New form for reporting faculty achievements
Tredway Library maintains a record of the teaching innovations and scholarly output of the faculty at Augustana College. Each fall, we host a celebration of these achievements. Please help us to maintain accurate records by using the form provided on the library's website: http://www.augustana.edu/library/Services/facultyachievement.html.
Margaret Farrar recently learned that her paper "Amnesia, Nostalgia, and the Politics of Place Memory" won the 2008 Pi Sigma Alpha Award from the Western Political Science Association. The Pi Sigma alpha Award is given to the best paper delivered at the organization's annual meeting. The 2008 conference featured 26 sections and about 250 panels. Pi Sigma Alpha award winners are invited to submit their papers for publication in the journal Political Research Quarterly. Margaret will travel to Vancouver, BC to accept the award at the 2009 meeting of the WPSA in March.
"Amnesia, Nostalgia, and the Politics of Place Memory" is the result of Margaret's sabbatical work during 2007, and she received helpful feedback on the paper when she presented it on campus at the Faculty Research Forum. An abstract for the paper follows:
Amnesia, Nostalgia, and the Politics of Place Memory
American towns and cities are increasingly characterized by two very differnt kinds of space: the depressingly uniform landscapes borne of the suspect logic of urban sprawl, and the intensive (if smaller scale) attempts at historic preservation that result from an equally suspect urban nostalgia. What should we make of the relationship to our past, and on our capacity for political action? In this paper, I argue that place memory is essential both to identity and to politics. Further, I contend these two spatiopolitical trends limit the possibilities for political imagination. Specifically, urban sprawl creates a landscape of either willful or accidential amnesia, where the powers of place are neutralized by ignoring or removing them from history. Historic preservation, however, can have equally depoliticizing effects by too often conjuring up a peculiar, selective, or even wholly imaginary past. Despite their seeming opposition, both categories of place-making work against the cultivation of critical place memory, and consequently, against a meaningful politics of place. In the final section of this paper, I argue for what Walter Benjamin calls "porosity" in creating, maintaining, and evaluating the vitality of our urban spaces.
Adam Kaul recently attended the conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists in Auckland, New Zealand where he co-organized and co-convened a panel called The Appropriation of the Spaces of Leisure and Creative Practice. He also presented a paper entitled "The village that wasn't there: appropriation, domination and resistance." The panelists are discussing the possibility of writing the papers up into chapters for an edited volume.
The Academy of Finland has selected Peter Kivisto as a Finland Distinguished Professor, and the Chancellor at the University of Turku has signed a three-year appointment letter, beginning January 1, 2009. Kivisto will head a team of scholars examining th emergence of multiculturalism as a novel mode of incorporation in many of the world's liberal democracies. The project will be framed in historical and comparative terms, with the final goal being a book that develops a novel theory of multicultural incorporation. He will deliver his inaugural lectures during Augustana's spring break, at which time the Chancellor has arranged a ceremony to officially launch the FiDiPro Programme at Turku.