Faculty News Recap in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities – September 2022

October 24, 2022

LANGUAGES – Professor Yanming An published “Two Modes of Cyclicality,” in Comparative Civilization Review, a biannual official journal of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations fall issue of 2022 (19-39). Vol. 87: No. 87, Article 6.

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT – Associate Professor Stephen Buckman published a co-edited volume with John Talmage and Jeff Burton for Routledge Press. The book, Community Real Estate Development: A History and How-To for Practitioners, Academics, and Students introduces the fundamentals of affordable housing and community-driven real estate development to aspiring development professionals and students. From understanding the history informing today’s affordable housing programs to securing financing and partnering with public and private stakeholders, this primer equips students and emerging professionals for success in a unique area of the real estate industry.

HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY – On September 22, Professor Vernon Burton spoke about his book, Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court at the Abbeville Civic Center, and the News-Gazette in Champaign Urbana, Illinois published an op-ed by Burton and his Justice Deferred co-author, Armand Derfner, on the misuse of history by the Supreme Court in the recent Dobbs decision. On September 24, he keynoted the 160th-anniversary celebration of Penn Center on St. Helena Island. On September 29, he responded to panelists, including the influential civil rights lawyer Fred Gray, who discussed Justice Deferred in the plenary session for the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Montgomery, Alabama. Also, Burton’s co-authored essay with computer scientists and physicians, “Using Artificial Intelligence to Analyze Publicly Available Social Media Posts to Understand Patient Perspectives Towards Specific Treatments of Alopecia Areata” was published in JAAD International.

HISTORY – Assistant Professor Josh Catalano and Professor Vernon Burton co-edited a special issue of The Southern Quarterly on the “Digital South.” The journal also includes an autobiographical essay on Burton’s work in Digital Humanities: “Digital History Memories.”

LANGUAGES –Assistant Professor of American Sign Language Jody Cripps and his colleagues presented a poster presentation titled “Aesthetics in Signed Music: An Analysis” at Connecting Community, XXVII Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, University of Pennsylvania + Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. A playlist of videos that accompanied the presentation can be seen here. Also, Cripps launched a new website highlighting the work of the Martha’s Vineyard Sign Langauge Project Creative Inquiry course.

LANGUAGES – Associate Professor Stephen Fitzmaurice was an invited presenter addressing “Using Rubrics in Interpreter Education” at the Conference of Interpreter Trainers in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, September 19-22.  Fitzmaurice also presented two peer-reviewed posters at the same conference. The first, with Jessica Bentley-Sassaman of Bloomsburg University, shared research uncovering “The Perceptions of Non-deaf Parties in a Student-Intern Interpreted Transaction.” The second poster, with psychologist Elizabeth Winston, shared “Transforming Deaf Students’ Experiences in Interpreted Education: Insights over 15 years of Expanded Research and Practice.”

ENGLISH – Pearce Professor Jordan Frith’s newest article was published in New Media & Society. The article, “A genealogy of social geomedia: The life, death, and (possible) afterlife of location-based social networks,” analyzes the rise, fall and afterlife of location-based social mobile applications. Frith is also the lead editor with Sarah Read of a special issue of Communication Design Quarterly that was published in September. The special issue examines infrastructural approaches to understanding communication processes, and he authored an article introducing the special issue titled “Communication and design infrastructures.”

HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY – Professor H. Roger Grant is the author of the newly published book, The Station Agent and the American Railroad Experience. Published by Indiana University Press, this is his 38th academic book. Also, Grant’s chapter, “Sioux Falls Railroads,” appeared in City of Hustle: A Sioux Falls Anthology, edited by Patrick Hicks and Jon Lauck and released by Belt Publishing.

ENGLISH – On September 27, Professor Cynthia Haynes gave an invited talk at the annual Future of Text Symposium, online in London. Her talk, co-authored with Professor Jan Holmevik, was entitled “Teleprompting Élekcriture.” In her talk on text-based learning environmentsHaynes explains how she and Holmevik coined the term élekcriture, borrowing from the Greek for the beaming sun (Elektra) and French feminism’s notion of writing (l’ecriture feminine), to describe a thematic conjunction between electricity and the streams of writing that spill forth in a discourse that resists traditional ways of organizing and controlling the flow of conversation.

ARCHITECTURE – Professor Anjali Joseph and the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing (CHFDT) research team are working on an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded project with Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering Jackie Cha entitled, “Investigating the Use of Exoskeletons for Reducing Musculoskeletal Injuries in Surgical Care Tasks.” The goal of the project is to determine the best exoskeleton to use for specific jobs in the operating room to reduce staff injuries. Also, Joseph coauthored an article that was published in Building and Environment entitled, “The effects of window blind positions and control on patients’ hospital and care quality perception: A mediation and moderation analysis.” This study confirms findings from several previous studies that have demonstrated the importance of access to daylight and views through windows in fostering a restorative healthcare environment that improves patient experience, satisfaction, and perception of healing.

ARCHITECTURE – Professor Anjali Joseph, Professor David Allison, and graduate students Swati Goel, Devi Soman, and Mina Shokrollahi Ardekani, all with the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing, presented work at the Healthcare Design Conference in San Antonio, TX. The research team’s presentations included: “An evidence-based operating room prototype: The journey and lessons learned,” “Safe anesthesia work spaces: Evidenced-based design guidelines” and “Understanding perceptions of care spaces in an ambulatory surgery center.”

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION – Assistant Professor of Philosophy Claire Kirwin presented her paper, “Akrasia, Testimony, and the Apprehension of Value,” via Zoom at a conference on “Apprehending Value” in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

ENGLISH – Professor Lee Morrissey’s essay, “Periodizing in Context: The Case of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century,” was published in Studying English Literature in Context (Cambridge UP).

ENGLISH – Assistant Professor Clare Mullaney published an article, “No Pity: Mary Wilkins Freeman, Disability, and the ‘Tears of Things’” in the Arizona Quarterly.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE – Research by Professor Mary G. Padua, was recognized by the South Carolina chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (SC-ASLA). At their annual conference on September 23, the SC-ASLA acknowledged Padua’s study entitled, “Illuminating Hidden Sites: Retrospective Justice and the Making of a Reconciliatory Landscape,” with the 2022 ASLA Honor Award in the Research category. This study explored the convergence of retrospective justice, socio-political and cultural dimensions of the sacred landscape (examining the recovery of the African American Burial Ground encircling Woodland Cemetery in 2020-2021), technology and the complexity of American memory. It draws from Padua’s larger transdisciplinary study, “The American Experiment through the prism of South Carolina’s multivalent cultural landscapes: Places where a human footprint or handprint are visible.” ASLA Honor Awards are presented to recognize works representing superior professional accomplishment. She was also invited by Xiamen University to deliver an online international lecture on September 23 entitled, “Health-Based Axioms: Postulating Adaptive Strategies for Universal 21st Century Outdoor Environments”.

HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY – Assistant Professor Amanda Regan launched a major update to her collaborative digital history project, Mapping the Gay Guides (Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities). The update includes the release of a new dataset for 1981 through 1985 and the launch of a rebuilt mapping visualization. Altogether, the site now maps over 60,000 historical LGBTQ spaces across the United States.

HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY – Professor William Terry’s book, Be Our Guest: Guestworkers in Tourism and Hospitality in the United States, was published by De Gruyter Press as Volume 10 in the series, De Gruyter Studies in Tourism. The book adopts a geographic lens to examine the employment of guest workers in the United States. Be Our Guest offers readers the most comprehensive analysis of guestwork in tourism that has been produced to date. In weaving together the constellation of political and economic factors that exist across multiple scales, the case is made for how and why so many tourism-dependent areas of the United States have developed a dependency on temporary foreign workforces.

LANGUAGES – Professor Eric Touya edited a volume entitled France in the Age of Covid-19 published in French Politics, Culture & Society. The journal is jointly sponsored by the Institute of French Studies at New York University and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. This special issue predominantly discusses the non-medical aspects of Covid-19’s impacts on France today including politics, intersectional feminism, online activism, the public humanities, artistic performance and flânerie. It seeks to make sense of a crisis that is still unfolding via its effects on people’s beliefs, thoughts and behaviors. It demonstrates how Covid-19 breaks through diverse ethnic, cultural, socio-economic and ideological realms, and encompasses the undefined, infinite and invisible “other” engaged in the same traumatic experience. It transgresses limits and norms so that we may elevate ourselves to a higher degree of awareness and responsibility.