ASPECT doctoral student Emma Stamm presented “The Electric Kool Aid Turing Test: Psychedelics, Phenomenology, and Automated Intelligence” at the Theorizing the Web Conference, which took place April 12–13 in New York, New York.
The following College faculty members were recipients of a Virginia Tech Center for Humanities Faculty Summer Stipend: Danna Agmon, History and ASPECT Core Faculty; Bikrum Gill, Political Science and ASPECT Core Faculty; Audrey Reeves, Political Science and ASPECT Core Faculty; Balbir K. Singh, Religion and Culture and ASPECT Core Faculty; LaDale Winling, History; and Tingting Zhao, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.
Three ASPECT doctoral students participated in the Western Political Science Association Conference. Caroline Alphin chaired the “Breaking Down Neoliberalism: Concepts and Critiques” panel and presented “Bulletproof Neoliberals: Reframing Accelerationism and the Biohacker Within the Logic of Intensity and Resilience”; Emma Stamm presented “Machine Learning and the Algorithmic Cancellation of the Future”; and Shelby Ward gave the paper titled “Touring the (Mindful) State of Nature: The Environmental Limitations in Sri Lankan Cosmopolitan Nationalism.” The conference took place April 18–20 in San Diego, California.
The following College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences faculty members were awarded a Niles Research Grant during the 2018–2019 academic year: Mark V. Barrow, Jr., History; Shannon Elizabeth Bell, Sociology; Dwight Bigler, School of Performing Arts; Brian Britt, Religion and Culture; Toni M. Calasanti, Sociology; María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Mauro Caraccioli, Political Science and ASPECT Core Faculty; Koeun Choi, Human Development and Family Science; Katharine Cleland, English; Amanda C. Demmer, History; Katherine Haenschen and Daniel J. Tamul, Communication; Sharon P. Johnson, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Karin Kitchens, Political Science; Bryan Klausmeyer, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Allan Lumba, History; Richard Masters, School of Performing Arts; Deborah Milly, Political Science; Gonzalo Montero, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Carol A. Mullen, School of Education; Charles Nichols, School of Performing Arts; Corinne Noirot, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Philip Olson, Science, Technology, and Society; Michael Saffle, Religion and Culture; Carolyn Shivers, Human Development and Family Science; Brandi Watkins, Communication; Chelsea Woods, Communication; and Tingting Zhao, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.
The following ASPECT doctoral students presented papers at the International Studies Associate Conference: Caroline Alphin, “The Neoliberal Science Fictions of Cyberpunk,” also chair of the “Necro-Geopolitics: Death and the Extra/ordinary in International Relations” panel; Linea Cutter, “Biopolitics and Big Sugar: Corporate Power and the Rise of Chaotic Eating”; Rob Flahive, “Al‐Sisi’s Regime‐Security Urbanism: Refashioning Cairo, Remaking Egypt” and “Aestheticizing Colonial Violence: Tensions in the Preservation of Colonial Urbanism in Casablanca”; Robert Hodges, “Legal Pluralism of Colonial Powers: A Foundational Aspect to the Globalization of International Society”; Anthony Szczurek, “A Post‐secular Critique of Narendra Modi’s Climate Politics”; and Shelby Ward, “The Tourist Map as Resource Map: (Re)productions and Geopolitics of Coloniality in Sri Lankan’s Tourist Industry.” The conference took place March 27–30 in Toronto, Canada.
The College awarded Departmental Diversity Grants for the 2019–2020 academic year: Aaron Ansell and Sylvester Johnson, Religion and Culture; Andrea N. Baldwin, Sociology; Sheila Carter-Tod, English; Amanda C. Demmer and Edward J.K. Gitre, History; Jessica Taylor and Amanda C. Demmer, History; Rebecca Hester, Science, Technology, and Society, and Katrina M. Powell, English; Ashley Shew and Lee Vinsel, Science, Technology, and Society; and Balbir K. Singh, Religion and Culture and ASPECT Core Faculty, Andrea N. Baldwin, Sociology, and Allan Lumba, History.
The following CLAHS graduate students participated in the Gender, Bodies, and Technology conference titled TechnoLogics: Power and Resistance. They were: Caroline Alphin, ASPECT, “Bulletproof Neoliberals: Rethinking Accelerationism and the Biohacker Within the Logic of Intensity”; Lyla Byers, Sociology, “‘Now I Could Be the Former Fatty Who Turned into a Brain. Or an Athlete. Or a Princess’: Weight Loss and Gender in Netflix’s Insatiable”; Linea Cutter, ASPECT, “Three Square Meals a Day: Biopolitics and the (Re)Production of (Dis)Order”; Joshua Earle, Science, Technology, and Society, “The Problem of the Sexy Cyborg: Transhumanism, Gender, and Morphological Freedom”; Sadie Giles, Sociology, “Rock that Body: Economies of Risk in Rock Climbing”; Whitney Hayes, Sociology, “Beauvoir in the Boudoir: A Feminist Approach to the Risks of Bedding Sex Robots”; Science, Technology, and Society student Hanna Herdegen and faculty member Ashley Shew, with Stephanie Arnold and Adri Ridings, “Disability, Experience, and Technological Imagination: First Stage Findings from Narrative Research”; Jessica Herling, Sociology, “Hidden Curriculum in Medical Education on LGBTQ Health”; Inaash Islam, Sociology, “Redefining What It Means to Be #YourAverageMuslim Woman: Muslim Female Digital Activists on Social Media”; Laura Lane, Science, Technology, and Science, “Busted Perceptions: A Visual and Verbal Dialogue about the Power Dynamics Behind the Identities We Embody”; Jack Leff, Science, Technology, and Society, “Atmospheric Thinking: The Political Technologies of Breath, Breathing, and Atmosphere”; Kuan-Hung Lo, Science, Technology, and Society, “Rethinking the Uncanny Valley: Feelings of Eeriness, Diversity/Mutation, and Performativity”; Ariel Ludwig, Science, Technology, and Society, “The Aesthetics/Anesthetics of the Virtual Prison and the Making of Virtual Prisoners: A Poetic Engagement with a Virtual Reality Marketplace”; Leigh McKagen, ASPECT, “Resistance Is Futile: Female Mentorship in Star Trek: Voyager”; Megan Nanney, Sociology, “My Home Is Not Your Home: Digital Community Building and Branding in Gender Segregated Higher Education”; Kate Natishan, Rhetoric and Writing, “Regulated Bodies: The Rhetoric of Gender in the U.S. Military”; Roan Parrish, Science, Technology, and Society, “Factors in the Overprescription of Antidepressants in Women”; Anne Patrick, Sociology, “Where’s the Beef? Masculinity, Gender, and Violence in Food Advertising”; Philip Ray, Sociology, “The Three Laws of Colonization: Robotic Bodies in Science Fiction”; Shaun Respess, ASPECT, “Intimacy Through/With Technology: An Evaluation of Care for Despondency”; Talitha Rose, Sociology, “#Craftivism and the Potentials for Feminist Craft as Activism”; Emma Stamm, ASPECT, “Acid Feminism: Psychedelic Dimensions of Gender Performativity”; Rayanne Streeter, Sociology, “#effyourbeautystandards: Resistance and Co-optation in the Body Positive Movement”; Maddie Tepper, ASPECT, “Conscious Embodiment: Aesthetic Cultivation as Resistance to Global Capitalism”; Sara Wenger, ASPECT, “Posthuman Anxiety in the Sex Industry: The Strange Case of Aura Dolls”; and Damien Williams, Science, Technology, and Society, “Extended Selves: Implications of VR and AR on How We Understand Ourselves and Each Other.”
The conference took place April 25–27 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.
ASPECT doctoral student Mary Ryan presented “Racial Justice as a Collective Project for the Demos in U.S. Democracy” at the D.C./Maryland/Virginia Identity Politics Conference, which took place April 29 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
ASPECT doctoral student Leigh McKagen presented “Visualizing Empire: Adventure Narratives and Imperialism in Star Trek: Voyager” at the Popular Culture Association Conference, which was held April 17–20 in Washington, D.C.
ASPECT doctoral student Shaun Respess published the book review “Reinventing Authoritarianism: The Digital and the Donald,” SPECTRA: The ASPECT Journal 7.1 (March 2019).
In addition, Respess presented “The Demands for Pluralistic Care: Meeting the Fluid Needs of Despondent Persons” at the Virginia Humanities Conference, which was held April 12–13 in Norfolk, Virginia.