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MemberMonique Clendinen Watson

Monique Clendinen Watson   Monique Clendinen Watson is a writer, teacher and public relations specialist who lives in the Washington, DC metro area.  Monique is interested in Caribbean folk history and culture, and particularly, in the history and culture of her native U.S. Virgin Islands. She has researched, published, blogged and conducted workshops for teachers and students on Virgin Islands folk history and culture. She has also participated in folk groups and organized conferences and festivals. As a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, she has always been interested in the issues of identity and culture, how it is formed, transmitted, and expressed by the individual and the group.  Her interest in folk culture began as a child listening to the storytellers in her family and community. Virgin Islanders are natural storytellers and always have stories about how life “used-to-be” even if “used-to-be” was just five years ago.  She learned from and performed with the late, legendary Virgin Islands cariso singer and cultural tradition bearer, Leona Watson, as part of her folk music group.   During her career, she has worked as a policy and political strategist, a communications and public relations specialist, a newspaper reporter/editor, a speech and interpersonal communications instructor and an English and social studies teacher.    Presented: Clendinen, Monique. “Virgin Words, See How They Grow: The Growth and Development of Virgin Islands Poetry” The Caribbean Writer – 10th Anniversary Literature Conference, University of the Virgin Islands. 25 October 1996. Reader. Clendinen, Monique. “The Media: Obstacle or Boon to Cultural Education.” Summer Institute, University of the Virgin Islands. 1993. Presenter. Clendinen, Monique. “Women Issues in Culture in the Virgin Islands.” Caribbean Youth Organization Conference –St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. University of the Virgin Islands. 1985. Presenter.   Featured: Knowles, Roberta. “Women Making A Difference, The Writers.” Virgin Islands Daily News 31 January1995, Black History Month sec. 13. Print. Thompson, Brenda. “Sticking to Schedules.” Virgin Islands Daily News 30 June 1993, Working Women Sec. 6. Print.          

MemberIan Cummins

I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Salford. My main research revolves around the experiences of people with mental health problems in the Criminal Justice system. This includes all areas of the CJS but I have focused on policing and mental illness.  I argue the CJS has become, in many incidences, the default provider of mental health care. In the area of social theory, I am influenced by Wacquant’s analysis of  processes of advanced marginality.and the development of the penal state. I have used has Jonathan Simon’s notion of “governing through crime”  to the analysis of the history of community care. I am exploring social work’s response to poverty. I am working with colleagues to explore societal obsession with violent crime. Like all right thinking people, I am slightly obsessed with the Wire.

MemberTim Waterman

I am Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture History and Theory at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; a Non-Executive Director at Furtherfield: For Arts, Technology and Social Change; Vice-President of the European Council for Landscape Architecture Studies (ECLAS); and a member of the board of directors of the Landscape Research Group (LRG). I am the author of Fundamentals of Landscape Architecture (2015), which is now in its second edition and, with Ed Wall, Basics Landscape Architecture: Urban Design (2009). Both have now been translated into several languages. I have also recently published Landscape and Agency: Critical Essays (2017), co-edited with Ed Wall and the Routledge Handbook of Landscape and Food (2018), co-edited with Joshua Zeunert. I write regularly for Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute and Landscape Architecture Magazine, as well as a number of other architecture, landscape, and garden design magazines. In recent years I have travelled as a speaker on the philosophy of design and landscape, espousing the need for new utopian models for sustainable futures.   My research interests are rooted in the study of landscape imaginaries in everyday life. This forms the basis for explorations of power and democracy and their shaping of public space and public life; taste, etiquette, belief and ritual; and foodways in community and civic life and landscape. Further, the complex network of processes and systems in lived landscape and landscape design has led me to interrogate traditional modes of representation in landscape design process in search of further models.   I have been a co-convener of various conferences and symposia, most recently the Landscape Citizenships Symposium at Conway Hall in London. I serve as a peer reviewer for the journal Landscape Research, and for the publishers Routledge, Bloomsbury, Oxford University Press, and the Open Library for the Humanities. I am chair of the Professional Review Group for the landscape programme and External Examiner for the MSc Cultural Landscapes at the Edinburgh College of Art.

MemberJohn E. Drabinski

John E. Drabinski is Charles Hamilton Houston 1915 Professor of Black Studies in the Department of Black Studies at Amherst College. In addition to authoring four books, most recently Glissant and the Middle Passage: Philosophy, Beginning, Abyss (Minnesota, 2019) and Levinas and the Postcolonial: Race, Nation, Other (Edinburgh, 2012), he has written over three dozen articles on Africana theory and French philosophy, and has edited books and journal issues on Frantz Fanon, Jean-Luc Godard, Emmanuel Levinas, Édouard Glissant, and the question of political reconciliation. He is currently finalizing a translation and critical introduction to Jean Bernabé, Patrick Chamoiseau, and Raphael Confiant’s Éloge de la créolité, and is completing a book-length study of the philosophical dimensions of James Baldwin’s non-fiction entitled ‘So Unimaginable a Price’: Baldwin and the Black Atlantic.

MemberPatrick Hart

I am an Assistant Professor of English Literature in the Department of English Language and Literature at Bilkent University in Ankara, editor of the Journal of the Northern Renaissance, and coordinator of the Approaching Constantinople, 1812-1820 project, a joint venture between the National Library of Scotland and Bilkent. I have been trying to finish writing my book on Scottish Petrarchism for far too long.

DepositSpectral Anomaly: The Disappearing Act of Bridget Bishop, Salem’s ‘Absentee’ Witch 1692-2018

The Salem Witch Trials was one of the most tragic and excessively violent, gender-specific events in early American history. This article explores how the Trials and accusations of spectral evidence against women occurred as a method of sovereign oppression to subdue and displace the contumacious behaviors into visual spectacles of carnivalesque performativity both in 1692 and modern-day Salem. This research is primarily focused on Bridget Bishop, the first woman tried and executed at the Salem Witch Trials. Since Bishop was the paradigm for which all successive trial cases were modelled after, it was likely there was archival documentation, and modern didactic information of truculent methods of treatment. Upon analysis of the Salem archives and the presentation of Bridget’s examinations, I determined that she was stripped of a physical female form and forcefully transformed into the objective visual representation of the Gothic spectral, and immaterial, illusion. Through further “hands on” investigation I explored how modern society represents Bishop’s iconic role but was left bewildered. Salem offers a questionable visual display of many female characters and emphasizes the heroic roles the male witches played while failing to display, or discuss, Bridget Bishop. Although she was the baseline for all other witchcraft cases in the Salem Witch Trails, Bridget does not possess representation in modern Salem and remains a wisp of a memory. It was determined that in both 1692 and 2018, Bridget ceased to exist as a reference of violent human history but was replaced by the fantastical ghost tale of terror

MemberJason S. Farr

Jason S. Farr (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2013) researches and teaches courses in British literature and culture of the long eighteenth century, disability studies, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory, deaf studies, and the health humanities. His book, Novel Bodies: Disability and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature (Bucknell UP 2019), examines how fictional representations of physical disability, deafness, and chronic illness shape the literary history of sexuality. Novel Bodies shows that Enlightenment authors employ variably embodied characters in their fiction to intervene in debates ranging from courtship to education, from feminism to medicine, and from kinship to plantation life. At the same time, these novelists, some of whom were themselves disabled, offer keen insight into the lived experiences of disability and non-normative genders and sexualities in the eighteenth century. Dr. Farr’s research has appeared in venues such as Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and the edited collection, The Idea of Disability in the Eighteenth Century (Bucknell UP, 2014). His public-facing writing appears in ProfessionThe Rambling, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Before arriving to the Department of English at Marquette University, Dr. Farr served as Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi in South Texas (2014-18), and prior to that, he taught in the Literature Department at the University of California, San Diego. His courses routinely challenge students to think more expansively about disability, sexuality, gender, race, and variable bodies. Attuned to ongoing conversations about accessibility, he is constantly seeking innovative ways to establish more inclusive classrooms and communities. He has been hard of hearing for more than ten years, and his atypical experience of sound and speech directly informs his research and teaching practices.