Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics, published a research article, A new definition of conjugacy for semigroups, in the Journal of Algebra and Its Applications. This research has been supported by a 2015-17 Waple Professorship.
Janie Lee, Assistant Professor of Linguistics, presented a paper titled “Ideologies of Language Competence and Citizenship in South Korean Television” at the 40th Annual Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics in Portland, Oregon (March 18-21). The presentation examined evaluative remarks made on foreign-born men’s Korean fluency in a popular TV show and argued that these men’s race and gender play a role in their exclusion from Korean nationhood.
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is co-author of an opinion column on early news coverage of President Trump that appeared on the “Monkey Cage” blog of the Washington Post.
On Wednesday, March 1, Professor of English Chris Foss presented a 45-minute lecture as part of the Disability and the Emotions Seminar Series hosted by the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University.
His talk, “‘For the future let those who come to play with me have no hearts’: Dis/enabling Narratives and the Affect of Pity in Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Birthday of the Infanta,’” Foss argued that Wilde’s fairy tale about the death of a performing dwarf at the Spanish court may appear mired in damaging stereotype and maudlin melodrama, but it nonetheless suggests more progressive emotionally based possibilities for sympathy, acceptance and even identification rather than paternalistic pity. Wilde’s text invites readers to recognize its seemingly simultaneous manipulation of the narrative toward a reliance upon and a critique of the consumption of pain necessary to the workings of the affect of pity. It further forces readers to acknowledge their own complicity in this pity and pain, ultimately revealing crucial complexities inherent in such emotional responses to disability.
Dan Hirshberg, assistant professor of religion, presented a paper titled “Himalayan Syncretism and the Emergence of Padmasambhava as Rdo rje gro lod” for the Tibet Center, East Asia Center, and Buddhist Studies Group at the University of Virginia (March 15, 2017). Relying primarily on comparative analysis of 12th-14th century Tibetan hagiographies and liturgies, as well as iconographical analysis of painting and statuary, this paper extends beyond the initial apotheosis of Padmasambhava (8th ce.), the subject of Hirshberg’s recent book, to his subsequent elaboration and widespread popularization as the Second Buddha in Tibet.
Jeremy Larochelle, Associate Professor of Spanish, published a book chapter titled “The ‘Brevity of the Planet': Environmental Loss in Recent Poetry by Contemporary Amazonian Writers,” in Ecological Crisis and Cultural Representation in Latin America: Ecocritical Perspectives on Art, film, and Literature (Lexington Books). In addition he also recently published translations of two poems by poets from the Peruvian Amazon, Ana Varela Tafur and Percy Vílchez Vela, in the new edition of the Ayahuasca reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine (Synergetic Press).