Research by the Center Affiliated Faculty and Students in Fall 2021
Prof. Amy Hudnall (History/Global Studies/JHP) co-operated with Lilyan Wright, a cultural specialist at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and student in the JHP minor at Appalachian, to organize a group research excursion with two of her students, Maddie Carracino and Mae Early Wilmer, to Cherokee, NC. Both of these students are currently working on their thesis. Mae particularly reexamines the genocide of the Cherokee. They met museum curators, archivists, and cultural specialists to learn more about storytelling, Cherokee history and the life of the Cherokee after genocide. The group also visited the area’s sacred sites. They, finally, were taken on a special tour of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and spent a day in its archives, exploring 19th-century primary source materials on the Trail of Tears.
Prof. Thomas Pegelow Kaplan (JHP/History) published “Reinterpreting Jewish Petitioning Practices During the Shoah: Contestation, Transnational Space, Survival” in the Haifa-based Journal of Holocaust Research 35 (2021) and “Remaking Eichmann: Memories of Mass Murder and the Transatlantic Student Movements of the 1960s” in Rebecca Wittmann, ed.’s The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (Toronto, 2021). He was invited to and published “How I Became a Holocaust Studies Scholar: Reflections on Growing up and Being Educated in Cold-War West Germany” in the Newsletter of the NC Council on the Holocaust (September 2021). This fall, Pegelow Kaplan also presented papers at the regional Lessons and Legacies conference at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and at the Yad Vashem Biennial International Conference in Jerusalem. Finally, he participated in the “Archives of Global Transit: Reconsidering Jewish Refugees from Nazi Europe” Workshop of the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, and chaired the NC German Studies Roundtable on “Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Global Perspective” at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Prof. Dana Powell (Anthropology/JHP) continued her research leave with a one-year appointment in the College of Indigenous Studies at National Dong Hwa University (NDHU) in Taiwan that resulted from a fellowship from the Taiwanese Ministry of Science and Education. At NDHU, she is co-designing transnational environmental justice research and teaching projects, with Prof. Jolan Hsieh and other Taiwan-based colleagues. Prof. Powell published the co-authored article “The Double Force of Vulnerability: Ethnography and Environmental Justice” in Environment and Society 12 (2021). From Taiwan, she also continued her work on the Eastern North Carolina Environmental Justice Co-Lab funded by a grant from the RIEEE at Appalachian (with Rebecca Witter).