Dr Samu Niskanen is Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University of Helsinki. His research prior to this project has been mainly into the transmission and reception of medieval texts, which he has studied in the contexts of letters, monastic theology, and the crusades. Samu’s first assignments in MedPub concern the historiography of the first crusade and the dynamics of literary dedications and commissions in ecclesiastical texts.
Dr Jakub Kujawiński is Lecturer in Medieval History at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Now on research leave, he will work on the project over the period from October 2017 to March 2021. Jakub is a specialist in medieval Latin historiography. Previously his main focus has been the long-term reception of historical texts, as witnessed by copies, glosses, commentaries, and vernacular translations. For MedPub he investigates the publication of historical works. Jakub’s first assignment is a survey into prologues to medieval historical texts as evidence of publication.
Dr Jaakko Tahkokallio is Curator of the Special Collections in the National Library of Finland. He will work for MedPub during a period of research leave, from January to June 2018. Jaakko’s previous research interests include the medieval reception and readership of Geoffrey of Monmouth, the use of Classical Latin texts in high-medieval schools, and manuscript production in medieval Finland. For MedPub, he will study the publishing and circulation of historical works in the Anglo-Norman realm, 1066–c. 1150.
MA Lauri Leinonen joins MedPub in January 2018 as co-ordinator and in April as a fully funded doctoral student. Lauri is a medieval historian who is at ease with all things digital. Lauri has worked on several projects pertaining to book history and/or digital humanities. His dissertation scrutinizes networks of publishing over the longue durée. In collaboration with Samu, Lauri manages the digital section of the project.