Dr. Guyda Armstrong
Lecturer in Italian Department of Italian University of Manchester
Guyda Armstrong’s research is focused on Boccaccio, with three main areas of interest: the history of Boccaccio in English translation; the intertextual relationship between Boccaccio and Dante; and the production of Boccaccio editions from manuscript culture to the digital age. Wider research interests include the history and future of the book, word and image studies, humanities computing, translation studies, the plurilingual literary cultures of medieval and Renaissance Europe, and feminist critical approaches to literary and translation studies.
Dr. Stephen Clucas
Reader in Early Modern Intellectual History, Birkbeck, University of London
Dr Stephen Clucas has particular expertise in the history of natural philosophy and the occult sciences (especially early modern matter theory, alchemy, magic, and the art of memory). He is also interested in general questions such as the formation of early- modern disciplines, the nature of early modern ‘scientific’ discourses, the relationship between religious beliefs and early modern ‘science’ or magic. He is the general editor of the Journal of Intellectual History and has published a wide range of works on 16th and 17th-century intellectual history, from Ficino to John Dee and Margaret Canvendish.
Dr. Rhiannon Daniels
Department of Italian
University of Leeds/University of Bristol
Rhiannon Daniels works on the reception of Boccaccio, primarily across the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period. She is particularly interested in finding ways of using the material form of manuscripts and printed books to (re)construct histories of reading and book production techniques. Her current project is concerned with studying the Decameron in sixteenth-century Italy as a ‘sociological text’; using the complex relationship and reciprocal influences that exist between the material form of the text, the printers and editors who produced it, and the readers who consumed it to investigate its cultural impact, including its significance for the development of a literary vernacular prose.
Dr. Caroline Duroselle-Melish
Department of Printing and Graphic Arts Houghton Library
Caroline Duroselle-Melish holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the Université de Paris X and a library degree from the Université de Lyon I. Most recently, she was employed as rare book librarian at the University of Rochester. Previously she worked as reference librarian in the historical collections of the New York Academy of Medicine and as library supervisor in the Special Collections Library of the University of Michigan.
Dr. Christy Henshaw
Dr Christy Henshaw has managed the Wellcome Library’s digitisation programme since 2007. She currently manages the Wellcome Digital Library pilot programme (2010-2012), the first stage of transforming the Wellcome Library’s website into an online resource for the history of medicine. This includes large scale digitisation of books and archives and the creation of a digital library infrastructure to support public access to the Wellcome Library’s digital content.
Dr. Chris Hilton
Dr Christopher Hilton is a Senior Archivist at the Wellcome Library, having worked there since 1993. He is responsible for the archives database and its development, with particular reference to how the system and its metadata will interact with the other elements of the Library’s information architecture: this includes both the large-scale digitisation project and, looking ahead, the arrival in the archives of large amounts of born-digital material.
Prof. John Monfasani
The University at Albany, State University of New York
John Monfasani received his Bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in New York in 1965 and his doctorate in 1973 from Columbia University, working under Eugene F. Rice, Jr., and Paul Oskar Kristeller. He has taught in the history department of the University at Albany, State University of New York, since 1971, where he started as a lecturer and is now a Distinguished Professor. For fifteen years, 1995-2010, he was also the Executive Director of the Renaissance Society of America. His first work was on the Byzantine émigré to Renaissance Italy, George of Trebizond. He has published on Renaissance rhetoric, philosophy, and religion in addition to other major Quattrocento figures, such as Lorenzo Valla and Marsilio Ficino. He is presently preparing editions of works connected with the Plato-Aristotle controversy of the Renaissance.
Prof. Vivian Nutton
Vivian Nutton studied Classics in Cambridge before moving to the Wellcome Institute in 1977 to teach the history of medicine. He retired from his chair at UCL in 2009. He has published extensively, especially on Galen (e.g. On Problematical Movements, Cambridge 2010) and Greek and Roman medicine (Ancient medicine, London 2004; ed, 2, 2013). He has also edited medieval texts and published many articles on aspects of renaissance medicine in Italy, France and Germany. In the forthcoming October issue of Medical History he will present the first results of his investigation into the newly discovered annotations of Andreas Vesalius made in preparation for a never published third edition of the De Fabrica, the most famous of all renaissance medical books. Vivian Nutton is a Fellow of the British Academy as well as of the German Academy of Science.
Valery Rees holds an MA in History from Cambridge University (Newnham College) and taught Latin at St James Independent School in London for 17 years before leaving to concentrate on research and writing. She has been engaged in the translation project of Ficino’s Letters at the School of Economic Science for the past thirty-five years. She is co-editor of Marsilio Ficino. His Philosophy, His Theology, His Legacy, (with Michael J.B. Allen and Martin Davies, Leiden: Brill, 2002) of Laus Platonici Philosophi: Marsilio Ficino and His Influence (with Stephen Clucas and Peter J. Forshaw, Leiden: Brill 2011) and of Acta Conventus Neo–Latini Upsaliensis 2009 (Brill, 2012), under the general editorship of Astrid Steiner-Weber. She has also published extensively on wider Renaissance issues, including the diffusion of Platonism in Hungary and England. Books due to appear within the coming year are From Gabriel to Lucifer. A Cultural History of Angels (I.B. Tauris) and volume 9 of the Ficino Letters.
Julianne Simpson is Rare Book and Map Collections Manager at the John Rylands Library, Manchester. She studied history at the University of Western Australia and previously worked in Oxford, Melbourne and the Wellcome Library in London. She completed an MA in the History of the Book at the University of London in 1997. Her research interests include the international book trade in the 16th century and the development of private and insitutional libraries in the early modern period.