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Former Visiting Fellows and Visiting Scholars


Visiting Fellow 2016-17


Professor Richard Kraut

Richard Kraut is the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University. He holds appointments in the Departments of Philosophy and Classics. His two main philosophical interests are ancient Greek and Roman philosophy (particularly the ethical and political theories of Plato and Aristotle) and contemporary moral and political philosophy His publications include Against Absolute Goodness (Oxford: 2011), What is Good and Why: The Ethics of Well-Being (Harvard, 2007), and Aristotle: Political Philosophy (Oxford: 2002). At Corpus he will be writing about the proper role, in a good life, of virtue, pleasure, happiness, reality, and time.


Visiting Scholar 2016-17

Professor David Williams (Hilary and Trinity Terms)

David Williams is Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He has tertiary qualifications in history, law and theology from Wellington, Oxford and Dar es Salaam. As a legal history independent researcher and as an academic he has engaged with claims by indigenous Maori against the Crown. Previously he has been elected to visiting positions at Exeter and St John’s in Oxford. At Corpus in 2017 he will be completing a book arising from anthropology/law interdisciplinary research funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand on the ‘Crown’ in New Zealand and the Commonwealth.

Visiting Fellows 2015-16


Michaelmas Term: Dr Florin Curta (above left)

Florin Curta is Professor of Medieval History and Archaeology at the University of Florida. His books include The Making of the Slavs: History and Archaeology of the Lower Danube Region, ca. 500-700 (Cambridge, 2001), which received the Herbert Baxter Adams Award of the American Historical Association, Southeastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 500-1250 (Cambridge, 2006), and The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050. The Early Middle Ages (Edinburgh, 2011). Curta is the editor of five collections of studies, and the editor-in-chief of the Brill series ‘East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 450-1450.’

Hilary Term: Professor Ilaria Ramelli (above right)

Ilaria Ramelli is Full Professor of Theology and endowed Chair (Graduate School, SHMS, “Angelicum” University). She has been Professor of Roman History, Fellow in Ancient Philosophy (Catholic University Milan, 2003–present), Senior Research Fellow in Ancient and Patristic Philosophy (Durham) and in Religion (Erfurt), Senior Visiting Professor of Greek Thought (Harvard; BU), of Church History, and director of international research projects. She has received many prizes, serves on numerous directive/scientific boards of scholarly series and journals and as peer reviewer for prestigious scientific series and journals, and as scientific consultant in tenure/hiring evaluations for outstanding Universities and in advanced research funding for international Foundations.

Trinity Term: Dr Fabrizio Titone

Fabrizio Titone is Ramón y Cajal Researcher at Universidad del País Vasco and the author of many publications in the field of urban history. His early research pertained to Sicily’s local institutions and society in the late Middle Ages. More recently, he has expanded his analysis to include gender history and forms of dissent with regard to social control policies in high and late medieval Sicily considered in the broader Mediterranean context and beyond. He also approaches these themes through an analysis of rites of passage. His research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, the University of Notre Dame, the École française de Rome. Since September 2014 he has been the coordinator of the research project Policies of disciplined dissent in the western Mediterranean in the 12th to the early 16th centuries, funded by a Spanish government grant. At Corpus Christi he is working on a monograph on the dioceses of Catania and Barcelona from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century.

Visiting Scholars 2015-16


Michaelmas Term: Professor Norman Doe (above left)

Norman Doe is a Professor at Cardiff University Law School.  From the Rhondda, he studied at Cardiff, Cambridge, and Oxford universities, and is a barrister.  His books include studies on medieval law (1990), Anglican canon law (1998), law and religion in Europe (2011), and Christian law (2013).  A visiting professor at Paris University and KU Leuven, he has acted as a consultant on canon law to the Anglican Communion, served on the Lambeth Commission (2003-2004), and is Chancellor of the Diocese of Bangor.  At Corpus he is carrying out research for a book, The Legal Architecture of English Cathedrals.

Michaelmas Term: Professor Yoshie Kojima (above middle)

Yoshie Kojima is an Associate Professor at the Department of History of Sophia University of Tokyo. Her main areas of research are the reception of Western art in Japan during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the Romanesque and Gothic art of Northern Italy. Her publications include “Reproduction of the Image of Madonna Salus Populi Romani in Japan,” in Between East and West: Reproductions in Art (Cracow 2014) and the book Storia di una cattedrale: il Duomo di San Donnino a Fidenza (Pisa 2006).

Hilary and Trinity Terms: Professor Paul Kerry (above right)

Paul Kerry is an Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University and researches in the European history of ideas and the transmission of these across the Atlantic in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He has published on the intellectual contributions of Goethe and Schiller, as well as those of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Carlyle. He is also interested in historiography, history and literature, and the philosophy of history. One of his current research projects focuses on George Bancroft and the influence of German thought on his intellectual formation and writings and another on Herder’s political thought. Kerry co-convenes the research seminar in Constitutional History and Thought under the aegis the Rothermere American Institute and is a co-organiser for a conference at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. He has held visiting fellowships at Cambridge and Princeton and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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