Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Vange Heiliger presented research, "Worlds of Ethical Consumerism: Imagining Justice Economies" at the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) conference held November 8-11, 2018, in Atlanta. Heiliger was also elected incoming co-chair of the transnational Feminists in Science and Technology Studies (FiSTS) working group and the NWSA Science and Technology Taskforce (2019-2021).
Professor of Dance Ann Cooper Albright’s book, How to Land: Finding Ground in an Unstable World foregrounds the importance of embodiment as a means of surviving the disorientation of our twenty-first century world. Linking somatics and politics, Cooper Albright argues that a renewed attention to gravity as both a metaphoric sensibility and a physical experience can help transform moments of personal disorientation into an opportunity to reflect on the important relationship between individual resiliency and communal responsibility. Each chapter interweaves discussions of movement actions with their cultural implications, documenting specific bodily experiences and then tracing their ideological ripples out through the world. The book is published by Oxford University Press.
Sandra Zagarell, Donald R. Longman Professor of English, presented two papers led a workshop at the triennial conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. The papers were titled, “Literature, Citizenship, Alice Dunbar-Nelson” and “Learning from Alice Dunbar-Nelson.” The workshop was on the topic of “Service and Time Management.”
Assistant Professor of Art History Matthew Rarey's article, "Assemblage, Occlusion, and the Art of Survival in the Black Atlantic" was published in the winter 2018 issue of African Arts.
Associate Professor of Anthropology Cal Biruk presented work in progress and acted as a discussant on two panels sponsored by the Queer African Studies Association at the annual meeting of the African Studies Association held on November 30 and December 1, 2018, in Atlanta.
Associate Professor of Music Theory Andrew Pau's article "Common-Tone Tonality in Bizet's Carmen" was published in the journal Music Theory Spectrum. The article explores ways in which a harmonic analysis of George's Bizet's score can illuminate the dramatic structure of Carmen, one of the most popular operas in the repertoire.
Professor of Politics Michael Parkin contributed a chapter, "The Context for Comedy: Presidential Candidates and Comedy Television," to the edited volume Political Humor in a Changing Media Landscape. The chapter argues that contextual factors like timing, momentum, and legitimacy have been critically important in establishing the connection between presidential candidates and comedy television during the past few decades.
Associate Professor of Anthropology Cal Biruk was a featured panelist on a New Books in Medical Anthropology at the American Anthropological Association (AAA) meetings in November 2018. They presented on their recently published book Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World.