Planning Committee

HUMAN MEMBERS:

Josie Greenhill is a second year PhD student in the Department of Art History at the University Toronto, as well as a member of the Book History & Print Culture collaborative program, and a third year Junior Fellow at Massey College. She received her BA (honours) in Art History and Classics at the University of Victoria before relocating to Toronto for her SSHRC-funded MA at U of T.  Her preliminary research is a confluence of her interests in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, book history and print culture, and Victorian science and technology. She is passionate about collection accessibility and community engagement within heritage and memory institutions; she worked as an archives and curatorial assistant for several years and curated many exhibitions (both physical and digital) in these roles. Outside of her academic and professional pursuits, her greatest achievement is being a good mom to her Pomeranian, Peanut Butter.

Fiona Kovacaj is a first-year Master of Information student with a focus in Library and Information Science as well as a collaborative specialization in Book History and Print Culture. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of Toronto, where she studied Victorian Material Culture and Art History. Her M.A. thesis explored arsenic poisoning and the female murderer in the 19th century. Her academic interests include fashion and textiles of the 18th and 19th century, book and print culture, and the early history of photography. In her spare time, Fiona enjoys sewing, writing fiction, and going on long hikes with her dog, Ruby.

William Layng is a SSHRC-Funded Master of English Literature student with a collaborative specialization in Book History and Print Culture. He was awarded an Honours Bachelor’s of Arts with High Distinction in English and Philosophy by the University of Toronto in 2019. His interests primarily include eighteenth-century English fiction, modernist poetry, performativity, and the ever-shifting relationship between phenomenology, ontology, and technology. He takes a particular interest in the emergence of new forms of digital narrative. Outside of academia, he performs with JDY theatre, a Jewish-Russian theatre troupe operating out of Richmond Hill. 

Natalie Leduc is a first year PhD student in the Department of English at the University Toronto, as well as a member of the Book History & Print Culture collaborative program. She received her BA (honours) and Master’s in English Literature at the University of Ottawa. Her master’s thesis looked at the political limitations and possibilities in Canadian experimental poetry in relation to Jacques Rancière’s concept of dissensus. Her current research interests include cyborg writing, material culture, digital media, technology studies, and activist and labour theory. Prior to her studies, she spent time working in Los Angeles as a pop and locker. She’s an original member of the poetry performance ensemble Rhombus 19 and the creator of the Zine Apocalips.

Georgia Maxwell is a Master of English Literature student with a collaborative specialization in Book History and Print Culture. She as well holds a Joint Honours undergraduate degree in Anthropology and English Literature from McGill University. Previously, Georgia’s interests have centered around use-experience research, modernist literature, censorship, and authors whose work questions the divide between Anthropology and English Lit. In her last year of her undergrad, Georgia started to study Book History and Print Culture and became fascinated with the intersection between contemporary user-experience studies and the development of the book form over history. Outside of her class, Georgia enjoys creative writing, playing the piano and kickboxing. 

Shaun Midanik is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the Department of Art with a collaborative specialization in Book History and Print Culture, where he studies sixteenth and seventeenth century print culture. His research focuses on the intersections between the print and book trades in Early Modern Italy through books of prints, as well as the methodological gaps between art history and book history more broadly. A recipient of the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Shaun has twice received the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Graduate Expansion Funds (2019 and 2020). Shaun has also received a Getty Research Institute Library Research Grant for the Summer of 2020. In 2016, he was co-chair of the Jens Wollesen Graduate Symposium and completed an Iter fellowship through the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies. In 2015 and 2019, he was awarded the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. He is currently working at the University of Toronto’s Department of Art Library as a Library Assistant.

Fatma Shahin is a first-year Master of Information student with a concentration in Culture and Technology as well as a collaborative specialization in Book History and Print Culture. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto with double majors in English and Psychology. Her interests have always been diverse and wide-ranging, from the history of Regency- and Victorian-era life, including literature, fashion, and etiquette; to the intersection of digital media with books and publishing, particularly in relation to formats such as ebooks and audiobooks. Outside of class, Fatma’s interests are just as diverse and wide-ranging, including reading, reviewing books online, anything Jane Austen, and Paddington (the very polite bear). 

Philip Trotter is a first-year Ph.D. student in the English Department and a member of the Book History & Print Culture collaborative program at the University of Toronto. He received his M.A. in English and Cultural Studies from McMaster University and received his Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto. His research interests include eighteenth-century English literature, aesthetics, moral philosophy, religion, and early print culture.


ANIMAL MEMBERS:

Peanut Butter is a 9-year-old Pomeranian who was rescued from a breeder in 2016. Since retiring from motherhood, she has been enjoying frequent trips to the park, lots of treats, and nonstop love and attention from her doting mother and strangers alike. She once modeled for a Cobble Hill puzzle titled “Bedtime,” but she is best known in her neighbourhood as the dog who “air swims” when carried.

Ruby is a two-and-a-half-year-old Shih-Tzu. At 10 lbs, she’s small but feisty. Ruby loves cuddles, going for long hikes with her parents, and meeting with new and old friends. She has a taste for the finer things in life — only the best cheese will do for her. In her neighbourhood, Ruby is best known for her enthusiastic bum wiggles.