MemberAnna Hegland

I am a VCRS-funded doctoral student in the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent (Canterbury campus), where my research centers on the language of violence in early modern revenge drama, and the intersections of rhetoric, materiality, and performance. My MA dissertation at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute explored the linguistic philosophy of Shakespeare’s curses. Further research interests include weaponized words and disease in early modern drama. I am also a member of Cultures of Performance in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, a research cluster at Kent dedicated to investigating performance events in Europe from c. 500 – 1700, and organize the postgraduate-led Coffee House seminars, an interdisciplinary series of workshops and discussions for early modernists at Kent.

MemberIoannis Georganas

…elton, K. and L. Kvapil (eds.), Brill Companion on Warfare in the Bronze Age Aegean (co-authored with Barry Molloy).

2010 “Chapter 23: Weapons and Warfare”. Cline, E. H. (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean. Oxford University Press, New York and London: 305…

Ioannis Georganas is Academic Director and Lecturer at Hellenic International Studies in the Arts. He holds an MA (1998) and a PhD (2003) in Archaeology from the University of Nottingham, and has worked for the British School at Athens, the Foundation of the Hellenic World, Lake Forest College, and the University of St Andrews. His research interests include the study of Early Iron Age burial customs and the construction of identities in Greece, as well as weapons and warfare in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Aegean. Ioannis has participated in excavations and field surveys in Greece (Kouphovouno, Lefkandi, Kastro-Kallithea, Praisos, Kenchreai) and Bulgaria (Halka Bunar). He served as President of the Athens-Greece Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (2005-2017) and he’s been Secretary of the Society of Ancient Military Historians (2013-present).

MemberChristopher Miller

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.

MemberMark Kaufman

Mark David Kaufman, PhD, is Assistant Professor of English at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, where he teaches literature and film studies. His scholarship has appeared in James Joyce Quarterly, Hypermedia Joyce Studies, Biography: An Interdisciplinary QuarterlyPublic Domain Review, European Journal of American Studies, Virginia Woolf MiscellanyTwentieth-Century Literature, and The Space Between. Currently, he is at work on a book project, tentatively titled Spyography: Modernism, Espionage, and the Militant Aesthetic State, focusing on the relationship between modernism and national security, the weaponization of the humanities during wartime, and the cultivation of writers as spies by the Anglo-American intelligence community . Teaching and research interests: Modern and Contemporary British, Irish, and Anglophone Literature; Transatlantic Modernism; New Modernist Studies; Law and Literature; Espionage; Hermetic Tradition; Clinical Gaze; Literary Theory

MemberJustin Greenlee

I earned my bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College (2009), a masters in Art History from the University of Alabama (2014), and a doctorate from the University of Virginia (2020). My master’s thesis, “Quod vocatur Paradiso: The Pigna and the Atrium of Old St. Peter’s,” focused on the monumental ancient bronze pigna, or pinecone, that was once the unifying water feature of a fountain located in the atrium of the church of Old St. Peter’s in Rome. I studied the pigna‘s eighth-century incorporation into the church and examined how the sculpture’s addition to the forecourt led to the creation of a new architectural term – the paradiso – that reflected Old St. Peter’s emergent status as a center for pilgrimage and papal influence.   Prior to joining the Department of Art History at the University of Virginia as a doctoral student, I was a Eugene McDermott Educational Intern at the Dallas Museum of Art, a Teaching Assistant at the Pantheon Institute in Rome, an International Intern for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, and a grant writer for the Nashville Cultural Arts Project: Seed Space. My ongoing research pertains to topics in late medieval and early modern art in Italy, specifically objects that are created, acted on, and restored many times – works that frustrate a study of the moment of creation and require an analysis that moves across time and geographic borders.   At the University of Virginia, I concentrated on topics involving art and cultural interchange between Italy and Byzantium, particularly as it relates to members of the Byzantine émigré Basil Bessarion’s (b. Trebizond ca. 1403, d. Ravenna 1472) humanist academy in Rome, relics and reliquaries, and the art and architecture of Crusade. I am also a former member of the UVA Society of Fellows, the Praxis digital humanities program in the Scholars’ Lab, the Graduate Student Public Humanities Lab at UVA, and served as the coordinator of UVA’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Medieval Colloquium.   Research Interests   Italian art Late medieval and early modern art Rome in the fifteenth century Basil Bessarion (b. Trebizond ca. 1403; d. Ravenna 1472) Art and cultural interchange between Italy and Byzantium Relics and reliquaries Visual cultures of Crusade The Later Crusades The militarization of works of art; works of art as weapons Layered objects and sites Digital and public humanities World art; pedagogy of survey of art history Public art; modern and contemporary art

MemberIlinca Iurascu

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Iurascu, Ilinca, Geoffrey Winthrop-Young and Michael Wutz, eds. Operation Valhalla: Writings on War, Weapons and Media. Duke University Press. Duke UP, 2021.

Iurascu, Ilinca, ed. “The Media Histories of Girls in Uniform.” (in …

I work at the intersection of cultural studies and media theory, with particular focus on histories of materiality and negotiations between technology and literature (German and comparative, 18th-early 20th c.). 

MemberAndrew Godfrey-Meers

Dr Andrew Godfrey-Meers is a recently completed PhD researcher in English and Comic Studies at the University of Dundee, and was the principal organiser of the 7th International Comics & Medicine conference (theme Stages & Pages) in Dundee in 2016. His research focuses on representations of disability, illness, and medical treatment in the interdisciplinary field and genre of Graphic Medicine. Using ritual, myth, and quest as theoretical tools he explores the tension between transformative and subversive representations of  illness and disability in works of Graphic Medicine as well as in the field itself-particularly its potential reinforcement of individualistic medical models. He has previously self-published comics about his experiences with the chronic illness Cystic Fibrosis, as well as collaborative comics on mental health with Emma Jeramie, under the name Sicker Than Thou. His current research interests include but are not limited to:

  • Examining the limitations of empathy in Graphic Medicine and the Medical Humanities (particularly from a disability perspective)
  • Examining the link between his lived experience of Cystic Fibrosis and wider issues and concepts from disability studies and disability activism