Notre Dame medievalist community shines in fellowships, publications, and research

Author: Medieval Institute

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As we start a new year, we look back over the summer of research and extend congratulations to our students and faculty for their impressive accomplishments! 

Richard Fahey, Notre Dame Ph.D. in English and manager of the MI's Medieval Studies Research Blog, co-published an article in the Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe: "Scyld and Grendel: Two Reigns of Terror."

Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor Emerita of Music History and Liturgy and an MI Faculty Fellow, travelled to Prague in May to study liturgical manuscripts in the libraries there. Her trip was supported by a grant from the Nanovic Institute. She also spoke at the International Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference, held this year in Munich, on the topic of Hildegard's Ordo Virtutum.

Dov Honick, Ph.D. candidate at the MI, received the Paul Mellon Rome Prize. He will be in residence during the 2023–24 academic year at the American Academy in Rome, where he'll complete his dissertation “Mysticism, Polemic, and the Origins of Christian Hebraism.” After a year in Rome, Honick will be the Blaustein Post Doctoral Associate in Medieval Jewish History in the Judaic Studies Program at Yale University for two years.

Husamettin Simsir, Ph.D. candidate in History, has an article forthcoming in Crusades: "The Forgotten Crusade: Expedition of 1359 in the Dardanelles."

Deborah Tor, Associate Professor of History and an MI Faculty Fellow, recently published, together with Alexander Beihammer, a book with Edinburgh University Press: The Islamic-Byzantine Border in History. Additionally, she has two research articles forthcoming: one in Der Islam, the leading journal of Islamic Studies, and another in the book Historical Aspects of Medieval to Modern Cities in West Asia, edited by Tomoko Morikawa of Tokyo University, which will be published by Brepols.

James Whitaker, Ph.D. candidate in Theology, spent this past summer working on two translations for St. Vladimir's Seminary Press's Popular Patristics Series: The Ascetic Treatises of St Nilus of Ancyra and the Small Catecheses of St Theodore the Studite. This project was supported by multiple grants from the deNicola Center for Ethics and Culture (dCEC).