Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Touching the Past: November 7

Please join us for the inaugural event of the GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute (GW MEMSI), a symposium on Touching the Past. The symposium begins at 1:30 in the fourth floor conference room of Phillips Hall (Academic Center, 801 22nd St NW) and lasts until 5. We feature two panels:

Session One (moderated by Leah Chang, Romance Languages and Literature, GW)
  • Peggy McCracken (Professor of French and Women's Studies and Associate Dean, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan) "Feeling the Past"
  • Eileen Joy (Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English Language and Literature, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), "The Faded Silvery Imprints of the Bare Feet of Angels: Historical Poethics"
Session Two (moderated by Karl Steel, Department of English, CUNY Brooklyn)
  • Julian Yates (Associate Professor of English and Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware), "What was Pastoral (again)? More Versions"
  • Carolyn Dinshaw (Professor of English and Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University) "The Lay of the Land: Queer Love in A Canterbury Tale."
The event is free and welcomes anyone who would like to attend. More details forthcoming.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Marcia Kupfer Seminar at GW

On October 10th, Marcia Kupfer will be presenting her paper:

"Abraham Circumcises Himself: A Scene at the Endgame of Jewish Utility to Christian Art"

Papers are pre-circulated a week ahead of time. I will send you the paper, once available, after you RSVP to me. The seminars are held in the conference room of the GW English Department (801 22nd St NW, Rome Hall 771) from 9-11 AM. We also provide a delicious array of breakfast items and coffee.


Friday, September 5, 2008

Early Modern Global History Seminar Series at Georgetown

Dear Early Modern Colleagues,

I have organized a new seminar series for the coming year at Georgetown on early modern global history. I am attaching our schedule for the year and also pasting it in below. I hope that some of you will be able to take part. Please let me know if you would like me to add you to the seminar email list. All seminar papers will be circulated in advance. If you know of graduate students who might be interested in taking part, please share this message with them or pass their email addresses along to me. Many thanks, and I hope to see some of you soon.

Alison Games

Early Modern Global History Seminar Schedule

Sponsored by the Department of History, Georgetown University

All seminars will meet on the Georgetown campus on Fridays from 3:30-5, followed by a social hour. Papers are circulated in advance. All graduate students, faculty members, and independent scholars are invited to attend. Please email Alison Games ( if you wish to have your name added to the seminar’s email list.

September 26 Trevor Burnard, Department of History, University of Warwick and 2008-2009 Fellow, the National Humanities Center, “Tropical Transformations: Jamaica and Saint Domingue and the Global Repercussions of the Seven Years’ War”
location: History Department Seminar Room, ICC 662

October 31 David Armitage, Department of History, Harvard University, “Civil War from Rome to Iraq: A History in Ideas”
location: TBA

January 23, Allyson Poska, Department of History, University of Mary Washington, “Coming to America: Spanish Peasants and the Colonization of the Rio de la Plata”
location: TBA

February 27 Joyce Chaplin, Department of History, Harvard University, “Earthsick: The Circumnavigator's Malady”
location: TBA

April 17, Jim Millward, Department of History, Georgetown University, “Early Modern Globalization and the Guitar”
location: TBA

Accessorizing the Renaissance Body at NYU

The NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study presents:

Accessorizing the Renaissance Body

Sept. 26, 2008
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
715 Broadway

"Accessorizing the Renaissance Body" is cosponsored by the NYU Department of English, the NYU Department of Italian, and the NYU Medieval and Renaissance Center. The conference schedule is pasted below, but the schedule as well as a conference program can also be downloaded at the CELCE blog:

If you have questions, contact Nicole DeRise, nicole[dot]derise[at]nyu[dot]edu.


Session I: Working with Accessories
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Chair: Richard McCoy
Natasha Korda: "Stiff and Starchy Accessories: Froes, Rebatoes and Other 'Outlandish Comodityes'"
Beth Holman: "Papal Dress and Accessories in the Renaissance"
Adam Smyth: "Functional Ornaments: Early Modern Scissors"

Session II: Renaissance Erotics
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Chair: Juliet Fleming
Anne Jones: "Busks and Bodices: The Bound Renaissance Body"
Will Fisher: "'Had it a codpiece, 'twere a man indeed': The Codpiece as a Constitutive Accessory"
Elizabeth Blake: "Renaissance Dildos and Accessories: The Functions of Early Modern Strap-Ons"

Break: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Session III: Dressing Up
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Chair: Virginia Cox
Evelyn Welch: "Perfumed Buttons and Scented Gloves: Smelling Things in Renaissance Italy"
Karen Raber: "Chains of Pearls: Gender, Property, Identity"
Bella Mirabella: "Embellishing Herself with a Cloth: The Double Life of the Handkerchief"
Eugenia Paulicelli: "From the Sacred to the Secular: The Gendered Geography of Veils in
ItalianCinquecento Fashion"

Session IV: Taking Accessories Seriously
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Chair: Georgina Dopico
Jane Tylus: "The Garment of Translation"
Karen Newman: "Accessories and the Sartorial Economy of Secondariness"
Joseph Loewenstein: "Hamlet's Mourning Garment"

Response: 6:00 p.m.
Peter Stallybrass

Reception: 6:30 p.m.