As part of the university's coronavirus response, the Mellon Fellowship is not being offered during the 2020–21 academic year. We anticipate appointing a fellow again in 2021–22.
Our Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellow is Kosta Simic (Ph.D., Australian Catholic University), who anticipates taking up this fellowship in spring 2021. During his time at the institute, he will be completing his book manuscript, "Liturgical Poetry in the Middle Byzantine Period: Hymns Attributed to Germanos I, Patriarch of Constantinople (715-730)," in which he pays special attention to the content and certain important formal features in a set of largely unpublished hymns, mostly kanons, composed during the iconoclastic and post-iconoclastic periods. Aside from bringing to light a considerable body of unpublished hymnographic material, his aim is to examine these hymns as a separate genre of Byzantine literature that served a practical function, namely, to convey dogmatic and ethical teachings to the congregation.
The Medieval Institute attracts scholars from around the world who wish to visit and use the Institute’s extensive library collection for their research.
Current Academic Year
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 a project on Plotinus’ rationalization of Platonic demonology. Read more about Dr. Stock's work.