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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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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Amelia Bailey
Northrop Frye Centre & Events Coordinator
Victoria College
73 Queen's Park Crescent
Toronto, ON M5S 1K7

Introducing the Northrop Frye Centre Fellows for 2017-18:

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Aleksa Katrina Alaica
Aleksa is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Her research focuses on pre-Columbian herding strategies during the Late Moche period (AD650-850) on the north coast of Peru. She utilizes animal bone remains, chemical analyses and iconographic evidence to consider how domesticated llamas and alpacas were being used in past social, political and ritual spheres of society. Aleksa also explores posthumanist theory to question the central role of humans as the prime mover of change in past and contemporary society. 

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Beyhan Farhadi
Beyhan is a doctoral Candidate in the Department of Geography and Planning. Her dissertation research, which was inspired by her work teaching at the secondary level, investigates how the provision of electronically delivered instruction is affecting inequalities in education and shaping student identity in high schools across the Toronto District School Board. She has taught Place, Identity, and the Politics of Belonging at the Scarborough campus.

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Marisa Karyl Franz
Marisa is a doctoral candidate in the Department for the Study of Religion. Her research examines the collection practices of late imperial Russian museums for the gathering of Siberian shamanic materials. Through archival work conducted in Saint Petersburg, Yakutsk, and Irkutsk, her dissertation explores the development of taxonomical systems of collection, imperial Russian modernity, and the constructive nature of desire.


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William Fysh
William is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History. His research interests lie in French decolonization, the legacies of the Holocaust, and histories of visual media. Exploring the images and writings of photographers, filmmakers, journalists, government officials and missionaries, his dissertation examines ideas and practices of visual witnessing in France and the French colonies between the end of World War Two and the end of the Algerian War in 1962.

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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