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MemberAllison Margaret Bigelow

I study the language of colonial science and technology, mostly agriculture and metalwork. By finding texts that bridge the “trade gap” of history and literature – technical treatises, memoriales de arbitristas, legal papers – my research shows how we can unearth the rich literacies and intellectual agencies of understudied groups like women and indigenous experts.

MemberEllen McClure

…mars 2013): 65-74.

“Religion and Representation in Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron,” in Sacred and Secular Agency in Early Modern France, ed. Sanja Perovic, New York: Continuum Press, 2012, 52-67.

“Neo-Stoicism and the Spe…

I am currently working on a monograph, The Logic of Idolatry: Creation and Human Authorship in Seventeenth-Century France, which examines how writers and philosophers (d’Urfé, Descartes, La Fontaine, Sévigné, Molière, Racine) used the discourse of idolatry to criticize or reimagine models of human and divine agency.

MemberIvan Mouraviev

I graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in musicology from The University of Auckland. My dissertation investigated how players relate to music in the digital game Dota 2 with respect to style, affect, and agency. I will continue studying music internationally, focusing in my research on music, media, and popular culture.

MemberYevgenya Strakovsky

Research Focus:
The long 19th Century (Romanticism, Realism, High Modernism),
Education and the Individual (The Bildungsroman, autonomy, agency, citizenship, personality, character development)Methodological Interests/Interdisciplinary Ties:
Translation Studies,
History of Visual Arts,
History of Music,
Cognitive Approaches to Literature,
Graphic Design and VisualizationProfessional Concerns:
Humanities in Higher Education,
Public Outreach,
Arts Administration

MemberDaniel McClellan

…“Cognitive Perspectives on Divine Agency in the Hebrew Bible”
Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature
Boston, MA, November 18–21…

I am a PhD candidate in theology and religion at the University of Exeter, where I am writing my doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Francesca Stavrakopoulou. My dissertation treats the concept of divine agency in the Hebrew Bible through the methodological lenses of cognitive linguistics and the cognitive science of religion. More specifically, I am interrogating the notion of communicable agency as represented by the ark of the covenant and the messenger of YHWH. My thesis at Trinity Western University interrogated the conceptualization of deity in the Hebrew Bible through the application of cognitive linguistic frameworks. Among other things, it concluded that the conceptual category of deity was not clearly delineated and extended well beyond the traditional dichotomous view of deity as “Wholly Other.” My thesis at the University of Oxford, “Anti-Anthropomorphism and the Vorlage of LXX Exodus,” examined the case for translator exegesis in the so-called anti-anthropomorphic variants in the Septuagint. It was awarded the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies’ annual award for “Best Dissertation.” While my primary areas of specialization are early Israelite religion, textual criticism, and Second Temple Judaism, my work in cognitive linguistics and the cognitive science of religion has expanded my research interests into broader studies of religion, religious identity, and linguistics.

MemberHannah Huber, PhD

Hannah Huber is an American Literature scholar with an interest in sleep studies and the digital humanities. She received her PhD in English from the University of South Carolina in May 2019. Her dissertation “‘Power in Repose’: Sleep and Agency in American Literature, 1875-1916” focuses on the work of Henry James, Charles Chesnutt, Edith Wharton, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and explores the circumscription of sleep and social agency in U.S. literary fiction. Currently, she is expanding her dissertation research into a book manuscript and digital humanities project. She was awarded the 2016-17 Elias Essay Prize (sponsored by the International Theodore Dreiser Society and awarded annually to a graduate student or untenured faculty for unpublished work on literary Naturalism) for her article “Illuminating Sleeplessness in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth,” which appears in Studies in American Naturalism, vol. 11, no. 2 (winter 2016).

MemberRyan Gurney

I am an art historian specializing in the visual culture of the Dutch Golden Age. My research focuses on urban identity and sociopolitical agency as expressed in paintings and prints produced after the Protestant Reformation. ​ My work interlaces visual analysis and political history with urban theory to trace how self-perceptions of our role and worth in urban communities influence our visual enagagement with the world.

MemberYizhou Xu

Yizhou (Joe) Xu is a PhD Student in Media & Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Department of Communication Arts. His research interest deals with the software development industry in China, particularly dealing with the roles of state policy, digital labor, and platforms. Prior to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Joe was a documentarian and broadcast journalist based in Beijing working for new agencies including CBS News, NPR, and Swiss TV.