I earned my PhD degree in Musicology from Leeds Beckett University. I taught “Composition Techniques in 20th century”, “Critical Perspectives in Musical Composition”, “Introduction to Sociology”, and “Social Thought in Movies” at various institutions and departments. I come from a computer science and engineering and historical musicology background. My PhD thesis focused on the genealogy of death/doom metal music networks in northern England. I have previously worked on John Dowland’s religious oeuvre and Elizabethan social structures in 17th century; and I have also written a dissertation on the ideas of death and suicide in depressive suicidal black metal music. I am currently working as an assistant professor in musicology at Istanbul University, State Conservatory. My research interests include extreme metal music, death and culture, and digital musicology among others.
My dissertation, titled “The Ethics of Emotion: The Dialectic of Empathy and Estrangement in Postmodern German Literature and Film” (available via MLA CORE: https://commons.mla.org/deposits/item/mla:113/) examined anti-fascist rhetorical strategies in postwar German texts. I’m interested in cognitive approaches to literary study including how we experience texts emotionally and how biology might intersect with fields such as psychoanalysis to open up new questions or new approaches to old questions.
Other interests include the public humanities, humanities pedagogy, and the preparation of humanities PhDs for multiple career paths. My position as coordinator of the Connected Academics Project at the MLA specifically addresses this last issue. Before landing at the MLA, I considered fields such as advising and university development as possible career options.
Irhamni finished his bachelor in library and information science degree fromUniversity of Indonesia in 2005 and continuing to master program in Information Technology for Library at Computer Science Department of Bogor Agricultural University in 2011, his thesis titled Evaluation and egovernment design of legal product repository system as the implementation of deposit function at National Library of Indonesia. Currently work as a Chief of Library Program Analyst and Reporting Subdivision at the Strategic Planning Bureau National Library of Indonesia. He is active member of Indonesia Library Information Scholar Association, and also A Board of Director of APLiN (ASEAN Public Library Information Network), currently active wrote on Indonesia library and information scientific magazine with author name Irhamni Ali.
Senior Fellow | Center for the Study of World Religions | Harvard Divinity School
Studied Prehistoric Archaeology at the Free University of Berlin under Prof. Hänsel and Prof. Teržan, where I finished studies in 2009 achieving the degree of Magister Artium. Main focus of research is the European Bronze Age, especially burial customs and material culture in view of the representation of prestige and social hierarchy, closely related to my interest in places of cult and ritual respectively the question of their archaeological evidence. Dissertation deals with the phenomenon of miniature swords in the Nordic Bronze Age and the role of these symbolic arms as markers of social rank. From Montelius’ Period IV onwards, miniature swords are found in burials while their larger pendants are mostly (but not exclusively) connected to depositions. Other than stated before, miniature swords are not displacing the large arms as grave goods completely – when they are disappearing from burials in Period V this also means the end of the Bronze Age miniature sword phenomenon in the North. Second field of research is the Pre-Pottery Neolithic and beginning sedentism as well as the development of early complex societies; affiliated with the Göbekli Type research project of the German Archaeological Institute’s Orient Department, excavating the oldest yet known monumental architecture – an early cultic centre or gathering place of hunter-gatherer groups near Şanlıurfa in south-eastern Anatolia.
I study Anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), where I have also volunteered as a student tutor. I am interested in computer assisted design and its application in archaeological research and outreach, as the three-dimensional reconstruction of findings and excavation surfaces. I work in the Historical Museum of La Matanza (Buenos Aires Province, Argentina) as an assistant technician. Besides surveying the museum backyard, I engage in outreach activities and also perform as a guide for the Pleistocene-megafauna exhibition. My current research topics are related to historical artifacts, from glassware to floor tiles, collected both in the Museum backyard and La Elvira site (see my publications), and also the prehispanic pottery technology found in La Matanza river shores (unpublished).
My research focuses on the lives and work of Ellen Terry (1847-1928), the nineteenth-century actor and her daughter, Edith Craig (1869-1947) who was an influential theatre director and activist in the women’s suffrage movement. She directed many plays in support of women’s suffrage and founded the London-based Pioneer Players theatre society (1911-25). My publications include three books on her life and work: Edith Craig: Dramatic Lives (1998); Women and Theatre in the Age of Suffrage: The Pioneer Players 1911-25 (2001) and Edith Craig and the Theatres of Art (2017). I am editor of the British Academy funded Collected Letters of Ellen Terry (8 vols 2010-). This edition draws on over 3,000 letters held in libraries, archives and private collections in the UK and USA. I am Principal Investigator of two online projects. • The AHRC Searching for Theatrical Ancestors (2015-17) resource was listed as one of the top 50 websites for family history research in 2017 by BBC Who Do You Think You Are magazine. • The AHRC Ellen Terry and Edith Craig Database project enabled the National Trust to deposit most of its archive at the British Library.
I am currently Associate Professor in Biblical Studies (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament) at Samford University. My research on the Hebrew Bible focuses on the interconnections between two large themes, wisdom and suffering, and two literary features, intertextuality and genre.