October 21, 2017

Larus Participates in Taiwan Workshop

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Waple Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, offered her presentation “Re-affirming U.S.-Taiwan Relations” at the Taiwan Roundtable Refocusing Taiwan-U.S. Relations at the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 13, 2017.

Skallerup Bessette Profiled in Women in Higher Education

Lee Skallerup Bessette, instructional technology specialist in the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, was profiled in the Sept. 2017 issue of Women in Higher Education.



Brewer Performs at Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival

Cate Brewer, lecturer in theatre and dance, performed at the 16th annual Kennedy Center page-to-stage festival. Cate performed in two play readings for the festival: A Requiem for Sherlock Holmes by Greg Oliver Bodine and The Knot by Liz Maestri.

Farnsworth Presents Research on Presidential Politics, Humor

​Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a research paper titled “Donald Trump and the Late-Night Political Humor of Campaign 2016: All The Donald, All the Time” at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in San Francisco.

Bonds Publishes Article on Sociology and the Iraq War

Associate professor of sociology Eric Bonds recently published an article in the journal Sociology Compass titled “U.S. Sociology and the Iraq War.” The article is based on a review of the Iraq-War related articles published in the discipline’s major journals. Bonds concludes that, while sociologists have made important contributions to our collective understanding of American aspects of this war, much more research is needed to understand how the invasion and occupation impacted Iraqi society and individual Iraqis.

Al-Tikriti Presents Paper at Budapest Workshop

Associate Professor of History and American Studies Nabil Al-Tikriti presented a paper titled “Registering Slavery, Takfīring Enemies, Tasting Death: Şehzade Korkud’s (d. 1513) Contributions to Ottoman Religio-Political Policies.” It was presented at the “(Re)thinking Ottoman Sunnitization, ca. 1450-1700″ workshop, held on August 25-26, at Budapest’s Central European University (CEU).  The workshop is part of the OTTOCONFESSION Project, which is supported by a European Research Council (ERC) grant, and jointly administered by both Prof. Derin Terzioğlu of Istanbul’s Boğaziçi Üniversitesi and Prof. Tijana Krystić of CEU.

Prof. Al-Tikriti’s paper summarized the contributions of Korkud to Ottoman religious identity in the early 16th century. This paper should next be turned into a chapter in the workshop proceedings, with an exploration of Korkud’s sources and their intellectual lineages.

Here is a link to the Ottoconfession Project Website.

The project summary: “How and why did the Ottoman Empire evolve from a fourteenth-century polity where “confessional ambiguity” between Sunnism and Shiism prevailed into an Islamic state concerned with defining and enforcing a “Sunni orthodoxy” by the early sixteenth century? How did the Ottoman Sunni notions of “orthodoxy” subsequently evolve during the 17th century? Recent historiography attributes the growing concern with “orthodoxy” in the Ottoman Empire to the rise of the rival Shii Safavid Empire beginning in the first decade of the sixteenth century. However, the OTTOCONFESSION project is based on the premise that the evolution of Ottoman discourse on Sunni orthodoxy can be understood only in a longer perspective that spans the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries and that it was shaped by religio-political dynamics not only among the Ottoman and Safavid Muslims, but also among Christian communities in the Ottoman Empire and in Europe as well. The project sets out to demonstrate that although the polarization between Sunni and Shii Islam on the one hand, and Catholic and Protestant Christianity on the other, resulted from the dynamics specific to the Turco-Iranian world and Europe, respectively, the subsequent processes of confession- (and in some cases state-) building were related and constitute an entangled history of confessionalization that spanned Europe and the Middle East. The project will investigate the evolution of confessional discourses in the Ottoman Empire in both community-specific and entangled, cross-communal perspectives between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries by focusing on a) the agents and strategies; b) textual genres; and c) sites of confessionalization.”

Prior to the workshop Prof. Al-Tikriti rode the rails from Budapest to Bucharest to Sofia before taking a bus to Istanbul and then spending three weeks in rural Turkey preparing for these august proceedings.

Caffrey Releases New CD

Senior Associate Registrar Kevin Caffrey releases his latest CD, Downshifter, on Friday, Sept. 1. Consisting of all original music, the main inspiration behind the work is Caffrey’s personal experience with adopting a simpler lifestyle that emphasizes and focuses on meaningful family, social and personal relationships. He’ll be performing at Union Market in Richmond on Sept. 1 and at Grounds Bistro in Stafford on Sept. 9.


Larus Hosts Roundtable in Hong Kong

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Waple Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, organized and chaired the Roundtable “Security Dynamics in the Asia-Pacific” at the International Studies Association-Hong Kong conference June 15-18, 2017, in Hong Kong. She also presented her research paper, “U.S. Naval Coalition Building and Regional Security in the Asia-Pacific,” at the conference.

Magrakvelidze Publishes Article in the Journal of Physics

Maia Magrakvelidze, assistant professor in the Physics Department, co-authored an article with Himadri S. Chakraborty titled “Attosecond time delays in the valence photoionization of xenon and iodine at energies degenerate with core emissions” in the Journal of Physics: Conference Series 875, 022015 (2017), published online on Aug. 18, 2017. (See link: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1742-6596/875/3/022015?pageTitle=IOPscience)

Bylenok Publishes Poem “Homologue: Husband”

Over the summer, the journal Vinyl published Assistant Professor of English Laura Bylenok’s poem “Homologue: Husband,” which can be found here: