2016-17 Bingham Faculty Fellows: Mapping the Humanities

Mapping the Humanities

Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society (CCHS)

2016-17 Bingham Faculty Fellows: Mapping the Humanities

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Lluís Baixauli Olmos

Lluís Baixauli Olmos, Classical & Modern Languages

Lluís Baixauli-Olmos started working at the Classical and Modern Languages Department at UofL in 2013 as an Assistant Professor in Translation & Interpreting (Spanish). Before that he had taught at Jamia Millia Islamia University (New Delhi, India) for three years and Universitat Jaume I (Castelló, Spain) for two years. In this last university he completed his PhD in 2012. His doctoral dissertation focused on interpreter ethics and its application to the prison setting.

His research interests include: public service interpreting, cognition of interpreters, intercultural communication, professional ethics, moral philosophy, sociology of professions.

During his CCHS Fellowship Lluís will work on mapping and visualizing professional ethics using qualitative data analysis software, XML stylesheets, and other technologies

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Andreas Elpidorou

Andreas Elpidorou, Philosophy

Assistant Professor Andreas Elpidorou specializes in the philosophical study of the mind and has written extensively on the character of consciousness, cognition, and emotions. In his written work, he strives to offer clear, precise, and critical explications of aspects of our mental lives that often remain hidden from us. He is currently writing a book on the metaphysics of consciousness entitled “Consciousness and the Spell of Physicalism” (Routledge, forthcoming). As a CCHS Fellow, he will be working on a project on boredom that aims to articulate boredom's nature and value.

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Lauren Freeman

Lauren Freeman, Philosophy

Lauren Freeman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at University of Louisville, a core faculty member of the M.A. in Bioethics and Medical Humanities, an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and a Collaborator with the Center for Mental Health Disparities in the Department of Psychology. She works on phenomenology, feminist philosophy, and feminist bioethics. Her research has dealt with themes of recognition, autonomy, selfhood, oppression, stereotype threat, implicit bias, and epistemic injustice and has appeared in Inquiry, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, The International Journal for Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, The APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy, Continental Philosophy Review, Hypatia, The Review of Metaphysics, and American Journal of Bioethics. As a CCHS Fellow, she will be working on a project that examines individual and structural injustices within the context of healthcare.

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Lara Kelland

Lara Kelland, History

Lara Kelland is an Assistant Professor of Public History at the University of Louisville. Her book manuscript looks at the use of history in 20th century social movements, including Civil Rights, Black Power, Women’s Liberation, Gay Liberation, and American Indian Movements, arguing that grassroots activists helped shape the field of public history and the democratic practices embraced by many cultural organizations. She teaches courses on public history, oral history, digital history, historical methods, and the history of gender and sexuality in the U.S.

Prior to coming to Louisville, she worked with on public history projects in various community-based and cultural organizations. She believes mightily in the power of history to shape and nurture community. Currently, she is working on a three-year project documenting and interpreting the history of the Parkland neighborhood in West Louisville. To this end, Lara will use her CCHS fellowship year to engage digital mapping tools as a means of engaging memories of civil rights struggles in the city.

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Daniel Krebs

Daniel Krebs, History

Originally from Germany, Daniel Krebs received his B.A. in history and German literary studies from the University of Augsburg. He earned his Ph.D. in Early American and Early Modern European history from Emory University in 2007. His dissertation was awarded the 2008 Parker-Schmitt Dissertation Award for the Best Dissertation in European History by the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association.

His first book, entitled A Generous and Merciful Enemy: Life for German Prisoners of War during the American Revolution (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013), studies the daily life of common German prisoners of war during the American War of Independence. He has published articles and book chapters in the United States and Germany, including the Journal of Military History and the Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift. In 2005-2006, he was the Society of the Cincinnati and Friends of the MCEAS Dissertation Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. In 2010, he was the Donald L. Saunders Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University.

In general, Daniel Krebs' research focuses on warfare and the military as agents of change in society. Warfare cannot be placed in a separate category of horrible human behavior, or be seen merely as a terrible exception to otherwise peaceable human progress. Instead, warfare remains a common and central theme of even the world's most advanced societies.

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Kiki Petrosino

Kiki Petrosino

Kiki Petrosino is the author of two books of poetry: Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009), both from Sarabande Books. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, FENCE, Gulf Coast, Jubilat, Tin House and elsewhere. She is founder and co-editor of Transom, an independent on-line poetry journal. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she directs the Creative Writing Program.


2016-17: Mapping the Humanities

Beginning in Fall 2016, CCHS will be organized around an annual theme that provides the foundation for the academic year's scheduled events and for a Humanities Research Lab, involving a bimonthly colloquium. This theme is planned to stimulate wide interest and to cut across different disciplinary questions and diverse approaches. In keeping with its core mission, CCHS seeks to foreground forms of humanistic inquiry in research and advanced learning not only in humanities departments but also across the whole range of departments of the college. Learn more about the theme here.

Beginning in Fall 2016, CCHS will be organized around an annual theme that provides the foundation for the academic year's scheduled events and for a Humanities Research Lab, involving a bimonthly colloquium.  The theme for the first year will be Mapping the Humanities.

Powerful metaphors for critical method; means of data visualization, orientation and navigation; tools for thought, understanding and learning; archival objects of intricate beauty and literary, historical and scientific importance; maps are, as Johanna Drucker notes, “a rich part of the cultural record.” This theme invites the disciplines to engage with new thinking about maps and mapping.

Untangling each crisis of the humanities is “like drawing up a map, doing cartography, surveying unknown landscapes, and this [is called] ‘working on the ground.’  One has to position oneself on [cartographic] lines themselves, these lines which do not just make up the social apparatus but run through it and pull at it, from North to South, from East to West, or diagonally.” – Gilles Deleuze

“Maps are a rich part of the cultural record. They show how we think about space, nations, and features of the natural and cultural worlds. They express our understandings of the spatial dimensions of experience, and they are fascinating documents in their own right, filled with historical and social information.” – Johanna Drucker

“Maps are often an abstraction of the physical or conceptual world — a symbolic depiction of a space or idea that allows one to understand and navigate an unfamiliar topography or complex topology. But while most conventional charts, plans and diagrams claim to offer an accurate, even objective picture of the world, each one is bound by the specific agendas of its creators and users.” -- Hans Ulrich Obrist