Literature and visual culture of the Middle East & North Africa
Librarian working the Digital Humanities, Linked Open Data, Open Educational Resources, and Middle East and North Africa.
Aaron L. Beek is a philologist and historian with two primary research areas: ancient banditry/piracy and ancient North Africa. More broadly, he works on a swath of Middle Republic and Hellenistic events, particularly as told and remembered by imperial-era writers centuries later. Other research interests include Plautus, Latin Patristics (especially Tertullian), and Latin epigraphy (particularly epigraphy in North Africa). He has also worked on history pedagogy, digital humanities, and text analysis.
18th-19th C cultures, literatures; comparative studies; gender, sexuality; material culture; cultural history; Spain; Spain-Cuba and Spain-North Africa 18th-19th centuries; convict transport history; labor history and history of women’s work; fashion and costume history; Madrid; Iberian studies; Enlightenment; book history; translation; media studies; popular culture; popular theatre; prose fiction; European literary history; history of ideas.
Teaching and doing research on Late Medieval & Early Modern Mediterranean Literature, Iberian News of “Conquest,” Theater and Diplomacy. Currently a Berenson Fellow at I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies). Board Member of Directors of SNAP (The Spain-North Africa Project), Officer at PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association) and member of Diversifying the Classics, UCLA.
My areas of interest center on the place of the historical within contemporary built environments. I aim to gain a better understanding of how surviving traces of the past are preserved, interpreted, experienced and exploited today, and how they contribute to urban life while inspiring urban identities. A solid understanding of the past is thus required. My specialties include architecture and planning of the modern era, built environments of European colonialism, heritage management, and North Africa.
…ine and Time. Edited by John Doody, Kim Paffenroth, and Sean Hannan. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, Under Contract.
“Optatus of Milevis and the Improvisation of Universalism.” Proceedings of the Lived Ancient Religion in North Africa Conference (Madrid, Feb. 19-21, 2020). In Preparation.
“Individuating Time: the Indivisible Moment in Augustine and Ancient Atomism.” The Unique, the Singular, and the Individual: the Debate about the Non-Comparable. E…
Sean Hannan (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2016) is an Assistant Professor in the Humanities at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His research focuses on the intellectual history of Christianity, with emphases on late antiquity, North Africa, and the philosophy of time. While his doctoral project dealt with temporality in the works of Augustine of Hippo, his current research broadens out to incorporate alternative accounts of time drawn from antiquity and the Middle Ages. At MacEwan, he has a mandate to make use of methods from the digital humanities when teaching courses on ancient, medieval, and early modern history.
Christopher is a retired Air Force colonel who has traveled to over 50 countries and resided on all seven continents. In addition to aviation, he served as a military strategist and tactician, participated in the budget development process, and worked as an international relations regional expert. Since military retirement, he served as a DoD civilian focused on the elimination of weapons of mass destruction programs in non-allied nations, and as a medical claims supervisor for the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2015, he used his educational benefits to become a certified teacher in the state of Pennsylvania, and currently works as a district substitute in Grove City, PA. He has been an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. – an international historical society focusing on the middle ages and Renaissance period in Europe, north Africa, and the middle east – for over three decades.