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Visiting Fellows and Associates

The power of right persuasion
An illustration for the chapter “De heresi et scismate”
in Rabanus Maurus,
De rerum naturis.
Montecassino, MS 132, p. 71 (detail)
© Archivio dell’Abbazia, Montecassino

The President and Fellows of the Institute are pleased to announce the election of new Mellon Fellows for the academic year 2013–2014, as well as of other distinguished visitors and research fellows.

Christopher Martin, from the University of Auckland, is this year's Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Institute and the Centre for Medieval Studies. Prof. Martin has an international reputation as a historian of logic, especially for his groundbreaking work on Boethius and Abelard; he is currently working with Peter King (CMS) on an edition of Abelard’s commentary on Porphyry’s Isagoge. Prof. Martin has been part of the team editing the works of Richard Rufus of Cornwall; he has worked extensively on the emergence of twelfth-century thought, including original manuscript research; he has written on topics as varied as the use of Avicenna’s "Flying Man" argument in High Scholasticism, Peter John Olivi on knowing that one knows, the influence of John Major in the sixteenth century, and the nature of logical consequence. He has been a visiting fellow in philosophy at All Souls College (Oxford), a visiting professor at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, and most recently held a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at the University of Cambridge.

Michael Ryan, from Dublin, Ireland, is the Celtic Studies Program's Philip and Linda Armstrong Visiting Scholar for 2013–2014. Dr Ryan will be on campus from January to April 2014 and will teach a course on Celtic Archaeology. Among the many prestigious positions he has held in the fields of Irish archaeology and museums are: President of the Royal Irish Academy; Director of the Chester Beatty Library (where he established it in its new home in the grounds of Dublin Castle); Keeper of Irish Antiquities, National Museum of Ireland; and currently lecturer on Celtic and Viking Ireland at University College Dublin.

Ainoa Castro Correa (Mellon Fellow and LMS Candidate) received her PhD in 2012 from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona for her dissertation "Visigothic Scripture in Galicia. I. Diocese of Lugo." She is presently Astrik L. Gabriel Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Medieval Education at the University of Notre Dame. She has edited three books, authored two additional works and published several articles and chapters in books dealing with the Visigothic Script. While a Mellon Research Fellow of the Institute Dr Castro Correa will conduct research on the regional diversity of Visigothic Script.

In 2013, Vanina Kopp (Mellon Fellow and LMS Candidate) jointly submitted to the Universität Bielefeld and the École des hautes etudes en sciences sociales her dissertation, "Der König und die Bücher. Sammlung, Nutzung und Funktion der königlichen Louvrebibliothek amd spätmittelalterlichen Hof in Frankreich/Le roi et les livres. Collection, utilisation et fonction de la bibliothèque royale du Louvre à la cour au bas Moyen Age." Since September 2012 she has been lecturer and researcher in the Department of History, Freiburg University. Among her publications are a co-edited book, Archiv-Macht-Wissen. Organisation und Konstruktion von Wissen und Wirklichkeiten in Archiven (Frankfurt, 2010), and three articles. During her tenure of the Mellon Research Fellowship, she will explore the theme "Reading as a Pastime at Court: The Performance of Literary Games and Poetic Competitions in the Late Middle Ages."

Christopher Lakey (Mellon Fellow and LMS Candidate) earned his doctorate in Art History at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2009 with a dissertation, "Relief in Perspective: Italian Medieval Sculpture and the Rise of Optical Aesthetic." He was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University 2012–13. He co-edited and contributed to a special issue of Gesta 51 (2012) and published "The Curious Case of the Chiarito Tabernacle: A New Interpretation," Getty Research Journal 4 (2012): 13–30. As a Mellon Research Fellow he will explore the theme "Relief and the Rise of Optical Aesthetics (1100–1400)."

Stephen Pelle (Mellon Fellow and LMS Candidate) is a graduate of the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, where he earned his PhD in 2012 with his dissertation "Continuity and Renewal in English Homiletic Eschatology, ca. 1150–1200." He has published seven articles, most recently "A New Source for Part of an Old Icelandic Christmas Homily," Saga-Book 36 (2012): 102–116. While a Mellon Research Fellow of the Institute, Dr Pelle will conduct research on "Exploring the Sources and Background of the Lambeth and Trinity Homilies."

Linda Safran continues to edit Gesta, the journal of the International Center of Medieval Art, with Adam S. Cohen of the University of Toronto. A special "Encounter" feature about Fr. Leonard Boyle of PIMS and the Vatican appears in the Fall 2013 issue. She has completed her book The Medieval Salento: Art and Identity in Southern Italy, which will be published in the University of Pennsylvania's Medieval series early in 2014. Her next project deals with Middle Byzantine cut-stone (opus sectile) pavements with circular patterns as heuristic devices, among other things. In 2014–15 she will be a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as part of an international group of eight scholars working on "The Visualization of Knowledge in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods."

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). He has published numerous articles on early medieval political, cultural, and religious history, and is the author of two substantial monographs: Autour de Fulrad de Saint-Denis [v. 710–784] (Geneva and Paris, 1993) and Immunes ab omni teloneo: Études de diplomatique, de philologie et d'histoire sur l'exemption de tonlieux au haut Moyen Age et spécialement sur la Praeceptio de navibus (Brussels and Rome, 1999). His latest book, Fils du Martel: La naissance, l'éducation et la jeunesse de Pépin dit 'le Bref' (v. 714 – v. 741), the first of five volumes dedicated to the founder of the Carolingian dynasty and his times, is due to appear late in 2013. He is also working on a large international research project, which will produce a new edition and translations of the Letters of Boniface and Lul, together with a full commentary.

Visiting Fellows, Associates, and Guests, 2002 through 2013 (in reverse chronological order).


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