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Recent Faculty Publications

Understanding Multiculturalism

Johannes Feichtinger and Gary B. Cohen, eds. Understanding Multiculturalism: The Habsburg Central European Experience (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2014)

The essays in this collection offer a nuanced analysis of the multifaceted cultural experience of Central Europe under the late Habsburg monarchy and beyond. As we consider the issues of multiculturalism today, this volume offers new approaches to understanding multiculturalism in Central Europe freed of the effects of politically exploited concepts of social spaces.

Mediterranean Identities in the Premodern Era

Kay Reyerson and John Watkins, eds. Mediterranean Identities in the Premodern Era: Entrepôts, Islands, and Empires (Ashgate, 2014)

The first full length volume to approach the premodern Mediterranean from a fully interdisciplinary perspective, this collection defines the Mediterranean as a coherent region with distinct patterns of social, political, and cultural exchange. The essays explore the production, modification, and circulation of identities based on religion, ethnicity, profession, gender, and status as free or slave within three distinctive Mediterranean geographies: islands, entrepôts and empires. Individual essays explore such topics as interreligious conflict and accommodation; immigration and diaspora; polylingualism; classical imitation and canon formation; traffic in sacred objects; Mediterranean slavery; and the dream of a reintegrated Roman empire. Integrating environmental, social, political, religious, literary, artistic, and linguistic concerns, this collection offers a new model for approaching a distinct geographical region as a unique site of cultural and social exchange.

Remembering the Roman Republic

Andrew Gallia, Remembering the Roman Republic: Culture, Politics and History under the Principate (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

The Roman Principate was defined by its embrace of a central paradox – the ruling order strenuously advertised continuity with the past, even as the emperor's monarchical power represented a fundamental breach with the traditions of the “free” Republic it had replaced. Drawing on the evidence of coins, public monuments, and literary texts ranging from Tacitus and Pliny the Younger to Frontinus and Silius Italicus, this study traces a series of six crucial moments in which the memory of the Republic intruded upon Roman public discourse in the period from the fall of Nero to the height of Trajan's power. During these years, remembering the Republic was anything but a remote and antiquarian undertaking. It was instead a vital cultural process, through which emperors and their subjects attempted to navigate many of the fault lines that ran through Roman Imperial culture.

Gallia’s is the only book to examine the intersection of memory and politics during the Flavian period.  He emphasizes memory in Roman culture, and offers a cultural history of Flavian and Trajanic Rome with a unique perspective and synthetic approach unmatched by other studies of the period.  His work provides a unique synthesis of a broad range of material, encompassing the art, literature, architecture and rhetoric, as well as the political and religious history of the Flavian period.

Modern Iranian Philosophy

Iraj BashiriModern Iranian Philosophy: From Ibn Sīnā to Mullā Ṣadrā Shīrāzī (San Diego: Cognella, 2014)

Professor Bashiri's new book is a concise overview of developments in Iranian philosophy from ancient times to the seventeenth century. It places Iranian philosophy within the framework of Islamic philosophy, details the emergence of a popular theology stemming from interaction between Zoroastrianism and Islam, and addresses efforts to establish Shīʿite orthodoxy. In addition, the material offers valuable insight into contemporary events through chapters addressing the meeting of east and west.