Congrats, Lou!!  I had a lot of fun doing this, and with Ema having done it too, we are representing Anthropology well! I you'll find it productive. J.

Jennifer Patico
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Director of Graduate Studies
Georgia State University
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Sent: Friday, May 8, 2020, 11:41 AM
To: Denise Z. Davidson
Cc: Dan Deocampo
Subject: Fall 2020 HRC Faculty Fellows

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce the members of the Fall 2020 cohort of Humanities Research Center Faculty Fellows. In addition to receiving offices in the HRC suite in Langdale Hall, each will be leading a workshop where an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students pose questions and provide feedback on a work in progress distributed in advance to attendees. I hope that many of you will be able to participate in the workshops, which are a great opportunity to engage with colleagues and learn about their research. We will announce the dates of those events in early August.

Humanities Research Center Fellows for Fall 2020

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. He approaches the issue<> 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!)

Ashley Holmes is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum program. She studies how public pedagogy and community-based research encourage student writers to engage with local publics and civic issues. Her current project, "Communicating Across Difference," is a study of the possibilities for embodied rhetoric and experiential learning to enhance our abilities to communicate across our personal, political, and social differences. As an HRC Fellow, Holmes will be preparing applications for two external awards: the Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowship and the NEH Public Scholars Grant.

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. holds the William M. Suttles Chair of Religious Studies, and is professor of Anthropology and Director of the GSU Center for Hellenic Studies. He will be working on a book titled Crete as Cosmopolis: A Diachronic History of Cultural and Social Mixing. Questions concerning cultural pluralism, and its relation to the virtues of a democratic society, have been posed since the time of Plato. Displacements due to economic, ecological and political crisis have intensified these questions in the past decade. His diachronic history of pluralistic mixing on the island of Crete, provides historical perspective on this current discussion. Since Crete was often described as either marvelous or monstrous (and rarely anything in between), he aims to produce a more nuanced historical picture of the place as a means of highlighting the cultural promise and avoiding the political pitfalls of cosmopolitan pluralism 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