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.