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MemberBébio Vieira Amaro

Bébio Amaro is a Doctor of Engineering from the University of Tokyo, specializing in the architectural, urban and territorial history of East Asian port towns during the 16th and 17th centuries. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering in Tianjin University, and also serves as Assistant Director of the International Research Centre for Chinese Cultural Heritage Conservation (IRC/CCHC) at the same university.   His current research focus is to apply methodologies from the fields of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Environmental Sciences, Archaeology and Archaeogeography to digitally reconstruct pre-modern landscapes, and analyze the urbanization process of port cities such as Tianjin over very long time spans (100-400 years). Furthermore, he is an avid proponent of building bridges between the worlds of Humanities and Natural Sciences, as it is impossible to properly understand urban development, urban morphology and built heritage without taking into account the cultural viewpoints of various social groups at different time periods. To this end, he encourages students to broaden their horizons, and consider emotional, ritual/religious, artistic/symbolic and environmental perspectives when studying the urban and non-urban landscape.   His perspectives on building and landscape morphology are informed by the work of theorists such as Bruno Latour, Tim Ingold and Gérard Chouquer, arguing that landscapes are generated by long and complex processes that involve both humans and non-humans (ex: diseases, animals, natural disasters, geomorphological processes, etc.). It is these complex, self-organized and non-linear processes that over long periods of time gradually give birth to elements of heritage and memory.

MemberSarah M Dreller

Sarah is currently the project researcher for the Society of Architectural Historian’s SAH Data Project. In that role she is helping gather quantitative and qualitative data about the status of architectural history as a discipline in higher education in the United States. The study is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and will issue its report in mid-2021. As a historian and educator, Sarah has focused on the connections between architecture and modernity since the industrial and scientific revolutions of the late-18th century. She is also a digital humanist with projects that include a limited-run podcast series and an interactive timeline. Humanities Commons administrators highlighted Sarah’s The Vanishing Porch in Perspective and Afterimages endeavors during their session at CAA’s 2018 annual conference (see slides 28 & 29 here for more details). You can also listen to Sarah talk about her project site design in this Platypus blog post: HC User Spotlight: Sarah M. Dreller. Sarah is a proud member of the Women Also Know History network and the SAH Women in Architecture Affiliate Group. She also had an award-wining predoctoral career was a historic preservation project manager. She is a qualified Architectural Historian under the United States Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards 36 CFR Appendix A to Part 61(c). Read more about Sarah in this July 2017 interview by Design Feast. Sarah owns a historic farmhouse and spends a lot of time and energy trying to make good stewardship decisions. She’s also a runner, enjoys following tennis and Formula 1, and loves anything having to do with space—especially sci-fi films of all kinds. Sarah is determined to attend NASA Space Camp one day.

MemberKristy Beers Fägersten

I received my PhD in 2000 from the University of Florida, with the dissertation A Descriptive Analysis of the Social Functions of Swearing in American English. My dissertation supervisor was Diana Boxer. My research interests include pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and discourse and conversation analysis. I’m member of the networks SwiSca (Swearing in Scandinavia) and NNCoRe (Nordic Network for Comics Research), which relate to my specialization on the use of English swear words in Sweden and the oral, conversational aspects of contemporary Swedish comic strips. Some projects already under way include: Advances in Swearing Research: New Contexts, New Languages, co-edited with Karyn Stapleton from the University of Ulster (under review). This volume includes my chapter, FUCK CANCER, Fucking Åmål, Aldrig fucka upp: The Standardization of fuck in Swedish Media. Linguistic and pragmatic outcomes of contact with English, special issue co-edited with Liz Petersen, University of Helsinki (in preparation). This issue includes my article, “What’s so funny about swearing? English swearwords as Swedish humor.” Other articles in preparation include: “The role of English-language swearing in creating an online persona: The case of Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie” “Taking turns and taking drinks: The integration of drinking in comic strip conversation’

MemberDavid Stowe

David W. Stowe teaches English and Religious Studies at Michigan State University, where he served as chair of the English Department. His most recent book is Song of Exile, released in May 2016. Before that he published No Sympathy for the Devil: Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism (UNC Press 2011, pbk. 2013). His previous book, How Sweet the Sound: Music in the Spiritual Lives of Americans (Harvard, 2004), won the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP. Stowe’s first book, Swing Changes: Big Band Jazz in New Deal America (Harvard, 1994), was published in Japanese translation by Hosei University Press. He has been interviewed about his work on NPR, consulted for PBS, and lectured on the subject of religion and music in America life for a variety of national organizations. Stowe has published a study of New York cabaret culture and politics in the 1930s and 1940s in the Journal of American History, where he regularly reviews books. He has also written articles on Japanese jazz artist Toshiko Akiyoshi, the musical history of Psalm 137 in the U.S. and Caribbean, whiteness studies, copyright and fair use for academic authors, and church conflict during the Great Awakening. During the 2012-13 academic year, Stowe held a research fellowship at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music, where he researched and wrote a book manuscript on the cultural history of Psalm 137. While on leave from Michigan State University, Stowe taught at Doshisha University’s Graduate School of American Studies in Kyoto, Japan, where he also served as Associate Dean. There he taught American Civilization, American Thought, History of American Religious Music, and workshops on research in American Studies. As part of his interest in the globalization of American Studies, Stowe has participated in international conferences of American Studies scholars in Japan, Korea, and Singapore. He was a founding member of the Institute for the Study of Christianity and Culture, a Michigan-based research institute that sponsors lectures and symposia by leading scholars from around the country.

MemberStefanie Samida

Since 2017 I am associate professor of popular cultures at Zurich University and currently research associate at Heidelberg University. Before: different positions at German universities, e.g. one of three principal investigators in the research project „Living history: reenacted prehistory between research and popular performance“ at the Leibniz Centre of Contemporary History Potsdam, junior research group leader at the Heidelberg School of Education and research fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK) in Vienna. My research interests include heritage studies, material culture studies, public history, popular cultures and history of media and science.