Our A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Medieval Studies for the 2018-19 academic year is Stephen Ogden. He is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, and during his year at the Medieval Institute he will be completing his book manuscript, Receiving and Making Aristotle's Intellect: A Study on Ibn Rushd and Aquinas. Ogden received his Ph.D. in 2015 from Yale University.
Our first Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, for 2018, is Lee Mordechai. During his year at the Medieval Institute, he will be working on a project researching the socio-cultural history of the Byzantine Empire, focusing on the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Mordechai received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2017.
Our Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellow for the 2018-19 academic year is R. Demetrios Harper. His fellowship project seeks to study the concept of self-determination and its development in Byzantine philosophy and theology, examining it in relation to the emphasis on communality in the Byzantine Christian tradition. Harper received his Ph.D. from the University of Winchester, Department of Theology, Religion, and Philosophy, in 2015.
Our fall 2018 Gabriel Fellow is John Burden. During his semester at the Institute, he will be preparing the manuscript for his first book, drawing on the unparalleled resources of the Astrik L. Gabriel History of Universities Collection and the Medieval Institute. Burden received his Ph.D. in History from Yale University in May 2018.
For the Spring 2019 semester, Professor Paul Russell is a Joint Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Medieval Institute and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. He is Professor of Celtic in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic in the University of Cambridge. He holds degrees in Classics and Comparative Philology from the University of Oxford, where he also completed a DPhil on the history of the Celtic languages. His research interests range across all the Celtic languages and medieval Latin, and include learned texts (especially early Irish glossaries, and the reception and glossing of classical texts in the medieval west), Celtic philology and linguistics, hagiography, early Welsh orthography, Middle Welsh translation texts, grammatical texts, and medieval Welsh law. He has published widely in all these fields.
Professor Russell is currently Principal Investigator on an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded collaborative project, Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae, based in Cambridge and Aberstwyth (a three-year project started in January 2017). These Latin lives are widely recognised as a major body of medieval literature and have continuing cultural resonance in a country where saints remain a very visible part of the heritage. Yet very few of the texts have been subjected to modern scrutiny nor set into a broader British or Continental context, despite huge advances in recent decades in the study of Latin texts from medieval Britain. The main goals of the research project are as follows: to understand these texts and their contexts better; to make available for wider comparative study a corpus of material that has been very unevenly treated; to develop our appreciation of the nature and significance of native saints’ cults in medieval Wales; and to trace the transmission of these texts into wider hagiographical collections and into the post-Reformation period.
During his semester-long visit here, he is continuing his hagiographical research.
The Medieval Institute attracts scholars from around the world who wish to visit and use the Institute’s extensive library collection for their research. This year, visitors include the following:
Miguel Brugarolas Brufau (Universidad de Navarra, Spain), Guest Assistant Professor, is working on Gregory of Nyssa’s theology of the Logos and the connection between Trinity, Christology and Creation in his own thought.
Don Federico Gallo (Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan), Adjunct Instructor, is researching for his work on diplomatics.
Danielle Joyner (Southern Methodist University), Visiting Scholar, is researching the use of landscapes in medieval art.
Ceferino P. D. Muñoz (Universidad de Mendoza, Argentina), Visiting Fulbright Scholar and CONICET researcher, carrying out research on a project entitled, "The debate over Cajetan’s analogy in the 21st century: Revision and analysis of fundamental positions."
Academic Year 2018-19
Angelika Kaiser (Technical University of Dresden, Germany), Research Visitor, is using the MI library collections for her doctoral project on a fifteenth-century codex containing Gregory I's Commentary on the Book of Job and additional Dominican writings.
Wiebke-Marie Stock (University of Bonn, Germany), Guest Research Assistant Professor, is working on "Plotinus’ rationalization of Platonic demonology." Read more about Dr. Stock's work.