Thursday, October 27, 2011

GW MEMS Contribute to SIY

The Shakespearean International Yearbook

Volume 11: Special issue, Placing Michael Neill. Issues of Place in Shakespeare and Early Modern Culture

  • Imprint: Ashgate
  • Illustrations: includes 7 b&w illustrations
  • Published: November 2011
  • Edited by Graham Bradshaw, Tom Bishop, Alexa Huang, and Jonathan Gil Harris

The Shakespearean International Yearbook

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Updated MEMSI Events ... and More

We look forward to welcoming you to the panel "What Monsters Mean" with Asa Simon Mittman and Jeffrey Weinstock on Thursday October 27 at 4 PM (1957 E Street NW, Room 213). All are welcome to this panel presentation and open discussion; no RSVP is required. More information here:

On Friday October 28 at 12:15 PM (please note slight change of time), we will hold a seminar for students and faculty on "Monster Theory." Lunch will be served. If you plan to come, you must RSVP to Lowell Duckert ( by Tuesday October 25 to receive the readings and reserve a space. Please read the pre-distributed essays before you come, and if you do RSVP, please attend.

On Thursday December 1 we will hold a symposium on Karl Steel's important new book How to Make a Human: Animals and Violence in the Middle Ages
(Ohio State University Press, 2011). The book is available for $40 in hardcover via Amazon, and $10 for an e-version on CD. If you plan to attend, please try to read the book ahead of time. The symposium features Julian Yates, Peggy McCracken and Tobias Menely, as well as Karl Steel. The event will take place from 4-6 PM (note change of time) in GW's Academic Center, Rome Hall 771.

Friday December 2 at noon is the date of our last seminar of the year, on Critical Animal Theory, with all the guests from the previous night's symposium speaking about the field. You do not need to attend the Thursday symposium to participate in the Friday seminar. Some very short works will be distributed ahead of time. An email requesting an RSVP will be distributed next month, and lunch will be served.

AND, mark your calendar for these spring events:
Friday January 27 12 PM
Lunch seminar with Ben Tilghman (GW, Art History), "The Enigmatic Nature of Things" (precirculated essay)

Friday February 24 5:30 PM (note change of time)
Symposium on "Ecological Movement" with Stacy Alaimo, Eileen Joy, Jennifer James and Lowell Duckert. Rome Hall 771 (801 22nd St NW)

Friday April 13 9 AM
Breakfast seminar with Danna Agmon (University of Michigan), “Striking Pondichéry: Religion and Labor Disputes in an Eighteenth Century French Colonial City.” Introduced by Leah Chang (GW, French).

The spring semester will also feature a symposium on translation organized by Alexa Huang and Jonathan Hsy. Stay tuned for details.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What Monsters Mean: 10/27 & 10/28

Plan to attend two monstrous MEMSI events right before Halloween. Two authorities will visit us to discuss what monsters mean:

Jeffrey Weinstock is Professor of English at Central Michigan University. His areas of expertise are popular culture, American literature, and literary criticism. Publications include Scare Tactics: Supernatural Fiction by American Women as a Form of Social Protest (Fordham University Press, 2008), in which he examines the differences in ghost stories told by male and female writers. Other interests are vampires, "gothic" music and culture, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Asa Simon Mittman is Associate Professor of Art History at California State University, Chico. He has written and co-written several books and articles on the subject of monstrosity and marginality in the Middle Ages, including Maps and Monsters in Medieval England (Routledge, 2006). He is also the president of MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: the Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory And Practical Application) and co-director of the Digital Mappaemundi, an extraordinary resource that changes the ways we study medieval maps and geographic texts. He is currently working on articles on Satan in the Junius 11 manuscript, the Franks Casket, and images of Jews on medieval world maps.

Join us for both events if you can:

Thursday October 27 at 4 PM, 1957 E St. NW Room 213

Professors Weinstock and Mittman will lead "What Monsters Mean," an informal discussion of the cultural significance of monsters from the medieval period to the present day. The event is open to all who wish to attend.

Friday October 28 at 12 PM, Rome Hall 771 (801 22nd St. NW)

GW MEMSI and the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) are co-sponsoring a seminar on monster theory. Both professors will discuss selections from the work as well as the contours of the larger field. This lunchtime seminar is open to all interested faculty and graduate students, but you must pre-register with Lowell Duckert to receive the readings []:

1. Selections from Jeffrey Weinstock, Vampires: Undead Cinema. Wallflower Press's "Short Cuts" series. Forthcoming 2011.

2. Asa Simon Mittman and Susan Kim, "Anglo-Saxon Frames of Reference: Spatial Relations on the Page and in the World," Different Visions: A Journal of New Perspectives on Medieval Art, vol. 2 (2009), with Susan Kim.

3. Asa Simon Mittman, "Introduction: The Impact of Monsters and Monster Studies," Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous, ed. Asa Simon Mittman, with Peter Dendle (London: Ashgate, January 2012).
See you later this month!