MemberJohn Tinnell

My research focuses on new media technologies and communication practices that integrate with the built environment to affect urban life; he emphasizes the challenges and opportunities they present for writers, artists, cultural critics, and public intellectuals across the humanities. My new book — Actionable Media (Oxford UP, 2018) — explores a new wave of digital culture emerging in the wake of ubiquitous computing, smart cities, and the Internet of Things. I co-edited (with Sean Morey) a 2017 book titled Augmented Reality: Innovative Perspectives across Art, Industry, and Academia.

MemberGeorge Flaherty

George Flaherty is an associate professor of art history and director of the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS).   Dr. Flaherty’s research and teaching focus primarily on visual, urban, and media cultures in twentieth-century and contemporary Latin America and the Latino U.S., with emphasis on Mexico, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and Cuba. His interests extend to postcolonial and subaltern studies, and the historiography of “global contemporary” art. On campus he is affiliated with the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and Center for Mexican American Studies.   His first book, Hotel Mexico: Dwelling on the ’68 Movement (University of California Press 2016), investigated the spatial dimensions of the 1968 student-led democratization movement in Mexico City and its afterlives. This project received support from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art, Washington), Social Science Research Council, Society of Architectural Historians, and a Fulbright-García Robles grant to Mexico City, where he was a visiting scholar at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Hotel Mexico was recognized with the 17th annual Arvey Book Award from the Association of Latin American Art.   His second book, tentatively titled Aperturas: Opening Social Truth in Greater Mexico between Still and Moving Images, examines the increasingly overlapping roles of photography, film, and television as creative strategies for advancing critical modernity and social justice in Mexico and its borderlands in the long twentieth century.   Dr. Flaherty’s essays and reviews have appeared in Journal of the Society of Architectural HistoriansArt in Translation, and History of Photography, as well as several anthologies, including Genealogías del arte contemporáneo en México, 1952-1967 (IIE/UNAM 2015), Defying Stability: Artistic Processes in Mexico, 1952-1967 (MUAC 2014), and Latin American Modern Architectures: Ambiguous Territories (Routledge 2012). He has lectured at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Williams College, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, and Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco.   From 2012-2018 he is co-principal investigator, with Dr. Andrea Giunta (Universidad de Buenos Aires), of “Grounds for Comparison: Neo-Vanguards and Latin American/U.S. Latino Art, 1960-90,” a series of research seminars and publications for emerging scholars from across the Americas sponsored by the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative. He has also contributed to curatorial projects at the Autry Museum of the American West, Harry Ransom Center, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and served on the editorial board of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies.

MemberNancy Um

Nancy Um is professor of art history at Binghamton University. She received her MA and PhD in art history from UCLA. Her research explores the Islamic world from the perspective of the coast, with a focus on material, visual, and built culture on the Arabian Peninsula and around the rims of the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. Her first book The Merchant Houses of Mocha: Trade and Architecture in an Indian Ocean Port (University of Washington Press, 2009) relies upon a cross-section of visual, architectural, and textual sources to present the early modern coastal city of Mocha as a space that was nested within wider world networks, structured to communicate with far-flung ports and cities across a vast matrix of exchange. Her second book, Shipped but not Sold: Material Culture and the Social Order of Trade during Yemen’s Age of Coffee (University of Hawai’i Press, 2017), explores the material practices and informal social protocols that undergirded the overseas trade in 18th C Yemen. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, African Arts, Northeast African Studies, Journal of Early Modern History, Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, Art History, and Getty Research Journal. She has received research fellowships from the Fulbright program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Getty Foundation, and the American Institute for Yemeni Studies.

MemberNicole Bonino

My area of specialty is nineteenth-and-twentieth-century Latin America, with a comparative focus on representations migration movements in Argentinian and Italian literature and culture.My PhD dissertation, currently entitled (In)migración, política y medioambiente en la literatura italiana y argentina (1880-1930), focuses on the diasporic movements related to the South-South axis involving specifically the Italian migration to Argentina from 1880 to 1930. I am interested in analyzing this global movement as an unexpected side effect of the liberal policies supported by the creolist elite at the end of the 19th century. After investigating this migratory phenomenon from both the Argentinian and the Italian side—considering both the popular and the elitist perspective—I will focus attention on the cultural, linguistic, and artistic production born as a consequence of the encounter between these two cultures. My intention is to prove that, in a society of immigrants, integration can lead to fundamental cultural manifestations which, eventually, will form a new nation different and richer than the previous one. Theoretical support for my dissertation will be offered by Benedict Anderson’s vision of the “imagined community” as presented in the homonymous book, as well as by René Girard’s interpretation of the concepts of “escape goat”, “myth”, and “persecution”, emerging from works such as La Violence et le sacré  and Les origines de la culture. (In)migration, as reflected in art and literature, represents the focus of my research. I am currently working on connecting my migratory studies to the field of environmental criticism. 

MemberMichael Stanley-Baker

I am an historian of Chinese Medicine and Religion, with a focus first in the early Imperial period, and secondly in contemporary Taiwan, China and Han diasporic communities. I also have a clinical degree in Chinese medicine, and am interested in how healing practices bridge multiple personal, embodied and social dimensions. I am currently writing a book on the emergence of medicine and religion as different but closely related fields of practice in early imperial China, provisionally titled Situating Practice: Medicine and Religion in Early Imperial China. I am also co-editing two other books, the Routledge Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Situating Medicine and Religion Across Asia.  I am project lead on a Digital Humanities project titled Drugs Across Asia. This data-mines the Buddhist, Daoist and medical corpora for data concerning materia medica. This project combines text-marking, statistical analysis, network visualisation and GIS mapping to provide entirely new levels of analysis of pre-modern text corpora, showing the distribution of drug terms across time, space, and textual genre. It is a collaborative venture between the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, National Taiwan University and Dharma Drum Institute for Liberal Arts, with contributors from Fu-jen University, Taipei. The primary toolsets are DocuSky and MARKUS. I also serve as a Vice-President of the International Association for the Study of Asian Medicine (IASTAM), a multi-disciplinary society including history, anthropology, ethno-botany, ethno-pharmacology, public health, clinical trials, and is the only society of its kind to include practitioners. We publish the journal Asian Medicine, host conferences, and are engaged in collaborative research as well as advocacy to global institutions such as the WHO, the Humboldt Forum, and the WHS.

MemberJames Gifford

I am Professor of English in the School of the Humanities and Director of the University Core at Fairleigh Dickinson University – Vancouver Campus. In Fall 2017, I was Visiting Professor at l’Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, and for the Fall of 2011, I was Visiting Professor of English in the graduate program at Simon Fraser University. For 2006–2008, I was an Assistant Professor (limited term) and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. I pursue studies in Music and performance as well. Beginning, July 1st, 2017, I am Director of FDU Press, the editorial offices for which relocated to FDU’s Vancouver campus. My research interests include Transatlantic Modernism (British, American, Irish, and Canadian), colonialism and decolonization, prose and poetry, media studies, cultural studies, genetic criticism, anarchism, radical political thought, and opera. I have particular interests in Lawrence Durrell, Henry Miller, Elizabeth Smart, T.S. Eliot, Ursula K. Le Guin, Aidan Higgins, and related authors.