Religion and Culture Academic News

Anita Puckett, an associate professor in the Department of Religion and Culture, published Rock Castle Gorge, Special History Study, Rocky Knob Recreation Area (Asheville, North Carolina: National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway, 2018), with Leslie Shelor Allen. The report was funded by a grant from the Robert M. Utley Foundation and is posted on the National Park Service website.

Michael Saffle, a professor in the Department of Religion and Culture, published “Liszt Catalogues and His Reputation as a Composer” and “Little-known American Liszt Editions of the 1840s and 1850s: A Preliminary Report,” The Liszt Society Journal [Great Britain] 43 (2018): 2–9 and 36–45, respectively.

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.

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