Liberal Studies Professor and Medieval Institute Faculty Affiliate Wins Olivia Remie Constable Prize

Author: Megan J. Hall

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Denis Robichaud, an assistant professor in the Program of Liberal Studies, has been awarded the 2016 Olivia Remie Constable Prize in Medieval Studies for study at the University of Oxford this summer.

The prize was established last year by Robert M. Conway to honor Remie Constable, the former director of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, and was held last summer by Kent Emery Jr., a professor in the Program of Liberal Studies, who completed work for an ongoing multi-person Duns Scotus edition.

The prize enables Institute scholars to stay at Harris Manchester College, just blocks from the Bodleian, for up to three weeks, and provides enough support for a scholar to pursue related research as needed in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. In this case, Robichaud will be following up with work in Hamburg, Germany.


Robichaud studies 15th-century history and philosophy, and particularly Marsilio Ficino. He is now the principal investigator for a project that oversees the edition of Ficino’s translations into Latin of several works by Plato essentially unknown earlier in the Middle Ages. For the next decades and even centuries, these Latin translations became the central form of access to a new Platonic corpus in European philosophy and intellectual history. Much here depended upon three late medieval collections in manuscript of Plato’s work in Greek, along with some smaller associated manuscripts.

Robichaud will spend his summer finishing work on this manuscript transmission, particularly with several key manuscripts in Oxford.

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