Faculty Development Funds Awarded for the Academic Year 2011-2012

JCU Vice President and Academic Dean Mary Merva is pleased to report that JCU faculty development funds continue to support the professional development of an outstanding group of faculty. “Faculty is the heart of a university and it is their on-going research and passion for their subjects that brings to JCU a first-class liberal arts education for our students.” Faculty Development Funds have been awarded to the following professors for research and professional projects during the 2011-12 academic year:

Silvia Ammary – English Literature
Prof. Ammary received funding to attend four conferences: “Between Tradition and Change: The Future of English in Light of Globalization, Transculturalism, and Internationalization,” in Kolding, Denmark; she presented a paper entitled “Futurism and E. E. Cummings: Painting, Poetry and Motion” at the 2012 MEMLA Convention in Rochester, New York; she presented a paper entitled “Spatial (Dis)locations and Their Meanings in Hemingway’s Shorter Fiction” at the 2012 Spaces of (Dis)location Conference at the University of Glasgow; and attended the 2012 Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) conference in Seattle.

Brunella Antomarini – Philosophy
Prof. Antomarini’s book “The Maiden Machine” was translated into English for U.S. Publication.

Federigo Argentieri – International Affairs
Prof. Argentieri was awarded funds to participate as Organizer and Commentator of a Panel at the Annual Convention of ASEES, in Washington, D.C. He also participated in a conference on János Kádár, organized by the Associazione Culturale Italoungherese del Friuli Venezia Giulia, presenting a talk entitled “Kádár e Macbeth”. Prof. Argentieri also received funding for his research activity in Sofia, Bulgaria related to a book project and seminar on the show trials against Laszlo Rajk and Trajcho Kostov.

Pierfederico Asdrubali – Economics
Prof. Asdrubali received funding for his participation in a seminar on “Financial Epidemics. Pathology and Therapy of the Global Crisis” at the University of Bologna at Forlì on 26 April 2012.

Claudia Astarita – International Affairs
Prof. Astarita presented a paper entitled “Exploring Southeast Asian Future: Reshaping Regional Balance of Power” at the 2012 International Conference on Asian Studies in Osaka, Japan.

Tom Bailey – Philosophy
Prof. Bailey participated in a conference at the University of Lisbon on Kant and Nietzsche, where he delivered a paper entitled “Will to Power: Nietzsche’s Transcendental Idealism”. He also participated in the Fifth International Critical Theory Conference of Rome at the Loyola University, Rome Center, thus contributing to his work on Habermas’ critical theory, on which he has recently completed an edited collection for Routledge entitled “Deprovincialising Habermas: Global Perspectives“. Prof. Bailey participated in the Annual Conference of the International Nietzsche Research Group at the University of Lisbon, presenting his paper entitled “From the Ur-Eine to Morgenröthe: The Origins of the Will to Power”. Prof. Bailey also received funding for his participation in two conferences in Brazil that are part of the ‘Nietzsche the Kantian?’ series, which he co-organized, as plenary speaker at the conference entitled ‘Nietzsche and the Philosophical Tradition’, and presenting of the paper ‘Hypocrisy and Moralizing: From Nietzschean Ressentiment to Kantian Fetishism, 5-6 October 2012.

Maria Adelaide Basile – Italian Studies
Prof. Basile presented her paper entitled “Dante in Piazza” in the section “Italian Pop Culture” RSS 252 at the 2012 Annual Conference of the American Association of Italian Studies (AAIS), in Charleston (SC). Prof. Basile also participated in the Annual Conference of the Associazione Internazionale Professori d’Italiano in Salzburg, where she presented a paper entitled “Le porte del mito: chiavi d’accesso alla poesia italiana contemporanea” in the section “Lo Spazio Domestico tra Letterature e Arte”.

Benedetta Bessi – History and Humanities
Prof. Bessi received funding to acquire Hi-res images of 7 maps from the Greenwich Maritime Museum for the illustration of her article on the Ionian Islands in Cristoforo Buondelmonti’s book “The Ionian Islands: Aspects of their History and Culture” being published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (UK).

Aaron Carpene – Music
Prof. Carpene received funding for his research and performance activities, organized and facilitated by the Australian Consulate-General, in Ho Chi Minh City, 27 October-9 November 2011. He also received funding to give master classes and workshops on 18th century performance practice at the University of Texas at El Paso and to create the first live full-scale opera involving artists from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan in a new original production of G. F. Handel’s Acis & Galatea.

Isabella Clough- Marinaro – Sociology
Prof. Clough-Marinaro received funding for the translation of articles by Italian contributors to her book on the sociology of modern Rome. She also received funding to participate in the interdisciplinary symposium on “The Social and Political Mobilization of Roma and Gypsy Minorities in Europe”, presenting her paper entitled “‘Not all Roma are the Same’: Political Participation, Conflict and Difference Between Roma in Rome”.

Shannon Cox – English
Prof. Cox represented John Cabot University at the 2012 TESOL Convention in Philadelphia

Eric De Sena – Art History
Prof. De Sena presented a paper entitled “Porolissum: Urban Transformations in the Forum during the Roman and Immediate Post-Roman Phases (A.D. 106-375)” at the 2012 AIA meeting in Philadelphia.

Nick Dines – Sociology
Prof. Dines presented a paper entitled “Heritage as a biopolitical project? The production of ‘civic consciousness’ versus everyday life in the historic centre of Naples, Italy” at the Inaugural conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies: ‘Re/theorising heritage’ at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Yvonne Dohna – Art History
Prof. Dohna received assistance with the publication costs of the Italian Edition of her book “L’Arte Come Specchio della Fede”.

Valentina Dorato – Italian
Prof. Dorato participated in the Dante Alighieri Conference in Rome (“Il mio canto libero, la canzone nelle classi di italiano L2”).

Ann Giletti – Religious Studies
Prof. Giletti presented her paper entitled “Pugio fidei I: Rethinking Ramon Martì’s Use of Thomas Aquinas” at the International Conference of the Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM) ‘Pleasures of Knowledge’ in Freising, Germany.

Lawrence Gray – International Affairs
Prof. Gray participated in the 2012 American Political Science Association (APSA) international meeting in New Orleans.

Margaret Kneller – Natural Sciences
Prof. Kneller received funding to attend the 2012 “McGill Conference on Global Food Security”.

Eszter Kollar – International Affairs
Prof. Kollar received funding to present a paper entitled “Global Justice as Fairness in Medical Migration” at the Brocher Summer Academy in Global Population Health, organized by Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Antonio Lopez – Communications

Prof. Lopez presented a paper entitled “Green Media Education: Barriers and Opportunities” at the “Media Education Summit” in London, September 6-7, 2011.

Josephine Luzon – Business
Prof. Luzon presented her doctoral dissertation entitled “Performance Measurement for Non-profit Organizations” at Indiana University’s Tobias Leadership Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado (U.S.A.) 23-25 February 2012.

Tijana Mamula – Communications
Prof. Mamula received funding to participate in the Screen Studies Conference in Glasgow, and in the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Boston, where she co-chaired a panel discussion entitled “New Perspectives in Cinema and Multilingualism”. She also presented a paper entitled “Melancholy Unshaped?: Rudolf Arnheim, the Media-Unconscious and Kracquer’s Theory of Film” at the 2012 NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies) Conference in Lisbon.

Linda Nolan – Art History
Prof. Nolan presented her paper entitled “Deadly Nudity and Xenophobia at St. Peter’s Basilica in Early Modern Rome: the reception of the figure of Justice on the Tomb of Pope Paul III” at the conference “Desiring Statues: Statuary, Sexuality and History Conference” at the University of Exeter (U.K.) 26-27 April 2012.

Gene Ogle – History
Prof. Ogle received funding for his archival research at the Centre des Archives d’Outre-Mer (CAOM), in Aix-en-Provence.

Shannon Russell – English
Prof. Russell received funding to participate in the Global Dickens Conference in London, presenting a paper on the influence of slave narratives on Dombey and Son.

Pier Paolo Sarram – Communications
Prof. Sarram participated in the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) annual conference in Boston, co-chairing the panel on “New Perspectives in Cinema and Multilingualism”.

Silvia Scarpa – International Affairs
Prof. Scarpa participated in the Executive Seminar “Global Governance and Transnational Human Rights Obligations (GLOTHRO)” in Florence, Italy. Prof. Scarpa participated in the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) Conference at York University, Toronto (Canada), where she presented her paper on “Unsuccessful Asylum Seekers Who Have Formed a Family in the Host Country: Do They Have a Right to Stay?”. Prof. Scarpa also received funding to attend the 2012 Conference of the European Society of International Law which in Valencia, Spain.

Francesca Romana Seganti – Communications
Prof. Romana Seganti received funding to co-chair the Program Planning Committee and moderate the session entitled “Sociology of the Internet” of the 9th International Conference Cyberspace 2011 held at Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic).

Gina Siddu Pilia – Italian
Prof. Siddu Pilia received funding to attend the Professional Development Workshop in Teaching Italian Language and Culture in New Rochelle, NY.

Alessandro Signorini – Business
Prof. Signorini received support for his travel to Glasgow for the Viva stage of his Ph.D. He also received funding to research “Previous alliance relationships and effects on future acquisition performance: the case of the airline industry” in Barcelona.

Anna Tuck-Scala – Art History
Prof. Tuck-Scala received funding to review the exhibition “I Borghese e l’Antico” for the European Network of Architectural Historians journal.

Vanda Wilcox – History
Prof. Wilcox presented a paper at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris in on the First World War.

Lila Yawn – Art History
Prof. Yawn received funding for her research in New York on Italian Giant Bible Manuscripts and a biography of Art Historian E. Garrison, as well as for the presentation of her paper at the New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Sarasota, Florida. She also received funding to research medieval patristic manuscripts and Bible fragments for an article and book on the Giant Moralia in Iob of St. Gregory in Bamberg, Germany.