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2015 - ASEEES Convention Words: 106 words || 
1. Mikhailova, Yulia. "Angels for Pagans: The Discourse on Angels in the Hypatian Codex as a Conceptualization of Cooperation between Christian Slavs and Pagan Turks in Southern Rus′" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASEEES Convention, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, <Not Available>. 2019-07-19 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: This paper offers an analysis of the “learned” digression on angels found in the annals for 6618−19 (1110−11) in the Hypatian Codex and in the codices based on the Hypatian. It seeks to show that the Hypatian discourse on angels is a highly original and sophisticated text that has been unjustifiably neglected by the scholars of Rus’ian religious and intellectual history and it challenges the established opinion that medieval Christian authors portrayed pagans exclusively as “bad them” (Suzanne Conklin Akbari). It also challenges the view that the Polovtsy were never “conceptualized in terms of the image of the inhabitable world, ecumene” in Rus’ian texts (Leonid Chekin).

2003 - International Communication Association Pages: 48 pages || Words: 9627 words || 
2. Matei, Sorin. and Ball-Rokeach, Sandra. "Watts, the 1965 Los Angeles riots and the communicative construction of the “fear epicenter” of Los Angeles" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 Online <.PDF>. 2019-07-19 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The present paper examines the concrete conditions under which urban areas become and remain stigmatized as “bad neighborhoods.” Specifically, we are interested in determining why the Watts neighborhood, situated in the area affected by civil disturbances in 1965 and 1992, is the Los Angeles epicenter of “fear.” Three hypothetical causes are proposed: 1) actual level of danger to personal safety due to level of criminality 2) stigmatization by association with the 1992 civil unrest episode and 3) stigmatization by association with the 1965 “Watts riots.” Spatial cluster analysis provides evidence that the closest spatial event associated with the epicenter of subjective fear is the 1965 event. The proposed explanation for this finding is the role played by media during periods of intense social incandescence. During and since the 1965 events media coverage has used Watts as shorthand for the racial problems of the city. Greater fear of Watts in the maps of those who rely heavier on television for social and personal orientation provides support for this proposition.

2011 - American Studies Association Annual Meeting Words: 509 words || 
3. Strom, Sharon. "From Angels to Eastern Stars: A Midwestern Family's Religious Practice in Los Angeles, 1900-1930" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, <Not Available>. 2019-07-19 <>
Publication Type: Internal Paper
Abstract: Los Angeles between 1880 and 1930 is rightly seen as a growing urban center attracting thousands of white Midwesterners with strong attachments to mainstream Protestant churches. The rise of Pentecostals, Fundamentalists and Christian Scientists in LA during this time has also been well documented. But a significant number of Midwestern migrants had different religious commitments: Spiritualism and or Free Thought (“secular humanism”). Historians of American religion have tended to view Spiritualism and Free Thought as incompatible: hocus pocus séances versus the pure iconoclasm of agnostics and atheists. Newer views of Spiritualism, however, stress the underlying faith of Spiritualists in what they viewed as the scientific method of contacting higher spheres of the still conversant dead; and more subtle interpretations of iconoclasm are now seen as a gradual process away from orthodox Protestantism and toward free thinking. According to Heather Curtis, exchanges between these Protestant fringe groups “call into question a long-standing and extremely influential tendency to segregate ‘mainstream’ from ‘unorthodox,’ ‘insider’ from ‘outsider,’ and evangelical’ from ‘liberal’ forms of American Religion.”
Many Midwestern migrants brought allegiances to both Spiritualism and Free Thought and created meeting places in Los Angeles where they could continue their religious practice. They often also self-identified with Midwestern Free Masonry, which was rooted in the rationalist and anti-clerical attitudes of New England Free Masons in the late 18th century and influenced Midwestern pioneers’ religious practice in the 19th century. Spiritualists and Free Thinkers in the Midwest championed abolitionism, women’s rights, modern science and progressive reforms, and found that they were able to hold meetings in fraternal organization “temples” or women’s clubs just as they were being closed out of many evangelical Protestant churches. These same proclivities reappeared in Los Angeles as Midwestern migrants established their old institutions in a new environment and continued their progressive reform ideals.
This talk will explore these themes through the lens of an extended family’s religious practices in Los Angeles from 1900 to 1930, documented in the daily diaries of Cynthia Lisetta Vose, who left Lake County Illinois with several family members and settled in what was, in 1900, the semi-rural neighborhood of East Los Angeles east of Indiana Avenue. City directories reveal a wide range of Spiritualist “churches,” women’s clubs, and rented halls that accommodated those not inclined to the more conservative aspects of mainstream Protestantism. The city’s extensive trolley system enabled members of the family to attend entertainments, lectures, religious services, and reform groups all over downtown Los Angeles. But as the “City of Angels” grew demographically and became more ethnically diverse, and as travel to new and more prestigious neighborhoods in West Los Angeles became more difficult, old-line Midwestern families found their choices for attending religious and civic associations narrowing. Once having believed in the possibility of communicating with Angels, the extended Vose family found local women’s clubs, the Masonic temple and the Order of the Eastern Star to be more in line with their neighborhood geography, ethnic identity, and religious practice in the 1920s.

2010 - 95th Annual Convention Words: 239 words || 
4. Campbell, Marne. "Angels of the City: African American Women and Social Mobility in Los Angeles at the Turn of the Twentieth Century" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, <Not Available>. 2019-07-19 <>
Publication Type: Invited Paper
Abstract: This paper explores class distinctions amongst African American women in Los Angeles between 1870 and 1910. It focuses on the ways in which working-class women contributed to building the city’s black community while also highlighting the obstacles to their social mobility. Generally speaking, class distinctions amongst Black Angelenos in some ways differed from other parts of the country at the turn of the century. Many African Americans in Los Angeles did not have similar means as whites, but were nonetheless able to afford houses and even raw land for themselves and their families. Those who afforded even the most modest of accommodations were also able to accumulate some degree of wealth, even though many of them occupied working-class jobs. Land acquisition was something most Black Angelenos would not have achieved in other urban centers that attracted black migrants. Land acquisition, therefore, was one of the easiest and best ways for the black working class to gain access to the middle class. While some scholars conclude that most Black Angelenos during this time aspired to elevate their class position, and did so with relative ease, this paper shows that social mobility may not have been at the forefront of black working-class women’s lives. In de-emphasizing social mobility, this paper aims to shift the paradigm away from the black middle class and toward the largest portion of Black Angelenos – the working class.

2016 - The 62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America Words: 145 words || 
5. Whitford, Kelly. "Angels in the City: Materializing Angelic Bodies on the Ponte Sant’Angelo in Rome" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The 62nd Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Park Plaza Hotel and Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA, <Not Available>. 2019-07-19 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: In the early modern era, the Ponte Sant’Angelo linked Rome’s center and the Vatican Borgo while hosting processions, fireworks displays, and public executions. Between 1667 and 1671, a papal commission decorated the bridge with ten sculptures of angels carrying the instruments of Christ’s Passion, designed by Gianlorenzo Bernini. The moving waters of the Tiber River below and the transforming skies above compose a dynamic and immersive setting for the group. In contrast to representations of angels in church interiors, which often relied upon a building’s architectural framework or iconographic or compositional conventions to symbolize the heavenly realm of these beings, on the bridge, the sky itself represents the celestial sphere, placing Bernini’s angels against a truly naturalistic backdrop. This paper will consider the setting of Bernini’s program, asking what it meant for angels, materialized in marble, to be inserted into an earthly, urban, outdoor site.

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