Deborah Altamirano


Bio: Deborah R. Altamirano is an associate professor of anthropology, chair of the Department of Anthropology, and co-director of the Latin American Studies Program at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her teaching and research interests include political and social movements, gender, transnationalism, democratic transitions, and immigrant, refugee, and exile communities in the Americas and the circum-Mediterranean. She has conducted extensive research in Greece with political activists and with former political exiles and refugee populations. Currently, she is working on a book-length publication focused on her long-term field research with women political activists in Greece. Most recently, she is focusing on issues of immigration and the state of immigrant care-workers in times of severe economic austerity in Greece. Her recent publications include: “Life in Debt: Times of Care and Violence in Neoliberal Chile,” review in The Times Higher Education UK, no. 2,068, September 20, 2012;   “Repatriating Women: Navigating the Way “Home” in Neoliberal Chile,” in Lost in the Long Transition: Struggles for Social Justice in Neoliberal Chile, Rowman & Littlefield Press, Pp. 185-197, 2009; “For the Love of Women: Same Sex Relationships in a Greek Provincial Town,” review, American Anthropologist, June 2006; Illegal Immigration in Europe: Balancing National and European Union Issues, In Illegal Immigration in America. Edited by David W. Haines and Karen E. Rosenblum. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. 1999:451-470.


Alex Caviedes

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Bio: Alexander Caviedes is an associate professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He received his Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2006. Previously, he earned a J.D. from the University of Florida (1993) and LL.M.eur from Universität of the Saarland (1996). He also practiced immigration law from 1997-99 in Tampa, FL. His research interests include Western European political economy and European Union politics generally, with particular concentration on labor migration policies and media coverage of immigration and migrants. His teaching extends from introductory courses in comparative politics and international relations to courses in Western European politics, EU politics, international law and organization, international migration, comparative capitalisms and the international politics of sport. He is the author of Prying open Fortress Europe: The Turn to Sectoral Labor Migration (2010) and co-editor of Labour Migration in Europe (2010). He has published in journals including the Journal of European Public Policy, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and the Boston University International Law Journal, and is currently guest-editing a special issue for the Journal of Contemporary European Research.


 Marilynn Desmond

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Bio: Marilynn Desmond is SUNY-Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Binghamton University. She earned a Phd in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985. She has published widely on feminist theory and the reception of Classical Latin texts in medieval vernaculars. She is the author of Ovid’s Art and the Wife of Bath: The Ethics of Erotic Violence (Cornell University Press, 2006); Reading Dido: Gender, Textuality and the Medieval Aeneid (University of Minnesota Press, 1994) and–with Pamela Sheingorn–Myth, Montage and Visuality in Medieval Manuscript Culture: Christine de Pizan’s Epistre Othea (University of Michigan Press, 2003). She is the editor of Christine de Pizan and the Categories of Difference (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) and a special issue of Mediaevalia on “Ovid in Medieval Cultures” (1989). She has published articles in a variety of journals including Critical Inquiry, Helios, and Studies in the Age of Chaucer. She is currently finishing a book entitled: The Fall of Troy and the History of the Book: Homer and the Medieval West. During 2014-5 she has been in residence at the American Academy in Rome, as the winner of an NEH-funded Rome prize in Medieval Studies. She has also held residential fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center (2003-4), and the Camargo Institute in Cassis, France (2006). She has been a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (2010) and a Leverhulme Visiting Professor in the French program in the Department of Medieval and Modern Languages at Cambridge University (2012-13). She has also held a year-long fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1988-89). She has been a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University (1999-2000), where she is now a Life-member.


Thomas Dunk

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Bio: Thomas Dunk is Professor of Sociology and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Brock University in St. Catharines, Region of Niagara, Ontario, Canada. He holds a PhD in anthropology from McGill University in Montreal. His research interests include the relationship between class, gender and culture, social inequality, industrial restructuring and economic change, and the political symbolism of environmental controversies. He is the author of It’s a Working-Man’s Town: Male Working-Class Culture (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2003), editor of Transitions in Marginal Zones in the Age of Globalization: Case Studies from the North and South (Lakehead University: Centre for Northern Studies, 2010), and co-editor of The Training Trap: Ideology, Training and the Labour Market (Fernwood, 1996). He has also published book chapters and journal articles on the history of Canadian anthropology, masculinity, whiteness, and disputes about the environment and hunting. Dunk’s interest in the political symbolism of human relationships with large carnivores in the context of de-industrialization and the transformation of rural regions is part of his current research on the effects of globalization on the forest industry, forest-based communities, masculinity and working-class culture. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in forest-based communities in northern Ontario and has collaborated on projects in Finland, Norway, Chile, Uruguay and France.

Kimberly Hart

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Bio: Kimberly Hart, Associate Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Buffalo State, studies the contemporary Turkish experiences of Islamic practice as they intersect with cultural memory and state power. She has also studied a women’s carpet weaving cooperative and issues of marriage, gender, and labor in rural western Turkey.

 Eileen Lyon

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Bio: Eileen Groth Lyon is a professor of history at the State University of New York at Fredonia. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in British History. She is the author of Politicians in the Pulpit, editor of The Human Tradition in Modern Britain, and several articles related to the relationship between religion and politics in Modern Britain.


Scott Moranda

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Bio: Scott Moranda is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Cortland, where he teaches courses in Modern Europe, Central European History and World Environmental History. He recently published The People’s Own Landscape: Nature, Tourism, and Dictatorship in East Germany with the University of Michigan Press in 2014. In this book, he demonstrated how tourism and consumerism influenced environmental thinking under a socialist regime. His current research explores the transatlantic history of German conservation ideas from 1848 to the early years of the Cold War to understand their influence on postwar critiques of modernization and industrial agriculture that call for a new “land ethic” to replace a destructive “capitalist ethos.” Focused especially on efforts to preserve soil fertility on farms and establish sustainable forest management, the project investigates a German land ethic celebrated by German-American farmers and agriculturalists, German travelers and scholars reporting on their visits to North America, and German-American foresters helping establish scientific state forestry in the United States. But, it also will follow American agriculturists and foresters in their travels to Germany during the Third Reich and later after World War Two to understand how they sometimes how Nazism, war, and defeat affected the reputation and meaning of this “land ethic” among postwar West German and American conservationists and agriculturalists. Research for this conference paper was partly funded by a German Historical Institute Horner Library Fellowship. Moranda is co-coordinator of the German Studies Association’s Environmental Studies Network. He also is a participating faculty member in Summer 2015 for Forever Wild, a SUNY Cortland NEH Summer Seminar for High School Teachers held at Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks. He recently joined the Advisory Committee for a documentary film, FIRST IN FORESTRY: Carl Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School, currently being produced by Bonesteel Films.

John D. Occhipinti

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Bio: John D. Occhipinti is Professor of Political Science, Department Chair and Director of European Studies at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. He teaches courses on the European Union (EU) and Comparative Politics. In 2003, Dr. Occhipinti wrote the first scholarly book on the evolution of the European Police Office-Europol (Lynne Rienner). His most recent publications include “Whither the Withering Democratic Deficit? The Impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the AFSJ,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs (2014); Justice and Home Affairs Agencies in the European Union (Editor with Kaunert and Léonard. Routledge, 2014); “The Governance of Transnational Crime” in J. Sperling, Ed., Handbook on Governance and Security (Edward Elgar, forthcoming, 2014); and “Still Moving Toward a European FBI?” Intelligence and National Security (forthcoming, 2015). Dr. Occhipinti has presented his research at the U.S. Department of State and briefed newly appointed U.S. ambassadors to the EU. In 2013, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the European Union Studies Association and co-founded its new section on the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ).

Thomas M. Wilson

Thomas M. Wilson, chair and professor of Anthropology and Chance

Bio: Thomas M. Wilson is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University, State University of New York, and Visiting Research Professor, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. His research interests are in international borders and frontiers, political culture, nationalism, alcohol and identity, European integration, and cinema and anthropology. He has conducted ethnographic field research in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Hungary and Canada, is the recipient of research support from such agencies as, in the United States, the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Scholar Program, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropologcal Research, and internationally from the European Union, The Leverhulme Trust, The British Academy, and The British Council. He has held visiting academic appointments in Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland), University of Glamorgan (Wales), Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania)Among his recent publications are Rural Politics in County Meath, Ireland: Ethnographic and Historical Studies (2013) and Blackwell’s A Companion to Border Studies (2012). He is also the former editor of the journal Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power and Past President of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe.