His Contribution to the Understanding of Muslim-Christian Relations within Catholic Tradition.” Dr. Patey is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Departments of History and Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2105 she published “Asserting Differences in Plurality: The Case of the Martyrs of Cordóba,” Studies in Church History 51. As a Mellon Research Fellow, Dr. Patey will investigate “Asceticism, instruction and mission in early Franciscan Communities.”


Foteini Spingou

Foteini Spingou earned her DPhil at Keble College, Oxford University in 2013 with a thesis entitled “Words and artworks in the twelfth century and beyond. The thirteenth-century manuscript Marcianus gr. 524 and the twelfth-century dedicatory epigrams on works of art.” Among her recent publications are “Snapshots from the eleventh century: The Lombards from Bari, a chartoularios from ‘Petra’, and the complex of Mangana,” Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 39 (2015), and “The anonymous poets of the Anthologia Marciana: Questions of collection and authorship,” in The Author in Middle Byzantine Literature: Modes, Functions, and Identities, ed. A. Pizzone (De Gruyter, 2014). Dr. Spingou plans to study “anthologizing the occasion: medieval poetic anthologies and cultural memory” as a Mellon Research Fellow.


Katherine Steiner

Katherine Steiner earned her PhD in Musicology at Princeton University in 2013 with a dissertation entitled “Notre Dame in Scotland: W1 and Liturgical Reform in Medieval St. Andrews.” She holds a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship until June 2015 at Valparaiso University. Her research focuses on liturgy, polyphony and theology in thirteenth-century Britain. As a Mellon Research Fellow Dr. Steiner proposes to examine “a French outpost in medieval Scotland: the politics of cross-cultural liturgical music.”


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 ...


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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