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2018 - RSA Words: 149 words || 
1. Stirling, Kirsten. ""As a picture looks upon him, that looks upon it": Cusanus in John Donne's Sermons" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana, <Not Available>. 2019-10-19 <>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: John Donne repeatedly draws on the works of Nicholas of Cusa in sermons preached between c. 1619 and 1622, during and soon after his chaplaincy to Viscount Doncaster’s embassy to Bohemia. Though Cusanus is never cited by name, these sermons contain clear allusions to the omnivoyant icon of De Visione Dei. Further references to this work and to De Docta Ignorantia suggest that Donne was particularly inspired by Cusanus’s use of spatial and visual metaphor to represent the divine, although Donne often uses these metaphors in quite different rhetorical contexts. This paper investigates how the diplomatic trip with Doncaster may have prompted or encouraged Donne’s appropriations of Nicholas of Cusa’s imagery, and to what extent the audiences of these particular sermons – specifically including James Hay, Viscount Doncaster and later Earl of Carlisle – might have been a factor in Donne’s interest in the Cusan’s work during these years.

2007 - International Studies Association 48th Annual Convention Pages: 32 pages || Words: 10277 words || 
2. Paras, Andrea. ""Once Upon a Time...": Huguenots, Humanitarianism and International Society" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association 48th Annual Convention, Hilton Chicago, CHICAGO, IL, USA, Feb 28, 2007 <Not Available>. 2019-10-19 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: While recent research on humanitarianism suggests that a new humanitarian norm has emerged in the wake of the Cold War, I argue that activities that could be loosely described as “humanitarian” have taken place for centuries. Yet discussions about humanitarianism are usually limited to the relatively recent past. Furthermore, humanitarian activity is commonly viewed as the exception, rather than the rule, in that it is viewed as contingent upon the interests of powerful states. This explanation, however, does not account for the ways in which humanitarian ideas and state interests are mutually constituted. Hedley Bull identifies limitations to war as a primary institution of international society, in that such limitations minimize war as a manifestation of disorder, yet he does not explain how these limitations came to be. The goal, therefore, of this paper is to investigate efforts to limit the effects of war in the early modern era, in order to show how humanitarian practices evolved alongside and contributed to the emergence of international order. The paper examines the case of French and Dutch Protestant refugees in England during the reign of Elizabeth I. The investigation of early forms of humanitarian practice will help to shed light on how beliefs about moral obligation are are constituted by historically embedded notions of identity and power.

2007 - The Law and Society Association Words: 209 words || 
3. Saban, Ilan. "Law's Erosive Power upon a Certain "Control" System: The Arab Minority in Israel 1976-2000" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Law and Society Association, TBA, Berlin, Germany, Jul 25, 2007 <Not Available>. 2019-10-19 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the interrelation between Israeli Law and the socio-political status of the Arab-Palestinian Minority in the period between the "Land Day" (1976) and the "October events" (2000).

In the first three decades since the creation of Israel, the mode of inter-communal relationship between Arabs and Jews in Israel was that of a "control" system (Lustick, 1980). The paper explores the involvement of the Israeli Law in the dynamics that have occurred in this relationship, namely, its movement to a system termed by sociologist Sami Smooha "ethnic democracy" (Smooha, 1990).

My main argument is that several legal developments helped strengthen two socio-political processes. First, Law contributed to the appearance of more liberal aspects in the Israeli reality (in Israel proper, namely, within the green-line). Secondly, certain legal developments eroded important mechanisms that used to stabilize the control policy and thus pushed for a new and more moderate equilibrium. The main purpose of the paper is to analyze Law's contribution to this erosion of the "control" system.

An important caveat is in need here. The Arab minority status has improved, but it is far from being enviable. A more comprehensive analysis thus demands to unfold, simultaneously, the darker side of the Israeli Law in this context.

2007 - North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Pages: 3 pages || Words: 1332 words || 
4. bell, valerie. and Ives, Sarah. "Collective Growth of Mathematical Understanding Built upon Coactions" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, Nevada, Oct 25, 2007 Online <PDF>. 2019-10-19 <>
Publication Type: Short Research Paper
Abstract: This report focuses on one group of students and the learning that occurs within that group. The phenomenon of collective mathematical understanding is viewed through the framework of Martin, Towers and Pirie (2006) with the use of co-actional processes. Elements of Duval’s (2000) framework are used to discuss individual mathematical understanding abstracted from the co-actional processes.

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