Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies

Victoria University in the University of Toronto

Graduate Fellows and Assistants

Graduate Fellows

Noam Lior: Noam is a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. His dissertation, “Shakespeare at Play: Editing the Multimedia e-book,” explores the challenges and opportunities that digital editions (especially multimedia editions) offer to editing theory, bibliography, and drama/theatre theory. Noam is a director and dramaturge who has worked on a variety of early modern productions, including directing Robert Daborne’s A Christian Turn’d Turk for CRRS’ Early Modern Migrations conference in 2012. Noam is the co-developer of Shakespeare at Play, a company which creates e-book editions of Shakespeare plays with embedded video performances. For Shakespeare at Play, he has co-directed, dramaturged, edited, and annotated Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, and is currently working on Hamlet.

Vanessa McCarthy.

Brys Stafford: Brys is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. His work focuses on descriptions of urban space in the literature of late medieval and early modern Spain. He is also a Junior Fellow at Massey College.

Mauricio Suchowlansky: Mauricio is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science, specializing in political theory. His research interests include: History of political thought -especially Early Modern thinkers, Florentine Renaissance political theory, republicanism and early-modern constitutional thought. In his dissertation project, entitled ‘Society, Discord and the Politics of Equilibrium in Machiavelli’s Istorie Fiorentine,’ Mauricio explores the under-appreciated political significance of Machiavelli’s history of Florence and provides a revisionist interpretation to the unbroken consensus of the continuity in Machiavelli’s political thought. In the winter of 2013 he was a Doctoral Visiting Student at the European University Institute under the supervision of Ann Thomson. His work is currently funded by an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and an Alexander Brady –MacGregor Dawson Scholarship.

Robson Assistants

Olenka Horbatsch: Olenka is a PhD Candidate in Art History at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation, entitled “Impressions of Innovation: Early Netherlandish Printmaking 1520-1545″ examines Netherlandish etchings, engravings and woodcuts before the professionalization of the craft at mid-century, and seeks to critically reassess German printmaker Albrecht Dürer’s impact and influence on Netherlandish printmaking. Her research interests include sixteenth-century Netherlandish visual and material culture; printmaking techniques and print culture; Antwerp as a global city in the sixteenth century; and German-Netherlandish artistic and cultural exchange.

Colin Rose: Colin is a PhD candidate in the History department. His research explores violence in early modern Italy, focusing on the incidence and prevalence of homicidal violence in seventeenth-century Bologna for his dissertation. He is also deeply interested in Historical GIS and its potential as a research tool for early modern studies of all kinds.

Jason Peters: Jason is a PhD Candidate in English and Book History. His Dissertation, “Conscience and the Commonwealth: The Literature of Consensus in Early Modern England,” considers literary responses to the breakdown of the consensus fidelium associated with Catholic Christendom.

Tianna Uchacz: Tianna is a PhD Candidate in Art History at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation, “Sensual Bodies and Artistic Prowess in Netherlandish Painting ca. 1540-1570,” examines the themes, forms, and narrative strategies of mid-sixteenth century Netherlandish history painting, with a particular focus on the sensual nude. In the autumn of 2011, she held a three-month research fellowship at Utrecht University, and from 2009 to 2011 she was a guest researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Tianna’s research interests include the relationship between the visual and literary arts in Netherlandish culture; the implications of artistic medium for the design process, expressive potential, and perceived value of artworks; and the impact of familial, personal, and professional networks on artistic production.

Corbet Undergraduate Assistants

Angela Zhang: Angela is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Renaissance Studies and Political Science. She is interested in 15th-16th century Italian literary and political movements with an emphasis on dynastic families in Florence and Rome.

Ariella Minden: Ariella is a fourth year undergraduate pursing a major in Art History and a double minor in Latin and Renaissance Studies. Her interests include the interaction between decoration and design in the Italian villa, visual satire, and court culture in the 16th century.

Jessica Farrell-Jobst – Jessica is a fourth year undergraduate in the History department, where her interests include the Henrician reformation and Erasmus’ reformation writings.

Iter Fellows