Dr. Kathi Inman Berens, Associate Professor of English at Portland State University, has published peer-reviewed research about digital humanities, contemporary publishing, and digital literature. A Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, Dr. Berens conducted grant-supported research for IBM when she was faculty and a Fellow of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California. She is co-editor of the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 4 (forthcoming 2021), and was the 2014-15 U.S. Fulbright Scholar of Digital Culture to Norway. Her essays have been published by Oxford University Press, Electronic Book Review, Digital Humanities Quarterly, the University of Minnesota Press, and other venues. Dr. Berens consults with Portland, OR companies on VR medical therapies, immersive storytelling, and mobile web interface design. Two years of survey work about book festivals and book discovery provide foundational data for insights about consumer behavior at the Portland Book Festival. She is advisory council for arts non-profits Literary Arts, NW Film Center, and Oregon Storyboard.
Antares (Tara) Boyle is currently Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Portland State University, and previously served on the faculty of the University of Northern Colorado. Her research focuses on contemporary art music, ranging from that by European post-serial composers Salvatore Sciarrino and Harrison Birtwistle to Canadian minimalist Ann Southam and American jazz pianist Craig Taborn. Tara completed her PhD in music theory at the University of British Columbia in 2018. Her dissertation, which theorized segmentation and form in repetitive post-tonal music, was awarded the Society for Music Theory’s SMT-40 Dissertation Fellowship in 2018. Tara’s other research interests include theorizing musical meter, ostinato, and groove; the interactions between performance and analysis; and minimalist and process composition and improvisation. She has presented her research at various regional, national, and international conferences, including the annual meetings of the Society for Music Theory, the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, the New England Conference of Music Theorists, the Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory, and the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic. She serves as co-chair of the Society for Music Theory’s Post-1945 Music Analysis Interest Group. Tara is also an accomplished flutist. Before turning her attention to music theory, she earned a Master’s degree in flute performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, won prizes in the International Sydney Flute Festival Competition and the Gisborne International Music Competition, and spent several years working as a freelance flutist in Los Angeles. She enjoys performing new music, especially as part of a duo with her husband, pianist Rory Cowal.
Brian R. Doak is Director of George Fox Digital, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, and Faculty Fellow in the Honors Program at George Fox University, just outside of Portland, Oregon. He is the recipient of the Aviram Prize for archaeological research (2012) as well as the George Fox University Undergraduate Researcher of the Year (2014). He is the author of four books—Heroic Bodies in Ancient Israel (Oxford, 2019); Phoenician Aniconism in its Mediterranean and Ancient Near Eastern Contexts (SBL Press, 2015); Consider Leviathan: Narratives of Nature and the Self in Job (Fortress, 2014); The Last of the Rephaim: Conquest and Cataclysm in the Heroic Ages of Ancient Israel (Ilex Foundation/Harvard University Press, 2012)—as well as the forthcoming Ancient Israel’s Neighbors (Oxford, 2020). He is also the co-editor (with Carolina López-Ruiz) of the Oxford Handbook of the Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean (Oxford University Press, 2019). My personal website, with teaching videos, public lectures, etc. My full CV George Fox University Bio Page Weird Religion (my podcast, co-hosted with Leah Payne)
Professional Experience Acting Graduate Coordinator, Department of English, Lakehead University, 2020 Acting Assistant Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Lakehead University, 2018 Associate Professor (tenured), Department of English, Lakehead University, 2010–Present Visiting Professor, Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, 2008, 2009 Graduate Coordinator, Department of English, Lakehead University, 2009-12 Assistant Professor, Department of English, Lakehead University, 2007–2010 Chair of Graduate Council (equivalent to Dean of Graduate Studies), Winona State University, 2005–2007 Associate Professor (tenured), Department of English, Winona State University, 2005–2007 Assistant Professor, Department of English, Winona State University, 2001–2005 Lecturer, Department of English, University of Toronto, 2000–2001 Instructor, Division of Humanities, University of Toronto at Scarborough, 1999–2000
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I am a historian of early modern Italy, focusing on religious and popular culture. I am currently an assistant professor of history at SUNY Cortland, and I hold a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. My first book, The Bishop’s Burden: Reforming the Catholic Church in Early Modern Italy, explores how attempts to reform the Catholic Church in the wake of the Protestant Reformation were negotiated and enacted in seventeenth-century Italy. Although the Catholic Church charged bishops with implementing significant changes, it failed to provide concrete guidance. This lack of institutional support forced bishops to build their own reform programs, which allowed for creativity as they encountered unique challenges and negotiated changes with parish clergy and communities. I am currently working on a book-length study of the control of sexual sin and crime by both Church and state in 16th-18th century Venice. In this period, both authorities increased their efforts to control the behavior of ordinary people, as part of projects of confessionalization and statebuilding. Examining trials for sins and crimes including seduction, bigamy, concubinage, sexual violence, and prostitution, allow me to hear the voices and learn about the lives of Venetians, cutting across boundaries of class, gender, age, ethnicity, and religious identity.
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