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DepositThe India–Bangladesh Border Fence: Narratives and Political Possibilities

The fencing of the India–Bangladesh border mirrors Scott’s understanding of “final enclosure” wherein “distance-demolishing technologies” and “modern conceptions of sovereignty” converge to demarcate firm boundaries of territory from previously ambiguous space (Scott, J. 2009. The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Southeast Asia, 11. New Haven: Yale University Press). This paper examines the different narratives surrounding the fence at the national level in India and in the borderland itself, focussing on the state of Meghalaya. These narratives reveal the ways the border fence is discussed and understood and the political positions taken on the fence in these different spaces. In examining these I present two key findings. The first is that the border fence is narrated and politicized differently at the national level and in the borderland. The second is that within the borderlands there is not a singular “borderland narrative” of the fence but several, reflecting dominant political positions already entrenched and new ways of articulating insecurity being brought by fence construction; though the former is more prominent than the latter.

MemberJohannes Burgers

My research interests encompass the large sweep of changes engendered by modernism and modernity during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. More specifically, I study how discourses of racial and sexual science reconfigured human identity. As a digital humanist I do so using the affordances provided by information technology.

MemberPamela L. Caughie

With David Chinitz, I am co-director of Modernist Networks (ModNets), the modernist “node” of ARC. With Mark Hussey, I am co-PI on the NEH-funded project, WoolfOnline. Broadly speaking, my research interests are modernism, postmodernism, and feminism. Recent and current projects include essays on sound technology in the modernist era, modernism and posthumanism, modernist life writing and transsexulism, the modernist novel, modernism and feminism, the black bourgeoisie, and “class acts.”I direct the graduate program in English at Loyola

DepositLiterature as a Tribunal: The Modern Iranian Prose of Incarceration

This essay examines the development of prison memoirs in modern Iranian prose, with a focus on how literary texts function as a tribunal, delivering forms of justice missing from the existing legal system. It constructs from the prison memoirs of a range of dissident writers (Dashti, ʿAlavi, and Baraheni) a genealogy of prison consciousness in Iranian modernity. The modern Iranian prose of incarceration is contextualized within an account of the prison as a site where the modern technologies of the state are refined. As I trace resonances between the long history of prison writing across the Islamic world and the prison literature of modern Iran, I consider how literary texts illuminate the relation between aesthetics and power in modern Middle Eastern literatures.

DepositInstitute for Digital Archaeology

This proposal seeks funding to support a program designed to provide junior scholars in archaeology with advanced training in geospatial technologies and their application to archaeological research. While geospatial technologies ranging from satellite remote sensing, to subsurface geophysical prospection, to three dimensional scanning and visualization have all become increasingly critical to modern archaeology, few practitioners have the necessary technical skills to integrate these technologies into research and teaching programs. Participants in this program will have the opportunity to spend an entire semester taking a series of intensive courses in geospatial technologies and make use of the hardware, software and instrumentation available at the University of Arkansas’s Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies on independent research projects. On-campus training will be followed up by participation in one of numerous archaeological field projects.

MemberEduardo Ledesma

20th and 21st century Latin American (including Brazil) and Iberian literature and film. Catalan literature and film. Media and cultural studies. Modernism(s). Avant-garde and neo-avant-garde poetry. Electronic literature and new media arts (digital poetry, hypertext, blog-narratives, locative fiction, cyberculture). Documentary and experimental film. The intersection between technology and disability studies. Word and Image relations. Luso-Hispanic transatlantic connections. Intersections between engineering and culture (science and technology studies),

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.

MemberDaniel Murray

I am a Ph.D. candidate working in the fields of Chinese religions and urban anthropology, specifically looking at the changing relations of ritual, space, and sensation in modern China. My dissertation project, tentatively titled Urban Temples and Ritual Affects: Daoist Masters, Local Gods, and Communal Temples in Modern Xiamen, analyzes forms of religious organization and ritual events in relation to rapid shifts in urban infrastructures to consider the ways in which ritual events shape the city and how they are in turn shaped by the city. Previously I worked as a translator at A Thousand Plateaus Art Space in Chengdu and as an English as a second language teacher at Chengdu University of Information Technology and Sichuan Engineering Technical College. I completed an M.A. in Religion and Modernity at Queen’s University based on research on Daoism in Brazil.