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Faculty News Recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – June 1-July 31, 2018

August 5, 2018

ARCHITECTURE – The Center for Health Facilities Design & Testing team of Sara Bayramzadeh, Anjali Joseph, David Allison, Jonas Shultz and James Abernathy published a new paper in Applied Ergonomics, “Using an Integrative Mock-Up Simulation Approach for Evidence-Based Evaluation of Operating Room Design Prototypes.” Bayramzadeh delivered a presentation at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA 49) conference in Oklahoma City, “Using Simulation-Based Mock-Up Evaluations to Proactively Engage Clinicians During Healthcare Facility Design and Renovation Projects.” Doctoral students Deborah Wingler, Herminia Machry and Roxana Jafarifiroozabadi delivered two presentations at EDRA 49, “Engaging End-Users in Architectural Design Decision-Making: A Comparison of Four Design Communication Media,” and “Patterns of Door Openings in Operating Rooms.” Joseph and Wingler presented work at the European Healthcare Design conference in London, England, “How Large Should the OR Be? Using a Multi-Disciplinary Systems Approach to Designing Safer Operating Rooms,” and “Understanding the Impact of Induction Room vs. Operating Theater on Child and Parent Anxiety During the Ambulatory Surgical Process.”

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Richard Amesbury gave a paper on “‘Christianity’ and ‘Islam’ in Far-Right Political Discourses: A U.S.-Germany Comparison” at the Reexamining Religion, Modernity/ies and Trans Modernity in the Populist Moment Working Group of the University of Notre Dame’s Contending Modernities research initiative on June 5 in Chicago. On July 4, he presented a paper on “‘Religion’ and Secularity in the Philosophy of Religion” at a conference on Philosophy of Religions: Cross-Cultural, Multi-Religious Approaches at the University of Leeds in England. Amesbury presented “Performing ‘the People’: Populism, Sovereignty, and the Construction of Religion” at a July 13 conference on Sovereignty, Religion, and Secularism: Interrogating the Foundations of Polity at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich.

HISTORY – Vernon Burton spoke on “Reconstruction, the Reconstruction Amendments and Voting Rights” at the NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers on the topic of America’s Reconstruction: The Untold Story, which was held July 8-28 at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. He chaired a session on the civil rights movement at the Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi, at the July 27 meeting of the Saint George Tucker Society, a scholarly organization dedicated to the study of the American South.

ENGLISH — Professor Emeritus Wayne Chapman published an essay and field guide titled “Yeats’s White Vellum Notebook, 1930-1933” in the journal International Yeats Studies 2.2 (Spring 2018), pp. 41-60. Chapman also published a memorial to his late colleagues Bill Koon and Frank Day as the Dedication to The South Carolina Review 50.2 (Spring 2018), pp. 1-3.

HISTORY — Caroline Dunn and Professor Emerita Elizabeth Carney co-edited the book “Royal Women and Dynastic Loyalty” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). This volume in the publisher’s “Queenship and Power” series assembles  papers presented at the Kings and Queens 5 Conference they organized and hosted at Clemson University in April 2016. Dunn also published an article, “‘If There Be Any Goodly Young Woman’: Experiences of Elite Female Servants in Great Households,” in “The Elite Household in England: Proceedings of the 2016 Harlaxton Medieval Symposium,” edited by C.M. Woolgar (Donington: Shaun Tyas, 2018).

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Steven Grosby’s chapter “Nationality: Its Persistence and Significance” appeared in a collection edited by Kurt Almqvist, “Nation, State and Empire: Perspectives From the Engelsberg Seminar 2017” (Stockholm: Axel and Margaret Axson Johnson Foundation, 2018), pp. 33-40. “America: The Israel of Our Time,” Grosby’s review of the Samuel Goldman book “God’s Country: Christian Zionism in America” (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), appeared on the Law and Liberty website affiliated with the educational foundation Liberty Fund, Inc.

ENGLISH – Walt Hunter published two articles in The Atlantic: one about Shakespeare in federal court and the other about the poet Donald Hall, who died in June. He interviewed the South African painter Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi for ASAP/Journal. Also in ASAP/Journal, Hunter contributed “No Cure for That,” a tribute to the philosopher Stanley Cavell. His article on contemporary poetry and theories of the commons (“A Global ‘We’? Poetic Exhortations in a Time of Precarious Life”) was published in the journal Cultural Critique. In June, he presented on a roundtable about comparative methods in Irish studies at the American Conference for Irish Studies at University College in Cork, Ireland.

ENGLISH – Melissa Edmundson Makala published her second monograph, “Women’s Colonial Gothic Writing, 1850-1930: Haunted Empire” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). She presented a paper on women’s transcultural reading communities in colonial India at the annual international conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), which was held July 9-12 at Western Sydney University, Australia. Makala was also interviewed about the social elements in women’s ghost stories, the subject of her first book, “Women’s Ghost Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain” (University of Wales Press, 2013), for the podcast “Breaking the Glass Slipper,” which highlights women’s involvement in fantasy, science fiction and horror.

ARCHITECTURE – Andreea Mihalache presented the paper “Denise Before Bob: Personal Letters and Critical Discourse” at the International Conference on Modern Movement Women: Women’s Creativity Since the Modern Movement (1918-2018) June 13-16 at Politecnico di Torino in Torino, Italy.

LANGUAGES – Tiffany Creegan Miller was an NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Summer Scholar at the University of Georgia. The NEH Summer Institute June 17-29 focused on Digital Technologies in Theatre and Performance Studies. In July, Miller was invited to deliver a talk at Oxlajuj Aj, a Kaqchikel Mayan language field school, offered through Tulane University. This presentation – “Kojb’ixan pa qach’ab’äl!: El papel de las canciones infantiles en las aproximaciones pedagógicas a la revitalización cultural y lingüística en el idioma kaqchikel” – took place July 25 in San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala. Her presentation focused on Kaqchikel Maya children’s songs in bilingual classrooms in the context of contemporary Pan-Maya activism in Guatemala. Miller was also elected secretary of the Central America section advisory board of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

LANGUAGES – Kelly Peebles published “Embodied Devotion: The Dynastic and Religious Loyalty of Renée de France (1510-1575)” in “Royal Women and Dynastic Loyalty” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), edited by Caroline Dunn and Professor Emerita Elizabeth Carney (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp. 123-137). She also presented the paper “From Mother to Daughter and Bride to Widow: Transforming the Gender Roles of Renée de France and Anne d’Este” at the Royal Studies Network Kings & Queens 7 conference, held July 9-12 in Winchester, England.

LANGUAGES – Johannes Schmidt presented (in German) on the differences in Johann Gottfried Herder’s and Nietzsche’s philosophies of history at the meeting of the International Herder Society in Turku, Finland. He also chaired two panels and gave the laudation honoring Karl Menges of University of California, Davis, the recipient of the 2018 Herder Medal.

ENGLISH – Rhondda Robinson Thomas published “Reconstruction, Public Memory, and the Making of Clemson University on John C. Calhoun’s Fort Hill Plantation” in the journal American Literary History. Clemson has presented founder Thomas Green Clemson primarily as a Renaissance man, agricultural scientist and visionary philanthropist, but largely ignored his roles as slaveholder, Confederate Army officer and participant in a sharecropping system that exploited former slaves and its ties to other Confederate veterans and organizations.

LANGUAGES – Eric Touya and Col. Lance Young led a group of Clemson students to Paris and Normandy in France during the summer. The aim of the course was to revisit the journey of the American soldiers during World War II from a French perspective. Through this journey, the students analyzed and reflected on the meaning and purpose of the GIs’ actions and experiences, and the current place and role of France and the United States in the world.

ENGLISH – Jillian Weise was interviewed and her research was cited in an article on gun ownership, “She Shoots,” which appeared in the July/August issue of Playboy magazine. Author Julia Cooke spoke to Weise because she was familiar with her scholarship on disabled women and gun ownership, after reading her work in the literary review Tin House.

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Benjamin White published “Justin Between Paul and the Heretics: The Salvation of Christian Judaizers in ‘Dialogue With Trypho 47’” in the Journal of Early Christian Studies 26 (2018): pp. 163-89.

ART – Valerie Zimany’s work “Peonies” was selected for the UNICUM Triennial IV, running May 18-Sept. 30 at the National Museum of Slovenia in Ljubljana. An international jury selected 77 works from more than 300 artists around the world for the prestigious exhibition, which displayed the latest trends in contemporary art ceramics. Her silkscreen print “The Tinker” was selected for “The New South III” exhibition, held June 22-July 27 at Kai Lin Art in Atlanta. From more than 1,000 submitted works, 60 artists were chosen. Current MFA students Andrea Garland and Annamarie Williams were also selected. From July 3-15, 2018, Zimany was a fellow at Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Georgia, and she gave an artist talk July 14 on “Digital Translations: From Hand to Code.” Hambidge awarded 50 summer artist residencies in 2018, from a pool of 285 applications.



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