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MemberLynsay O'Hara

I am currently in my fourth year at Carleton University, and I am majoring in History with a minor in Archaeology. I am from the Ottawa area, however I lived in Rome, Italy for three years due to my parents being in the Canadian Armed Forces. It was living in Rome where my love of history began; first with ancient history and then I began to discover Medieval history, which I can now safely say is my favourite (though any history will pique my interest). Though Medieval history has stolen my heart, ancient Egypt will always hold a special place as it is what first grabbed my attention into the wonderful world of history. The beautiful images on tombs and towering statues of Rameses II are originally what grabbed my attention, and then books (fiction and non-fiction) continued my interest in ancient Egypt, which led to Cleopatra and then to ancient Rome, which inveterately led to the Renaissance. Once I started researching the Renaissance, I wanted to know how these people lived before their ‘rebirth’, and so began my thirst for knowledge on all things Medieval. My interests (other than studying history) include mostly reading about, you guessed it, history. I mostly enjoy historical fiction, however I dabble in fiction and YA (Young Adult). My favourite novels are the Outlander novels by Diana Gabaldon- I highly recommend these books, however if you do not enjoy reading books that contain 900+ pages then they are not for you. My absolute favourite novel however, is Nefertiti by Michelle Moran. I also like to write in my spare time- mostly fiction at this point, however it is a dream of mine to publish a book one day, whether it be a fiction one or an academic novel discussing the lives of Medieval women (Merovingian queens, to be more exact). On this note, I am also hoping to begin my Masters’ next year, which ideally will focus on Medieval Studies. I also hope to travel more in the future- having lived in Rome I was able to do some traveling, however for reasons unknown to me, my family and I did not travel Europe when we lived in Europe (we mostly travelled outside of Europe). So I have been left with a thirst to travel Europe and the UK; particularly Scotland, Ireland, Germany, France and England. My dream trip would be to Egypt, to see the tomb of Queen Nefertari and the mortuary temple of the Pharaoh-Queen Hatshepsut- alas that trip will have to wait a while it seems.    

MemberElliott Bonyun

Hello scholars! My name is Elliott, and I’m a fourth-year student at Carleton working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, with special interest in digital and public history and museum studies. Some specific research interests include queer history (especially in smaller, less recorded areas), the Minoan culture on Bronze Age Crete, and the history of European folklore. My interest in open-source, accessible scholarship and public history is what led me to take a course on Digitizing Medieval Manuscripts; I’m hoping to learn more about the physical process of digitization and its advantages and drawbacks. Through my work as a librarian, I’ve run into some of the practical issues around rights and copyright concerning digitization and copying, but with ancient manuscripts, the issues are very different, and I look forward to cataloguing folio pages along with my fellow students. My hobbies outside of class include semi-professional creative writing (including updating a webnovel over WordPress), organizing and cataloguing the library at the Carleton Gender and Sexuality Resource, and reviewing novels. My twitter can be found at @elliottdunstan, and all class-related work will be tagged #HIST4006 and #CUDigitalia (to filter it out from non-class related tweets).

MemberMichael John Goodman

Michael John Goodman received his PhD in English Literature form Cardiff University in February 2017. His thesis, ‘Illustrating Shakespeare: Practice, Theory and the Digital Humanities’ explored how digital technology can be used to make sense of historical (specifically Victorian) illustrations of Shakespeare’s plays. The project saw the launch of the Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive, an online open access resource that contains over 3000 illustrations taken from Victorian editions of Shakespeare’s plays. In January 2017, Digital Arts Magazine named the archive as one of the top nine on the web for free historical images and Michael has also worked with the BBC to create a short video about the project for social media. Open Culture, Lit Hub, and Fine Books Magazine, amongst others, have also written about the project. You can learn more about the archive in an interview Michael did with arts and culture website, Hyperallergic. The Archive has also been used in secondary schools at Key Stage 4 to teach Romeo and Juliet to GCSE students. A founding member of Forms of Innovation (an AHRC-funded collaborative project that investigated the interplay between technology and literature), Michael also designed the website Women in Trousers: A Visual Archive, and is on the advisory board of the Wellcome Trust-funded ‘Science Humanities’ initiative at Cardiff University. He was the Research Associate on Cardiff University’s Digital Cultures Network and the GW4 Remediating the Archive Project Fellow. Michael has written for The Conversation, the Education section in the Western Mail newspaper and has appeared on the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show talking about Shakespeare and national identity. Michael has peer reviewed and written reviews for the journals the History of Education and the Journal of British Studies. He is currently writing his first monograph which will explore how the digital can help students and the general public engage meaningfully with the humanities. ​

MemberTony Burke

Tony Burke is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at York University in Toronto. He is the author of Secret Scriptures Revealed: A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha (SPCK/Eerdmans, 2013), editor (with Brent Landau) of New Testament Apocrypha: More Noncanonical Scriptures (Eerdmans, 2016) and founding president of the North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature.

Membertarek farrag

  I read a lot in science books, especially astronomical sciences, anthropology books, novels and poetry books.  I love philosophy; photography books and watching movies which have a universal or human vision.First, I wrote poetry, and published a collection of scattered poems in newspapers and literary magazines in Egypt and the Arab world. Since 2003, she started publishing poetry and novels until the end of this year, “Black Sands”, published by the Egyptian General Book Organization. Translating a number of articles in literature, photography and astronomical sciences in many cultural magazines in the Arab world, including:  El-Rafid Cultural Magazine and Emirates Cultural Magazine issued by the UAE, and published a number of articles translated in the cultural magazine like: Merritt Magazine (Egypt), New Culture magazine (Egypt), El-Jadeed Magazine (London) .. Etc. Participating in many literary conferences inside Egypt including “Writers Conference”, Central Cultural Conference (6 times), The One Day’s Conference (3 times). My translation experience gives me a great motivation to complete what I started in this hard, wonderful and challenging work. I want to do important and comprehensive work at the global and humanitarian levels. For me, translation creates a profound reflection of the universe and its evolution that requires the development of human knowledge. As Stephen Jake Dyck says, broadening the horizons of cultural development to include the global context has many potential benefits. Since biology has benefited from broader cosmic considerations, cultural development can also benefit from thinking in more general theoretical terms about the origin and development of cultures. I very much want to translate an important book that gives us a great opportunity to see, perhaps to realize that human is a complete and independent universe, evolving – man – because the universe is evolving. Man seeks perfection as does the universe. I believe in the words “George Santayana” who wrote in “Theory of Beauty” says: “It seems that what is missing is a continuous life, has no end, and the rigid thing does not know it by virtue of its formation.” I believe that there is a relationship between translation and nostalgia. The colossal epistemic revolution in the world forced languages into rapprochement, one day, someone said that a prominent translator argued that if we only relied on the English language, we would lose the curiosity that was driving Milton and Orwell pushes them forward. Translated articles: Like, The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich – ‘a monument to courage’ Svetlana Alexievich: ‘Stalin and the Gulag are not history’  – Kazuo Ishiguro, the New Nobel Laureate, By James Wood New Egyptian culture magazine October 2017. Carson McCullers’s Primal Scenes: The Ballad of the Sad Café,by: Doreen Fowler, El-Jadeed Magazine – London 2017. The world will surely end,” Can Lightning Strike the Same Place Twice?” By:  Nora Gonzalez– Emirates Cultural Issue (62) December 2017. This is The Beat Generation, by John Clellon Holmes New Egyptian culture magazine. DEFINING BEAUTY; The Body in ancient Greek art. by Ian Jenkins, Merritt Magazine, Cairo, July 2019 issue. Ugliness Is Underrated: In Defense of Ugly Paintings, by Karl Rosenkranz Al-Faisal Saudi Journal, Issues 511-512 (July August 2019). Multiple Views about Muhammad; The Man and the Prophet, Merritt Cultural Magazine, Issue No. 9, September 2019.  

MemberZanne Domoney-Lyttle

I am a Biblical Studies tutor in Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow. My research is based in comic book adaptations of biblical material, reception history of the Bible, Bible and literature, Bible and art, women in the Bible/women and the Bible, gender in the Hebrew Bible. I studied at the University of Glasgow for my undergraduate degree, graduating in 2013. I also attained my MTh (title: “Sequential Art in the Seventeenth Century: An Analysis of Wenceslaus Hollar’s Etchings of Genesis 12-24”) and most recently my PhD (title: “Drawing (non)Tradition: Matriarchs, Motherhood and the Presentation of Sacred Texts in “The Book of Genesis, Illustrated by R. Crumb”) from the University of Glasgow. In my first year as a biblical studies tutor, I have created and developed a new Honours-level course on Women and Gender in the Bible and the Ancient World, and I also teach biblical Hebrew language, an introduction to the Bible course, Texts & Cultures of the Bible, and Honours-level courses in Genesis, Wisdom Literature and Old Testament/Tanakh. I also co-run a Comics Reading Group at Glasgow which runs every fortnight (you can follow us on @gucomicsrg on twitter) and we have a weekly podcast which caters to both academic and non-academic audiences.