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MemberGillian Gower

Gillian L Gower is a musicologist and medievalist specializing in the cultural history of medieval England and Scotland. Broadly speaking, her research centers the ways in which women and racial minorities use music as a discourse through which to negotiate, challenge, and construct forms of power and authority. Her current book project, Music and Queenship in Medieval England, examines tensions between gender and power in English religious song, ca. 1200-1500. She has also published work on medievalism in popular culture and music paleography. Dr Gower received her PhD in Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also holds an MA in Music from Hunter College of the City University of New York and a BA from Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars program. At present, Dr Gower is a Research Assistant for the Carnegie Trust-funded digital humanities project Towards a Prosopography of Scottish Musicians before the Reformation hosted at the University of Edinburgh. She previously taught at UCLA and Southern Methodist University.

MemberHannah Busch

Hannah Busch is a Ph.D. candidate in the project Digital Forensics for Historical Documents at Huygens ING in Amsterdam. In her thesis, she focuses on the application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for the study of medieval Latin paleography. Hannah studied German-Italian studies (B.A./Laurea Triennale) at the Universities of Bonn and Florence, followed by the completion of a M.A. in Textual Scholarship at the Free University of Berlin. Prior to moving to the Netherlands in 2018, she worked as research assistant at the Trier Center for Digital Humanities, where she was a member of the eCodicology-project. Her research interests include large scale digitization of medieval manuscripts, and  experimenting with the application of computational methods that can support and enhance the work of manuscripts scholars. She is member of the Digital Medievalist Postgraduate Subcommittee, and the editorial team of the German science blog Mittelalter – Interdisziplinäre Forschung und Rezeptionsgeschichte.

MemberEvina Steinova

I am a holder of a VENI grant from the Dutch Organisation for Research (NWO). My three-year postdoctoral project (2018-21) at the Huygens ING, an institute of the Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences in Amsterdam, Innovating Knowledge. Isidore’s Etymologiae in the Carolingian period, deals with the study of the early transmission history of the Etymologiae of Isidore of Seville, Carolingian appropriation of this work, and intellectual networks in the early Middle Ages. In 2017-18, I was a Mellon Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, working on the intellectual networks in the early medieval Latin West, and the role of Isidore of Seville’s Etymologies as a vehicle of innovation in this period. In 2016, I received a PhD from Utrecht University for my research on annotation symbols in early medieval Western manuscripts. I have carried out my PhD research in the project Marginal Scholarship: The Practice of Learning in the Early Middle Ages at the Huygens ING. I have a keen interest in early medieval annotation practices, in particular the use of symbols rather than words in this context – and I might be the right person to ask a question about this subject. I have published the first handbook of Western annotation symbols in 2019. By training, I am a Latin philologist. In the recent years, I have expanded my skills to Latin paleography and codicology and Digital Humanities. Besides Latin, I also know some Hebrew and I worked with Hebrew texts (for example, I published several articles on the 1389 Prague Easter pogrom), and I am interested in Jewish Studies and the late antique history of the Middle East. I hope to improve my coding and paleography skills in the future and hopefully get back to Hebrew and medieval Jewish history. I also try to write popularizing articles about history-related topics on various platforms, both in English and Slovak (my native language), and to organize popularizing events.

MemberJulia Verkholantsev

I am a scholar of cultural, religious and intellectual history, early modern and medieval literary and linguistic culture. My publications and research are concerned with the cultural space of eastern, central, and southern Europe, particularly, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Bohemia, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, and Rus. In research and teaching, I deal with topics that include the history of and approaches to language, writing, and literacy; pre-modern historical writing and historical methods; Slavic (Cyrillic, Glagolitic, and Latin) and Greek paleography and cryptography; projects and theories of universal language; and Russian medieval and modern literature and culture. As a medievalist, I am convinced that the mapping of pre-modern Europe into the modern East – West divide creates unnecessary gaps between fields of knowledge that are inherently interconnected and impedes a dialogue between scholars who find themselves working in artificially bounded sub-disciplines. In my research and professional service I try to remedy this situation. In my teaching, I examine medieval literary and historical topics in the context of modern society and help students see their importance in the development of contemporary culture, politics, and social norms. I focus on the study of reading strategies of imaginative texts that leads to the advanced understanding of literature as part of cultural history.

MemberPierre Chambert-Protat


22 mai 2017, Rome ] « Histoire des textes et histoire des bibliothèques : dans
l’atelier d’un intellectuel carolingien ». Intervention à l’université La Sapienza dans le cadre de l’International Itinerant Palaeography School

Interventions orales passées

11 mai 2017, Hambourg ] « Collecting and recycling materials in Florus’s workshop ». Intervention à la journée d’études Collection and Organisation of Literary Texts…

Membre de l’École française de Rome, section Moyen Âge [lien] — Fellow du projet Fragmentarium (Université de Fribourg) [lien] Vie intellectuelle à Lyon au IXe siècle. — Florus de Lyon (flor. ca. 825-855) et son milieu : Leidrat, Agobard, Amolon et Remi de Lyon, Mannon de Saint-Oyen. — Pierre-François Chifflet (1591-1682). — Réception et diffusion de l’héritage tardo-antique au haut Moyen Âge et après. — Supports et vestiges matériels de l’activité intellectuelle.

MemberKate Brasseur

I am a graduate student at Carleton University working on my Master’s of History. I love medieval history, and since my undergrad have taken on the role of cataloguer-at-large, seeking out medieval materials in Ottawa in order to publish a catalogue of medieval content held in Canada’s capital city. The website, far from perfect, became the final project for my undergraduate thesis. (**The site is no longer private, please check it out!). This fascination with all things medieval began in January 2017, when I was given the opportunity to solve a mystery — a medieval manuscript lay open at the front of Carleton’s Archives and Research Collections (ARC) seminar room, its origins and contents still unknown. I was quickly drawn to paleography, and found myself immersed in the study of letter forms and abbreviations. After months of studying medieval codicology, taking Latin, French, and German courses, and frequenting archives more often than the cafe near my house, I decided not to look back. That is when I joined the Medieval and Early Modern Society and by the following September I became the club’s president. Nowadays you can find me in my office or at ARC working away at my thesis project which I hope to complete by Spring 2020. Check out my personal hcommons website to follow the progress of my work and learn about the wonderful tools that digital humanists are developing for medieval studies. And be sure to click the link to the Medieval Book website which charts the progress of the students of HIST 4006: Digitizing Medieval Archives as we create a physical exhibition for ARC’s manuscript books and folios and a corresponding digital exhibition to enhance the experience through soundscapes, an interactive paleographical tool, chant recreations, and high definition images.  

MemberSarah Corrigan

My current research is a component of Dr Jacopo Bisagni’s Ireland and Carolingian Brittany: Texts and Transmission (IrCaBriTT) project. The aim of this IRC Laureate project is to use a detailed philological and palaeographical study of newly identified manuscripts to investigate the intellectual connections between early medieval Brittany and its neighbours: Ireland, Britain, and France in particular. My focus is a compilation of Latin exegetical material containing glosses in both Old Breton and Old English. In addition to the use of these medieval vernaculars, the text and its two manuscripts evidence a complex regional network of intellectual and scribal activity. A complimentary aspect of my work is the survey and analysis of exegetical scholarship among the Bretons more broadly. Previous to this I held a two-year IRC postdoctoral fellowship (2017–2019), under the mentorship of Dr Anthony Harvey at the Dictionary of Medieval Latin for Celtic Sources, RIA, Dublin. My project was ‘Intertextuality in early medieval exegesis: the composition and reception of the commentary on Exodus in In Pentateuchum Commentarii’. It employed a detailed textual and intertextual investigation of this text to investigate three aspects of it that have a wider significance to the field of early medieval studies: • the manipulation and adaptation of Late Antique and patristic sources by early medieval authors seeking to communicate with new readers in new cultural contexts. • the reception of early medieval compositions and their exegesis in a wide range of literary genres. • the role of Irish scholar-authors in this dynamic literary tradition. My completed my PhD in Classics at NUI Galway (2017), supervised by Professor Michael Clarke. My research consisted of case studies that explore the interrelation between Irish, Insular and continental texts in the seventh to the ninth centuries through the thematic focus of the sea and its varied range of literary conceptualisations.

MemberLorraine de la Verpillière

Lorraine de la Verpillière is a Post-doctoral Research Assistant on the ERC-funded project “Genius Before Romanticism: Ingenuity in Early Modern Art and Science”.
Before coming to CRASSH, Lorraine completed a PhD at the History of Art department in Cambridge, funded by the AHRC, the Cambridge Trust, and Pembroke College’s Lander Studentship in History of Art. Her thesis, entitled ‘Visceral Creativity: Digestion, Earthly Melancholy, and Materiality in the Graphic Arts of Early Modern France and the German-Speaking Lands (c. 1530-1675)’, examines how early modern artists depicted the ‘physiology of creation’, focusing on the lower process of digestion as a natural model of artistic creativity.
Prior to her PhD, Lorraine received a BA and MA in History of Art from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she researched and published on the artistic patronage of Cardinal Reginald Pole (1500-1558) between Italy and England. Lorraine has a long-standing interest in science as, prior to starting her BA in History of Art, she studied Physics, Chemistry, and Maths in a French classe préparatoire. Recently, she also took part in the Middle French Paleography Workshop organised by The Making and Knowing Project (led by Prof. Pamela Smith) at the University of Columbia in New York, where she received intensive training in Middle French manuscript reading and helped to the translation and digital encoding of BnF Ms. Fr. 640 – a sixteenth-century compilation of technical recipes written by an anonymous French craftsperson. With her colleague, Lizzie Marx, Lorraine co-coordinated the Cambridge History of Art Graduate Research Seminar, Lent term 2018 on the topic of “Art and the Senses.”

MemberMichail Kitsos

I am a scholar of the history of Judaism and Christianity in late antiquity. I am interested in Jewish-Christian contacts and representations of the “other” in Christian and rabbinic multivocal literature composed in Ecclesiastical Greek, Ecclesiastical Latin, Syriac, and Aramaic (Palestinian and Babylonian) that originate from inside and outside the Eastern Roman Empire. In my research, examine the construction of “self” and “other” in light of polemical rhetoric. For more information on my research focus, current and future work see my personal website (michailkitsos.org).