Faculty-Led Research Projects, 2016-2017

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Latin Novels in Medieval Manuscripts
Project Supervisor: Professor William Robins
Number of students: 1

In this research project, the NFC Undergraduate Fellow will join a team of graduate Research Assistants to contribute to a federally-funded research project, “Apollonius of Tyre in Medieval and Renaissance Italy.” The story of Apollonius of Tyre is a fictional novel from ancient Rome, written in Latin. Very popular in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, it exists in many medieval manuscripts. Each manuscript version differs from the others, sometimes in minor and sometimes in major ways.  The NFC Undergraduate Research Fellow will help compare different versions of this story, working with transcriptions of the manuscripts that graduate students involved in the project have produced. On the basis of these comparisons, we will be able to map how this story circulated in the Middle Ages.

The NFC Undergraduate Fellow will be trained in: transcribing medieval manuscripts from digital images; comparing texts; identifying points of textual difference; proposing hypotheses about the circulation of this tale and about the kind of readers who enjoyed it.

Required skills: has completed 3rd-year Latin or higher; is detail-oriented; enjoys working on a team.

DECIMA: The Digitally Encoded Census Information & Mapping Archive
Project Supervisor: Professor Nicholas Terpstra
Number of students: 1 or more

Help Rebuild Renaissance Florence
The DECIMA project is an expanding on-line digital map that aims to convey the sights, sounds, smells, and movements of the famous Reniassance city.  We are looking for individuals who would be interested in joining with a team from U of T and other universities that is building different parts of the on-line project.  For  more information on the project, go to: http://chass.decima.utoronto.ca.

Story Nations: A Digital Storytelling Project in Collaboration with Rainy River First Nations

Project Supervisor: Professor Pamela Klassen
Number of students: 1 or more

This project seeks one or more NFC Undergraduate Fellows with expertise (or interest) in religious studies, digital storytelling and production, GIS mapping, Canadian and Indigenous history, environmental studies, and/or museum studies to help with a team project telling the story of an Anglican missionary’s visit to the Rainy River in 1898. In collaboration with Rainy River First Nations, and with a team of graduate and undergraduate students, Prof. Klassen is currently working on a website (and eventually a museum exhibit) on Frederick Du Vernet’s visit to the Rainy River Ojibwe, on the border of Ontario and Minnesota. Digital tools used by the projectinclude Drupal, Omeka, and GIS mapping. This project is also working on videos, animations, and written content.

Students will:

Dr. Ray Fletcher Farquharson Archives Project
Project Supervisor: Professor Anne Urbancic 
Number of Students: 1-2 

This project involves reading, transcribing and collating the papers of Ray Fletcher Farquharson, (1897-1965) a professor at the University of Toronto and physician in chief at Toronto General Hospital. The project had its initial start in the fall of 2015 with focus on materials already at the University of Toronto. Just recently, however, the family of Dr. Farquharson has added a substantial number of rare and important documents to the collection. In participating in this fellowship, NFC Undergraduate Fellows will have the unique opportunity to:

Interview With Soviet Dissidents
Project Supervisor: Professor Ann Komaromi
Number of Students: 1

The federally-funded research project “Imagining the Underground: Looking at Soviet Dissidence Today” involves editing and displaying interviews with Soviet dissidents and cultural activists and their foreign supporters in an Electronic Archive hosted by the University of Toronto Libraries and overseen by an international board of scholars. The NFC Undergraduate Research Fellow will help select and design interviews with Jewish activists, Rock fans, artists and human rights advocates to maximize the interest and value of this portion of the archive. This Fellow will be trained in editing Russian and English interview texts, as well as using basic html coding to mount pages within the archive website. There will be an emphasis on the humanities side of this digital project as the Fellow is trained to craft compelling stories and observe scholarly standards in annotation and attribution. At the same time, however, the student will gain familiarity with the Islandora content management system and the Fedora preservation system and associated concerns over preservation of digital scholarship and linking content through search engines.

Required skills: Advanced Russian reading and writing.