2019-2020 SIMS Visiting Research Fellowships

SIMS is pleased to announce the following Visiting Research Fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year:

Anna Corrias, UQ Development Fellow, University of Queensland (March 2020)

Reading Ficino’s Pythagoras: A Study of LJS 438

The principle focus of Dr. Corrias’ fellowship is an examination of LJS 438, an important source for my research project ”Late Antiquity after Antiquity: The Last of the Ancient Platonists in the Early Modern Period”. This project, which has been awarded a prestigious Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship at the University of Toronto (September 2019-August 2021) and the University of Cambridge (September 2021- August 2022), excavates the rich and complex legacy of late ancient Platonism in the preservation, transmission, and transformation of ancient philosophical texts, especially Plato’s dialogues and the works traditionally attributed to Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans.

Johanna Green, Information Studies, University of Glasgow, Scotland (May 15-June 15, 2020)

Digitally Communicating the Medieval Book: An Examination of the Potential and Impact of Social Media Content for Public Engagement with the Materiality of Medieval Written Heritage

This project proposes to work with staff at Penn Libraries who are engaged in creating public points of access to the materiality of their medieval manuscripts collection via social media, to evaluate their best practice as a leader in this area, and to examine future opportunities for public meaning-making with new social media content. This fellowship will be informed by the production of a public survey into public manuscript access and the effectiveness of current social media content to communicate written heritage collections. The results of this survey will be used to inform the development of new social media content that aims to further communicate the materiality of the codex in new ways; this new social media content will then be evaluated by the public. The project’s results will be submitted for publication to Manuscript Studies.