Affiliated scholars

Affiliated scholars are externally funded researchers affiliated with the Bodleian's Centre for the Study of the Book for a minimum of one year. Our current cohort of affiliated scholars are as follows:

Irene Ceccherini

Lyell-Bodleian Research Fellow in Manuscript Studies and Dilts Research Fellow, Lincoln College
The Shaping of the Latin Classics in 14th-century Italy

Irene's research interests centre around Medieval and Renaissance manuscript culture, and in particular on the connections between the texts and their material transmission (palaeography, book layout, illumination). Her research project is based on the Canonici collection of manuscripts in the Bodleian Library. It investigates how Humanism developed in Italy during the fourteenth century, by studying the manuscripts of the classics within the general context of Italian 14th-century book production, by examining scribal and reading practices and analysing how handwriting and book layout became specialised for different purposes, i.e. for a given text or within a cultural milieu. Irene will be researching Italian manuscript culture, in particular studying the Bodleian's vast and valuable Canonici collection of manuscripts, received in the 19th century.

Charlotta Forss

Postdoctoral Researcher (Sven & Dagmar Salén Foundation Fellow and Axel and Margareta Ax:son Johnson Foundation Fellow)
Mapping the Swedish Atlantis: Olof Rudbeck and early Enlightenment cartography

Charlotta's research at the Bodleian centres on the geographical imaginary of the Swedish 17th-century polymath Olof Rudbeck (1630-1702) and his role in the early Enlightenment conceptualization of the world. In particular, Charlotta explores Rudbeck's uses of cartography in his ambition to prove that Sweden was really the sunken continent Atlantis. Rudbeck studied the maps of other scholars, made maps himself and presented his results with the help of maps. Moreover, scholars in England and other parts of Europe commented on these maps and on Rudbeck's geographical imaginary. Together, these sources provide fascinating insights into early Enlightenment ways of understanding the world.  

Geri Della Rocca de Candal

ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2014-18, Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages and the Bodleian Libraries
15thBOOKTRADE project

Part of the 15cBOOKTRADE: An Evidence-based Assessment and Visualization of the Distribution, Sale, and Reception of Books in the Renaissance project, Geri is in charge of liaising with libraries worldwide for inclusion of their incunabula descriptions into MEI, liaising with the Data Conversion Group (DCG) of the University of Göttingen, Germany, for the ingestion of data, as well as enhancing the records to comply with the database categories. Geri also contributes to the new TEXT-INC database, towards the preparation of the corpus of all texts printed in the 15th century. Geri holds a degree in Ancient History from the Università degli Studi of Milan, an MSt in Modern History [Byzantine Studies] from the University of Oxford and a DPhil in Medieval and Modern Languages, also from the University of Oxford, with a thesis on the early-modern editions of Byzantine historiographers.

Dennis Duncan

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-17, Bodleian Libraries Centre for the Study of the Book
The Index and Its Discontents

Dennis is researching and writing a history of the book index, from medieval times to the present, showing both how the index has developed and how it has shaped the ways that we use books and the questions we ask of them, as well as informing the categories and genres into which we divide them. The project also demonstrates how contemporary concerns about the nature of research in the era of the digital archive are part of a history of debates and anxieties about the nature of good scholarship - and good reading - which stretches back to the late medieval period.

Richard Mulholland

Bodleian Libraries Conservation and Collection Care
Painting by Numbers: Decoding Ferdinand Bauer's Colour Code

The Flora Graeca (1806-40) portrayed botanical specimens from the Eastern Mediterranean observed on expeditions in the 1780s and 1790s. The unique archive in the Plant Sciences Library includes the artist Ferdinand Bauer’s watercolours from the expedition and annotated field sketches in pencil. This project aims to increase our understanding of how late 18th-century natural history artists worked in the field and studio, and the particular materials they used. The project leader is David Howell (Bodleian Libraries).

Larry Schaaf

Faculty of the History of Art and the Bodleian Libraries
Catalogue Raisonné of William Henry Fox Talbot

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