Searches sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are bringing to the University six new faculty members in the Public Humanities in a Digital World.
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All positions in this initiative require interest in engaging collaboratively with communities and organizations across and outside the university. New hires under this initiative will actively participate in exploring the impact of digital practices on the production of scholarship and creative work in projects central to the humanities.
We have successfully completed three searches, and additional searches will be authorized for 2011–12. The scholars below will join the faculty in August 2011.
Björn Anderson (PhD University of Michigan) arrives from a fellowship at The American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan. The book he is writing, Negotiating Identity in Nabataean Arabia, focuses on cultural intersections in the eastern Mediterranean during the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods. He is developing two digital projects, including a site for the study of ancient Mediterranean ceramics with other members of the international Workshop for Levantine Ceramics.
Jesse McLean (MFA, University of Illinois at Chicago) is a media artist and educator whose research is motivated by a deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, especially and presented and observed through mediated images. She has presented her work at prestigious museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide. She is the recipient of the Ghostly Award for Best Sound Design and the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award for Emerging Experimental Video Artist, both at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Overkill Award at the Images Festival.
Stephen Voyce (PhD, York University, Canada) comes to The University of Iowa from a postdoctoral fellowship at the Modern Literature and Culture Research Center, Ryerson University, Toronto, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. His first book, A Society in Words: Practices of Community in the Cold War Era, 1950–1980, will be published this year by the University of Toronto Press. He is editor of GrOnk, an online archival project that will eventually feature a complete run of this influential magazine.
Horacio Castellanos, a native of El Salvador, has most recently taught at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also participated in the City of Asylum Program for Writers. He has been a writer or editor for many Spanish-language newspapers and weekly magazines in Mexico, the U.S., and other countries. His fifteen novels and short story collections have been translated into many languages. The most recent, Tirana memoria, which won the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2010, will be published this summer in English as Tyrant Memory (New Directions).
Robert Cargill (PhD, University of California, Los Angeles) comes to The University of Iowa from the Center for Digital Humanities at UCLA, where he has been the Instructional Technology Coordinator and has taught in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. An archaeologist and biblical scholar, his book Qumran through (Real) Time: a Virtual Reconstruction of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Gorgias Press) was published in 2009. He is the chief architect and designer of the online Qumran Visualization Project, http://www.nelc.ucla.edu/qumran/.
Paul Dilley (PhD, Yale University) joins The University of Iowa faculty from a position at Pennsylvania State University. His interests are in the development of Judaism and Christianity within the diverse cultural environments of the Graeco-Roman world. He has developed the digital online project “Ancient Nubia: An Interactive Topography” and is part of an international project to publish the Dublin Kephalaia Codex, an ancient Coptic manuscript, using digital imaging technology. He is also epigraphist for the Red Monastery Project, a USAID-sponsored conservation in Egypt of one of the best-preserved churches from Late Antiquity.