Academic Publications and Presentations

Edited Volumes

Hawthorn, A., and A.-C. Rendu Loisel, eds. 2019. Distant Impressions: The Senses in the Ancient Near East. University Park, PA: Eisenbrauns.

Refereed Journal Articles

Hawthorn, A. Forthcoming. "La popularisation de « la danse du ventre ». Origine et transmission d’un nom vulgaire." Recherches en danse 8.

Hawthorn, A. Forthcoming. "Camels, Temples, and Jewels: Representing Middle Eastern Movement in Canadian English." Journal of Intercultural Studies.

Hawthorn, A. Forthcoming. "Belly Dance, Persona non Grata of Cultural Dance." Conversations across the Field of Dance Studies 39.

Hawthorn, A. Forthcoming. "The Fish and the Tamarisk: Sexual and Celestial Symbolism in ‘Lugalbanda and the Anzu Bird’." ISAW Papers 16.

Hawthorn, A. 2019. "Middle Eastern Dance and What We Call It." Dance Research 37 (1): 1-17.

Hawthorn, A., S. Brennan, and R. Greenwood. 2018. "Newfoundland and Labrador's Vital Signs: Portrait of a Foundation-University Partnership." The Foundation Review 10 (1): 113-29.

Hawthorn, A. 2015. "‘You Are Just Like Me’: The Motif of the Double in the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Agushaya Poem." KASKAL 12.: 451-66.

Book Chapters

Hawthorn, A. Forthcoming. "Envisioning the Ancient Near East." In Handbook of the Senses in the Ancient Near East, edited by K. Neumann and A. Thomason. London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Hawthorn, A. Forthcoming. "Your Clothes Should Be Clean! Your Head Should Be Washed! Body Cleaning and Social Inclusion in the Epic of Gilgamesh." In Cleaning and Value: Interdisciplinary Investigations, edited by I. Bredenbröker, C. Hanzen, and F. Kotzur. Leiden: Sidestone Press.

Hawthorn, A. 2019. "The Shifting Gaze: Looking and Seeing in the Neo-Assyrian Royal Inscriptions." In Distant Impressions: The Senses in the Ancient Near East, edited by A. Hawthorn and A.-C. Rendu Loisel. 105-21. University Park, PA: Eisenbrauns.

Hawthorn, A., and A.-C. Rendu Loisel. 2019. "The Senses in the Ancient Near East: An Introduction." In Distant Impressions: The Senses in the Ancient Near East, edited by A. Hawthorn and A.-C. Rendu Loisel, 1-20. University Park, PA: Eisenbrauns.


Dicks, A.A. 2012. Catching the Eye of the Gods: The Gaze in Mesopotamian Literature. Ph.D. diss. Yale University.


Hawthorn, A. and A.-C. Rendu Loisel. 2015. "Representing the Senses in the Ancient Near East: Between Text and Image." Workshop at the 61e Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Bern, Switzerland. June 25.

Invited Talks

Hawthorn, A. 2020. "Listening with the Body: The Raqs Sharqi Dancer as Musical Interpreter." To be presented as part of the Music & Culture Lecture Series, Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. February 25.

Hawthorn, A. 2017. "Hacking Sumerian: A Database Approach to the Analysis of Ancient Languages." Presented as part of the Digital Classicist Berlin seminar series, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin, Germany. November 27.

Hawthorn, A. 2017. "The Shifting Gaze: Vision in the Neo-Assyrian Royal Inscriptions." Presented to the Research Training Group “Early Concepts of Man and Nature: Universal, Local, Borrowed,” Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. February 2.

Hawthorn, A. 2014. "Enkidu, Ṣaltu, and the Motif of the Double in Akkadian Literature." Presented at the Advanced Seminar in the Humanities, Ca' Foscari University of Venice and Venice International University, Venice, Italy. September 30.

Dicks, A. 2014. "Vicious Vision: Anger, Envy, and the Evil Eye in Mesopotamia." Presented at the Institute for Assyriology and Hittitology and Distant Worlds: Graduate School for Ancient Studies, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. July 14.

Dicks, A. 2014. "Seeing, Staring, Peering, Glaring: The Vocabulary of Vision in Sumerian and Akkadian." Presented at the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Institute for Ancient History, Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, Germany. July 3.

Dicks, A. 2014. "The Eye of Death: Malevolent Gaze in Mesopotamia." Presented at the Institute for Near Eastern Studies, University of Vienna, Austria. June 24.

Dicks, A. 2004. "Nietzsche, Plato, and the Overman." Presented at the Humane Studies Research Colloquium, Institute for Humane Studies, Arlington, Virginia. May 13-15.

Conference Presentations

Hawthorn, A. 2018. "From danse du ventre to raqs sharqi: Middle Eastern Dance and What to Call It." Presented at the Dance Studies Association Annual Conference, Valetta, Malta. July 5-8.

Hawthorn, A. 2017. "Speaking of the Grassroots: Representing Oriental Dance Movement in North American English." Presented at the World Dance Alliance Global Summit, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. July 23-28.

Hawthorn, A. 2017. "Body Cleaning, Social Norms, and Value in the Epic of Gilgamesh." Presented at the Cleaning and Value Interdisciplinary Workshop, Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany. June 8-11.

Hawthorn, A., and S. Brennan. 2017. "NL’s Vital Signs." Presented at the C2U Expo Community Jam, Simon Fraser University, Surrey, British Columbia. May 1-2.

Hawthorn, A. 2016. "Camels, Snakes, and Jewels: Talking Belly Dance in the English-Speaking World." Presented at The Uses of Intangible Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Perspectives, Québec City, Québec. May 19-22.

Hawthorn, A. 2016. "The Fish and the Tamarisk: Symbolism and Ritual Instruction in ‘Lugalbanda and the Anzu Bird’." Presented at Cult Practices in Ancient Literatures: Egyptian, Near Eastern and Graeco-Roman Narratives in a Cross-Cultural Perspective, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, New York. May 16-17.

Dicks, A. 2013. "Divine Visions: Sight and Gaze in Mesopotamian Literature." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Baltimore, Maryland. November 23-26.

Dicks, A. 2013. "igi du8 vs. igi bar: Semantics, Subject-Specific Usage, and Theological Implications." Presented at the 59e Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Ghent, Belgium. July 15-19.

Dicks, A. 2004. "My Voice Far Off: Sappho and the Impossibility of Lyricism." Presented at the University of Alberta Undergraduate Classics Conference, Edmonton, Alberta. March 12-13.

Campus Talks

Dicks, A. 2009. "Look Steadfastly Upon Me: The Gaze of the Gods in Mesopotamian Literature." Presented at the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Roundtable, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. March 26.


2018. "Cross-Cultural Collaboration, Study, and Creative Practice." Ori, post-performance discussion, Arts and Culture Centre, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. November 2.

2015. "Where Words Fail: Challenges of Representing and Teaching Movement." Symposium on Embodiment, Gesture and Dance, Research Centre for Music, Media and Place, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. May 24.

General-Interest Publications and Presentations

Articles and Op-Eds

Hawthorn, A. 2019. "Burlington Tooshkenig Brings Rare Indigenous Art Form to Newfoundland and Labrador." Newfoundland Quarterly Online. September 13.

Hawthorn, A. 2019. "From Dildo to Witless Bay: Where did N.L. get its unusual place names?" CBC Newfoundland and Labrador. September 1.

Hawthorn, A. 2019. "All the lovely Juanitas: How did a Spanish name find such popularity in Newfoundland?" CBC Newfoundland and Labrador. July 21.

Hawthorn, A. 2019. "Gender neutrality doesn’t hurt children – it’s part of our history." The Globe and Mail. July 4 (online), July 6 (print).

Hawthorn, A. 2019. "Tea, Travel, Track and Field: Meet the Owners of Formosa Tea House." Newfoundland Quarterly Online. June 6.

Hawthorn, A. 2019. “Why do we call Middle Eastern dance ‘belly dance’?Edinburgh University Press Blog. May 23.

Hawthorn, A. 2019. "Let's it hear for the nans: Here's why we all need a (grand) Mother's Day." CBC Newfoundland and Labrador. May 11.

Hawthorn, A. 2019. "Chilling with Brent Beshara." Newfoundland Quarterly Online. April 18.

Hawthorn, A. 2019. "There's value in preserving religious structures — even for the religiously unaffiliated." CBC National. April 18.

Hawthorn, A. 2019. "The college admissions scandal is shocking, but the rich have always bought their way into elite universities." National Post. April 4.

Hawthorn, A. 2019. "In the shadow of Mount Cashel: The tipping point of disillusionment with the Catholic Church." CBC Newfoundland and Labrador. March 17.

Hawthorn, A. 2019. "Priests and pastors shoulder a huge emotional burden, but they're burning out ... alone." CBC Newfoundland and Labrador. January 20.

Hawthorn, A. 2018. "Chill out, folks; there's no need to be so defensive about Christmas." CBC Newfoundland and Labrador. Published December 26.

Dicks, A. 2004. "So You Want to Go to Grad School." Laureate Handbook. Montréal, QC: Millennium Foundation of Canada.

Dicks, A. 2003. "Aislinn and the Problem with Names." Queen’s Feminist Review 11: 21-23.

Dicks, A. 2003. "Where the Seas Roll Up Their Thunder." Culture Shock 3: 9-10.


Dicks, K. 2018. "Kathleen + Gus." Interviewed by A. Hawthorn. In Stories from the Heart, Oral History Roadshow Series 6, edited by K. Harvey and D. Jarvis, 23-30. St. John's, NL: Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.


2014-2017. Newfoundland and Labrador’s Vital Signs. St. John's, NL: Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University.


Dicks, A. 2005. "In Grandmother’s House." In Jabberwocky 1, edited by Sean Wallace, 103-12. Gaithersburg, MD: Prime Books.


Dicks, A. 2006. "the string." In Jabberwocky 2, edited by Sean Wallace, 110-11. Gaithersburg, MD: Prime Books.

Dicks, A. 2004. "Crossing the Break". Queen’s Feminist Review 12: 71.

Dicks, A. 2004. "Identity Theory." Queen’s Feminist Review 12: 37.

Dicks, A. 2004. "The Red Shoes." Queen’s Undergraduate Review 16: 13.

Public Talks

Hawthorn, A. 2019. "The Other Five Senses: Using Our Lesser-Known Senses to Connect with Our Bodies and Our Spirits." Presented at Vertical Xpression, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. April 28.

Hawthorn, A., and A. Hawthorn. 2019. "Agnosticism and Reimagining Church." Presented at St. Mark's Anglican Church, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. April 10.

Hawthorn, A. 2018. "Mesopotamia and the Invention of Writing." Presented at the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific, Victoria, British Columbia. November 15.

Hawthorn, A. 2018. "'Writing about Research for a General Audience." Presented at the People, Place, and Public Engagement Conference, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. October 25-27.

Hawthorn, A. 2017. "Canada's Vital Signs 2017: Community Systems and Belonging." Presented at the 2017 NL Vital Signs Launch, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. October 19.

Hawthorn, A. 2016. "Canada's Vital Signs 2016: Social Participation and Belonging." Presented at the 2016 NL Vital Signs Launch, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. October 4.

Hawthorn, A. 2015. "Canada's Vitals Signs 2015: Belonging - Exploring Connection to Community." Presented at the 2015 NL Vital Signs Launch, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. October 6.

Dicks, A. 2013. Presentation at 2017 Starts Now, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. June 3.