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MemberGiorgio Buccellati

Giorgio Buccellati studied at the Catholic University (Milan, Italy), Fordam University and received his Ph.D. from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. He is Research Professor in the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and in the Department of History at UCLA. He founded the Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, of which he served as first director from 1973 until 1983 and where he is now Director of the Mesopotamian Lab. He is currently the Co-Director of the Urkesh/Mozan Archaeological Project as well as Director of IIMAS – The International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies and Director of AVASA – Associazione per la Valorizzazione dell’Archeologia e della Storia Antica. His research interests include the ancient languages, the literature, the religion, the archaeology and the history of Mesopotamia, as well as the theory of archaeology. His publications include site reports, text editions, linguistic and literary studies as well as on archaeological theory, historical monographs and essays on philosophy and spirituality. He has published a structural grammar of ancient Babylonian, two volumes on Mesopotamian civilization (on religion and politics; two more are forthcoming on literature as well as on art and architecture), a volume on archaeological theory dealing with the structural, digital and philosophical aspects of the archaeological record. He has authored two major scholarly websites on the archaeology of Urkesh and on archaeological theory. As a Guggenheim Fellow, he has traveled to Syria to study modern ethnography and geography for a better understanding of the history of the ancient Amorites. In his field work, he has developed new approaches to the preservation and presentation of archaeological sites and to community archaeology. He has spearheaded the Urkesh Extended Project, responding to the crisis of the war in Syria by maintaining a very active presence at the site. Giorgio Buccellati has worked for many years in the Near East, especially in Syria, Iraq and Turkey. Together with his wife, Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, he is co-director of the archaeological expedition to Tell Mozan/Urkesh in North-Eastern Syria. They work closely together both in the field and on the publication reports from their excavations, of which five volumes, plus audio-visual presentations, have appeared so far. They lead an international staff comprising colleagues and students from the US, Europe, the Near East and Asia and have given joint lectures on the excavations, and workshops on methods used, at major archaeological centers around the world as well as holding positions as visiting professors in various European universities.

MemberJörg Wettlaufer

Jörg Wettlaufer studied History, History of Art and Physical Anthropology in  Bochum, Kiel and Paris, France. He received his Ph.D. in 1998 for an interdisciplinary study on a problem in the history of late medieval law. From 1996 to 2011 he was involved in a research project on late medieval courts and residences of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities at Göttingen that was hosted at the Christian-Albrechts-University at Kiel. In this project he was, among other things, responsible for the research database and the online publication of the results. He is in charge of several online projects that are concerned with, e.g., late medieval travel accounts and the history of emotions in medieval law and he has (co )founded several social online networks for scientists. At the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities (GCDH) he worked for the Academy of Science and Humanities at Göttingen in the project „Digital Library and Virtual Museum“ from 2012 to 2015 in the Digital Humanities Research Collaboration Lower Saxony. From 2016 to 2017 and again from 2019 onwards he coordinates a project for the Digitisation of the Goettingen Academy and takes care of data curation. From 2016 to 2019 he worked as a senior research associate at GCDH and since 2018 he is coordinating the digitization at the faculty of humanities at Göttingen university. He is especially interested in the application of semantic web technologies in the Digital Humanities and adaptive research/publication environments for researchers (PANDORA). He is member of the E-Research Alliance council and on the advisory boards of Goettingen Dialog in Digital Humanities. He is also member of the humanities data centre group of the DHd association and since 2018 member of the committee of the working group „Digital History“ within the „Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands“ and member of the board of directors at „Institut für Digital Humanities“ at the faculty of humanities, Georg-August Universität Göttingen.

MemberEkin Erkan

Ekin Erkan is a Turkish philosopher specializing in the philosophy of mind, perception, science, language, and history, living in New York City, and notable for researching with and developing Reza Negarestani’s thesis on artificial general intelligence. Erkan’s work is currently situated on the connection between Kant’s transcendental unity of apperception/original synthetic unity of apperception and the ‘association of ideas’ per Kant’s general and formal logic, parsing how Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason proffers a novel program for the philosophy of mind—particularly insofar as the binding of percepts is concerned. Insofar as the study of Kant and the philosophy of mind is concerned, Erkan is interest in expressivist approaches to the first person “I think”, and parsing between the apperceptive “I think”/transcendental “I think” and empirical “I think”, while exploring the conditions for higher-order thought vis-a-vis empirical content. Erkan thus draws from Béatrice Longuenesse, Katharina Kraus, RP Horstmann, Tobias Rosefeldt, Thomas Teufel, Anja Jauernig, and other working on Kant, the transcendental power of the imagination, purposiveness, schematism, and the transcendental unity of apperception. Erkan is currently working on a research project that demonstrates how Kant theorized a nascent version of the higher-order thought (HOT) later formalized by David Rosenthal. Insofar as the philosophy of mind is concerned, Erkan is, broadly speaking, interested in indirect realism and phenomenal overflow, thus bridging Ned Block’s work with that of Kant. Erkan also works in empirical philosophy, particularly the philosophy of memory and perception, with a focus on olfaction and olfactory processing (following the work of those like Stuart Firestein and Ann-Sophie Barwich). Erkan has also recently been working on Hegel’s ‘das Logische’, drawing from Angelica Nuzzo, Elena Ficara, and Karen Ng to work through the presuppositionless opening through the Actuality chapter, thus prodding different renderings of Hegel’s logic (including non-classical logics, modal logic, and formal logic) in the service of modal metaphysics. Erkan is also inspired, albeit somewhat critical of, Brandomian incompatibility semantics and inferentialism as a Fregelian program that helps bring light to that which formal logic evades (normativity), yet Erkan also hopes to supplement Brandom, whom Erkan charges (alongside Houlgate, Nuzzo, Di Giovanni, and other textualist readers of Hegel) as eluding the a priori categories of thinking and being inherent to the Logic. Inspired by by those such as Reza Negarestani, Fabio Gironi, Daniel Sacilotto, Carl Sachs, Robert Brandom, Matthew Boyle, and John McDowell, Erkan is interested in the ever-collapsing analytic/continental distinction. Recently, Erkan has been researching Catarina Dutilh Novaes’ work on de-semantification and its compatibility, or incompatability, with theories of extended mind (although Erkan is widely critical of vehicle externalism). Erkan considers themselves to be a Sellarsian and considers Wilfrid Sellars to be one of the most important historical influences on his work on Kant (albeit Erkan has published articles that problematize Sellars’ flattening Kant’s conception of imagination with the understanding in Sellars’ review of the Schematism section of the Transcendental Analytic). Although Erkan deeply admires the work of Brandom and McDowell, Erkan’s heart is with the so-called “right-wing Sellarsians” Johanna Seibt, Jay Rosenberg, and David Rosenthal (albeit Erkan considers the label “right-wing Sellarsian” odd, as there is little “right-wing” about staking science as the measure of all things). Insofar as the philosophy of cognitive science and neuroscience is concerned, Erkan is inspired by the Right-Sellarsian naturalist project, and takes the Churchlands’ program of neurophilosophy seriously. Having been raised by two physicians, one of whom was a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist, Erkan’s writing on the philosophy of perception and philosophy of mind/cognitive science keeps empirical philosophy, particularly neuroscience and perceptual psychology, close at hand. Erkan hopes to continue their work on empirical philosophy by further engaging the philosophical study of olfaction, prodding the philosophy of perception away from visuo-centric models. Background Erkan’s work examines the collective closure between neural networks, predictive processing, and perceptual faculties as they relate to machine intelligence, perception, memory, and consciousness. Erkan has a background in German Idealism, the philosophy of mind and aesthetics, supplemented by graduate research in perception and memory. Despite originally publishing primarily within aesthetics and the philosophy of art/film, Erkan’s more recent work has squarely been in philosophy of cognitive science, mind, perception and Kant/post-Kantian German Idealism. Erkan is often associated with and inspired by philosophers such as Carl Sachs, Ray Brassier, Graham Priest, Paul Giladi, James O’Shea, Kenneth Westphal, Reza Negarestani and Thomas Moynihan. Erkan pursued post-graduate study in Critical Philosophy at The New Centre for Research & Practice, researching under the tutelage of Iranian theory fiction pioneer Reza Negarestani while working on Bayesian neuro-inference and AGI. Erkan also is a columnist and critic at the art and literature journal AEQAI, publishing monthly contributions on contemporary art and cinema. Amongst Erkan’s published articles, Erkan has written extensively vehicle externalism, Andy Clark and David Chalmers’ extended mind, Ned Block’s non-iconic memory and phenomenology of perception and mental paint, Robert Brandom’s strong inferentialism vs. Paul Redding’s weak inferentialism, and, more broadly, the Right-wing Sellarsian vs. Left-wing Sellarsian philosophical debates. Erkan’s writing, drawing from an eliminative materialist tendency and the neurophilosophy of the Churchlands and Ann-Sophia Barwich, comports with Right-wing Sellarsian naturalism; however, Erkan is deeply interested in Hegel (specifically’s Hegel mature philosophy), and in this regard, also engages with left-Sellarsian thought. Erkan’s articles have been published in peer-reviewed publications including International Journal of Philosophical Studies,PerceptionPhilosophy in Reviewpli: Warwick Journal of PhilosophyNew Formations,Theory, Culture & SocietyThe Journal of Value InquiryThe Review of MetaphysicsRadical PhilosophyTheory & EventIdentities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture,Cosmos & HistoryAlphavilleCultural StudiesNew Review of Film and Television StudiesChiasmaRhizomesLabyrinthCultural Logic: A Journal of Marxist Theory & PracticeMedia TheoryPhilosophy East and West, and The Cincinnati Romance Review. Global Research Erkan worked with Giacomo Gilmozzi on Bernard Stiegler’s United Nations 2020 World Summit initiative “Internation.World.” With the support of the New Centre of Research & Practice, Erkan contributed to research on neuro-inferential Bayesian cognitive architecture in the Summer of 2020. Activism Erkan has published extensively on Oktay Ince, a video activist/filmmaker whose work, spanning the last twenty years, was recently confiscated by Turkish authorities after being taken into police custody on May 30, 2019. Ince had raised suspicions after attempting to organize a protest in front of a courthouse in the capital of Ankara concerning the arrest and imprisoning of leftist activists, teachers, and artists in Turkey; Ince was quickly arrested. A month prior to his arrest, Ince had organized a protest in Izmir with a local feminist collective and was arrested once again, labelled a “terrorist” and charged with “insulting the president.” Following his most recent arrest, Ince has had his entire video archive confiscated by the Turkish state. Erkan’s writing on the unwarranted arrest, activism, and video art of Incay can be found here. 

MemberAdelheid Heftberger

I currently work as Head of Film Access at the Bundesarchiv in Berlin. Between 2016 and 2018 I was the administrative head and researcher  at the Brandenburg Center for Media Studies in Potsdam. From 2010 to September 2016 I worked as researcher, curator and archivist at the Austrian Film Museum in Vienna. My main areas of expertise include database development and metadata structures as well as the publication of archival films on DVD and the internet (e.g. Kinonedelja – Online Edition, etc.). I obtained my PhD in Russian studies and a Masters in Comparative Literature from the University of Innsbruck and Vienna. In 2016 I have also completed Library- and Information Sciences at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. I am the author of the book Kollision der Kader. Dziga Vertovs Filme, die Visualisierung ihrer Strukturen und die Digital Humanities (2016) and have published on Russian cinema, archival collections and visualization of filmic structures.

MemberGavin Holman

Researching vintage brass bands from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s. Their formation, histories, pictures, contesting, memorabilia, recordings, publications etc. All material is made available for all to access via the IBEW archive: http://www.ibew.co.uk. I am collating primary and secondary material about the history of bands across the world. I recently completed the historical directory “Brass Bands of the British Isles”, with nearly 20,000 bands since 1800 (available, together with my other publications, from https://gavinholman.academia.edu), and am currently working on brass and cornet bands of the USA. Various other works on brass band history and culture have been published, including the Brass Band Bibliography – a comprensive listing of published materials about the worlds of brass and military bands. Previously Head of IT Operations at the British Library, with expertise in computer management, digital libraries, archiving, project management and review.

MemberHeather D Baker

As an Assyriologist who has also trained in archaeology and gained considerable experience of Near Eastern excavation, my primary interest is in combining textual information and material culture in the study of Mesopotamian society and economy. I apply this approach to the study of the Babylonian city and to investigating house and household. I am currently PI of an international project, Machine Translation and Automated Analysis of Cuneiform Languages (MTAAC), funded by SSHRC through the Trans-Atlantic Platform Digging into Data Challenge. Research Interests My work focuses on the social, political and economic history and material culture of 1st millennium BC Mesopotamia, with a particular interest in Babylonian urbanism and the built environment, and in the Neo-Assyrian royal household. My research and publications cover the following topics:

  • urbanism and the built environment
  • religious architecture
  • house and household
  • integration of textual and archaeological data
  • Hellenistic Babylonia (especially the city of Uruk)
  • the Assyrian royal palace and household
  • onomastics and naming practices
  • prosopography
  • slavery
  • society and economy
  • political history
  • cuneiform archives and archival practices

Employment

  • 2014–present: Assistant Professor in Ancient Near Eastern History, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto
  • 2009—2014: Senior Postdoc and PI of project “Royal Institutional Households in First Millennium BC Mesopotamia,” Institut fūr Orientalistik, University of Vienna
  • 2003–2009: Postdoc, START Project “The Economic History of Babylonia in the First Millennium BC,” Institut fūr Orientalistik, University of Vienna
  • 1999–2002: Research Associate, State Archives of Assyria Project, University of Helsinki; from July 1999, Editor-in-Charge of The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire
  • 1993–1998: Editorial Assistant/IT Assistant (part-time), A Lexicon of Greek Personal Names (a British Academy Major Research Project)
  • 1994–1995: Curator Grade G (part-time), Department of the Middle East, the British Museum
  • 1984–1989: Field Archaeologist employed on various excavation and post-excavation projects in England, Cyprus, Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq

MemberJonathan Sarna

Jonathan D. Sarna is spending this year as a fellow of the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies.  Ordinarily he serves as University Professor and the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, where he chairs its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. He also is the past president of the Association for Jewish Studies and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.  Author or editor of more than thirty books on American Jewish history and life, his American Judaism: A History won six awards including the 2004 “Everett Jewish Book of the Year Award” from the Jewish Book Council. Sarna is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Jewish Research. His most recent books are When General Grant Expelled the Jews and Lincoln & the Jews: A History (with Benjamin Shapell), which has just appeared in a Hebrew edition. 

MemberAndrzej Klimczuk

Andrzej Klimczuk, PhD, a sociologist and public policy expert, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy of the Collegium of Socio-Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics, Poland. Editor and correspondent of publications about computer and video games in the years 2002-2009. In 2011-2013 Vice President of the Foundation’s Laboratory Research and Social Action “SocLab.” External expert of institutions such as the European Commission, URBACT III Programme, Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme, Fondazione Cariplo, and International Federation on Ageing. Member of various scientific organizations such as the Polish Sociological Association, Polish Society of Gerontology, and European Sociological Association. Author of many scientific papers in the field of gerontology and social policy, e.g., books: “Kapitał społeczny ludzi starych na przykładzie mieszkańców miasta Białystok” [Social Capital of Old People on the Example of Bialystok Residents], Wiedza i Edukacja, Lublin 2012; “Experts and Cultural Narcissism: Relations in the Early 21st Century”, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken 2012; “Aging in the Social Space” (co-authored with Ł. Tomczyk), The Association of Social Gerontologists, Białystok-Kraków 2015; “Economic Foundations for Creative Ageing Policy”, the two-volume set, Palgrave Macmillan, New York 2015, 2017; “Generations, intergenerational relationships, generational policy: A multilingual compendium” (co-edited with K. Lüscher and M. Sanchez), Universität Konstanz, Konstanz, 17 languages, editions 2015, 2016 and 2017; “Selected Contemporary Challenges of Ageing Policy” (co-edited with Ł. Tomczyk), Pedagogical University of Kraków, Kraków 2017; and “Between Successful and Unsuccessful Ageing: Selected Aspects and Contexts” (co-edited with Ł. Tomczyk), Pedagogical University of Kraków, Kraków 2019.

MemberMeral Ekincioglu

Trained as an architect, I am a scholar with a Ph.D. degree and my scholarly endeavor is based on problem-centered research in architecture. More specifically, I am a scholar in postwar architecture history and the subjects of my current academic study are politics of gender, multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion in my expertise field. In this respect, I conducted my advanced academic research project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture Program for two years after my Ph.D. degree in Architecture at Istanbul Technical University. My scholarly project brings into focus a critical insight into the politics of gender in institutional policies, academia, the profession, education, history and history-writing, and examines cross-cultural relations and transnational (design) practice in postwar architecture. Following my productive research process at MIT, I am currently developing the manuscript for my book, and conducting my new research project to “unfold” how diverse and inclusive historical documentation practice in archives and collections at (multicultural) pioneering schools of architecture in the US. Prior to the MIT-HTC, I was research scholar at the Columbia University, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Ph.D. Program, and research fellow at the Harvard University, History of Art and Architecture, Ph.D. Program for my Ph.D. dissertation research studies. Based on my advanced academic and archival research during my studies at the MIT-HTC Program, I presented my scholarly project and findings at the MIT-HTC Program (2016), the International Women in Architecture Symposium at Virginia Tech. (2017), the MIT-Women’s and Gender Studies Program Intellectual Forum Series (2017), the Women’s Studies Speaker Series organized by Center for the Study of Women and Society at the CUNY-Graduate Center (2017), Harvard University for a talk series organized by New England Turkish Student Association (2017), the 71st Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) – Annual International Conference where I was awarded by a SAH Fellowship (2018), and  was a panelist at “A Convergence at the Confluence of Power, Identity and Design” organized by the Women in Design Group at the Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (2018). In addition to my presentations and talks on my expertise field, I was invited to “A Square and Half – The Colors, A Tribute by Ivaana Muse” as a panelist at the MIT Museum (2018), presented my recent research study and findings at WikiConference North America at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2019), and at the 51st NeMLA Convention titled “Shaping and Sharing Identities: Spaces, Places, Languages and Cultures” organized at Boston University (2020). On my most recent research project, my conference abstract was officially accepted by “Midwest Archives Conference, Annual Meeting” (2020), and I will be speaking at the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting. (2020), and Society of American Archivists, 2020 Research Forum, “Foundations and Innovations”. Prior to these, I presented my papers at “Media in Transition 5 and 6”, two international conferences organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Comparative Media Studies (2007 and 2009), and discussed historical progress of professional architectural journalism, the important role of journalistic criticism in postwar Turkey, and recent developments in architectural media in the country. In my expertise field, I am an author and a contributor of two international publication projects on women architects (forthcoming 2021). In order to stimulate critical awareness of gender and women in architecture (in its profession, practice, education, history and historiography), and to give an impetus for new collections in those fields, I created and developed the collection, “Women in Modern and Contemporary Territories of Turkish Architecture” at MIT. Conducted for Archnet, online source of MIT and named one of the top 20 architecture websites by the Global Grid in 2016, this is the first project on documenting the leading figures of the first and the second generations of Turkish women architects as a digital collection, open to international scholars and based on my scholarly research, literature review and texts. In addition, I am a certificate holder by Consortium for Graduate Studies, Gender, Culture, Women & Sexuality (GCWS) at MIT. For more, please: http://meralekincioglu.com/biography.html