Greggor Mattson Presents at EU Prostitution Policy Conference
Associate Professor of Sociology Greggor Mattson was invited to present at the European Union-funded prostitution policy network conference Troubling Prostitution: Exploring Intersections of Sex, Intimacy, and Labour in Vienna, Austria, on April 18. Conference attendees, who included researchers, sex workers rights activists, and journalists from 52 countries, were welcomed in the town hall by representatives of the mayor and city council.
Mattson presented his paper, entitled "States of Vulnerability: Prostitution Reform as a Symptom of EU Integration," which was taken from his forthcoming book on the cultural politics of European prostitution reform. The book argues that the European Union funding mechanisms to create a European-wide civil society laid the groundwork for competing networks of prostitution policy advocates, polarizing reforms around two options and leading to a scramble of national reform proposals during the period of European expansion 1998-2004.
The contemporary struggle between advocates of prostitution legalization and those who support the criminalization of buying sex crowds out alternative policy solutions, obscures the national differences among those policies, and yet reflects the success of EU efforts to build a continental civil society.
Rebecca Whelan Presents Ongoing Research
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Rebecca Whelan presented ongoing research at the 2015 Pittcon Conference & Expo on analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy held in New Orleans. The title of her presentation was "Selection of aptamers for ovarian cancer biomarkers informed by next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics."
In addition, Whelan and members of her research group have co-authored a publication that will appear in the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. The title of the paper is "Selection of DNA aptamers for ovarian cancer biomarker HE4 using CE-SELEX and high-throughput sequencing." The other co-authors—Rachel Eaton, Jamie Shallcross, Liora Mael, Kepler Mears, Lisa Minkoff, and Delia Scoville—are all current or recently graduated Oberlin College students.
Ann Cooper Albright and Students Present at Conference
On March 27, Ann Cooper Albright, Chair of the Dance Department and Professor of Dance, along with senior dance majors Silvia Sheffield and Miryam Coppersmith, presented at the conference Dance as Experience: Progressive Era Origins and Legacies in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference was jointly sponsored by the Society of Dance History Scholars and Peabody Dance.
Their collaborative talk focused on a new section of the Accelerated Motion: Towards a New Dance Literacy in America website entitled Modern Motion, which includes materials from the Oberlin College Archives. Sheffield and Coppersmith have been working with another student, Shang-Wei Young, along as Albright throughout the year to update the website that was originally set up by Wesleyan University Press. Their work has been funded in part by a Mellon Ohio Five Digital Scholarship grant.
Charles McGuire Awarded Fellowship at Duke University
Professor of Musicology Charles McGuire has been awarded a Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellowship at Duke University for the 2015-16 academic year.
At Duke, McGuire will be working on a monograph, "The British Musical Festival, 1695-1940: A Social History of Taste." The monograph investigates the musical festival in Great Britain, which was one of the most important means of concert music production in Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries. Through such festivals, the middle classes ultimately became arbiters of musical taste.
In addition to this work, McGuire will continue the development of the Musical Festivals Database, a fully searchable index of programs, personnel, ensembles, and venues of musical festivals held in the United Kingdom between 1695 and 1940. This will be important to musicologists, music theorists, and social historians because it will allow them to see the creation of the musical canon as we know it today; more importantly, it will show how malleable that canon has always been.
McGuire will be sponsored by Duke University Associate Professor of Music Philip Rupprecht, who will help him connect with Duke courses where he can interact with undergraduate students and with other members of Duke University's music department.
Eve Sandberg Gives Talks, Participates on Panel
Eve Sandberg, chair of the politics department, has given two talks and participated as a panelist in 2015 while on sabbatical.
The talks were regarding Moroccan Women, Activists and Gender Politics: An Institutional Analysis, which was published in September 2014. Sandberg co-authored the book with Kenza Aqertit.
The first talk took place Sunday, January 11. It was presented to the women trainers and their guests of the Center for Women & Democracy in Seattle, Washington, at the home of one of the center's leaders. The second talk took place Wednesday, April 8, and was hosted by the World Bank Governance GP and the World Bank Gender CCSA, two divisions at the World Bank in Washington D.C. Those in attendance included professionals from the two divisions of the World Bank and professionals concerned with politics and economics in Morocco, Arica, some of whom are Moroccan nationals. Sandberg's presentation was moderated by a World Bank economist, and the two discussants responding to her book were from each of the hosting sections of the Bank.
Sandberg also participated as a panelist at the World Bank on Thursday, April 9, offering a gender perspective on issues of women and development and the use of IT for women's collective action in late industrializing countries.
Kathy Abromeit Discusses New Book, Appointed to Editorial Board
Kathy Abromeit, public services librarian in the Conservatory Library, attended the annual meeting of the Music Library Association where she discussed her new book, Spirituals: A Multidisciplinary Bibliography for Research and Performance (2015), during a roundtable and panel. The meeting took place February 25 through March 1 in Denver, Colorado.
The roundtable was "Black Music Collections," and the panel, which Abromeit organized, was "Getting Published: a Panel Discussion with Authors and Editors from MLA's Three Monographic Series." The Music Library Association publishes three book series in collaboration with A-R Editions. MLA publishes practical guides, bibliographies, thematic catalogs, and technical reports that are used by librarians, scholars, and performers worldwide. Spirituals: A Multidisciplinary Bibliography for Research and Performance was published as part of the series.
Also at the meeting, Abromeit was appointed as a member of the Editorial Board for the Music Library Association's Basic Manual Series, which publishes bibliographies and thematic catalogues used by librarians, scholars, and performers worldwide.
Kirk Ormand Public Talks
Professor of Classics Kirk Ormand has given a number of public talks this semester. In February, Ormand traveled to the University of North Carolina, Asheville, (UNCA) to give a talk titled “Sexualized Violence: The Eurymedon Vase in Context” as a part of the UNCA Humanities Colloquium series.
In March, Ormand delivered the keynote address at the Indiana Classical Conference, hosted by Earlham College. The subject of his talk was "Perversion in Antiquity: Seneca, Foucault, and the Invention of Psychiatric Reasoning.”
In April, Ormand delivered a revised version of the same paper at the conference Foucault: La Sexualité, L’Antiquité: 30 ans après held at the University of Paris-Diderot and sponsored by the Laboratoires ANHIMA (Paris) and Archimède (Strasbourg) and the Centre Michel Foucault (Paris).
Andaleeb Banta Presents Paper at Berlin Conference
Andaleeb Badiee Banta, curator of European and American art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, presented the paper "Simultaneous Vision in Oberlin's Holy Family over Verona" at the 2015 Renaissance Society of America's annual conference at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin.
Deborah Campana Appointed Editor of Music Library Association Journal
At the annual meeting of the Music Library Association held in Denver in late February, Conservatory Librarian Deborah Campana was appointed to a five-year term (beginning in July) as the new editor of the association's journal, Notes. During the meeting, she completed a term as co-editor of the MLA Basic Manual Series and participated on a panel exploring issues related to the association’s three monographic series.
In addition, while recently visiting Spain, Campana met with librarians in two music conservatories, Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) in Barcelona, and Musikene, Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco in San Sebastian.
Paper by Richard Salter Presented at Conference in Spain
“NOVA transmission chain models for epidemic forecasting: Ebola and Measles,” co-authored by Richard Salter, professor of computer science, and Wayne M. Getz, A. Starker Leopold professor of wildlife ecology at UC Berkeley, was presented by Getz on March 24 at the Impact of Environmental Changes on Infectious Diseases conference in Sitges, Spain.
Getz's presentation showcased the results of the pair's NOVA model of disease transmission as described in their recent journal article, "Tactics and Strategies for Managing Ebola Outbreaks and the Salience of Immunization." NOVA, a software platform designed by Salter for building rich, multi-layered simulation models, continues its growth with users around the world.
Salter, who built the models Getz presented at the conference, is continuing his development of NOVA as both a desktop and web-based platform for simulation. He and Nancy Darling, professor of psychology, will be presenting a 70-minute NOVA workshop at Innovations in Collaborative Modeling in the Social Sciences at Michigan State University in early June. A weeklong conference in Oberlin titled Workshop on Quantitative Reasoning Pedagogy & Computational Modeling with NOVA Software will take place in mid-June. The conference is in collaboration with CLEAR Center Director Marcelo Vinces.