Stephen Rupp, 2016-17 Acting NFC Director Stephen J. Rupp, Ph. D
Acting Director, Northrop Frye Centre
Victoria College
73 Queen's Park Crescent
Toronto, ON M5S 1K7

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Stephen Rupp, Professor in the Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese, will be serving as Acting Director of the Northrop Frye Centre for 2016-17. His research focuses on the literary and intellectual traditions of early modern Spain and the relationship between literature and historical change. He has written on politics and political theory in Spanish drama and on the representations of warfare and soldiers' lives in the works of Cervantes. Prof. Rupp is the author of Heroic Forms: Cervantes and the Literature of War (U of Toronto Press, 2014), and is currently working on Cervantes' engagement with classical literature, particularly the three defining genres of Virgil's poetry: eclogue, georgic, and epic.  This year, in addition to teaching in the Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese and in the Centre for Comparative Literature,  Prof. Rupp will be joining the Vic One Program, teaching in the Frye Stream.

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Robert Davidson (2017) (Resized)
Robert Davidson, Ph. D
Director, Northrop Frye Centre
Victoria College
73 Queen's Park Crescent
Toronto, ON M5S 1K7

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On leave until July 1, 2017.

Robert Davidson, Associate Professor of Spanish and Catalan, holds a PhD from Cornell and teaches in the Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese and Vic One. His current research interests include theories of space and cultural theories of food and hospitality. Prof. Davidson is the author of Jazz Age Barcelona (U of Toronto Press, 2009), co-editor of UTP’s Toronto Iberic book series, and has published on different aspects of the Castilian and Catalan avant-gardes, cultural theory and film. He has served on the editorial boards of the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Diacritics and Catalan Review and has held visiting positions at The Johns Hopkins University and Queen Mary, University of London (Institut Ramon Llull Visiting Faculty). In 2012-13, Prof. Davidson was Faculty Research Fellow in residence at the Jackman Humanities Institute.

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Alexandra Varela Profile Picture Alexandra Varela
Northrop Frye Centre Assistant
Victoria College
73 Queen's Park Crescent
Toronto, ON M5S 1K7

Introducing the Northrop Frye Centre Fellows for 2016-17:

Amy Fox, 2016-17 NFC Doctoral Fellow

Amy Fox
Amy is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. Her dissertation uses the archaeological production of stone tools to study information sharing and technological co-option in pre-contact Northeastern North America.  Amy works to create an accessible, inclusive archaeological community through public engagement and collaborative partnerships with The Archaeology Centre at UofT and The ArchaeoWiki Project.

Erica Petkov, 2016-17 NFC Doctoral Fellow

Erica Petkov
Erica is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science and a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholar. Her research explores the relationship between political satire, civic attitudes and youth political participation in Canada. She is a Teaching Assistant at the St. George and Mississauga campuses, and has completed a certificate in Advanced University Teaching Preparation through the Teaching Assistants' Training Program, as well as the Teaching in Higher Education course taught by Dr. Anne Urbancic at Woodsworth College. 

Johanna Pokorny, 2016-17 NFC Doctoral Fellow

Johanna Pokorny
Johanna is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology in the socio-cultural stream. Her research interests lie in the anthropology of science and science and technology studies. Her dissertation focuses on current changes in neuroscience research, and how these recast North American cultural notions of the self and the body. She is especially committed to fostering research and discussion that crosses disciplinary divides and furthers the translation of ideas across the arts and sciences.


Julia Rombough, 2016-17 NFC Doctoral Fellow

Julia Rombough
Julia is a PhD candidate in the Department of History. Her research examines the soundscapes of women's convents, refuge homes and reform houses in early modern Italy. Through a study of the sonic experiences of institutionalized women her dissertation considers links between the immaterial world of the senses and the material world of buildings, streets and gendered bodies. 

Northrop Frye Centre Visiting Fellow for 2016-17:

Edward Jones-Imhotep, 2016-17 NFC Visiting Fellow

Edward Jones-Imhotep
Prof. Jones-Imhotep is a historian of the social and cultural life of machines, focusing on the intertwined histories of technology, trust, and social order in modern Europe and North America. He is the author of The Unreliable Nation: Hostile Nature and Technological Failure in the Cold War (MIT Press, forthcoming 2017) and co-editor of Science, Technology and the Modern in Canada (UBC Press, under contract). His current research project, Reliable Humans, Trustworthy Machines, combines advanced digital techniques with traditional historical methods to recapture a lost history of technology.  

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