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2011/2012 Warren Center Faculty Fellows

Sacred Ecology: Landscape Transformations for Ritual Practice

ROBERT F. CAMPANY is professor of Asian studies and religious studies specializing in the history of Chinese religions (ca. 350 BCE-600 CE) and methods for the cross-cultural study of religions and cultures. He is co-editor of Early Medieval China: A Sourcebook (forthcoming, 2012) and author of many articles and four books, most recently Signs from the Unseen Realm: Buddhist Miracle Tales from Early Medieval China (forthcoming, 2012). His current projects include a book on dreams and their interpretation in medieval China as well as a book, tentatively titled "Spirits," for the Dimensions of Asian Spirituality Series of the University of Hawai'i Press.

LEO C. COLEMAN is assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University. A cultural anthropologist, Coleman's research focuses on technology, urban experience, and politics in India and, comparatively, in Britain and the United States. He is completing a book about the electrification of Delhi, India and the privatization of public utilities there. In addition, he is the author of several articles and book chapters, and the editor of Food: Ethnographic Encounters (Berg Publishers, 2011). His current project is "Sacred Ecology in the Global City," examining how religious uses of urban space contribute to novel understandings of nature and community. He is the 2011/2012 William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellow at the Warren Center.

WILLIAM R. FOWLER, associate professor of anthropology, is an archaeologist and ethnohistorian specializing in pre-Columbian and colonial Nahua societies of Mexico and Central America. His special topics of research interest include urbanism, colonialism, and political economy. He has published a number of books and monographs and many journal articles on a wide range of topics in Mesoamerican studies, and he is founding editor of the international journal Ancient Mesoamerica, published by Cambridge University Press. For the past decade he has applied the landscape paradigm to the study of conquest-period towns and cities in Mesoamerica. His most recent book is Ciudad Vieja: Excavaciones, arquitectura y paisaje cultural de la primera villa de San Salvador (Editorial Universitaria, San Salvador, 2011).

JOHN W. JANUSEK is associate professor of anthropology and an archaeologist who specializes in the South American Andes. His current research focuses on the origins of urbanism in relation to human diversity, ritual practice, and past experiences of nature. He is author of Identity and Power in the Ancient Andes (Routledge, 2004), Ancient Tiwanaku (Cambridge, 2008), and forthcoming, Cosmic Centers and Animate Landscapes (Cambridge). This year, Janusek is the Spence Wilson Fellow, and he will co-direct the Warren Center Fellows Program.

JANE G. LANDERS is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History and will be acting director of the Center for Latin American Studies this year. She is the author of numerous books, book chapters, and articles on the history of Africans in the Iberian Atlantic World, the most recent being Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions (Cambridge, Mass., 2010). She directs the Ecclesiastical and Secular Sources for Slave Societies digital preservation project (http://www.vanderbilt.edu/esss/index.php) and has consulted on a variety of archaeological projects, documentary films, and museum exhibits. She is currently working on two monographs–one about an enslaved Mandinga and his various Atlantic lives and another on runaway slave communities around the Iberian Atlantic.

TRACY G. MILLER is associate professor of history of art and associate professor and acting director of the Asian Studies Program. A specialist in the ritual architecture of medieval China, her first book, The Divine Nature of Power: Chinese Ritual Architecture at the Sacred Site of Jinci (Harvard University Asia Center, 2007) addressed the way in which specific temple forms and their placement within the landscape affected the understanding of the identities of divinities worshipped within them. Her interests include the ritual architecture of Asia broadly defined, conceptions and perceptions of "nature," the integration of man-made and natural worlds, and Chinese representations of landscape in both two and three dimensions. This year, Miller is the Rebecca Webb Wilson Fellow, and she will co-direct the Warren Center Fellows Program.

ROGER E. MOORE is senior lecturer of English and director of the Undergraduate Writing Program. His current research examines the effects of the dissolution of the monasteries on the English literary imagination through the eighteenth century. The author of articles on Chaucer, Sidney, and Marlowe, he has most recently published "The Hidden History of Northanger Abbey: Jane Austen and the Dissolution of the Monasteries" in Religion and Literature (Spring 2011).

BETSEY A. ROBINSON is associate professor of history of art and classical studies. Her main fields of interest are Greek and Roman archaeology, art, architecture, urbanism, and landscape architecture. Her book, Histories of Peirene: A Corinthian Fountain in Three Millennia, was published in July 2011, and she remains interested in the classical culture of water, from the poetics of springs to fountain design. She is currently pursuing a comparative study of landscape, monuments, politics, and rituals at Delphi and the Thespian Valley of the Muses, both in central Greece, in the Hellenistic and Roman Imperial periods. This year, Robinson is the Jacque Voegeli Fellow, and she will co-direct the Warren Center Fellows Program.

HELENA SIMONETT, assistant professor of Latin American studies and adjunct assistant professor at the Blair School of Music, also serves as associate director of the Center for Latin American Studies. Her research on Mexican popular music and its transnational diffusion resulted in the publication of a number of articles and two books: Banda: Mexican Musical Life across Borders (Wesleyan University Press, 2001) and En Sinaloa nací: Historia de la música de banda (Sociedad Histórica de Mazatlán, Mexico, 2004). She recently edited a volume on the accordion traditions in the Americas (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming). Her current research focuses on the musical life of an indigenous community in Sinaloa, northwestern Mexico.

BRONWEN L. WICKKISER, assistant professor of classical studies, specializes in Greco-Roman religion and medicine, especially healing cults. She has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and a 2008 monograph Asklepios, Medicine, and the Politics of Healing in Fifth-Century Greece (Johns Hopkins) and co-edited a 2009 volume on Greek religion. Currently she is working on a book project, "Fourth-Century Tholoi and the Changing Landscape of Greek Ritual," that explores the functions of unusual round buildings (tholoi) in several of Greece's most popular sanctuaries, with particular interest in the acoustics of these spaces and the role of music therapy for the physical body and the body politic.


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