Religion and Culture Academic News

Danille Christensen, an assistant professor in the Department of Religion and Culture, published “Still Working: Performing Productivity through Gardening and Home Canning,” The Expressive Lives of Elders: Folklore, Art, and Aging, ed. Jon Kay (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018), pp. 106–37.

The open-access version of the book is available here.

Michael Saffle, a professor in the Department of Religion and Culture, published “Liszt, Shanghai, and the North China Herald, 1886-1919,” Journal of the American Liszt Society 69 (2018): 28–46, with Hon-Lun Yang.

Ananda Abeysekara, an associate professor in the Department of Religion and Culture, published a review essay of “Theravāda Buddhist Encounters with Modernity” in the Journal of Buddhist Ethics 25 (2018): 333–71.

Michael Saffle, a professor in the Department of Religion and Culture, published “Learning about Sheet Music through Library Holdings,” Information Literacy in Music: An Instructor’s Companion, ed. Beth Christiansen, Erin Conor, and Marian Ritter (Middleton, Wisconsin: A-R Editions, 2018), pp. 205–08.

The Center for Humanities celebrated its official launch on August 31 at The Inn at Virginia Tech. The center, directed by Sylvester Johnson, a professor in the Department of Religion and Culture and assistant vice provost for the humanities, serves to elevate the presence and profile of humanities disciplines across the university. It will provide programs that support faculty fellowships, departmental grants, and events in the humanities and is committed to building on collaborations across the university.

Emily Satterwhite, an associate professor in the Department of Religion and Culture, published “Mapping Appalachia’s Boundaries: Historiographic Overview and Digital Collection,” Journal of Appalachian Studies 24.1 (Spring 2018): 89–100, as well as “Mapping Appalachia: A Digital Collection,” both with Abigail August and Stewart Scales.

Matthew Gabriele, a professor of the Department Religion and Culture, has been appointed chair of the Department of Religion and Culture.

Gabriele co-edited Apocalpyse and Reform from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages (Oxon, United Kingdom, and New York, New York: Routledge, 2018), with James Palmer.

His individual contribution to the volume was “This Time. Maybe This Time. Biblical Commentary, Monastic Historiography, and Lost Cause-ism at the Turn of the First Millennium,” pp. 183–203.

Ananda Abeysekara, an associate professor in the Department of Religion and Culture, published “Religious Studies’ Mishandling of Origin and Change: Time, Tradition, and Form of Life in Buddhism,” Cultural Critique 98 (Winter 2018):
22–71.

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