ASPECT Academic News

ASPECT doctoral student Rob Flahive co-organized a VTGrATE “Ask-Me-Anything about Teaching” Discussion, which took place October 17 at the Graduate Life Center.

VTGrATE, the Virginia Tech Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence, seeks to be a teaching resource and mentorship program.

François Debrix, director of ASPECT and a professor in the Department of Political Science, published “The Viral Mediation of Terror: ISIS, Image, Implosion,” in ISIS Beyond the Spectacle: Communication Media, Networked Publics, and Terrorism, ed. Mehdi Semati, Piotr Szpunar, and Robert Brookey (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 77–91, with ASPECT alumnus Ryan Artrip.

ASPECT doctoral student Patrick Salmons published a review of Is Racial Equality Unconstitutional by Mark Golub in Community Change 2.1 (2018).

ASPECT doctoral student Leigh McKagen presented “Toward a Feminist Narrative of the Anthropocene” at the Association for Political Theory Conference, which was held October 18–20 at Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

ASPECT doctoral student Emma Stamm presented “Psychedelic Science and the Question of Artificial Intelligence” at the Intelligent Futures: Automation, AI and Cognitive Ecologies Conference, which took place October 1–2 at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England.

Stamm also published “Ordinary Doses: New Research into Psychedelic Drugs Is Constrained by Technological Solutionism,” Real Life Magazine, October 4, 2018.

ASPECT doctoral student Shelby Ward published “Apocalypse ’83,” in the Literary Encyclopedia: Exploring Literature, History and Culture, September 27, 2018.

Ward also presented “A ‘Downtown’ for Colombo: The Geopolitics of Sri Lankan Urbanization” with Ranitri Weerasuriya at the 47th Annual Conference on South Asia, which was held October 11–14 at the Center for South Asia, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Five ASPECT doctoral students presented their research at the International Studies Association – Southern Region Annual Conference, which took place October 12–13 at Randolph–Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. They were: Caroline Alphin, “‘Parasites on the Body Capital’: The Quantified Self as Instrumentalized Self-Cultivation”; Linea Cutter, “Sweet Systems of Power: Neoliberal Fitness and the Subjugation of the Female Body”; Rob Flahive, “Short Circuiting the Eurocentric Gaze: Rewiring Colonial Urbanism in Addis Ababa”; Molly Todd, “The Economisation of Man at the U.S.–Mexico Border”; and Sara Wenger, “‘Resistance is (Not) Futile’: Posthuman Possibilities in Speculative Fiction.”

Graduate students Rob Flahive, from ASPECT, and Katherine Ayers, from the Department of Sociology, with Jonilda Bahja, organized a “Tools for Teaching” Workshop through the Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence at Virginia Tech. The workshop took place September 19.

ASPECT doctoral student Mary Ryan published an interview with Wornie Reed, director of the Race and Social Policy Center in the Department of Sociology, in Community Change 2.1 (2018), with Jake Keyel. Community Change is a graduate student journal housed in Virginia Tech’s Institute for Policy and Governance; Ryan serves as one of the founding members on its editorial board.

In addition, she was one of ten individuals selected to participate in the Pre-conference Workshop on Pedagogy at the 2018 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, which was held from August 30 to September 2 in Boston, Massachusetts. She also presented “Race, Democracy, and the Kerner Commission” as part of Georgetown University’s Prison Scholars Program, which took place September 19 at the D.C. Jail in Washington, D.C.

ASPECT doctoral student Emma Stamm presented “Encountering Aliens: Digital Verfremdungseffekt and the Theater of the Self” at the International Conference on Subjectivity and Digital Culture, which was held September 5–7 at the Technische Universität Dresden in Germany.