- Dr. Di Giovine has appeared in the news several times recently:
- In May, he participated in a WCU delegation to Turkey that included 10 faculty members
from across campus (see photos below). Coordinated by the Office of International
Programs in conjunction with the Philadelphia-based Peace Islands Institute, the WCU-Turkey
initiative aimed to explore and deepen international partnerships and student opportunities
for study, exchange, and enrollment with a number of diverse universities across Turkey,
many of which are newly founded institutions. The itinerary was packed with five university
visits in Istanbul, Kayseri, Izimir and Ankara, as well as visits to an array of cultural
and historical sites such as Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, Ephesus, and the early Christian
cave-churches of Cappadocia. Along with Associate Dean Hyoejin Yoon and Assistant
Professor Elizabeth Urban (history), Dr. Di Giovine will present future plans for
fostering student and faculty exchange to the College of Arts and Sciences community
in September. The team welcomes suggestions for engagement from students and faculty.
LEFT: The group sits at the Early Christian cave settlements of Cappadocia. CENTER: The
group stands in front of Istanbul University with Vice Dean of Education Dr. Lütfü
Ilgar, who previously was a visiting scholar at WCU. RIGHT: The group stands in front of the library at Ephesus.
- Dr. Di Giovine was inducted as an Expert Member of the International Cultural Tourism
Committee within ICOMOS, the International Council of Monuments and Sites. ICOMOS
is the historic preservation advisory body to UNESCO.
- He was appointed a regional representative within the tourism section of IUAES, the
International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Scientists.
- He was awarded a WCU College of Arts and Sciences Student Engagement Grant to develop
an ethnographic field school in Perguia, Italy, next summer through the Umbra Institute.
He is looking forward to taking WCU students to central Italy to research culinary
heritage in this gastronomic mecca. Check back: More information will be announced.
- He gave an interview about Padre Pio and miracles that was published online Sept. 23, which is Padre Pio's feast day.
- He published chapters in four books, including his first publication in Italian:
- When Popular Religion becomes Elite Heritage: Tensions and Transformations at the
Shrine of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. In Helaine Silverman and Mike Robinson (eds.), Encounters with Popular Pasts: Cultural Heritage and Popular Culture. NY: Springer Publications, pp. 31-47.
- UNESCO's World Heritage Program: Challenges and Ethics of Community Participation.
In N. Adell, R. Bendix, C. Bortolotto, M Tauschek (eds). Community and Participation: Core Concepts in Heritage Policy and Practice. Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Göttingen Press, pp. 83-108.
- Un'ostensione controversa. Il culto di Padre Pio come campo di produzione culturale.
In Dionigi Albera and Melissa Blanchard (eds). Pellegrini del Nuovo Millennio: Aspetti Economici e Politici delle Mobilita' Religiose. Messina: Mesogea, pp. 175-202.
- Patrimonial Ethics and the Field of Heritage Production. In C. Gnecco and D. Lippart
(eds.). Ethics and Archaeological Praxis. NY: Springer, pp. 201-227.
- In other publishing news, reviews of the two books he published last academic year
have been positive. Read a recent review of Edible Identities: Food as Cultural Heritage from the Anthropology of Food journal and from AllegraLab. Read a review of Tourism and the Power of Otherness: Seductions of Difference from the Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change.