Janie Lee, assistant professor in English, linguistics, and communication, presented the paper “Regulations of U.S. Citizenship through Embodied Forms of State Authority and Heteroglossic Discourses in Citizenship Education” at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Chicago.
Marie E. McAllister, professor of English, gave a paper entitled “Addicted to Fame: Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda” at the biennial conference of the Aphra Behn Society, an organization for the study of women and gender in the arts from 1660-1830. McAllister also recently attended the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Philadelphia.
On Nov. 7, distinguished adjunct professor of media, Dr. Brian Oblivion, installed a guerrilla art piece at the Open Education conference in Park City, Utah. The installation is a groundbreaking meditation on identity and data in the 21st century. Dr. Oblivion posits in this piece that “data is the new flesh.” With the help of Art and Art History professors Carole Garmon and JeanAnn Dabb, Oblivion was able to use analog technologies like a 35 MM slide projector and TV/VCR to run an eight-hour loop of both video and slide projected images to drive this point home. Oblivion’s previous work at UMW teaching a summer section of the Digital Storytelling course ds106 (called the Summer of Oblivion) was the focus of some controversy after he was kidnapped and held hostage by one of his teaching assistants. Below is both the video of Oblivion giving his looped installation presentation, as well as a short video of the piece in action. For more information about this particular installation go here.
On Nov. 7, Nabil Al-Tikriti presented a paper entitled “The 1502-1504 Correspondence Between Şehzade Korkud and the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem” to the Mediterranean in History Workshop, which took place on Nov. 7-8 in Venice, Italy. The workshop, which brought together some 24 experts in early modern Mediterranean maritime history, primarily from Italy and Turkey, was hosted by Universita Ca’ Foscari’s Department of Asian and North African Studies, the Archivio di Stato di Venezia, and the region of Venice. Co-organizers included Piri Reis Universitesi and the International Association of Maritime Studies (IAMS). Invited by the conference organizers, Prof. Al-Tikriti presented an English translation and analysis of several letters exchanged between the Ottoman prince Korkud and the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, then based in Rhodes. Organizers plan to complete an edited volume of conference presentations in the months to come.
Following the workshop, with the additional support of UMW’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, Prof. Al-Tikriti spent Nov. 9-10 visiting sites of historical, cultural, and pedagogical interest in advance of the Cultural Capitals Summer Study Course. This course, which Prof. Al-Tikriti plans to co-lead in the summer of 2015 with Prof. Joseph Romero of the Classics, Philosophy, and Religion Department, will take students to London, Paris, Venice, and Rome. During this three and half week course, students will earn six credits after completing several study projects. In an effort to strengthen course content in the Venice portion of the course, Prof. Al-Tikriti visited numerous sites throughout the city, fostered local contacts, and attained preliminary approval to lead students through certain closed facilities of historical and cultural interest.
Here is Prof. Al-Tikriti’s paper abstract for the workshop:
“Just at the turn of the sixteenth century there broke out a nasty little war between a Vatican-brokered Christian alliance and the Ottomans, which included a major push to siege the port of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos. In the immediate aftermath of this siege, and conclusion of hostilities, the Ottoman prince, Korkud, who had been in command of the province under siege was transferred from his Aegean post of Manisa to the Mediterranean post of Antalya. Although it remains unclear why this transfer happened, or whether it was a promotion or a demotion, it appears likely that the prince was tasked with managing the highly sensitive and dangerous relationship with the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem.
In this paper, I plan to explore in detail the extended correspondence which Korkud and the Knights subsequently exchanged between August 1502 and July 1504. In the course of these exchanges, the two parties engaged in a series of negotiations attempting to regularize relations between the two hostile parties and complete several highly sensitive prisoner exchanges. Through an exploration of this correspondence, as well as the relevant narrative sources surrounding this relationship during these years, I plan to draw some preliminary conclusions concerning the nature of Ottoman-Knights relations, the protocols of captivity, and the modalities of conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean during this period.”
Dr. Roberta Gentry, Assistant Professor in the department of Foundations, Leadership and Special Populations in the College of Education, presented on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2013 at the Council for Exceptional Children Division on Career Development and Transition conference in Williamsburg, Va. The two-hour workshop, Demystifying Transition Assessment, is based on a book by the same title in which Dr. Gentry wrote the chapter on Academic Assessment. Co-presenters include the authors of the book, Dr. Colleen Thoma,Virginia Commonwealth University, and Dr. Ron Tamura, Southern Connecticut State University, as well as Dr. Cindi Nixon from Francis Marion University.
Dr. Gentry will present virtually at the 6th International Conference on Education, Research and Innovation in Seville, Spain, Nov. 18 to 20, 2013. The titles of those presentations are: Electronic Mentoring: Do special education mentors and their mentees discuss standards? and Electronic Mentoring: What is it? What do we know?
On Nov. 6, Tim Owens and Jim Groom of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies were part of a multi-institution presentation on “ Reclaiming the Open Learning Environment.” This talk introduced the vision behind the distributed architecture of Domain of One’s Own as an example of an innovative open learning environment that empowers faculty, staff, and students alike. The presentation was delivered alongside technologists from the University of British Columbia and Thompson Rivers University who have inspired much of the early work that informed Domain of One’s Own.
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, gave a lecture entitled “International News and U.S. Foreign Policy,” at the U.S. State Department’s Institute for International Education Visitor Leadership Program for North Africa and the Middle East. The Washington, D.C., talk was based on Farnsworth’s new co-authored book, “The Global President.”
Chris Garcia, assistant professor in the College of Business, attended the Complex Adaptive Systems 2013 conference in Baltimore, Md. and presented a paper titled “Demystifying MapReduce” in the Analytics and Big Data track. The paper will be published in the journal Procedia Computer Science.
Eric Lorentzen, associate professor of English, gave a talk entitled “Teaching Dickens and Cultural Studies in the 21st Century” at Converse College on Nov. 15, as part of a conference on scholarship, pedagogy, and the intersections of popular culture.
Dr. Mindy Erchull, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Miriam Liss, professor of psychology, have published a paper in the journal Gender Issues. The paper is entitled “Exploring the Concept of Perceived Female Sexual Empowerment: Development and Validation of the Sex is Power Scale”.
This paper is comprised of a series of three studies detailing the development of the Sex is Power Scale (SIPS). This measure can be used to assess whether women view their sexuality as a source of personal power as well as whether they believe that women in general use sexuality as a source of power over men.