Molly Bassett is chair and associate professor of Religious Studies. She is working on a book entitled The Bundles: Unwrapping Aztec Religion. Tlaquimilolli (sacred bundles) are central to understanding Aztec religion. As god-bodies, material objects, and subjects of visual culture, tlaquimilolli function as important actors in Aztec mythohistory. The contents, dynamics, ritual use, meaning, and ideology of bundles (sacred or otherwise) serve as the substructure for understanding Aztec religion on its own terms. In the context of specific examples and existing interpretations, her book demonstrates that that tlaquimilolli and other bundles offer a theory and method for understanding Aztec religion.
William A. Edmundson is Regents' Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy. His book, Socialism for Soloists, will present a theory of justice suited to our individualistic political culture. A shared conception of justice is needed to stabilize our constitutional democracy—especially so given the explosive increase in economic inequality over the last half-century, and the coincident erosion of confidence in our basic institutions. Liberty demands a market economy, but political equality can withstand only so much economic inequality. by asking what property rules reasonable people would agree to once they realize that certain vitally necessary things cannot be divided up and distributed to everybody in usable pieces: the road system and the internet for example. What falls into this category varies over time. What is constant is that ownership of things of this kind has profound consequences for a society that aspires to be free and democratic. (The embedded link takes you to a video posted on YouTube today!)
Please join me in congratulating these colleagues.
Denise Z. Davidson
Professor of History
Director, Humanities Research Center
Co-Director, Humanities Inclusivity Program
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303