Marcela Perett, North Dakota State University (Seminar Convener)
Perett is an Assistant Professor of Medieval History whose research interests include late medieval movements, specifically the Huss-ites in Bohemia and the Lollards in England and their vernacular writings. Her monograph on the Hussite vernacular writings, entitled Preachers, Partisans, and Rebellious Religion: Vernacular Writing and the Hussite Movement will be published later this year by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Jonathan Lyon, University of Chicago (Seminar Convener)
Jonathan Lyon's research and teaching focus on the political and social history of Germany, Austria, and the Holy Roman Empire in the medieval period, particularly the eleventh through thirteenth centuries. His first book, Princely Brothers and Sisters: The Sibling Bond in German Politics, 1100–1250 (2013), won the John Nicholas Brown Prize for the best first book from the Medieval Academy of America. He has also published a volume of translated Latin sources entitled Noble Society: Five Lives from Twelfth-Century Germany (2017) and numerous articles. Currently, he is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
Peter Dobek, Western Michigan University
Peter Dobek is a PhD candidate at Western Michigan University where he is completing his doctoral dissertation under the supervi-sion of James R. Palmitessa. His dissertation examines public houses—inns, taverns, ale-houses—during the Jagiellonian Dynasty (1385-1572) in the city of Cracow as im-portant nodes of society, politics, economics, gender relations, and culture. The purpose of his dissertation is twofold: the first is to pro-vide basic information on public houses in Cracow during the Jagiellonian Era and the second is to push research on these establish-ments in Europe.
Hannah Elmer, Columbia University
Hannah is a PhD candidate in medieval and early modern history at Columbia University. Her dissertation, "Alive Enough: Reanimating the Dead in Central Europe, 1200-1545," examines the reanimation of dead people as a way of exposing the creative borrowings (and conflicts) between "religious" and "scientific" epistemologies, which could also produce new conceptions of life itself. Her supervisor is Joel Kaye.
Luke Fidler, University of Chicago
Luke Fidler is a PhD student in the Depart-ment of Art History at the University of Chicago, where his dissertation examines the relationship between art and ideology during the reign of Henry the Lion. His scholarly publications have appeared in Art Journal, Notes & Queries, and post-medieval, and he has contributed reviews to Anglia, The Georgia Review, The Journal of Ladakh Studies, and Peregrinations. In addition to his scholarly research on early- and high-medieval art, he regularly publishes criticism and teaches with the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project.
Amelia Kennedy, Yale University
Amelia Kennedy is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Yale University where she is writing her dissertation under the supervision of Anders Winroth. Her dissertation examines discipline, expulsion, and apostasy in Cistercian monasteries, c. 1100-1400. More specifically, this chapter draft discusses old age in a Cistercian con-text, exploring the particular challenges, responsibilities, and advantages of elderly monks.
Bryan Kozik, University of Florida
Bryan Kozik is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Florida, set to graduate in August 2018. His doctoral research has focused on religion, diplomacy, and politics in early modern Central Europe, with a particular emphasis on the impact of mobile agents of the Habsburg and Jagiellonian dynasties during the Reformations. His dissertation, "Building a Cosmopolitan Episcopacy in Reformation Poland," uses the career of famed humanist, diplomat, and bishop Johannes Dantiscus (1485-1548) to examine early efforts to counter evangelical reform transnationally across a broad Central Europe, with an epicenter in Royal Prussia. He conducted the majority of his research in Warsaw, Cracow, Gdansk, and Olsztyn courtesy of a Fulbright grant in 2015-2016.
Kevin Lord, Yale University
In his dissertation, Kevin Lord examines the role that custom and honor played in the last great medieval struggle between emperor and pope for supremacy in the Holy Roman Empire. More generally, he is interested in the religious and cultural history of Europe during the High and Late Middle Ages. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Kevin received his BA in History from the University of Colorado Denver and MA in History at the University of Colorado Boulder before matriculating at Yale University as a PhD student.
Lisa Scott, University of Chicago
Scott is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation concerns the role of the regional assembly in the 15th century Czech lands, focusing on the interactions of different political, religious, and status groups at these assemblies, and how the assemblies reveal these interactions within broader political developments. She conducted research for her dissertation with the support of a US Student IIE Fulbright Award in the Czech Republic during the 2014–2015 academic year.
Jan Volek, University of Minnesota
Jan Volek is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Minnesota. After com-pleting his undergraduate studies at Lipscomb University, he earned a MTS from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, where he concentrated on the history of Christianity. He then received MA in Medieval Studies from the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University. In his work, Jan concentrates on the religious developments in Central Europe during the long fifteenth century with a particular focus on Bohemia. This broader interest led him to his dissertation project, tentatively entitled "Beyond the Reformation Paradigm: Religious life in Central Europe, 1470–1530", which investigates changes in urban religious landscapes on the Bohemian-Austrian border around the turn of the sixteenth century.