Lindsey A. Freeman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology Department

Simon Fraser University

lindsey_freeman@sfu.ca

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ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Simon Fraser University, Fall 2016-present.

Assistant Professor of Sociology, SUNY-Buffalo State, Fall 2013 – 2016.

 Visiting Professor, University of Caen-Normandy, Espaces et Sociétés (Space and Society Center), Spring 2013/Fall 2016.

PUBLICATIONS

Monograph

Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia, The University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Edited Volumes

The Bohemian South. An edited volume project with Shawn Bingham, The University of North Carolina Press, 2017.

 Silence, Screen, & Spectacle: Rethinking Social Memory in the Age of Information. Berghahn Books. Lindsey A. Freeman, Benjamin Nienass and Rachel Daniel, 2014.  Paperback, 2016.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “Catastrophic Snow Globes as Oneiric and Mnemonic Gadgets.” Space and Culture. 19(2) May 2016, 116-126. 
  • “Atomic Childhood around 1980.” Memory Studies 9.1 (Jan 2016): 75 – 84.
  • “Memory | Materiality | Sensuality” Lindsey A. Freeman, Benjamin Nienass, & Rachel Daniel. Memory Studies 9.1 (Jan 2016): 3 – 12.
  • “Screen Memory,” Lindsey A. Freeman, Benjamin Nienass, & Laliv Melamed, in the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society. (March 2013)
  • Special issue on “Screen Memory” in the International Journal of Politics, Culture & Society. Papers selected, edited, and introduction written for the special issue along with Benjamin Nienass & Laliv Melamed (March 2013).
  • “Introduction: Is an Interdisciplinary Field of Memory Studies Possible?” with Adam Brown, Yifat Gutman, Amy Sodaro, & Alin Coman in International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society (2009): 117-124.

Peer-Reviewed Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Forthcoming, "Overwintering: On the Work of Robyn O'Neil" in The Feelings of Structure. Eds. Karen Engle & Yoke-Sum Wong. McGill-Queens University Press.
  • “James Agee and the Southern Superreal” in The Bohemian South, The University of North Carolina Press, 2017.
  • “The Manhattan Project Time Machine: Atomic Tourism in Oak Ridge, Tennessee” in Death Tourism: Disaster Sites as Recreational Landscape. Ed. Brigitte Sion. Seagull Books, 2014.
  • “A Plutonium Tourism Ode: The Rocky Flats Cold War Museum” in Moral Encounters ofTourism. Eds. Mary Mostafanezhad & Kevin Hannam. Ashgate, 2014.
  •  “Museums of Experience: The Artist as Curator of Memory & Loss” in Art Reflects Life: The Artist as Observer and Social Critic. Ed. Shawn Bingham. Lexington Books, 2012.
  • “Happy Memories under the Mushroom Cloud: Utopia and Memory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee” in Memory and the Future: Transnational Politics, Ethics, and Society. Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2010.

Review Articles

  • “On Inexactitude in Science.” Review of Timothy Barney’s Mapping the Cold War, University of North Carolina Press, 2015. Public Seminar 12 December 2015. 
  • Review of Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin. Metropolitan Press, 2009 for e-misférica.
  •  Review of Highway of the Atom by Peter C. van Wyck, McGill-Queen’s University Press for the Canadian Journal of Communication, 37.2 (2012).

MANUSCRIPTS IN PROGRESS

  • This Atom Bomb in Me. In On Hashish, Walter Benjamin writes that he would “like to write something that comes from things the way wine comes from grapes.” Here, I try a similar project by squeezing things from my past that have been fermented over time with memory to show the intoxication of an atomic childhood. I take as the starting point objects and spaces from my experiences in and around the atomic city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, which may or may not be shared by others who encountered atomic Appalachia. Stretching beyond my own experience, I seek to add to the growing body of thinking about the connections between materiality and memory by adding the atomic as a dynamic example of matter’s vibrancy.

  • Tiny Disasters. A collection of essays examining the social implications of artists working with themes of environmental disaster, atrocity, and social unease rendered in miniature forms.

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS & INVITED TALKS

  •  Upcoming, Invited panelist, "The Bohemian South," Oxford Conference for the Book, Oxford, Mississippi, March 2018. 
  •  Upcoming, "Overwintering: On Robyn O'Neil's Apocalyptic Landscapes," Universities Art Association of Canada, BANFF, October 2017.
  • "Roland Barthes, the Wolf, and Atomic Appalachia," Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, OR, April 2017.
  •  Invited panelist, "This Atom Bomb in Me," American Ethnological Society, "Contagion" panel, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA,  March 2017.
  •   Invited talk, Géographie Bohémienne of the American South,” University of Caen, Normandy, France, November 2017.
  •   Invited talk, Géographies Magiques et Mémoire,” University of Caen, Normandy, France, November 2017.
  •   Invited talk, " Mémoire, Nostalgie, et Méthodologie,” University of Caen, Normandy, France, November 2017.    
  •  “Atomic Childhood around 1980,” Truth, Lies, and Manufacturing Memory Conference, Humber College & The International Festival of Authors, Toronto, ON, October 2016.
  • "Atomic Childhood around 1980: An attempt at Sociological Poetry," Conversations with Unusual Suspects, The Centre for Imaginative Ethnography & the Institute for Performance Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, October 2016.
  •  “Atomic Mnemonic Assemblages: Towards A Sociological Poetry,” Theory Section, Theorizing Perception panel, American Sociological Association, Seattle, Washington, August 2016.
  • "Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia," Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, May 2016.
  • “Atomic Nostalgia,” The Memory Network, New School for Social Research,  New York, NY, April 2016.
  • “Theorizing the Space of Atomic Childhood,” Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, MA, March 2016.
  • “Atomic Mnemonic Assemblages,” Translating Memory across the Disciplines, SUNY-New Paltz, New York, March 2016.
  • “Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia,” Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, February 2016.
  • “Memories, Modrians, and the Manhattan Project,” SUNY-Buffalo State, Women and Gender Studies Brown Bag Series, February 2016.
  • “Mnemonic Notes from an Atomic Exile,” Remembrance Panel, Social Science History Association, Baltimore, Maryland, November 2015.
  • “Longing for the Bomb,” Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, City University of New York, December 2015.
  • “Ordinary Affects of the Atomic City,” Affect Theory Conference, Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania, October 2015.
  • “Atomic Childhood,” Translating Memory and Remembrance Across the Disciplines Conference, SUNY-New Paltz, October 2015.
  • “Overwintering,” Culture and (In)Security in the Twenty-first Century Panel, American Sociological Association, Chicago, Illinois, August 2015.
  • “Oak Ridge, My Atomic Combray,” NeMLA, Memory Palaces, Dream Houses, and Possessed Bodies panel, Toronto, April 2015.
  • “Memory, Myth, and Prophecy in the First Atomic City,” Collective Memory panel, American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, August 2014.
  • Invited talk: “The Atomic City after the Hot War and Into the Cold,” New York University Center for Cold War Studies, New York City, May 2014.
  •  “Atomic Childhood Around 1980,” Ex-Situ, University of Texas-Austin, April 2014.
  • “What the Map Cuts Up,” Ex-Situ, Marfa, Texas, April 2014.
  • “Catastrophe Snow Globes as Oneiric and Mnemonic Gadgets,” American Comparative Literature Association, New York University, March 2014.
  •  “Cherbourg During the Cold War,” The Society of American City and Regional Planning History, Conference on Planning History, Toronto, Canada, October 2013.
  •  Invited talk and interview on the legacy of the Manhattan Project by Ludivico Centis, Banham Fellow, School of Architecture, SUNY- University at Buffalo, November 2013.
  • Invited discussant for “Topographies of Absence” panel, American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November 2013.
  • “From Hiroshima to Normalization,” American Sociological Association, New York City, August 2013.
  •  “The Future of Atomic Nostalgia,” American Sociological Association, New York City, August 2013.
  • Invited lecture: “The Atomic City,” University de Caen, ESO-CAEN, MRSH, France, March 2013.
  • Invited lecture: “Uranium Utopia on the Atomic Frontier,” University de Caen, ESO- CAEN, MRSH, France, March 2013.
  • Invited lecture: “Oak Ridge: secret city to The Secret City,” University de Caen, ESO- CAEN, MRSH, France, March 2013.
  •  Meet the Authors of, "The Art of Social Critique: Painting Mirrors of Social Life," Society for the Study of Social Problems, Denver, Colorado, August 2012.
  •  “Atomic Frontier or Uranium Utopia?” American Sociological Association, Denver, Colorado, August 2012.
  •  “Atomic Tourism in a Post-Nuclear Landscape,” American Association of Geographers, New York, New York, 2012.
  • “The Nuclear Prophecy: Appalachia and the Historic-Future Atomic City,” Appalachian Studies Association, Indiana, PA, 2012.
  •  “Museums of Experience,” Meet the Authors Panel on Art Reflects Life: The Artist as Observer and Social Critic, Association for Humanist Sociology, Evanston, IL, 2011.
  • “Collective Memory and Nostalgia in a Post-atomic Landscape,” American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, NV, 2011.
  •  “Prophetic Geography: The Legend of John Hendrix and the Future Atomic City,” New School for Social Research Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Memory Conference, New York, NY, 2011.
  •  “Happy Memories under the Mushroom Cloud: The Museum of Science and Energy,” Dark Tourism Conference, New York University, 2010.
  • “Magic Geographies & Nostalgic Geographies,” Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, MA, 2010.
  •  “The American Museum of Science & Energy: A Crowded House of Uranium, Utopia, Physics, & Fear,” American Sociological Association, Boston, MA, 2008.
  • “Magic Geography: Memory in Atomic Space,” Eastern Sociological Society, New York, NY, 2008.

Interviews, Art Projects, Popular Press, Etc.

  • Invited contributor to The Arca Project, texts + images inspired by W.G. Sebald organized by artist Michael Hall and sociologist Graeme Gilloch, Payne Shurvell Gallery, Suffolk, UK, April 2017.
  • Invited contributor to "Ethnography in the Expanded Field," Graduate Institute for Design Ethnography and Social Thought (GIDEST), The School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, May 2016.
  •  Excerpt of Longing for the Bomb in America in World War II magazine, August 2015.
  •  “When the Atomic Went Mainstream,” excerpt of Longing for the Bomb in American Scientist magazine, July/August issue.
  • Guest on “Hiroshima: Two Narratives,” BBC World News program “World Have Your Say,” August 6, 2015.
  • Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge’s Quest to Understand its Past,” NPR, All Things Considered, June 17, 2015.
  •  "James Agee and the Superreal," Disturbing the Surface: A Discussion of the Concepts Informing Transformational Imagemaking” panelist, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, November 15, 2014.
  •  "the ghostly city: encounters with material memory" with Rachel Daniell & Benjamin Nienass in I Scarcely Have the Right to Use This Ghostly Verb. Maricruz Alarcón, Pieter Paul Pothoven, and Ilyn Wong. Parsons, The New School of Design, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 West 13 Street at 5th Avenue, New York, NY. April 3 – April 16th, 2014.
  • “Atomic Memories,” Interview & Text + Artifact Exhibit, The Eternal Blast: Monument to the Manhattan Project in the Empire State, organized by Ludovico Centis, 2013-2014 Banham Fellow, University at Buffalo Department of Architecture. Eleven Twenty Projects, 1120 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, May 2 – May 18, 2014.

EDUCATION

PhD (Sociology & Historical Studies), The New School for Social Research, New York, NY, 2013.

Democracy & Diversity Institute, Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, Krakow, Poland, 2007.

MA (Sociology), The New School for Social Research, New York, NY, 2006

BA (Sociology & Government), Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC, 2000

 University of Amsterdam, Study Abroad Program, 1999

FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

  • Selected as Faculty for the School of the Alternative (formerly Black Mountain School), Black Mountain, NC, Summer 2017.
  • Fellow,  Institute for Critical Social Inquiry at the New School for Social Research, "Thought-Images, the Body, and Mimesis in Walter Benjamin," with Mick Taussig Summer 2017.
  • Recipient of the University of North Carolina Press Authors Fund for Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia, 2014-2015.
  • Participant in the Bavarian American Academy, Summer Academy on “Material Culture.” Munich and Regensburg, Summer 2015.
  • Individual Development Award to study James Agee and Superreal Knoxville, UUP, SUNY- Buffalo State, Summer 2015.
  • Albert Salomon Memorial Award in Sociology for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertations, The New School for Social Research, 2013.
  • Arthur J. Vidich Dissertation Fellowship, Sociology Dept, The New School for Social Research, 2011 – 2012.
  • Dean’s Fellowship, The New School for Social Research, 2007 – 2009.
  • Teaching Fellowship, The New School for Social Research, 2007 – 2012.
  • Teaching Assistantship, Parsons School for Design, “Social Thought,” 2008.
  • Research Assistantship, Jonathan Veitch, PhD, Humanities Dept, Eugene Lang College, 2008 – 2009.
  • Research Assistantship, Vera Zolberg, PhD, Sociology, The New School for Social Research, 2009.
  • Research Assistantship, Jaeho Kang, PhD, Sociology & Media, The New School for Social Research, 2007.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Classical Social Theory
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Senior Sociology Seminar
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Sociology of the City
  • Media & Society
  • Social Issues and Policy Analysis
  • Social Problems
  • Spaces of Memory
  • The Utopian Imagination
  • Critical Tourism
  • Atrocity Tourism
  • Sociological Poetry (School of the Alternative, formerly Black Mountain School)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Affiliated Scholar, Associated Researcher. Espaces et Sociétés (ESO), Université de Caen, Normandie, France
  • Associate Member, Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Simon Fraser University
  • Centre for Imaginative Ethnography
  • Rogue Humanities Center, University of British Columbia
  • The Institute of Incoherent Geography
  •  American Sociological Association: Sociology of Culture, Section on Community and Urban Sociology, Sociology of Culture, & Social Theory Sections.
  • Pacific Sociological Association
  • International Sociological Association: Sociology of Art and Biography sections
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Appalachian Studies Association
  • Committee Member, Women's and Gender Studies, SUNY- Buffalo State (2013 - 2016)
  • Founding Member, Interdisciplinary Memory Studies Group, The New School for Social Research (2008 - 2013)

JOURNAL EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE
 Co-Managing Editor, International Journal of Politics, Culture, & Society, 2010 - 2013.

JOURNAL REVIEW BOARDS

Humanity and Society
The Journal of American History

REVIEWER FOR ACADEMIC PRESS

Routledge

CONFERENCES & LECTURE SERIES ORGANIZED

  •  “From the Art of Memory to Memory and Art: A One-Day Conference Honoring Professor Vera L. Zolberg’s Career.” The New School for Social Research, New York, NY, 2012.
  •  “The Arts of Memory.” NSSR Interdisciplinary Studies Group, The New School for Social Research, New York, NY, 2012.
  • “Silence, Screen, & Spectacle.” NSSR Interdisciplinary Studies Group, The New School for Social Research, New York, NY, 2011.
  •  “The Limits of Memory.” NSSR Interdisciplinary Studies Group, The New School for Social Research, New York, NY, 2010.
  • “Memory & The Future.” NSSR Interdisciplinary Studies Group, The New School for Social Research, New York, NY, 2009.
  • “The New Sociological Imagination.” The New School for Social Research, Sociology Department, New York, NY, 2009.
  • “History Matters.” The New School for Social Research, New York, NY, 2009.
  •  “Is an Interdisciplinary Field of Memory Studies Possible?” NSSR Interdisciplinary Studies Group, The New School for Social Research, New York, NY, 2008.

NON-ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE

Senior Associate of Mapping and Products Development, Social Compact Organization, Washington, D.C., 2000 – 2004. G.I.S cartography and urban demographic research.