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2015 - SRCD Biennial Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: 109 words || 
1. Marcinowski, Emily., Campbell, Julie. and Michel, George. "Getting a Hold of Grasping: Sex and Handedness Affect the Development of Infant Grasping and Holding" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SRCD Biennial Meeting, Pennsylvania Convention Center and the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, Mar 19, 2015 <Not Available>. 2019-11-19 <>
Publication Type: Individual Poster
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: As motor control of the hands develops, infants begin to interact with objects in the environment more effectively. For many infants, a hand preference for acquiring objects develops and becomes relatively stable by the end of the 6-14 month period (Michel et al., 2013). Infants with a hand preference for acquisition tend to use this same hand for the manipulation of objects in unimanual manipulation (Hinojosa, Sheu, & Michel, 2003) and when managing multiple objects (Kotwica, Ferre, & Michel, 2010). Barrett and Needham (2008) found that the shape of an object influences the successful grasp of an object and an infant’s ability to correct a hand placement in order to stabilize the object in the hand. An additional consideration to the success of these types of actions may be whether the infant has a stable hand preference. Having a hand preference provides the infant with greater experience interacting with the environment and greater motor precision. However, the link between the development of grasping, holding, and handedness during infancy has never been established. The current study will investigate the effect of sex and handedness on the development of grasping and holding ability across 9 monthly visits from 6-14 months of age. Three hundred and three infants (169 males) were assessed for their hand preference, as well as, the type of grasping (palmar, scissor, singled fingers) and the number of items an infant can hold (0, 1, 2, 3+) using a modified Touwen’s (1976) neuromotor assessment. The effect of infant hand preference on the development of grasping and holding will be analyzed, using a multilevel ordinal longitudinal model. Preliminary results indicate that holding ability increased linearly, while grasping ability increased quadratically. Right-handed infants transitioned from holding zero to 1 object more rapidly than non-right-handed infants, despite beginning the period at equivalent levels. Right-handed males had a significantly lower probability of exhibiting palmar grasping at 6 months, than all other groups. Additionally, right-handed males are more rapidly acquiring an advanced grasping type at early ages than all other groups; however right-handed females and left-handed infants are performing at similar levels to infants with no hand preference. The results of this study indicate that handedness plays a role in infants developing grasping over this period.

2018 - Comparative and International Education Society Conference Words: 483 words || 
2. Gallagher, Kathleen. "Gender and theatre-making: Holding the present open, holding the world to account" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Hilton Mexico City Reforma Hotel, Mexico City, Mexico, <Not Available>. 2019-11-19 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: Feminist theatre is a source of empowerment, Singh writes plainly; it enables women to speak out. It is at the intersection of art, activism and social relevance. It is further an exploration of women’s own unique idiom, their own form, their language and ways of communication. And, it is a challenge to the established notions of theatre. (Singh, 2009, pp. 169–70). Four members of the author’s Toronto research team spent 10 days at Prerna in March 2016 in the context of our latest collaboration, Youth, Theatre, Radical Hope and the Ethical Imaginary: an intercultural investigation of drama pedagogy, performance and civic engagement (2014-2019) which comprises a research network of scholars, education practitioners, and artists in Toronto (Canada), Lucknow (India), Tainan (Taiwan), Coventry (England) and Athens, (Greece). In Lucknow, the Toronto team witnessed the feminist pedagogy of critical dialogues and engaged in the drama practices in the Prerna classrooms. They worked with the girls, as visiting artists and researchers, calling on many different kinds of pedagogies (role-play, improvisation, soundscapes) to create a meeting place with the girls, to build a way of working together so that we (without a shared language) could learn things about one another. The goal of our pedagogical work was to have the girls explore and communicate through drama to help us understand the everydayness of their lives, to help us appreciate what they cared about in their lives, what mattered to them, what ambitions they had for themselves. Drama is not a novel, but a familiar, way for the young women at Prerna to work. Prerna uses drama methodologically in all school subjects. This means they also work from a premise of “the ensemble”. Their impulse, and their pedagogical compass, has them making sense of shared experiences as a collective. At Prerna, drama is a language of care. It is a language of care-giving and care-receiving between the girls themselves as well as between teachers and students. They shared with us their artistic and social practice of hope for a just world order, for personal autonomy, for artistic freedom and civic engagement.

American Verbatim theatre artist Anna Deavere Smith wrote, “The theory of the play is that an actor has the ability to walk in another person’s ‘words,’ and therefore in their hearts” (1992, p. 7). In their study, Hedge and Mackenzie (2012) explore how emotional sensibilities are cultivated in classrooms to enable care. Philosopher Isabelle Stengers (2002) proposes that we become more hopeful when we find solidarity and connection to others. Our collaborative paper, then, will examine how a pedagogical and creative practice in one school for lowest-caste girls in Lucknow, India was harnessing the imaginative capacities of theatre- in particular its ensemble-building and its capacity to hold the present open for investigation—to leverage these practices for understanding the political economy and deconstructing the structural forces of gender oppression in times of growing social and economic inequality.

2005 - American Sociological Association Pages: 20 pages || Words: 6595 words || 
3. Wendel-Hummell, Carrie. "Alien Torts Claim Act: A New Attempt to Hold Violators of Human Rights Accountable in a Global Era" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 12, 2005 Online <PDF>. 2019-11-19 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This paper examines a new attempt to make U.S. corporations accountable for their complicity in human rights violations occurring abroad by using the Alien Torts Claims Act (ATCA) in U.S. courts. Although these cases have yet to be resolved, a preliminary analysis shows that powerful actors from the state and the business community have come together to oppose this use of the ATCA, commonly invoking free-market rhetoric. Furthermore, the ATCA cases allow us to look into a novel, legal approach to affecting human rights in a global world.

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