Memory & Contemporary: ASU Faculty in Conversations

Memory & Countermemory: Memorialization of an Open Future

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Anokye | Benkert | Bixby | Burke | Clark | Gilfillan | Holian | Kim | Kirsch | Lerman | Lester | Moon | Sabatini | Sadowski-Smith | Schleif | St. Clair | Saikia | Stancliff | Talebi | Warren-Findley

Akua Duku Anokye is Associate Professor of Africana Language, Literature, and Culture in the Division of Humanity Arts and Cultural Studies (HArCS) of Arizona State University's New College. She is the Associate Director of HArCS, past chair of CCCC, and chair of the College Board’s Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Development Committee. A sociolinguist, Dr. Anokye’s research focuses on African Diaspora orality and literacy practices, folklore, discourse analysis, and oral history with a specialization in Ghanaian culture, religion, storytelling, and dance. Among her publications are essays “Oral Connections to Literacy” in Journal of Basic Writing, “Private Thoughts, Public Voices: Letters from Zora Neale Hurston” in Women: A Cultural Review, " Centering the Margins: Language and Learning Styles for Composition 2000" in Attending to the Margins, and "Go Back and Fetch It: A Method for Decoding Text" in The Subject is Reading. Her book, Get It Together: Readings About African American Life is an anthology of interdisciplinary readings that provide historical context for issues in the African American Experience. return to top

Volker Benkert teaches in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies in the ASU Tempe campus. He studied History and English at the Universities of Bonn, Edinburgh, St. Petersburg, and Fribourg and graduated with a Master's Degree from the University of Bonn. He is currently completing his doctorate at the University of Potsdam entitled "Biographies in Transition. The last Children of the GDR Today." His research focuses on the impact of sudden regime change on biographies in 20th century Germany and Europe. return to top

Patrick Bixby is an associate professor in the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Sciences at the ASU West campus. Dr. Bixby's scholarly interests span a variety of fields. While his research falls primarily under the heading of Irish studies, it also includes British modernism, postcolonial theory and criticism, Continental philosophy, and the history of the novel, as well as issues of masculinity and sexuality. He teaches courses in these fields and in film history, postmodernism, the history of literary criticism, twentieth-century thought, and methods of interdisciplinary research. return to top

Janet Burke is Associate Dean for National Scholarship Advisement and Internships at Barrett, The Honors College at ASU and a Lincoln Fellow in the Lincoln Center for Ethics. As a historian whose research focuses on intellectual and social history in Europe and Latin America. many of her publications have concentrated on the effect of the Enlightenment on women’s sociability in 18th century France during the period just before the French Revolution. Her most recently published work is Nineteenth-Century Nation Building and the Latin American Intellectual Tradition, an anthology of Latin American thinkers who provide the intellectual foundations for nation building subsequent to the 1810 wars for independence. Her translations of Mexican liberal thought in the 19th and 20th centuries for the Liberty Fund press is scheduled for release in 2012. return to top

Patricia Clark is an associate professor in the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Sciences at ASU's West campus. After eleven years as a media artist and academic professional for the ASU Institute for Studies in the Arts, an arts and technology research institute, and the Arts, Media, and Engineering graduate program, Clark joined the faculty of the New College teaching primarily in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance program at ASU where she has been able to focus on her solo work, continue her collaborative projects, and teach students late 20th and 21st century art forms, research, and practice. Her most recent solo works are focused on the island nation of Cuba and within the United States. These works, and others that are in pre-production and production, will form a larger body of work entitled Cuba and US: A través de mi ventana, a collection of video art, experimental documentary, interactive installation, and archival printed works. return to top

Daniel Gilfillan is Associate Professor of German Studies and Information Literacy in the School of International Letters and Cultures, and Faculty Affiliate in Film and Media Studies and Jewish Studies at ASU's Tempe campus. His research focuses on 20th century literature, film and media studies in the German-speaking sphere, with particular interests in avant-garde/experimental approaches to new forms of media in the past (radio, film) and the influence of these earlier instances of new media on contemporary artistic and cultural practices with digital and telecommunications media. His book, Pieces of Sound: German Experimental Radio is now available through the University of Minnesota Press. return to top

Anna Holian is an assistant professor of history in in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at the ASU Tempe campus. Dr. Holian is a cultural, social, and political historian of 20th century Europe, with a special interest in the reconstruction of Europe after World War II. Her other key research interests are migration and displacement; architecture, urban planning, and city life; nationalism and internationalism; and film studies. Though geographically specializing in Germany, her work ranges broadly across continental Europe and has a strong comparative and transnational dimension. return to top

Marianne Kim is an assistant professor of interdisciplinary arts and performance in the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies at the West campus. Her creative works encompass dance, theatre and video art. She describes her creative research projects as having a broad range of style and subject matter that are housed in site-specific environments, interactive technology within a traditional gallery setting and experimental dance/theatre. Some themes include junk culture, consumerism, illusions of security, and most recently the plays of Bertolt Brecht. Her most recent projects include Disorientalism with New York media artist Katherine Behar and Security System V.1-5 with Chicago performance artist Joseph Ravens. Disorientalism is a multimedia collaboration studying the disorienting effects of technologized labor, junk culture, and consumerism, as forces that mediate bodies and instate body-knowledge. Security System is a series of portable sculptural performance works that investigates fear and the illusion of safety. This collaboration manifests visual and visceral images of residue, ritual, and evidence. return to top

Sharon Kirsch is an associate professor in the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Sciences at ASU's West campus. Her interdisciplinary work in the humanities began as an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where she received a double major in philosophy and English and a master’s degree in English with a concentration in philosophy. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Buffalo where her areas of inquiry included 19th and 20th century American literature and culture, the history of rhetoric, and literary and feminist theory.
Her current research interests focus on late 19th and early 20th century women writers’ relationship to language and the ways in which it plays a constitutive role in our social realities. return to top

Richard Lerman is a professor in the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Sciences at ASU's West campus. Professor Lerman earned his Master of Fine Arts in film/theater arts at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachussetts in 1970. Before coming to ASU’s West campus in 1994, he held academic positions at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, M.I.T., and Tufts University. Hiscreative activities have always engaged sound art and he has created work in this genre since the late 1960s through music composition, film/video, installation and performance art. Throughout his career he has been seeking/gathering sounds, to create work that may weave through nature in notable landscapes or at sites that pertain to human rights issues. He has worked with piezo disks and other transducers since the 1970’s, building his own microphones and associated electronics. He is well-known for using these materials in his work and sharing aspects of this work on his websites. Currently Professor Lerman is exploring advanced programming techniques in the creation of DVDs. return to top

Neal Lester is Dean of Humanities and a professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU's Tempe campus. and Dr. Lester has been a professor of English at Arizona State University since the fall 1997. His area of specialization is African American literary and cultural studies. Dr. Lester earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from State University of West Georgia and his graduate degrees in English at Vanderbilt University. He has published on, and taught courses in, African American children's literature, African American drama, African American folklore, African American images in American cinema, and black/white interracial intimacies in American culture. return to top

Barry Moon earned his doctorate in music composition from SUNY Buffalo in 1999 where he was a teaching assistant before joining the faculty at Brown University as adjunct/visiting professor. He later moved to England to fill an appointment as senior lecturer at Bath Spa University. He joined the Arizona State University faculty in 2006. Dr. Moon teaches upper division undergraduate courses at the West campus in sound performance, multi-track digital recording and digital graphic technologies. Additionally, his graduate courses explore digital graphic technologies and applications and real-time video/audio processing. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Moon has held a long-time interest in sound recording and production, as well as music composition and music performance, which was nurtured during his early studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Additionally, his most recent research interests include video production, real-time audio and video processing utilizing Max/MSP/Jitter, and interface design for performance and installation environments. A sound/video artist, composer and performer, Dr. Moon’s installations are featured regularly at ASU as well as across the country and around the world. He says of his work, “My output is too broad to be easily defined, but it has a leaning towards creating greater interaction between performers and the computer.” Among his many projects, five have been featured at the prestigious International Computer Music Conference, and in 2008 his composition, “Pop,” was featured at the 17th annual Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, one of the premier events in that field of music. In addition to his contributions to Music Tech Magazine , Dr. Moon has served as reviewer for Routledge, publisher of academic books and media resources. He also served on the review board of the British Organised Sound Journal, an international publication that focuses on the rapidly developing methods and issues arising from the use of technology in music today.
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Arthur Sabatini is an associate professor in the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Sciences at ASU's West campus. Dr. Sabatini completed his Ph.D. in Performance Studies through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at New York University. He has also worked as an arts writer and in arts administration. Dr. Sabatini has taught at NYU, as well as Drexel University and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, before coming to ASUin 1992. Dr. Sabatini’s current research focus examines how contemporary artists, arts groups and arts institutions research, investigate and produce interdisciplinary artwork. return to top

Claudia Sadowski-Smith is an associate professor of English at the ASU Tempe campus, specializing in 20th and 21st century U.S. literatures, fiction of the U.S. Southwest, inter-American studies, and immigration studies. She is the author of Border Fictions: Globalization, Empire, and Writing at the Boundaries of the United States, which explores cultural productions about the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico in the context of inter-American studies and theories of globalization. She has published several essays on cross-ethnic approaches to immigration, border theory, literatures of the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders, and on the internationalization of American studies. She is currently working on a project on comparative immigration and transnational adoption to the Americas. return to top

Corine Schleif is a professor of Art at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU's Tempe campus. Corine Schleif joined the ASU faculty after studying art history at Washington University in St. Louis and the Universität Bamberg in Germany. Her research interests include art history, Medieval and Renaissance history, gender theory, historiography, multimedia and animals. Her publications examine art within several contexts as she uncovers the various social functions that precipitate the making of art and the ideological negotiations that accompany it through its ever-changing meanings. return to top

Charles St. Clair is a fine arts specialist and lecturer in the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Sciences at ASU's West campus. He is a graduate of the Fairmount School for Creative and Performing Arts. An interdisciplinary artist with over 400 major productions to his credit in theatre, film and video.
Mr. St. Clair founded the Fairmount Theatre of the Deaf, the only professional repertory deaf theatre in the country. As Artistic Director, and under his direction, F.T.D. toured the United States and Canada as well as appearing twice at New York's Lincoln Center Theatre Festival. Mr. St. Clair presently teaches acting, directing and is the Technical Director for the Division of Humanities Arts and Cultural Studies. return to top

Yasmin Saikia is a professor of history and the Hardt-Nickachos Chair in Peace Studies at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at ASU's Tempe campus, specializing in South Asia, history and memory, violence and gender, Muslim history, children and identity. return to top

Michael Stancliff is an assistant professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Sciences at the ASU West campus. Dr. Stancliff received his Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2001 and joined the ASU faculty in 2004. He teaches in the English Program, the First-Year Writing Program, and the Masters Program in Social Justice and Human Rights.
Dr. Stancliff teaches courses in rhetoric, composition, United States literature and culture, African American literature, critical race theory, the history of antislavery movements, and contemporary slavery and human trafficking. All of his courses emphasize critical inquiry and explore the contemporary significance of historical events and the social power of language. Dr. Stancliff's current teaching interests explore the history of antislavery thought and action from the era of the Atlantic slave trade to the current moment.return to top

Shahla Talebi is an assistant professor of religious studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at ASU's Tempe campus. She received her Ph.D. in social cultural anthropology from Columbia University. Her research interests include questions of self-sacrifice and martyrdom, violence, memory, trauma, death, burial, funerary rituals, commemoration and memorialization or their banning, religion, revolution, and nation-state in contemporary Iran. Talebi’s manuscript entitled When God Cried: Death, Madness and Survival in Iranian Political Prisons is forthcoming by Stanford University Press. return to top

Jannelle Warren-Findley is Interim Senior Director of the Public History program and an associate professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at ASU's Tempe campus. She teaches historic preservation, cultural resources management, cultural institutions, and international practice. Dr. Warren Findley is currently writing book-length manuscripts for the National Park Service and, with a group of students, surveying a post–World War II neighborhood in Phoenix. She serves as a reviewer for the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program for the Council on International Educational Exchange in Washington. return to top