Bridging Disciplines in Manuscript Studies

JHI Working Group active in 2019-2020


Now in its second year, Bridging Disciplines in Manuscript Studies brings researchers from across the disciplines together to consider the challenges and puzzles of manuscript-related research.  This year, we will explore collaborative questions such as comparisons of Latin and Arabic legal formulae, cultural influences on the physical structure of manuscripts, and the analysis of barriers between disciplines and scholars posed by methodology, language, and disciplinary history. Our goal is to learn how scholars of different disciplines and practices can address such topics together, bringing diverse expertise together to understand a single manuscript subject.



  • Adam Cohen, FAS Art History
  • Matthew Orsag, Ph.D. cand., Medieval Studies
  • Nora Thorburn, Ph.D. student, Medieval Studies

Faculty, University of Toronto

  • Enrico Raffaelli, UTM Historical Studies
  • Natalie Rothman, UTSC Historical & Cultural Studies
  • Maria E. Subtelny, FAS Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations and Study of Religion
  • Misha Teramura, FAS English

Faculty outside University of Toronto

  • Miguel Angel Andrés-Toledo, Classical Philology & IndoEuropean Studies, University of Toledo

Professional Staff, University of Toronto

  • Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Librarian, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
  • Natalie Oeltjen, Centre for Reformation & Renaissance Studies
  • Tim Perry, Librarian, Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library

Graduate Students, University of Toronto

  • Shuaib Ally, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Justin Arnwine, Medieval Studies
  • Alessia Berardi, Medieval Studies
  • Nicholas Fields, Study of Religion
  • Rebecca Golding, Art History
  • Jessica Henderson, Medieval Studies
  • Lara Howerton, Medieval Studies
  • Lale Javanshir, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Jared Johnson, Medieval Studies
  • Esther Kim, Art History
  • Shirley Kinney, Medieval Studies
  • Mary Maschio, Medieval Studies
  • Julia Mattison, English
  • Sepideh Najmzadeh, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Kari North, History
  • Jonathan Peterson, Study of Religion
  • Lane Springer, Medieval Studies
  • Steven Teasdale, History

Graduate Student outside University of Toronto

  • Sarah Wilk, History, York University