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MemberChristian Oertel

I am a medieval historian working preferably on the peripheries of medieval latin Europe (Scandinavia, Central Europe). I have written my PhD thesis on the cult and veneration of St Erik of Sweden following his way from a local saint around Uppsala in the late 12th century to the royal patron of the Swedish realm in the 15th. For my PostDoc project I turned to late medieval Bohemia and am currently working on the ruling praxis of Wenceslaus IV (“the Lazy”) during the last decade before his dethronement as king of the Holy Roman Empire.

MemberCharlotte Gauthier

MA Crusader Studies student interested in the later Crusades, Latin and Occitan literature, Byzantium, and the development of Mediterranean trade in the Middle Ages. Avatar is from Paris, Bibl. Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 1130, f. 028 – “Grâce de Dieu armant le Pèlerin”. Background image is from the Chronica maiora of Matthew Paris, Corpus Christi College Library, Cambridge, MS 26, f. 140R.

MemberCharles L. Leavitt IV

I am Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Notre Dame and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading (UK), where I served for six years as Lecturer in Italian Studies. My research interests include modern and contemporary Italian literature and cinema, post-war Italian history, and the intersections between the Italian and African-American experience. I am currently completing a monograph on Italian neorealism. I have contributed to several books, including World Film Locations: Florence (Intellect Books, 2014); Transmissions of Memory: Echoes, Traumas, and Nostalgia in Post-World War II Italian Culture (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2018); and The Total Art: Italian Cinema from Silent Screen to Digital Image (Bloomsbury, 2019). My work has also appeared in leading scholarly publications including Modern Language Notes, Italian Culture, the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, California Italian Studies, Tre Corone, and the Italianist. A fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy, I have received an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Reading and a Kaneb Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Notre Dame.  

MemberMagdalena Diaz Araujo

Magdalena Díaz Araujo is Professor of Judaism and Early Christianity at the National University of La Rioja (Argentina), and Professor of History of Arts and Scenography at the National University of Cuyo (Argentina). She has been a Visiting Professor at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (2011, 2012, 2014), at the Regensburg Universität (2015), and at the Methodist University of Sao Paulo (2016). She obtained her PhD in History of Religions and Religious Anthropology (2012) at the Paris IV-Sorbonne University, with the Dissertation “The representation of the woman and the invention of the “sin of flesh” in the Greek Life of Adam and Eve”. Her research fields are Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Gender Studies, and Aesthetics. She has received several doctoral and postdoctoral grants from the Paris IV-Sorbonne University, the École Pratique des Hautes Études , the National University of Cuyo, and a scholarship from the Program Alban (European Union Program of High Level Scholarship for Latin America). She has lectured and presented papers in English, French, and Spanish in several international meetings (Germany, Hungary, England, Switzerland, Italy, France, Brazil, and Argentina). She is the author of various articles and reviews in international journals and collective work volumes. Recently, she has contributed to the volume Des oasis d’Égypte à la Route de la Soie – Hommage à Jean-Daniel Dubois, edited by Anna Van den Kerchove and Luciana Soares Santoprete (Brepols,2017), and she has participated with an essay in Early Jewish Writings in Context: Perspectives on Gender and Reception History, The Bible and Women: An Encyclopedia of Exegesis and Cultural History, edited by Marie-Theres Wacker and Eileen Schuller, published in four languages (Society of Biblical Literature Press / Kohlhammer / Editorial Verbo Divino / Il Pozzo di Giacobbe).