Friday, November 21, 2008

Gil Harris and Marcy Norton Book Launch Celebration

Please join us on Thursday, December 11th to celebrate the release of two new books by GW faculty members: Gil Harris's Untimely Matter in the Time of Shakespeare and Marcy Norton's Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures: A History of Tobacco and Chocolate in the Atlantic World. Click on the titles to learn more. The event will be held in Rome 771 at 2 PM. Save the date!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Successfully Touching the Past

A generous thank you to the presenters, moderators, attendees, and colleagues (everyone, really) who made our inaugural event an overwhelming success last Friday. Our presenters spoke on touching subjects, indeed: Peggy McCracken's "shared state of being" in Marie's Lais which imagines an expansion of self and where an animal's touch is an embrace;  the "joins" in Eileen Joy's talk about Stanley Spencer and thinking of love of the world as a "making possible"; Julian Yates's Latourian ruminations on the pastoral and remaining within the "folds" of the sheep/not sheep; the "queer ecological point" Carolyn Dinshaw indicates in A Canterbury Tale that invites the possibility of a new historical culture, of multiple temporalities in the now. For a more articulate summary of the day (and night), check out the In the Middle post. I feel privileged to have been a part, and I am sure others share the same "touching" sentiment.  

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

"Touching the Past": The Inaugural Symposium of GWMEMSI

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 festivities begin at 1:30 PM in the fourth floor conference room of Phillips Hall (Academic Center, 801 22nd St NW, room 411) and lasts until 5 PM.

The program appears below.

Welcome by Peg Barratt, Dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, GWU
Opening Remarks by Jeffrey Cohen, Director of GW MEMSI

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"
Coffee and Cookies Break (Seventh Floor Lobby, Academic Center)

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."
Wine and cheese reception (Seventh Floor Lobby, Academic Center)

A dinner follows at 6:30 for those who have already signed up. Revelry and libations follow the dinner at various DC locations, possibly including but not limited to the Venetian Room of the Hotel Lombardy and/or Busboys and Poets.