Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Spring 2010 Calendar

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Times, places and further details will be posted as the events near.

Spring 201

Gateway Lecture Series
Delivered by a renowned scholar in the field, these lectures introduce and embody an emergent, important critical field or subdiscipline within medieval and early modern studies. We have three lecture scheduled for spring:
  • Jan. 29, 4 PM: Alf Siewers (Bucknell University), "Ecocriticism" (Marvin Center Amphitheatre, 800 21st Street, NW, 4 PM)
  • February 12, 4 PM: Michelle Warren (Dartmouth), "The Postcolonial Past" (Marvin Center Elliott Room 310, 800 21st Street, NW, 4 PM)
  • March 26, 4 PM: Marissa Greenberg (University of New Mexico), "Writing and Space"
  • February 12, 1-3 PM: "Orienting Early Europe" (coincides with Michelle Warren's visit). Rome Hall 771.
  • March 5, 2 PM: "Race?" Features Ayanna Thompson and a panel of GW faculty: Jennifer James, Antonio Lopez, Thomas Guglielmo, Andrew Zimmerman. Marvin Center Amphitheatre.
Lunch Seminar

  • March 26, 12 PM: Marissa Greenberg, "Pulling Down the Pillars: Staging Tragedy in Samson Agonistes." Rome Hall 771.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Call for Papers: New Worlds: Cross-Cultural Exchange East and West

Announcing the CFP for "New Worlds: Cross-Cultural Exchange East and West," a Graduate Conference in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, April 17, 2010 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Keynote speaker: Bruce Holsinger, Professor of English and Music, University of Virginia

The Department of English at the University of Maryland and the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute at George Washington University invite graduate students from across the humanities to submit presentation abstracts for "New Worlds," a one-day conference to be held on April 17, 2010.

The "New Worlds" conference will examine various European responses to encounters with people, culture, and lands to the east and the west, as reflected in medieval and early modern literature, art, and music. "New Worlds" aims to elucidate the shifts that these new interactions precipitated in various European philosophies, epistemologies, and perceptions. We intend this theme to be defined broadly, to open up intellectual possibilities, and to offer a broad geographic and cultural scope in keeping with, and advancing, current and emergent scholarly conversations.

Participants might consider a range of approaches to the conference's topic of cross-cultural exchange, including:

-- What kinds of "New Worlds" were medieval and early modern people encountering?
-- How did "New World" encounters shape literature, culture, politics, religions, philosophy, and science, and how did cultural and geographic newness figure as a force for change in European cultures and states?
-- In what unique ways did Mediterranean and Eastern European countries, which represented cultural crossing-points between West and East, respond to European encounters with American New Worlds? How did these responses differ from the arguably more isolated position of England? Or, alternatively, did they differ?
-- How might a broader understanding of "New Worlds" complicate the bifurcated focus on East/West relations in past scholarship of the medieval and early modern periods?
-- What roles do empire, colonization, and nationhood play in "New World" encounters?

Abstracts of 400-500 words for 20-minute papers related to the conference theme should be emailed to gradconf.umd@gmail.com
no later than January 15, 2010. Accepted abstracts will be posted on the conference website, http://medrencopia.blogspot.com

Book Launch Celebration: Leah Chang, Into Print

Please join us for the final MEMSI event of 2009, when we will celebrate the publication of Leah Chang's new book Into Print: The Production of Female Authorship in Early Modern France. The festivities take place on Thursday December 10 at 2 PM in the English Department seminar room (Rome Hall 771, Academic Center, 801 22nd ST NW, Foggy Bottom Metro).

Prof. Chang received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1997, 2002).  Her interests include pre-modern women's writing, early modern narrative and poetry, the history of the book, and the intersection of politics, performance, and sexuality in early modern French texts and culture. She has recently completed a book manuscript on book production and the concept of female authorship in early modern France, and is beginning a new project on the political function of the royal mistress in France. She will be introduced by and Prof. Masha Belenky and Prof. Holly Dugan. A wine and cheese reception will follow.