Monday, March 29, 2010

Bryan Reynolds and Henry Turner @ GW 4/9

We are thrilled to announce that GW will host Bryan Reynolds (Professor of Drama, UC Irvine) and Henry Turner (Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University) for a special symposium titled "Intersections" on Friday, April 9th. "Intersections" investigates the ways in which subjects and objects come into contact with one another in the early modern period -- whether through material consumption, travel and its translations, the post/human, or the transversal. In doing so, the symposium also explores the intersections of the subject-object with various approaches to phenomenology -- from Deleuze, Latour, Marx, and others. Reynolds will present his paper titled "Objective Agency." Turner's paper is titled "Toward a Materialist Theory of Translation: Richard Hakluyt." The event will be held at 4 PM in Rome Hall 771 (801 22nd Street NW). No RSVP is needed; the event is open to everyone. Please join us!

Some biographical notes about our presenters:

Bryan Reynolds's research encompasses critical theory, history, performance studies, social semiotics, philosophy, cognitive neuroscience, and dramatic literature, especially of the English Renaissance. It focuses on the experience, articulation, and performance of consciousness, subjectivity, and sociocultural formations, particularly the ideologies, passions, and geographies that define them, both on and off the stage. As a playwright and director, Reynolds is also cofounder of the Transversal Theater Company. Forthcoming books include: Variations on Deleuze; editor, Performance Concepts; and co-editor with Paul Cefalu, Tarrying with the Subjunctive: The Return to Theory in Early Modern English Studies (2010). More information can be found at his departmental website and at his personal, technicolor page. A short selection of his works:

Transversal Subjects: From Montaigne to Deleuze after Derrida (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
Transversal Enterprises in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries: Fugitive Explorations (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)
Rematerializing Shakespeare: Authority and Representation on the Early Modern English Stage, Co-Editor, with William West (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

Several of his plays -- Unbuckled; Woof, Daddy; Railroad; Blue Shade; Lumping in Fargo; and Eve's Rapture -- have been produced in the United States and Europe.

Henry Turner's primary research area is in Renaissance Drama, especially comedy, and twentieth-century critical theory, especially Marxism, Foucault, Derrida, structuralism, and psychoanalysis. Other research areas include early modern intellectual history, especially literary theory and early scientific thought; economic and industrial history; urban history; the history of the theater; print culture; the history of sexuality and the family; and related areas in medieval literary, social, and intellectual life. He is Director of the Program of Early Modern Studies at Rutgers and a member of the Executive Committee at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers. He is currently at work on several projects: The Corporate Commonwealth, a book-length study of the concept of the "corporation," including early modern philosophies of industry, technology, and economy and their relationship to notions of political community and political subjectivity; assorted essays on Richard Hakluyt as a translator and humanist and on 16th century humanism and economic thought; a brief essay on "Action in the Form of Tools and Machines," forthcoming in the new journal postmedieval; an essay on recent discussions of "form" in literary criticism and its relevance for historians of science, as part of a forthcoming forum in the journal Isis. More information can be found at his departmental and personal websites. A selected bibliography:

Shakespeare's Double Helix ("Shakespeare Now!" series; Continuum Press, 2008)
The English Renaissance Stage: Geometry, Poetics and the Practical Spatial Arts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)
The Culture of Capital: Property, Cities, and Knowledge in Early Modern England (New York: and London: Routledge, 2002)

“Life Science: Rude Mechanicals, Human Mortals, Posthuman Shakespeare.” South Central Review 26.1&2 (Winter & Spring, 2009): 197-217
“From Homo Academicus to Poeta Publicus: Celebrity and Transversal Knowledge in Robert Greene’s Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay (c. 1589)." Written collaboratively with Bryan Reynolds for Writing Robert Greene: Essays on England’s First Notorious Professional Writer, ed. Edward Gieskes and Kirk Melnikoff (Ashgate Press, 2008), 73-93
“Literature and Mapping in England, 1520-1688.” In The History of Cartography, Vol. III: Cartography in the European Renaissance, Part I, ed. David Woodward (University of Chicago Press, 2007), 412-426
“The Problem of the More than One: Friendship, Calculation, and Political Association in The Merchant of Venice." Shakespeare Quarterly 57.4 (Winter, 2006): 413-442

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