The News Sentinel featured Derek Alderman’s research about Hurricane Katrina tattoos and how they’ve become living memorials.
Department of Geography News
Tattoos are increasingly a popular way to acknowledge trauma or pay tribute to the dead, a place, or a life-changing event. For survivors of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters, tattoos are becoming a form of storytelling and a tool of coping and healing, according to a UT cultural geographer.
Derek Alderman, head of the Department of Geography, recently published a photo essay examining the intense devotion of Elvis fans and ways they express it through pilgrimage and other acts.
Derek Alderman, head of the UT Department of Geography, spoke to the National Journal about the Confederate memorial carving on Stone Mountain and other symbols like it, and a proposed movement to add to–rather than remove–controversial monuments. In the article, he describes it as “symbolic accretion,” where one layers memories or messages on top of each other. “We
Derek Alderman spoke to Jessica Glenza of The Guardian about Nathan Bedford Forrest and how symbols from the Civil War are interpreted.
A study by UT researchers could soon change the way electric bicycles are used and regulated. Led by Chris Cherry, the group took one of the first in-depth looks at how the behavior of e-bike riders compares to that of traditional bikers.
The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture has received a gift of almost 200 rare maps of Europe and other parts of the world created between the 1500s and 1800s. The large gift came from private donors. The News Sentinel recently published a story about the maps. Read it here. (login required) Other media outlets also
Almost 200 rare maps of Europe and other parts of the world created between the 1500s and 1800s now belong to UT. The McClung Museum recently received the large gift from private donors.
The Washington Post interviewed Derek Alderman for an article about a plantation in Virginia. The story talked with Alderman, head of the university’s geography department, about his research into how the representation of Southern slavery at tourism sites is changing. The research is using plantations to understand ongoing debates about race relations, racism, and white
The College of Arts and Sciences recognizes Tina Shepardson, associate professor of religious studies, and Micheline van Riemsdijk, associate professor of geography, as faculty trailblazers as part of Faculty Appreciation Week 2015.