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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Bob Davidson, Associate Professor of Spanish and Catalan, specializes in Modern Peninsular Literature and Culture with an emphasis on urban studies and cultural theories of food and hospitality. Prof. Davidson is the author of Jazz Age Barcelona (U of Toronto Press, 2009; shortlisted for the Canada Prize in the Humanities) and The Hotel: Occupied Space (forthcoming 2018, UTP). Current projects include a study of material culture and early 20th-century Spanish and Catalan narrative (By and About Objects) and a monograph on terroir and Catalonia (The Taste of a Nation), which brings together research conducted over the past decade.
He is the founder and co-editor of UTP’s Toronto Iberic book series and has published work on different aspects of the Castilian and Catalan avant-gardes, cultural theory and film. Prof. Davidson has served on the editorial boards of the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Diacritics, Catalan Review and Journal of Catalan Studies and has held visiting positions at The Johns Hopkins University, Queen Mary - University of London (Institut Ramon Llull Visiting Faculty) and University College Cork.

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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 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 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 movers of change in past and contemporary society. 


Office Hours: Mondays, email for an appointment

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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.


Office Hours: Tuesdays, email for an appointment

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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.


Office Hours: Wednesdays, email for an appointment


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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.


Office Hours: Thursdays, email for an appointment

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Kevin James
Kevin James is Professor of History at the University of Guelph. He is author of two monographs, including Tourism, Land, and Landscape in Ireland: The Commodification of Culture (London: Routledge, 2014). He has published widely in journals and edited collections on the development of the tourism sector in the nineteenth-century United Kingdom. The recipient of numerous major national and international grants and fellowships, Kevin is deputy editor of the Journal of Tourism History, and founder of the Tourism History Working Group. His current research program explores the history of the hotel as a social, cultural, and commercial institution in Britain and Ireland from 1832-1922. As an extension of his SSHRC-funded project on hotel texts, Kevin is also currently engaged in a collaborative research program with Professor Patrick Vincent of the University of Neuchatel on visitors' books as historical sources.

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