VILLANOVA, Pa. – CONCEPT, the scholarly journal of graduate students in the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, received a record number of submissions this year, and, while the COVID-19 pandemic may delay publication of the print edition and prevent an in-person celebration, circumstances cannot diminish the tremendous work of the journal authors, student and faculty editors, and peer reviewers.
"I am very pleased to announce the publication of Volume XLIII of CONCEPT," says Managing Editor John E. Kurtz, PhD, Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. "We received more submissions this year than any previous year in my tenure. Our students submitted thoroughly researched and beautifully written papers on a wide array of topics. This bounty of high quality made the choice of the year’s top paper challenging indeed."
This year’s Graduate Research Prize Essay goes to Communication master’s student Christine Bucher for her paper, “Embodying Space: Performance, Tourism, and Difficult History.” In her work, Bucher discusses many approaches to curating tourism sites in the interest of capturing the experiences of all its past inhabitants, specifically those of slaves.
"When I received Dr. Kurtz’s email telling me that my article was part of the digital version of CONCEPT, I was happy and thought that was a good result," Bucher says. "But to learn that I won the research prize was amazing—I had to re-read the email a few times!"
Bucher is the managing editor of Horizons, the journal of the College Theology Society, and has served in past years as a peer reviewer and student editor for CONCEPT. She has built upon her paper to form her thesis examining spatial rhetorics of slavery in northern history museums.
"The emphasis has shifted from an examination of performance in my CONCEPT paper to the use of the museum space and exhibit configuration as texts I’m analyzing in the thesis," she says.
This year, CONCEPT includes papers covering Classical Studies, English, Gender and Women’s Studies, History, Psychology and Theatre. The journal seeks to honor and highlight not only exemplary papers within their respective disciplines but also scholarship with wide interdisciplinary appeal. It is published in partnership with the Office of Graduate Studies and Falvey Memorial Library.
Says Dean of Graduate Studies Emory Woodard, PhD, "These are truly challenging times on many fronts, yet our graduate students and faculty continue to amaze me with their extraordinary efforts. The CONCEPT authors, editors and reviewers are fine examples for our graduate students and indeed our entire graduate community."
Graduate Research Prize Essay
Christine Bucher, Communication
Embodying Space: Performance, Tourism, and Difficult History
Brittany Baugher, Psychology
Perceiving Panic: Panic Disorder and Comorbid Medical Conditions
Caitlyn Dittmeier, English
Networks of Foam: Becoming through Relation in Marianne Moore's Shoreline Poems
Anne Jones, English
Tracing the Missing Letter: Reassembling Nonhuman Agency in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake
Nicholas Keough, English
Boys Will Be Boys: Constructions of Toxic Masculinity in Dramatic, Metaphorized, and Real-Life War Spaces
Jake Leonard, Psychology
“The thing and the feeling of that thing:” The Poetics of William Carlos Williams, Neural Representations of Conceptual Primitives, and Grounded Cognition
Alexandra Mitchell, Theatre
“Entering the World of the Hat:” Artistic Phenomenology in Sondheim and Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George
Kyle Schrader, Classical Studies
Queering an Icon: The Legend of Zelda and Inclusive Diversity
Kyle Scripko, History
“Burning with the Fire of Martyrdom:” Christian Identity and the Martyrs of Córdoba
Olivia Stowell, English
A Form of Work We’d Rather Not Do Alone: Chen Chen, Poetics of Relationality, and the Intersubjective Lyric I
Melissa Sturges, Gender and Women’s Studies
“Song’s for a New World:” The Revision of Gender and Restructuring of Narrative in M. Butterfly (1988, 1993, and 2017)
Kimberly Webb, History
Mothers, Children, and Servants: Gender, Social Power, and Domestic Service in Trecento and Quattrocento Tuscany
CONCEPT Editorial Board
Faculty Managing Editor
John E. Kurtz, Psychology
Student Editorial Assistant
Melanie A. Glatz, Psychology
Paul Bernhardt, Applied Statistics
Sarah Faggioli, Augustine and Culture Program
Rebecca Makas, Augustine and Culture Program
Bess Rowen, Theatre
Erica Slotter, Psychology
Graduate Student Editors
Katarina Andersen, History
Jillian Andres, Political Science
Sarah E. Gilbert, English
Emily Martinez, Psychology
Daniela Snyder, English
Caitlin Cassidy, Psychology
Kaley Ciluffo, Political Science
Nicole Daly, Psychology
Cheyenne Dolbear, Psychology
Jesica Ferguson, Psychology
Shama Huq, Psychology
Erica James, Liberal Studies
Brent Johnson, Mathematics
Thomas McLaughlin, History
Sarah Moxham, Classical Studies
Teodora Niculae-Caxi, Psychology
Zachary Parker, Public Administration
Xavier Royer, Political Science
Matthew Ryan, English
Ravneet Sandhu, Psychology
Carson Schatzman, English
Marie Shuter, Psychology
Joanna Timmerman, Education and Counseling
CONCEPT would like to give special thanks to: Emory H. Woodward IV, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Linda Buonanno in the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Graduate Studies; Adele Lindenmeyr, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; David Uspal, Falvey Library; John Gebhart, Joseph O’Pella and Barbara Joyce, Graphic Services.