Religion and Culture Academic News

Matthew Gabriele, professor and chair of the Department of Religion and Culture, edited A Cultural History of Western Empires in the Middle Ages (800–1450), volume 2 of A Cultural History of Western Empires (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). Gabriele’s individual contribution to the volume was the “Introduction,” pp. 1–20.

In addition, Gabriele gave the keynote address, “All Shall Be Well, and All Shall Be Well, and All Manner of Thing Shall Be Well: The Future of Medieval Studies,” at the University of Kent History Festival, which took place February 13, in Canterbury, England.

At Kent, he also led a graduate seminar on the topic of “Teaching the Middle Ages against White Supremacy.”

Jordan Laney, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Religion and Culture, delivered the Graduate Student Remarks at the Virginia Tech Fall 2018 Graduate Commencement ceremony on December 14.

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.

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