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2013-2014 Affiliate Fellows

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Moya Bailey, Ph.D.

Moya Bailey, Ph.D.

 

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Emory University, 2013

During Dr. Bailey’s fellowship year, her article, “Homolatent Masculinity in Hip Hop Culture” was published in the journal Palimpsest and was featured on Dean Christopher Long's podcast, Digital Dialogue. Her interview with cultural worker adrienne maree brown appeared in the November issue of the journal, Ada. She also published a piece in the African American studies journal Souls, called "New Terms of Resistance: A response to Zenzele Isoke." Additionally, Dr. Bailey was part of a participatory project recorded in the International Journal of Communication in which she and other scholars theorized the digital public sphere and its impact on politics. She currently has two journal articles under review and two in progress. She has begun work on her manuscript about queer and trans people of color's digital media creations. Bailey was one of the first five researchers to examine the papers of Afrofuturist MacArthur Genius and Nebula award winning author Octavia E. Butler and began planning a 2016 conference to honor Butler's memory. In the fall, Bailey taught Penn State's first iteration of Intro to African American Studies in which students created Wikipedia articles for little known figures and events in Black history. In the spring, From Baartman to Beyoncé: Black Women in Popular Culture culminated with a launch party for a student produced digital magazine that addressed issues relevant to the representation of Black students on Penn State's campus. She also gave several keynote lectures at various institutions including Chatham University, Oberlin College, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to her invited lectures, Dr. Bailey spoke with Penn State faculty, students, and staff about her digital humanities work as part of the campus Digital Humanities Interest Group. Honors student, Andrea Mitchell-Meyer, sought Bailey out to become her research assistant and learned how to use Zotero, Wordpress, Voyant and other digital research tools. Bailey was invited back to the University of Illinois at Chicago to lead a Feminist Digital Humanities Primer workshop for faculty in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, inclusive of faculty from four other departments. Bailey presented her work at the National Women's Studies Association Conference and Critical Ethnic Studies Conference. Dr. Bailey is currently an Assistant Professor of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University.

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Surya Parekh, Ph.D.

Surya Parekh, Ph.D.

 

History of Consciousness

University of California-Santa Cruz, 2013

Email:  mkp14@psu.edu

During Dr. Parekh’s fellowship year as Alain Locke Post-doctoral Fellow in the Philosophy Department and Rock Ethics Institute and affiliate fellow at the Africana Research Center, he completed one article for review and has two more in progress. He also completed much of the research for his book manuscript on the emergence of cosmopolitanism alongside 18th century discourses of race and gender. Portions of this work were presented in two public lectures at Penn State, at the “Critical Philosophies of Race” conference at the University of Witswatersrand in South Africa, and at the “Alternative Sovereignties” conference at the University of Oregon. In addition to his public presentations, Dr. Parekh gave guest lectures in Professor Robert Bernasconi’s “Critical Philosophy of Race” graduate seminar in Philosophy, in Professor Jonathan Eburne’s “The Age of Reason” graduate seminar in Comparative Literature, and at the Rock Ethics Institute Fellows Seminar. For the Philosophy department, he taught two courses, “Philosophy, Race, and Diversity” and “Contemporary Philosophy”. He also helped develop the Rock Ethics Institute’s Critical Philosophy of Race Initiative. He mentored graduate students in the Critical Philosophy of Race Initiative, served as Book Review Editor for the Critical Philosophy of Race journal, and co-organized the 20 Years Since 1994: Reflecting on African Turning Points in South Africa and Rwanda Colloquium with Professor Gabeba Baderoon. Dr. Parekh also participated in events sponsored by the Africana Research Center, including the post-doctoral works in progress and professional development seminars. Dr. Parekh is currently Assistant Professor of English at Binghamton University.

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