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11/28/2018   |  Professional Activities Archive

Rani Alexander (B.A., Anthropology, 1984), professor of anthropology at New Mexico State University, is coeditor, with Susan Kepecs, of Colonial and Postcolonial Change in Mesoamerica: Archaeology as Historical Anthropology, published in 2018 by the University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.

William Brumfield, professor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, recently added an article titled Stairway to heaven: Landmark churches at Romanov on the Volga to his "Discovering Russia" series titled “Russia Beyond the Headlines.” Each article in the series focuses on Russia’s historic architecture and cultural heritage and is written for the foreign-language service of the Russian national newspaper Rossiiskaia Gazeta.

Bouchaib Gadir, senior professor of practice of Arabic in the Department of French and Italian, was invited by professor and poet Nathan Rabalais to recite poetry alongside Georgette LeBlanc, Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, and Kirby Jambon, an acclaimed Louisiana poet, during the American Council for Quebec Biennial Conference that was held November 1-4 at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the city of New Orleans.

Brian Horowitz, Sizeler Family Professor in the Department of Jewish Studies has been invited to serve on the editorial board of a new journal, Judaic-Slavic Journal (sponsored by the Sefer Organization). Horowitz was also invited to give a talk at Ohio State University on Jewish Literatures in late October 2018. Additionally, the Counsel General of the Israeli Consulate in Houston presented a lecture to Horowitz’s class "Arab-Israeli Conflict" on November 13, 2018. 

On October 15, 2018, Dennis Kehoe, professor in the Department of Classical Studies, presented a paper, “The lease regulations of the Bagradas Valley: overview and contextualization,” at a workshop organized by the Patrimonium Project (Geography and Economy of the Imperial Properties in the Roman World) on “The lex Hadriana de rudibus agris et les domaines impériaux de la vallée du Bagradas (Africa proconsularis),” at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne. The workshop also observed the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of his book, The Economics of Agriculture on Roman Imperial Estates in North Africa.

Michael P. Kuczynski, professor in the Department of English, will present the paper “Flipping the Archive:  Book History and Service Learning” in a special session on Service Learning and Literature at the MLA Convention in Chicago.  The session (#382) will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019, in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Randolph 3. Kuczynski’s talk will focus on the history, development, and significance of a successful service learning program, “Archives and Outreach,” that he developed at Tulane with grants from the Center for Public Service (CPS) and the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT).

F. Thomas Luongo, associate professor in the Department of History, presented at “The Legacy of Birgitta of Sweden: Women, Politics and Reform in Renaissance Italy,” at the Norwegian Institute in Rome in November 2018. 

Jenny Mercein, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, worked with Tulane alum Sydney Golden (SLA '15), on a powerful new play called A Bad Night in New York City. Golden is the General Manager of NY Rep, and Mercein was thrilled to act in this amazing play. 

Marilyn G. Miller, associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, was a featured speaker at the Politics and Poetics of Race in the Americas Symposium at the University of Memphis on Nov. 9, where she presented “At the intersection of Afro-Cuban visual and literary culture, at the intersection of politics and poetry.” 

Chris Rodning, professor in the Department of Anthropology, is third coauthor, with Rob Beck, David Moore, Tim Horsley, and Sarah Sherwood, of “A Road to Zacatecas: Fort San Juan and the Defenses of Spanish La Florida,” recently published in American Antiquity. In October, he visited Harvard University to give a talk, “Native American Chiefdoms and Spanish Conquistadors in Western North Carolina,” in the Harvard Archaeology Seminar series. In November, he attended the annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Augusta, Georgia, where he was moderator of the plenary panel, “Toward Evidence-Based, Community Solutions to Sexual Harassment and Assault in Southeastern Archaeology,” organized by Maureen Meyers, Robbie Ethridge, and Karen Smith. He is also coauthor with Rob Beck, David Moore, and Rachel Briggs of a paper, “Mississippian Women and the Fate of Fort San Juan;” coauthor with David Moore, Liam Gardiner, David Cranford, Abra Meriwether, and Rob Beck of a poster, “An Enigmatic Posthole Feature at the Berry Site;” and lead author, with David Moore and Rob Beck, of a paper, “The Native American Cultural Landscape of the Western North Carolina Piedmont,” in the symposium, "A River Runs Through It: Catawba-Wateree Archaeology."

Oliver Sensen, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, published an article, "Respect for Human Beings with Intellectual Disabilities" in Disability in Practice, Oxford University Press. Sensen was invited for a research stay at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and gave a talk in Bochum, Germany, on the first-person standpoint in moral philosophy.

David Shoemaker, professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Murphy Institute, was the keynote speaker at the Alabama Philosophical Society’s annual meeting in Pensacola at the end of September 2018. He presented his paper, “Hurt Feelings,” which he also presented three weeks later at an invited University of Virginia philosophy colloquium. He then presented “Blameworthy but Unblameable: A Paradox of Corporate Responsibility” at a Princeton workshop on moral responsibility on November 9, as well as at a conference on corporate agency at Georgetown University on November 16.

Edwige Tamalet Talbayev, associate professor in the Department of French and Italian, published an article titled "Whiting out Algeria: On the Limits of Assia Djebar's Le Blanc de l'Algerie as Post-Traumatic Liturgy" in a special issue of Countertext on the post-literary and the afterwardly (4.2, pp. 212-235). Her article “The Languages of Translocality: What Plurilingualism means in a Maghrebi Context” (Expressions maghrébines 11.2, 2012: 9-26) was reprinted in “Modern Narratives,” a special issue of Soroud: The Journal of Literary Criticism (vol.1, 2018: 9-21). Earlier this year, Talbayev joined the International Research Group for Culture and Dialogue at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

On October 11th, John Verano, professor in the Department of Anthropology, gave an invited public lecture at Montana State University, Boseman, titled "Human Sacrifice in Ancient Peru: New Discoveries, New Questions." The lecture was co-sponsored by the department of sociology and anthropology, department of modern languages and literatures, department of history and philosophy, and the School of Art, and was organized by Professor Cristina Pop, who earned her Ph.D. in anthropology at Tulane in 2014. On October 29th-November 3rd Verano also was an invited participant and keynote speaker for the III Coloquio Internacional de Bioarqueología, held at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY) in Mérida, Mexico. Verano co-chaired a workshop with Tulane doctoral candidate Ximena Chávez Balderas titled “Violencia peri mortem y tratamientos póshumos: identificación y terminología de marcas antrópicas y naturales,” and gave a keynote address titled “Sacrificio humano mediante la extracción del corazón: evidencia bioarqueológica del antiguo Perú.” The Colloquium had multiple international sponsors, including the Universidad del Valle (Guatemala), Kanazawa University and the KAKENHI Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research (Japan), and the Alianza Francesa (Mérida) and Centro de Estudios Mexicanos y Centroamericanos, Embajada de Francia.

Ferruh Yilmaz, associate professor in the Department of Communication, presented a paper titled “Moral panics, culturalization and the populist far right” at the 7th European Communication Conference organized European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) in Lugano, Switzerland on October 11, 2018, and another paper titled “From Class to Culture: Populist Far Right and Social Transformation” at the Post-Truth Politics and the Rise of Populism conference at the University of Warwick, UK on October 18, 2018. He is organizing a research seminar with prominent British scholars in their fields on “Tackling right-wing populism: theoretical, political and activist perspectives” on January 30, 2019.

Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé, assistant professor in the Department of English, will be giving upcoming invited talks at The University of California, Berkeley, the University of Southern Denmark, and Boston University. Her book, A Different Order of Difficulty: Reading 20th-Century Literature After Wittgenstein is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in December 2019.  

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