HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY — Amit Bein recently participated in a New Books Network podcast, discussing his book “Kemalist Turkey and the Middle East: International Relations in the Interwar Period.” The podcast is available here.
ENGLISH — David Blakesley, publisher and founder of Parlor Press, was pleased to receive a prestigious award for a Parlor Press book. The Modern Language Association has awarded its biannual Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize to “Creole Composition: Academic Writing and Rhetoric in the Anglophone Caribbean,” edited by Vivette Milson-Whyte, Raymond A. Oenbring, and Brianne Jaquette. The Shaughnessy Prize recognizes the best book published in rhetoric and composition over a two-year period. More information about the prize and book can be found on the Parlor Press website here, or on the Modern Language Association website here.
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION — Pascal Brixel presented his paper “Why We Work” — on how monetary incentives for work affect the autonomy of workers — via Zoom at “The Ends of Autonomy,” an international interdisciplinary colloquium organized by Monash University in Australia.
HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY — Vernon Burton was part of an interdisciplinary team that presented “Using Social Media to Understand the Patient Perspective and the Emotional Impact of Dermatologic Condition” at the PRISM Virtual Health Symposium 2020, sponsored by University California San Francisco, Dec. 3-4, 2020. Travis Andersen interviewed and quoted Vernon Burton for a Jan. 11 article in the Boston Globe on the contrast between the response of then-incumbent President George H.W. Bush to defeat in 1992 to then-incumbent President Donald Trump in 2020. On Jan. 18, Vernon Burton was interviewed on Fox Carolina News for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day about commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. Burton was also interviewed by Bret McCormick to comment on and help explain the culture of a mill town in South Carolina in the 1950s-1970s for the eight-part series podcast and newspaper series, “Return Man.” Available at Apple podcasts and The Columbia State paper. The Charleston Post & Courier ran a front-page story about the Echo Project, and Adam Parker interviewed Vernon Burton, chair of the History Advisory Committee for the proposed museum to promote racial reconciliation using the inspiring story portrayed in the recent film “Burden” of a former white nationalist and his conversion by African American minister the Rev. David Kennedy in Laurens, South Carolina.
ENGLISH — Cameron Bushnell presented her paper “Orientalism Otherwise: The Figure of the Disoriental in Négar Djavadi’s ‘Disorienta’” as a part of a panel, “Orientalism Writes Back,” at the Modern Language Association Conference on Jan. 9, 2021.
ENGLISH — Emeritus Professor Wayne K. Chapman recently published “Leonard Woolf’s ‘The Village in the Jungle’ in Retrospect” in the Virginia Woolf Miscellany 96 (Fall 2019-Fall 2020), 26-28. This article is part of a special issue titled “Centennial Contemplations on Early Work by Virginia Woolf and Leonard Woolf” edited by Rebecca Duncan. Chapman also published “In Memoriam: Molly Jane Hoff (1931-2019),” Virginia Woolf Miscellany (Fall 2019-Fall 2020), 8; as well as a review of Fred Leventhal and Peter Stansky, “Leonard Woolf: Bloomsbury Socialist” (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019), in Woolf Studies Annual 26 (2020), 161-63.
LANGUAGES — A piece of signed music by Jody Cripps had been featured on the virtual Blackwood Gallery as part of the presentation series “Translation, Camouflage, Spectatorship.” Cripps was one of the panelists, and his signed piece “Rain” was discussed in relation to visual translation and featured on the gallery from January 22nd – January 27th. “Rain” can be viewed here. More information about the presentation is available here.
VISUAL ART — Rachel de Cuba, Provost Pathways Fellow in Art, was invited to show artwork alongside artist matthew anthony batty. The two-person show, “From: Mangroves To: Magnolias,” is up until the end of February at Wofford College Richardson Art Gallery.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION — Frances Ford was recognized at The Preservation Society of Charleston’s 67th Carolopolis Awards as conservator for the team restoring The Faber House, located at 635 E. Bay St., which received a Pro Merito Award. Ford analyzed the exterior finishes and discovered the original colors which were then replicated for the restoration.
HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY – Stephanie Hassell presented her work on Indian Ocean slavery in the Labor and Mobility Roundtable as part of a virtual conference, “The Indian Ocean World: Taking Stock, Looking Ahead,” on January 29, 2021. The conference website can be viewed here.
LANGUAGES — Jason Hurdich presented “Ableism and Social Media” at a virtual conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December. He discussed the influence of ableism on social media, focusing on Deaf creators and individuals with disabilities. Most of the audience in this Learning Community Meeting-Wisconsin Population Health Service were master of public health fellows with a few medical doctors at UW-Madison. The program is one of the most premier programs of its kind in the nation, focusing on medicine, public health, and disability application.
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION — Elizabeth Jemison presented on a panel titled “Localizing American Religions Pedagogy in Institutional Contexts” that she organized for North American Religions section of the American Academy of Religion’s (virtual) annual meeting in December 2020. An independent bookstore, Novel in Memphis, Tennessee, hosted a virtual book event for her recently published book, Christian Citizens: Reading the Bible in Black and White in the Postemancipation South, with well over 100 people in attendance. Also in December, Jemison published in the public-facing online journal Religion & Politics; her article, “The Long Road to White Christians’ Trumpism,” connects her recent book to the 2020 election.
ARCHITECTURE — Anjali Joseph, director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing, served as a healthcare design session moderator for the International Perspectives on the Future of Architecture and Urbanism in the Post-COVID Age – Online Symposium. The online symposium healthcare design sessions were held January 30, 2021. Joseph also served as coauthor on a paper recently accepted for publication in IISE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering: Task, Usability, and Error Analyses of Ambulance-based Telemedicine for Stroke Care. Joseph also participated in a podcast, “How Healthcare Facility Design Impacts Patient Care” on the marketscale.com website.
HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY — Steven Marks was quoted extensively in a piece, “The Problem With Capitalism” in The Signal.
ENGLISH — Amy Monaghan was invited to deliver a virtual seminar on “Ocean’s Eleven” (dir. Soderbergh, 2001) in January. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the nonprofit Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts has offered its educational programming virtually, using film as a window into other cultures, eras, and experiences. The seminar was presented in three parts. Registrants received a link to Monaghan’s pre-recorded lecture on Soderbergh’s precision-engineered heist film. They then viewed the movie on their own. Finally, a live discussion and Q&A took place on January 28 via Zoom. Participants submitted questions before the hour-long event, as well as during the discussion.
ENGLISH — Angela Naimou contributed an essay to the volume “Liquid Borders: Migration as Resistance,” published in January by Routledge. The book features internationally recognized scholars and activists across the humanities and social sciences who analyze major issues involving contemporary migration. Naimou’s essay examines practices of refuge and deportation for Iraqi refugees and writers based in Europe and the U.S. She was also elected to the American Literature Society, a professional organization of scholars devoted to the preservation, study, and recognition of American literature and culture.
ARCHITECTURE — The South Carolina chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects announced its jury’s Annual Awards selections including the book, “Hybrid Modernity: The Public Park in Late 20th Century China” and author Mary G. Padua with Landscape Architecture as recipient for the 2020 Honor Award-Communications. This category represents significance in communicating landscape architecture works, history, theory and technologies to an expanded audience through print media and other means. The Honor Award signifies an achievement for outstanding and imaginative work. Padua also engaged in a Zoom webinar on Dec. 11 with students and faculty (architecture, fine arts, landscape architecture and urban planning) at Xiamen University in Fujian Province, China. This interactive virtual session explored the green revolution covered in the sixth chapter of “Hybrid Modernity”: “Transforming from ‘hybrid’ to ‘ecological’ modernization in China’s 21st century.” Along with first author Pai Lu, recent PhD PDBE alumnus, Padua and three other Clemson faculty had the article, “Walking in Your Culture: A Study of Culturally Sensitive Outdoor Walking Space for Chinese Elderly Immigrants” published in HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal.
LANGUAGES — Kumiko Saito was one of the four panelists in “Sailor Moon: How These Magical Girls Transformed Our World,” a YouTube live stream webinar series about academic perspectives on Japanese pop culture, hosted by The Japan Foundation and broadcast on Jan. 28. She also presented a short lecture in the webinar, “Crossing Gender and Genre: Sailor Moon in Japan’s Socio-Historical Contexts.” The feature recorded over 350 simultaneous live viewers.
LANGUAGES — Together with Rainer Godel, Johannes Schmidt published the Herder Yearbook XV (2020). This is the fourth time Godel and Schmidt co-edited this bi-annual academic journal on behalf of the International Herder Society.
LANGUAGES — Daniel J. Smith published “The Hidden Meaning of Codeswitches in Spanish English Conversations” in the journal Normas: Revista de Estudios Lingüísticos Hispánicos in December 2020. Also in December 2020 he presented “The Spanish English Bilingualism of Children in the United States” at the virtual conference, the VIII CONGRESO VIRTUAL INTERNACIONAL LiLETRAd (Literature Languages Translation).
LANGUAGES — Eric Touya published the article “Gilets Jaunes, Macron’s Presidency, and France’s contradictions” in the academic journal Contemporary French Civilization. He also read a paper via Zoom titled “‘Habiter poétiquement le monde’: présence et représentation chez Claudel et Jean-Luc Marion” at the 2021 Modern Language Association of America Conference held in Seattle.
HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY — Lee B. Wilson published a chapter in Studies in Law, Politics, and Society titled “‘Negroes, Goods, and Merchandizes’: Legal Language and the Dehumanization of Slaves in British Vice Admiralty Courts, 1700-1763”. The article examines how English legal categories and procedures facilitated the dehumanization of Black people by conditioning litigants to analogize slaves to maritime property. Drawing attention to the ways in which legal language shaped reality for white colonists and African slaves, the article also suggests that slavery and the laws that governed it were not beyond the pale of English imperial legal history. Rather, they were yet another invidious manifestation of English law’s protean potential.