MemberHolly M. Wendt

Holly M. Wendt is Assistant Professor of English at Lebanon Valley College and teaches creative writing, medieval literature, and sports literature. They are also the director of the campus visiting writers’ series, “Writing: A Life,” and a member of the Global Education Committee and Intergroup Dialogue Working Group. Their research interests include Beowulf, the homilies of Wulfstan, and Deor, as well as early eighteenth century piracy. Their creative works have appeared in BarrelhouseMemoriousGulf Stream, and elsewhere, and they are a weekly contributor to Baseball Prospectus’s Short Relief column. They are a recipient of the Robert and Charlotte Baron Fellowship for Visual and Creative Artists from the American Antiquarian Society, as well as a fellowship from the Jentel Foundation.

MemberChristoph Lange

I studied from 2004–2011 Social Anthropology and Middle East Studies at the University of Leipzig. With my first travels to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, I set my research focus on the Levant region within the Arab Middle East. From 2008–2012 I worked for the German state-funded Collaborative Research Center CRC 586 „Difference and Integration“ at the universities of Leipzig and Halle/Lutherstadt Wittenberg where I conducted my first ethnographic research about Bedouin representations in Syrian television dramas and Arab media discourses about authenticity. Since 2014 I am working as a doctoral researcher at the Research Lab “Transformations of Life” at the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne. My actual PhD-research project is about the breeding, standardization and circulation of Arabian purebred horses with an ethnographic focus on Egypt and Arab actors within the global breeding industry.

MemberMarc Snyder

French & Vietnamese were my first languages… I was born in Saigon, Vietnam. Have lived in Paris, Toulouse, Morocco, Cyprus, Lebanon… I like to: cook, ski, snowboard, go backpacking, play classical guitar. I’m currently learning Arabic.I am also a French professor and language entrepreneur in the Pittsburgh PA area, produce ebooks, and write online materials for language learning. Stanford PhD in French & Humanities. Ancien élève de l’Ecole Alsacienne (Paris). My interests are wide and varied: literature, criticism, teaching of language, cinema, reception. Feel free to connect with me onMarc Snyder
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MemberJedidiah Anderson

…fani’s and Khalifa’s Work, Deleuze Studies Journal, forthcoming

Chapters in Edited Collections

2014 – “LGBTIQ NGOs in Lebanon and Postcolonial Critiques”: Queer Geography Anthology, published by Kran Film Collective and funded in part by the Danish Art…

My work focuses on minority groups and transnational identities in the Arab World, examining them primarily through the research methodologies of oral history and ethnography. In conducting my research, I endeavor to contribute to what Edward Said referred to as the next logical step after the writing of Orientalism, that is to find “…contemporary alternatives to Orientalism, [to ask] how one can study other cultures and people from a libertarian, or a nonrepressive and nonmanipulative, perspective.” To this end, I am primarily concerned with bringing silenced and marginal voices into discourse in the field, and examining not only the relations between modernity and marginality, but the relationship between researcher and subject as well. PGP Fingerprint: 4772 C80C D2C8 BE54 DC93 C88A 66F4 9E6F 6431 29D9

MemberDustin Nash

…shtar’s Decent.” In the Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions.  London: Routledge, 2016.

Aini, Leah. “Rose of Lebanon.” Translated from Modern Hebrew to  English by Dustin Nash.  Asia: The Quarterly Magazine of Asian Literature 1/3 (2006): 116-15…

Dustin Nash’s research straddles disciplinary boundaries through its exploration of the nexus between religion, politics, and identity in the formation of the Hebrew Bible, and the repercussions of scribal engagement with these categories in the development of Judaism. Dustin received his B.A. in 2004 from Luther College of Decorah, IA.  He was a visiting graduate student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from 2004-2005, received an MTS from Harvard Divinity School in 2007, an MA in Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University in 2011, and his PhD from the same institution in 2015.  He is currently Assistant Professor of Religion Studies at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.  His courses there include “Jewish Traditions,” “Paths in Jewish Thought,” “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” “Reading Biblical Hebrew,” “Rabbinic Texts and Traditions,” “Speaking with the Divine: Divination, Shamanism, and Prophecy,” and “Myth, Religion, and Creation.”