Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Gender and sexuality in medieval western Europe
  • Visual and material culture

Education

2020-2024University of Toronto, Doctor of Philosophy, Medieval Studies (in progress)
2019-2020University of Guelph, Master of Arts in History, “Questions of Categorization: Surgical Interventions on Intersex Bodies in Late Medieval Europe,” supervised by Jacqueline Murray
2015-2019University of Toronto, Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction, majors in History and Art History, minor in History of Religions

Publications

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Becoming Gendered: Two Medieval Approaches to Intersex Gender Assignment.” Prandium: The Journal of Historical Studies at University of Toronto Mississauga 7:1 (2008).

For nonacademic publications, see Select Publication History.

Honours and Awards

Graduate

2020-2024Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
2020Ontario Graduate Scholarship (declined)
20202020 Centre for Medieval Studies Admissions Award, University of Toronto
2020Graduate Travel, Research, and Creation Fund, University of Guelph
2020Department of History Graduate Essay Prize, University of Guelph
2020Hannah Studentship, Associated Medical Services and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine
2020Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarship, University of Guelph
2019-2020Graduate Tuition Scholarship, University of Guelph
2019-2020University Graduate Scholarship, University of Guelph

Undergraduate

2019Dean’s Graduation Award, University of Toronto
2019Dean’s List Scholar, University of Toronto
2019Award for Outstanding Performance in Visual Studies, University of Toronto
2018Dean’s List Scholar, University of Toronto
2018Joseph Alfred Whealey Incourse Scholarship, University of Toronto
2018 UTM Experiential Learning Bursary, University of Toronto
2017Best Exhibition Proposal in Curatorial Studies Award, Sheridan College
2017University of Toronto Excellence Award in Social Sciences and Humanities
2017Marjorie E. Simonds Travel Award, University of Toronto
2016History Emeriti Award, Historical Studies, University of Toronto
2016Dean’s List Scholar, University of Toronto
2016Joseph Alfred Whealey Incourse Scholarship, University of Toronto
2015Dean’s List Scholar, University of Toronto
2015Joseph Alfred Whealey Incourse Scholarship, University of Toronto

Professional

2018Teaching Assistant Award, Historical Studies, University of Toronto
2013Writer’s Grant, Toronto Arts Council

Presentations

Papers Presented

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Patient Women: Surgical Instruments in the Treatment of Medieval Women’s Diseases.” Canadian Society of Medievalists Congress 2020, Western University, London, ON, 1-3 June 2020. (Conference cancelled due to covid-19.)

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Maladies of the Matrix: On the Treatment of Women in Guy de Chauliac’s Chirurgia Magna.” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, Congress 2020, Western University, London, ON, 30 May-1 June 2020. (Conference cancelled due to covid-19.)

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Private Devotion: The Materiality of a Sixteenth Century Printed Books of Hours.” History Across the Disciplines, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, 20-22 March 2020. (Conference cancelled due to covid-19.)

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Witchcraft Pamphlets at the Dawn of the Scottish Enlightenment.” (Re)Making History: the Tri-University Conference, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, 14 March 2020. (Conference cancelled due to covid-19.)

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Commemorating Community: St Kunibert’s Office of the Dead.” From Parchment to Pixels Colloquium, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, 12 March 2020.

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Early Modern English Witch Bottles and the Logic of Counteractive Magic.” Experience and Expression in the Renaissance: Exploring Early Modern Media Conference by the Association of Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 15 March 2019.

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Becoming Gendered: Two Medieval Approaches to Intersex Gender Assignment.” Prandium Conference, University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON, 19 March 2018.

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Katherina Hetzeldorfer and the Consequences of a Woman Living as a Heterosexual Man in Fifteenth-Century Germany.” Revealing the Renaissance: (De)constructing Early Modern Identities, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 16 March 2018.

Mara-McKay, Nico. “The Materiality of Meret Oppenheim’s Surrealist Objects.” Back to Basics: Materials and Process, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 17 March 2017.

Talks

Mara-McKay, Nico. “Sympathy for the Pittenweem Witch.” Research and Revolt: International Women’s Day Conference, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, 6-7 March 2020.

Mara-McKay, Nico with Melissa McAfee, Susannah Ferreira, Kathryn Comper, Rosalie Engles, Brittany Payer and Richard Griffin. “Manuscripts in the Curriculum.” Library Forum, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, 3 December 2019.

Mara-McKay, Nico and Konrad Boeschenstein. “Witch Pee and Costly Codices: Undergraduate Research Opportunities at U of T.” Toronto District School Board, Department of History, Unviersity of Toronto, Toronto, ON, 2 May 2019.

Mara-McKay, Nico. “The History of Tarot Visuals.” First Thursdays: Be Magik, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON, 3 November 2016.

Nonacademic Panels

Mara-McKay, Nico with Salako Kalfou and April Snellings, moderated by Alison Lang. “Witch, Please: Myth versus Reality.” Panel. Dark Carnival, Hamilton, ON, 10 July 2016.

Mara-McKay, Nico with Lynx Sainte Marie, Clementine Morrigan, Jenna Danchuk, and Amrit Brar, hosted by Jonathan Valelly. “Magick and the Occult in the Independent Arts.” Panel. Canzine, Toronto, ON, 17 October 2015.

Exhibitions

Mara-McKay, Nico, with Brenna Clark, Kathryn Comper, Rosalie Engels, Richard Griffin, Brittney Payer, and Alex Wall. Illuminating Life: Manuscript Pages of the Middle Ages. Archival and Special Collections, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON. 12 March-12 May 2020.

Mara-McKay, Nico. Genderqueer in Canada. The ArQuives’ Digital Exhibition, launched 2020.

Mulé, Nick and Queer Ontario, with Nico Mara-McKay. Queer Liberation Theory. The ArQuives’ Digital Exhibition, launched October 2019.

Interstice Collective (Mara-McKay, Nico, with Brendan Bradley, Natalie Chan, Anran Guo, Nada Hafez, John Ryan Manahan, Aaliyah Mitchell Harris, and Abby Nowak). Between, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, ON, 4-14 April 2018.

Media Appearance

“Medieval Manuscripts in the Classroom.” Interview on CTV Kitchener Evening News, 5 February 2020.

Teaching Experience

Summer 2020Graduate Teaching Assistant for Edward Smith, World Religions in Historical Perspectives, University of Guelph
Winter 2020Graduate Teaching Assistant for Marc-Andre Gagnon, Science and Technology in a Global Context, University of Guelph
Fall 2019Graduate Teaching Assistant for Peter Goddard, Early Modern Europe, University of Guelph
Fall 2017Teaching Assistant for Christopher Petrakos, Happiness, University of Toronto Mississauga

Research Experience

2019Graduate Assistant for Nick Mulé, School of Social Work, York University
Creation of a digital exhibition, Queer Liberation Theory Project, featuring forty interviews with queer academics, artists, and activists within the queer liberation movement for the ArQuives and Queer Ontario.
2016-2019Research Assistant for Dr. Evonne Levy, Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga
Work on the History of Art History in Canada Project (1933-2018), including gathering and interpreting data, working on the website, keeping detailed and accurate records, and working collaboratively with shared files.
2018-2019Internship, ArQuives (previously the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives)
Designed, researched, and developed a digital exhibition, Genderqueer in Canada, on nonbinary identities in Canada to be hosted on The ArQuives’ website.

Extracurricular University Service

2019-2020General Director (elected), History, Graduate Student Association, University of Guelph
GSA Bylaws Committee
OUTline Advisory Committee
2018-2019 Secretary (elected executive), Historical Studies Society, University of Toronto Mississauga
2017-2018Marketing Director (elected executive), Historical Studies Society, University of Toronto Mississauga
2017-2019Volunteer Note Taker, AccessAbility Services, University of Toronto Mississauga
2016-2017Volunteer Coordinator (elected executive), OUT @ University of Toronto Mississauga

Nonacademic Work

2016-PresentCopy Editor, Broken Pencil Magazine

Professional Associations

Canadian Society of Medievalists, Member (2019-Present)

Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, Member (2019-Present)

Medieval Academy of America, Member (2019-Present)

Renaissance Society of America, Member (2019-Present)

Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, Member (2018-Present)

Languages

English (reading, writing, oral)

French (reading, oral)

German (reading)

Latin (reading)