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MemberStefan Fisher-Høyrem

I am a researcher on the project Cultural Conflict 2.0 which is headed by Professor David Herbert. The project investigates the development of cultural conflicts, as well as production and reproduction of social order, via social media, collective rituals, city promotion and planning, etc. in different cities in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands. My research interests are located at the intersection of modern social and technological history, historiography and theory of history, and secularity studies and political theology. As a historian of modernity, I am interested in the material technological/performative mediation of “modern” concepts of temporality, autonomy, and immanence. I have taught modules in the theory of history, religious studies, culture and communication, worldview pluralism, and philosophy of science. I have lectured on rhetoric, nineteenth-century British history, and theories of secularity and secularisation.

MemberSam Barber

I study the material and visual cultures of late ancient and early medieval Europe, with a special focus on iconographies and architectures of authority in the post-Roman successor states. My doctoral dissertation is a cultural history of palaces between the third and the tenth centuries CE. Though a constant across this period, palaces underwent dramatic changes architecturally and institutionally. Drawing on theories of landscape and space, I use palaces as a lens for examining shifts in concepts of legitimate authority and the relationship of ruler and subject. In addition to my dissertation, I am also interested in the history of medieval art more generally (including its historiography); urban studies and architectural theory; and concepts of identity, ethnicity, and community in the Early Middle Ages.

MemberBryan Wagner

My primary research focuses on African American expression in the context of slavery and its aftermath. I have secondary interests in legal history, cultural theory, and popular music. My first book, Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power after Slavery, a study of black vernacular expression and its entanglement with the law, was published by Harvard University Press in 2009. I’m currently working on two books: Fables of Moral Economy, a close analysis of African-derived global traditions engaged with problems of property and subsistence, and Fugitives, Contrabands, Spies, Servants & Laborers, an experiment in historiography that imagines the new social history of slavery from the standpoint of its source materials.

MemberJonathan Schmidt-Swartz

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University focusing on Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. My primary research interests and dissertation focus broadly on the intersection of ancient scribal culture, critical theory, and kingship. More specifically, my dissertation aims to trace the intellectual history and historiography of kingship found within the Hebrew Bible in more concrete terms, namely, by considering how scribes (re)interpreted sources they inherited.

MemberJaquetta Shade-Johnson

Jaquetta is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University.  Her research interests include cultural rhetorics, historiography, American Indian rhetorics, decolonial theory, Indigenous methodologies, and memoir. Her dissertation project, “Wishi Stories,” focuses on rhetorical strategies of survivance and continuance in Cherokee foodways through oral history, embodiment, land-based knowledge, and archival research methods. She serves on the council of the Indigenous Graduate Student Collective at Michigan State and as a mentor for the Indigenous Youth Empowerment Program.

MemberJennifer Way

I am an art historian specializing in the 20th and 21st centuries, with emphasis on the period from 1945 to the present. Previously, I worked in the curatorial departments of art museums in Philadelphia and Detroit and in leadership for nfp organizations. My current research explores how Americans engaged with a foreign art form in projects that intersected international agendas with domestic everyday life, and linked the United States and Vietnam on questions of diplomacy, domestication and belonging in the Free World during the 1950s. I use historical texts and contemporary theory to illuminate archival materials, object practices, and discursive meanings that arise at the intersection of politics, economy and art. Course topics I teach in relation to my research examine craft and decorative art in historiographies of modernism; visual culture, refugees and migrants; art and suffering; objects of diplomacy; heritage and memory; and the politics of exhibitions.