Visiting Scholars

Mellon Fellows

Matthew Day

Dr. Matthew Day earned his D. Phil. in 2019 at Merton College, University of Oxford with a dissertation entitled “Reception of Virgil in England and Scotland c. 1400-1500: Manuscripts, Editions, Translations.” In July 2018 he read a paper “Metrical Study and Classicising Style in the Works of John Seward” at the New Chaucer Society Congress held in Toronto. He has a forthcoming entry in The Chaucer Encyclopedia, “Valerius Maximus.” As a Mellon Post-Doc Research Fellow, Dr. Day will begin work on a monograph on the early history of translating classical authors into English, taking Chaucer’s Boethius (c. 1380) and the Earl of Surrey’s Virgil (c. 1543) as the temporal boundaries for his study.


Talia Zajac

Dr. Talia Zajac was awarded the PhD in 2017 from the University of Toronto, Centre for Medieval Studies, with a dissertation entitled “Women between West and East: the Inter-Rite Marriages of the Kyivan Rus’ Dynasty, ca. 1000–1204.” She was a Teaching Affiliate at the University of Nottingham, October 2018–June 2019, and a Lecturer in Medieval History (Teaching-Focused) at the University of Manchester, September 2019–July 2020. In 2019 she was the winner of the Canadian Association of Ukrainian Studies Best Article Prize for the year 2017–2018 for her “The Social-Political Roles of the Princess in Kyivan Rus’,” in A Companion to Global Queenship. As a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Zajac will begin work on a monograph, “Foreign Brides as Agents of Transcultural Exchanges: Women in the Orthodox-Catholic Marriages of early Rus’, ca. 1000–1250.” Part of her work foresees the completion of the first English translation and commentary on the personal prayer book of Gertruda of Poland (d. 1107/8).


Research Fellows

Carl Bear

Dr. Carl Bear earned his PhD in 2017 at the Graduate Theological Union with a dissertation entitled “Christian Funeral Practices in Late Fourth-Century Antioch.” Among his publications are “Why Luther Changed His Mind about Music: Martin Luther’s Theology of Music in Light of His Liturgical Reforms,” in Luther im Kontext: Reformbestrebungen und Musik in der ersten Hälfte des 16. Jahrhunderts, edited by Michael Klaper (Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, 2016), 15–38, and with Sarah Kathleen Johnson, “Medieval Hymns on Modern Lips: An Analysis of Medieval Texts and Tunes in Twenty-First-Century Protestant Hymnals,” The Hymn 69.1 (2018): 10–16. Dr. Bear is currently Director of Music Ministry at St. Giles Kingsway Presbyterian Church, Toronto. During his association with the Institute, Dr. Bear plans to explore the role of the congregation in early liturgical music, focusing on sixth and seventh century Gaul. His project will contribute to understanding the “silencing of the laity” in liturgical music that scholars have observed emerging in the early middle ages.


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. ...


Lydia M. Walker

Lydia M. Walker (LMS candidate) earned her PhD in History at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN) in 2018 for her dissertation “Lay Spirituality, Crusading, and Reform in the Sermons of Jacques de Vitry.” She contributed an article co-authored with Thomas E. Burman, “Spain, Islam, and Thirteenth-Century Dominican Memory,” for Convivencia and Medieval Spain: Essays in Honor of Thomas F. Glick, ed. Mark T. Abate (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018): 311-339. As a Mellon Fellow Dr. Walker will examine the affiliation of clerics and holy women, and “the collective construction of sanctity and the role of holy women in embodying and transmitting the messages of Holy War” in Liège, Flanders and the Levant in the 13th and 14th centuries.


Shannon L. Wearing

Dr. Shannon L. Wearing (LMS candidate) earned her PhD in 2015 at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, with a dissertation entitled “Power and Style: The Liber Feudorum Maior and the Court of Alfonso II, King of Aragon and Count of Barcelona (r. 1162–1196).” She contributed an entry “The Death of the Patron: Agency, Style, and the Making of the Liber Feudorum Maior,” for Romanesque Patrons and Processes: Design and Instrumentality in Romanesque Europe, ed. Jordi Camps, Manuel Castineiras, John McNeill and Richard Plant (Routledge, 2018), 327–336. She is presently preparing a book, Image, Stone, and Song: Shaping Royal Identity in Medieval Barcelona (1150–1213). Dr. Wearing continues her work on artistic patronage and courtly culture during the aftermath of the establishment of the Crown of Aragon.


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.

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Daniel J. Nodes

Daniel J. Nodes is Professor of Classics at Baylor University, Waco Texas. Author of five books and over thirty articles, Professor Nodes was a Visiting Fellow during the summer of 2019, during which time he completed volume one of the first edition of Frater Petrus, Collationes de tempore. His return to the Institute in the summer of 2020 was unfortunately impeded by the coronavirus pandemic, but he was able to join us virtually, working towards completing the second and final volume of the Petrus Collations. Thanks to a research leave from Baylor University, Professor Nodes will continue as Visiting Fellow of the Institute until the end of December 2020.

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