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Dongyoun Hwang

Dongyoun Hwang - Professor of Asian Studies

Dr. Dongyoun Hwang’s new book just came out in August in South Korea, published by Hye’an Publishing Co. The book’s title is in English translation Making a New Past: A Reconstruction of Eastern Asian History from Regional Perspective in which he proposes a reconstruction of both regional and national histories of the Eastern Asian countries. Dr. Hwang suggests in the book, first, a new regional term, Eastern Asian (Dongbu Asia), in place of East Asia and, secondly, a new regional perspective to construct a new, different kind of national history which he argues can overcome the problems of nationalist historiography and embrace such regional elements as border-crossing human activities and interactions, for example, among transnational radicals circulated in the region.

Shane Barter

Shane Barter - Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics and Associate Director of the Pacific Basin Research Center

Dr. Shane Barter recently published a paper co-authored with Soka student Ian Osburn entitled, “Shrouded: Islam, War, and Holy War in Southeast Asia.” The paper appears in the Fall edition of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (way to go Ian!). Dr. Barter also published an article in Inside Indonesia (available here) which explores the upcoming Indonesian Elections from the province of Aceh. Dr. Barter also published an article in Asian Security titled, “Unarmed Forces: Civilian Strategy in Violent Conflicts” which explores the conditions in which militias are predatory, and when they provide security to civilians in conflict areas.

Ryan Ashley Caldwell

Ryan Ashley Caldwell - Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Ryan Ashley Caldwell participated in several events this summer. At the American Sociological Association in New York, Dr. Caldwell organized and chaired a panel for the Marxist Sociology Section entitled, “Marxist Analysis of Intersectionalities, Margins and Challenges to the Status Quo: Class, Gender, Identity, Race and Sexualities.” In addition, for the Section on Peace, War and Social Conflict, she chaired a section on “Institutions and Violence.”

Dr. Caldwell also has a recent publication in the International Journal of John Baudrillard Studies entitled, “Smokescreens and Shadows: Depicting the Enemy Within,” which can be found here:

Arie A. Galles

Arie A. Galles - Professor of Painting/Drawing & Director of Creative Arts Program

On July 30, 2013, Professor Arie A. Galles participated in a Q&A Panel Discussion at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles with film director, Maryte Kavaliauskas and film producer, Morning Slater. The panel followed the public screening of the new documentary film titled, “Richard Artschwager: Shut Up And Look.” The film was shown in conjunction with the exhibition of the late artist’s work mounted by the Hammer. Professor Galles’s friendship with Artschwager dates to 1968 and, at times, he assisted Artschwager in the artist’s studio. In both the film and the panel, Galles was able to add personal reminiscences and insight into the character and techniques of this remarkable, unique artist.

Kristi M. Wilson

Kristi M. Wilson - Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Dr. Kristi M. Wilson and Dr. Antonio Traverso (Curtin University, Australia) have co-edited a special double issue of Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture (Routledge, May – July 2013) entitled, “Political Documentary Cinema in Latin America: concepts, histories, experiences.”

The essays collected in this double issue of Social Identities show the important role that political documentary cinema has played in the Latin American region since the 1950s. Political documentary cinema in Latin America has a long history of tracing social injustice and suffering, depicting political unrest, intervening in periods of crisis and upheaval, and reflecting upon questions regarding such pressing subjects as ideology, cultural identity, genocide and traumatic memory. Dr. Wilson co-wrote the introduction to the collection and contributed an essay entitled, “Ecce Homo Novus: snapshots, the ‘new man’ and iconic montage in the work of Santiago Alvarez.”

Nalini Rao

Nalini Rao - Associate Professor of World Art

Dr. Nalini Rao was invited by Jain University, Bangalore, India to teach Art History for a year. She has created a Foundation for Indian Archaeology, Art and Culture to promote an objective study, research and dissemination of historical traditions of India; to support and conduct related educational and informational activities in the interdisciplinary fields of Indian archaeology, history, art, and religious studies. As Chairman of the Foundation, she has instituted an annual scholarship for graduate students. The Foundation will hold a conference on ‘Krishna as an Avatar or Historic Personality’ in 2014 in LMU. Her edited book, Sindhu-Sarasvati Civilization: A Reappraisal is in the press and will be forthcoming by December 2013. Her present research articles are on Relation between Art and Archaeology, Relic Worship in South Asia, King’s Priest in Cambodia, Artist and Patron, and Aesthetics of Visual Perception will be published soon.