Gregor Thuswaldner is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Humanities at North Park University in Chicago where I also served as Acting Provost in fall 2017. From 2003 until 2016 he was Professor of German and Linguistics and Senior Fellow of the Center for Faith and Inquiry at Gordon College From 2006 until 2012 he chaired Gordon’s Department of Languages and Linguistics. He is also a co-founder, former Academic Director, and current Senior Fellow of the Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts. He has written on literature, language, religion, culture, politics, and higher education. His publications have appeared in refereed journals, academic books, magazines, and American, German, and Austrian newspapers. His latest book publications are the co-edited volumes Making Sacrifices: Visions of Sacrifice in European and American Cultures (2016) and The Hermeneutics of Hell: Visions and Representations of the Devil in World Literature (2017).
I am a specialist in Bengali Shakta traditions, and particularly intrigued by how political authority, canonical works of literature, and esotericism mediate differences between or within religions. My current book project, Raja Krishnacandra: Hindu Kingship and Myth-Making in Early Modern Bengal, explores how an eighteenth century Bengali raja named Krishnacandra Ray — famed throughout the region as a patron of Sanskrit scholarship, a champion of tantric goddess worship, and the alleged architect of British colonialism in India — passed into myth, and what that process suggests about the formation of regional and sectarian identities. Other interests at the moment include sacrifice, ritual magic, literary exegesis, and Hindu-Buddhist interactions.
My writing and research examine the representation of airpower and the human costs of airpower employment in twentieth and twenty-first century literature. My interests blend my first career as a USAF Officer and aviator with my newest career teaching and writing about literature. After twenty-two years as a KC-135 navigator, conducting in-flight refueling with other aircraft and flying combat missions over Afghanistan, I returned to my first love, literature. I currently teach American Lit, Multi-ethnic Lit, and Intro to Lit. I’m developing a course on Contemporary War Writing for 2019. I recently co-facilitated two sessions of “From Troy to Baghdad: Dialogues on the Experience of War and Homecoming” for the New Hampshire Humanities. In this group, veterans and their families read and discussed The Odyssey as a springboard to discover their own truths about combat trauma, personal sacrifice, and readjustment.
Principally trained in both early Christianity and early Judaism, I approach religion in antiquity from an interdisciplinary perspective that challenges category assumptions about early Christian and Jewish literature. In my research and teaching, my goal is to showcase the intricacies of shared cosmological expectations among the communities of the ancient Mediterranean. I write about the intersection of cultural expectations in narratives from the Greco-Roman period, across religious boundaries, especially narrative-level rituals. My first book, My Flesh is Meat Indeed (Fortress; 2015) evaluates how John 6:51c–58 contributes to the gospel’s presentation of Jesus as divine in light of Hellenistic attitudes about sacrifice, divinity, and the consumption of human flesh. My next book-length project, Hierophagy: Transformational Eating in Ancient Literature, explores how performative consumption effects transformation in ancient Mediterranean narratives.
Michael Anthony Fowler is Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Design at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Fowler specializes in the art and material culture of ancient Greece and the Near East. His dissertation, “Human Sacrifice in Greek Antiquity: Between Myth, Image, and Reality,” offers an archaeologically and art historically grounded inquiry into the historicity, forms, and meanings of human sacrifice. The project combines several of Fowler’s research interests, particularly the iconography and archaeology of ritual and violence in the artistic imagination. Fowler most recently held the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History (2018-2019) at ETSU. He has also taught as Visiting Lecturer at the University of Tübingen’s Institute for Classical Archaeology (2014) and as Art Humanities Instructor at Columbia (2013-2014; 2016-2017), where he earned the Preceptor Award for Excellence in Teaching for the Core Curriculum in 2014. Since 2015, Fowler has been an active member of the team excavating the sanctuary of Poseidon at Onchestos (Boeotia, Greece), and for the past four years has served on the excavation’s senior staff as Supervisor of Site B (the administrative center). In summer 2018 he joined the excavation and scientific team working at the sanctuary of Apollo on the Cycladic islet of Despotiko. Fowler is also co-author of the annual Chronique Archéologique de la Religion Grecque (Kernos), for which he is responsible for Central Greece. Fowler was educated at Columbia University (Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A.), Tufts University (M.A.), Harvard University (M.T.S.), and The Colorado College (B.A.). His research has been generously supported by the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation Foreigners’ Fellowship, the Teach@Tübingen program, an Alliance Doctoral Mobility grant, the Riggio Fellowships in Art History, and a C.V. Starr writing grant.
…“Composing Ritual: The Epistemology of Sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible.” SBL Annual Meeting, November 24, 2019.
“The Priestly Narrative: A Biography.” SBL Annual Meeting, November 24, 2019.
…The Story of Sacrifice: Ritual and Narrative in the Priestly Pentateuchal Source (monograph under review).
The Priestly Narrative: A Hebrew Edition with English Translation and Introduction (proposal under review).
…“Dissertation Spotlight | Story and Sacrifice: Ritual, Narrative, and the Priestly Source,” Ancient Jew Review (March 2019).
“On the State of Pentateuchal Criticism,” Ancient Jew Review (November 2014)….
Leslie W. Lewis is professor of English at Goucher College where she teaches courses in literary studies and the Goucher commons curriculum. Her publications include “Liberatory Education,” The Hedgehog Review: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Culture (Summer 2019); Telling Narratives: Secrets in African American Literature(University of Illinois Press, 2007); Women’s Experience of Modernity, 1875-1945 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003, co-edited with Ann L. Ardis); “Biracial Promise and the New South in Minnie’s Sacrifice: A Protocol for Reading The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride”(African American Review,2006); “Philadelphia Fire and The Fire Next Time: Wideman Responds to Baldwin” in Critical Essays on John Edgar Wideman(University of Tennessee Press, 2006); “Naming the Problem Embedded in the Problem That Led to the Question ‘Who Shall Teach African American Literature?’; or, Are We Ready to Discard the Concept of Authenticity Altogether?” in White Scholars, African American Texts(Rutgers University Press, 2005). She has served as Provost of Goucher College, Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College, and as a faculty member and administrator at The College of Saint Rose and Emporia State University. She is a native of West Virginia, where her family maintains a farm.
…gary: A Multi-National Experiment in Early Twentieth-Century Europe (Exeter, 2002)
* Czechoslovakia in an Age of Nationalism and Fascism (Oxford, 2007) [with R.J. W. Evans]
*Sacrifice and Rebirth: The Legacy of the Last Habsburg War (Berghahn, 2016) [with John Paul Newman]…
I am a historian of modern East-Central Europe, specializing in the Habsburg Empire, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Yugoslavia. I also study the history of treason with a particular focus on Eastern Europe
…J. Sundquist, eds., After the Holocaust: challenging the myth of silence, (London: Routledge, 2012) 115 – 126.
“Purim, Passover, & Pilgrims: Symbols of Survival and Sacrifice in American postwar Holocaust survivor narratives,” in Reconstructing the Old Country: American Jewry in the Post Holocaust Decades, ed. Sheila Elana Jelen and Eleana A…
…b Cult, and the Re-Mapping of Ephesus in the Acts of John,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 30.1 (forthcoming, Spring 2022).
“Dining with ‘Inhuman’ Demons: Greco-Roman Sacrifice, Demonic Ritual, and the Christian Body in Clement of Alexandria,” Studia Patristica LXXXII (2017): 51-72.
“Daemonic Trickery, Platonic Mimicry: Traces of Christian …
I am an Assistant Professor of Religion at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. I teach courses in Christian Origins & History, Religion & Gender, Religion & Nature, and the interrelated histories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. My current research explores early Christian theorizations of nonhuman bodies – particularly those of evil “demons” – and how such conceptualizations impacted the construction and ritual performance of the early Christian body. My other research interests include topics in gender/sexuality studies, ecocriticism, posthumanism, and ritual studies.