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1Name:  Dr. Lorraine Daston
 Institution:  Max Planck Institute for the History of Science; University of Chicago
 Year Elected:  2017
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1951
   
 
Lorraine Daston studied at Harvard and Cambridge Universities and was awarded her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University in 1979. She has taught at Harvard, Princeton, Brandeis, Göttingen, and Chicago and since 1995 has been Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. She is also a regular Visiting Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and Permanent Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Her work spans a broad range of topics in the early modern and modern history of science, including probability and statistics, wonders and the order of nature, scientific images, objectivity and other epistemic virtues, quantification, observation, algorithms, and the moral authority of nature. The theme that unites all of her work is the history of rationality, both its ideals and practices. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, and Corresponding Member of the British Academy. Among the awards that have recognized her work are the Pfizer Medal for best book in the history of science published in English, the Schelling Medal of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, the Sarton Medal of the History of Science, the Lichtenberg Medal of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences, and the Bielefeld Science Prize.
 
2Name:  Dr. Katharine Ellis
 Institution:  University of Cambridge
 Year Elected:  2017
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Residency:  International
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1963
   
 
Katharine Ellis is best known for her pioneering work on the cultural history of music in France during the long nineteenth century. Her research straddles musicology, history and French studies, and covers musical repertoires ranging from medieval plainchant to 20th-century modernism. She seeks to explain the cultural import of musical tastes and practices, while also asking how those in the art-worlds of music negotiated France’s complex aesthetic, social and regulatory frameworks. In journal articles and book chapters she has published widely on the history of music and education, on women's musical careers, on opera and its institutions, on Paris−province relations, and on musical fiction. Her monographs embrace reception history and canon-formation via the historical press (Music Criticism in Nineteenth-Century France, 1995), the early music revival (Interpreting the Musical Past, 2005), and the tangled web of Benedictine musical politics and Church/State relations around 1900 (The Politics of Plainchant in fin-de-siècle France, 2013). Two co-edited collections address the pan-European career of Hector Berlioz (The Musical Voyager, 2008) and text/music relations in the long nineteenth century (Words & Notes, 2013). After degrees in Music at Oxford, a Junior Research Fellowship in French Studies at St Anne’s College, Oxford, lectureships at the Open University and Royal Holloway University of London, and chairs at the Universities of London and Bristol, Katharine Ellis is 1684 Professor at the Faculty of Music in Cambridge. She has acted as joint and solo editor for Music & Letters and the Journal of the Royal Musical Association respectively, and has been a joint guest editor of Dix-neuf. She currently sits on several editorial boards in France and the UK, and is a series editor for Boydell & Brewer’s ‘Music in Society and Culture’ monographs. She co-directs the Francophone Music Criticism 1789-1914 international network www.fmc.ac.uk, was inaugural Director of the Institute of Musical Research at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study (2006-2009), and was recently (2017) elected as a Director-at-Large of the American Musicological Society. She has received major funding awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK, the British Academy, and the Leverhulme Foundation. She was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2010 and became a Fellow of the British Academy in 2013.
 
3Name:  Dr. Frantz Grenet
 Institution:  Collège de France
 Year Elected:  2017
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Residency:  International
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1952
   
 
Frantz Grenet was born on 6 November 1952 at Gruchet-le-Valasse (Normandy, France). From 1972 to 1977 he studied History at the École Normale Supérieure (Paris) (« agrégation d’Histoire » in 1975), Persian at the Institut des Langues Orientales, Middle Iranian languages at the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes. After a first acquaintance with Middle Eastern field archaeology in Lebanon (Tell Arqa), he met Central Asian archaeology in 1975, when he took part to the excavations of the Hellenistic city of Ai Khanum. From 1977 to 1981 he was posted in DAFA (Délégation Archéologique Française en Afghanistan, Kabul), first as research fellow, then as deputy-director, under the successive directorships of Paul Bernard and Jean-Claude Gardin. Excavations in Ai Khanum continued in 1977 and 1978, then were interrupted by the war. In 1981 he presented his thesis Les pratiques funéraires dans l’Asie centrale sédentaire de la conquête grecque à l’islamisation (Université Paris 1, director Jean-Marie Dentzer) ; an expanded version of this thesis was published under the same title in 1984 (Paris, Éditions du CNRS). From 1981 to 2013 he worked in the CNRS (research fellow, then research director since 1990), in the team UMR 8546 « Archéologie d’Orient et d’Occident » based at the École Normale Supérieure (45 rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris). In addition, from 1999 onwards he taught as « directeur d’études » at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne, Paris), section of Religious Sciences, chair « Religions of the ancient Iranian world », a consequence of his continuous interest in Zoroastrian studies linked with his joint work with the late Professor Mary Boyce (M. Boyce, F. Grenet, A History of Zoroastrianism, vol. III: Zoroastrianism under Macedonian and Roman rule, Leiden, 1991). In 1989 he has the opportunity to return to the Central Asian archaeological field, with the establishment under his directorship of the French-Uzbek Archaeological Mission in Sogdiana, which since then has continuously carried out excavations and surveys at Afrasiab (the site of ancient Samarkand) and other sites in Uzbekistan, bringing new information on all periods from the early Iron Age to the Mongol invasion. In 2004 and 2012 he also returned to Afghanistan for fieldwork. In 2001, invited professor at UC Berkeley. Since 2013, professor at the Collège de France (Paris), chair « History and Cultures of pre-Islamic Central Asia ». In 2017, invited professor at Renmin University (Peking). Author of four books : Les pratiques funéraires…, 1984 ; L’Asie centrale préislamique, bibliographie critique 1977-1986, 1988 ; La Geste d’Ardashir fils de Pâbag, 2003; The Golden Journey to Samarkand (in Chinese), 2016. Editor or co-editor of four volumes, co-organizer of four international conferences (lastly : Third SEECHAC International Colloquium Interaction in the Himalayas and Central Asia, Vienna, Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2013, published 2017), author or co-author of about 170 specialized articles in specialized journals or conference volumes. Member of the editorial boards of Studia Iranica (Paris), Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum (London). Corresponding member of Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente (since 1994), Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-lettres (since 1997). Foreign Correspondent of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (since 2014). President of SEECHAC (European Society for the Study of Cultures of the Himalaya and Central Asia) since 2012. Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (University of New York) since 2013. In October 2018 Frantz Grenet was awarded honorary citizenship of the city of Samarkand, in a ceremony at the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Paris. Personal Website : http://frantz.grenet.free.fr
 
4Name:  Dr. Edward Mendelson
 Institution:  Columbia University
 Year Elected:  2017
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1946
   
 
Edward Mendelson is the Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and the Literary Executor of the Estate of W. H. Auden. He has also taught at Yale and Harvard. His books include Early Auden, Later Auden, The Things that Matter, and Moral Agents, and he has edited many volumes of work by W. H. Auden as well as novels by Anthony Trollope, George Meredith, Thomas Hardy, and Arnold Bennett. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, and has also published in The New York Times Book Review, TLS, The London Review of Books, The New Republic, and elsewhere. He has been a contributing editor of PC Magazine since 1987.
 
5Name:  Dr. Barbara Newman
 Institution:  Northwestern University
 Year Elected:  2017
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1953
   
 
Barbara Newman is the leading north American scholar of medieval cultural studies, with appointments in English, Classics and Religion departments, in all of which areas she has made major historical discoveries and proposed stunning reinterpretations. She has written authoritatively on medieval Latin, German, French, Netherlandish and Italian literature, and more generally on gender studies and the history of mysticism. She is one of the world’s leading authorities on Hildegard of Bingen, the medieval polymath whose wide-ranging interests, including midwifery, prophecy, art, and music, perhaps provide the model for Newman’s own interdisciplinary strengths. An influential teacher of graduate students, editor of numerous texts, and author of wide-ranging interpretative studies, Newman has fostered the field of medieval gender studies into new maturity, writing on secular romance literature, on female spirituality, and on the ways in which theology and literature intersect.
 
6Name:  Dr. Sabine Schmidtke
 Institution:  Institute for Advanced Study
 Year Elected:  2017
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1964
   
 
Sabine Schmidtke is a dynamic, wide-ranging, and highly productive scholar of early Islam and its theology. Her command of Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian, together with exceptional facility in modern languages (German, French, and English) allows her to open up new perspectives on early Muslim intellectual life and sectarian debates. As the recipient of a generous Advanced Grant from the European Research Council she was able to set up a major program in Berlin on what she called the Islamicate world. Her organizational skills have become ever more apparent since her move to the United States, where she has planned conferences and launched new programs, including one on a digital database for Ottoman texts. She works directly from manuscripts, in search of which she has traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East. She is a formidable scholar who wears her learning lightly. In 2019, she was elected to the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.
 
7Name:  Dr. Jan Ziolkowski
 Institution:  Harvard University
 Year Elected:  2017
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1956
   
 
Jan Ziolkowski (A.B. Princeton University, Ph.D. University of Cambridge) has focused his research and teaching on the literature of the Latin Middle Ages. Within medieval literature his special interests have included such areas as the classical tradition, the grammatical and rhetorical tradition, the appropriation of folktales into Latin, and Germanic epic in Latin language. More comparatively, he has developed broad interests in medieval revivalism down to the present day. At Harvard he has chaired the Department of Comparative Literature and the Committee on Medieval Studies, in addition to (fleetingly) the Department of the Classics. He founded the Medieval Studies Seminar, which continues to hold regular meetings in the Barker Center that are open to the public. In his teaching he offers courses mainly in Classics (Medieval Latin) and in Medieval Studies. Currently he also directs Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, a Harvard center in Washington, D.C., with programs in Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies, and Garden and Landscape studies. Author: The Juggler of Notre Dame and the Medievalizing of Modernity (2018) published in six volumes. Jan Ziolkowski was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2017.
 
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