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MemberMark Letteney

I joined Princeton’s Program in the Ancient World in 2014 after receiving a MAR in the History of Christianity from Yale University and degrees in Religious Studies and Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My interests cluster around Christians in the later Roman Empire, book history, legal history, and the history of epistemology. My dissertation approaches Christianization from a new angle: not the Christianization of people, but of structures of knowledge. In it, I trace changes to documentary practice and readerly expectations across technical literature from the late fourth through the middle of the fifth century CE. I explore late antique scholarly productions ranging from Christian theological tractates and conciliar acta to Roman juristic writings and authoritative legal compendia, military handbooks, grammatical treatises, and the Palestinian Talmud in order to explore the ways that imperial Christianity inflected the production of truth even in domains that do no constructive theological work. Bishops, rabbis, and jurists in the Theodosian era produced definitive statements of sophisticated intellectual traditions with startlingly similar forms, and I argue that all are best understood as products of a considerably unified, and novel, book culture that arose in the peculiar Theodosian moment. I am co-director of the Solomon’s Pools Archaeological Project, and a field archaeologist with the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, where I  focus on excavation of the Roman 6th Legion “Ferrata” castra in Legio, Israel. I am a fellow of the American Academy in Rome (FAAR’19) and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. In fall 2019 I will be a Visiting Scholar in the Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità of La Sapienza University, Rome, and I will spend spring and summer of 2020 in Athens as the Oscar Broneer Traveling Fellow of the American School of Classical Studies. My curriculum vitae is available here.

DepositTen years recovering the memory of republican exile with citizen collaboration. The results of E-xiliad@s Project: a perspective from Digital Humanities and Digital Public History.

The Spanish republican exile was the result of the Republican defeat in 1939 by the Francoist army, led by the general Franco. Nearly half a million-people had to go into mass exile during the months of January and February, through the French border crossings. Many other exiles did so, months later, from Alicante to the North African coasts. These places of destination were, in most cases, places of passage to successive destination countries in Europe and, especially, in Latin America. The international nature of this historical event means that there is currently a large number of personal files scattered in different places around the world. In order to recover these stories and files, the e-xiliad@s project was conceived in 2009, with a DH and Public History perspective: www.exiliadosrepublicanos.info. A crowdsourcing project that, through a multilingual digital platform, retrieves unpublished documents about the anonymous exiled. The main target audience is composed by relatives and friends of the exiles and those interested in the subject. This initiative, has been funded twice (2009 and 2011) by the General Directorate of Migrations of the Spanish government; it uses a methodology created ad hoc to obtaining data based on public participation from citizen science perspective (digital platform built using Drupal 6 LTS, with a MySQL database). The content is generated on-line by the public at an international level and coordinated by a scientific specialist. For almost a decade, this crowdsourcing project has been developing an online public engagement strategy for public participation based on open data, supported by a custom digital platform and its digital social networks, with more than 1.5K followers. E-xiliad@s recovered around 500 unpublished archives among photographs, memories, official documents, letters and interviews associated with 200 exile records. In 2020, it has received an award from the Asociación de Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas.

DepositThe Legacy of a War: How the Legacy of the Russo-Japanese War Affected the US-Japan Relations

The Russo-Japanese War—fought between the Russian Empire and the Empire of Japan from 1904 until 1905—was undoubtedly among the most significant wars in world history. Not only did it define the future of imperialism adopted by the Russian Empire, but it also shaped the future of world politics. Some scholars even refer to the Russo-Japanese War as ‘World War Zero’ (Steinberg 2007), given its profound and long-lasting impacts. This paper will elucidate the Russo-Japanese War, elaborate on the events and battles that took place during the war chronologically, analyze the consequences of the Russo-Japanese War, and draw a conclusion elucidating how the aftermath of the Russo-Japanese War affected US-Japan relations.

MemberNaomi Iliana Mandel

I am drawn to distressing topics like atrocity, horror, trauma, and pain. I am interested in what makes these topics distressing, who is distressed by them, how, and why. I have published on American slavery, the Holocaust, and the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, and I regularly teach courses on extremity, violence, and war. My most recent work is informed by scholarship in the media studies, the digital humanities, and posthumanism. I am fascinated by the changing definitions of “reality” in this image-saturated, digital age.Brief descriptions of my published books are as follows: Against the Unspeakable: Complicity, the Holocaust, and Slavery in America (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2006) examines the widespread assumption that vast and violent events like the Holocaust, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and the institution of slavery in the United States are unrepresentable or “unspeakable.” My book explores manifestations of the unspeakable in literature, testimony, graphic novels, film, literary theory, and philosophy. As an alternative to the unspeakable, I posited an ethics of complicity (as distinct from culpability and collaboration), linking the writings of philosophers Primo Levi and Karl Jaspers to recent work on complicity by visual theorist Johanna Drucker and comparative literature and Apartheid scholar Mark Sanders in order to outline more productive lines of engagement with different histories of suffering. I have also published two volumes of edited essays that focus on “hip,” “cult,” or “underground” literature. The first, entitled Novels of the Contemporary Extreme (London: Continuum, 2006; reprinted 2008), is a collection of essays that I co-edited with Alain-Philippe Durand, now Professor of French and Director of the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Arizona, U.S.A. This book examines the phenomenon of extremity: the centrality of images of violence and wounding in contemporary global culture. It was the first to identify and describe this mode in literature, and included essays on works from North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. The second, Bret Easton Ellis: American Psycho, Glamorama, and Lunar Park (London: Continuum, 2011) is the first edited collection of scholarly essays on this popular and polarising figure. Another direct result of my work on contemporary extreme fiction is an essay I published on French author Frédéric Beigbeder’s bilingual novel Windows on the World, which appeared in French translation in Frédéric Beigbeder et ses doubles (Rodopi, 2008). My current book project, “Disappear Here”: Violence after Generation X, examines violence in fiction after the 1980s and 1990s. During this period, the subcultural phenomenon Generation X redefined the relation of representation to its object, initiating a move away from the 20th century approach to violence as a founding trauma that fiction reflects and responds to. After Generation X, in the 21st century, “reality” is produced for television and marketed for consumption, and fiction—in the sense of fashioning and fabricating, as well as illusion and delusion—assumes an important but unexamined role in the creation, construction, and preservation of “real violence.” Some of the conceptual scaffolding of this project appears in my essay on fiction by Jonathan Safran Foer that appeared in Novel: A Forum on Fiction 45.2 (2012), in a special issue devoted to the contemporary novel. For a complete list of publications, see my C.V. on my webpage: http://www.uri.edu/faculty/mandel/Mandel.html

MemberDenae Dyck

I am a PhD candidate and sessional instructor in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. My research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century British literature and culture, literature and religion, and life writing. At the University of Victoria, I have been instructor of record for Victorian Poetry (2019) and Academic Reading and Writing (2018; 2020).

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DepositA Phenomenology of Gede: Thinking with the Dead in Haiti

In the Haitian religious tradition of Vodou, Gede is the lwa, or spirit, concerned with the beginning of life and the passage into the afterlife, death and regeneration. Gede is often regarded as the spirit of the people in Haiti because he has a direct connection to every living being, everyone may call on Gede for protection. Gede’s appeal also resides in his freedom, his ability to transgress the borders that constrain the living and the dead. This course proposes a study of Haitian literature through the lens of Gede as authors transgress temporal, spatial, and linguistic boundaries to communicate with and through the dead. Taking a case-study approach to Haitian literature and history, you will engage in the study of real and mythical figures of the Haitian past to explore how writers and artists “perform” Gede’s work of communicating with and through the dead. This course aims to provide a longue durée approach to Haitian time (more than 500 years of history) and to expose you to the variety of genres Haitians have used to regenerate the presence of those who have passed.