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 (lduckert@gwu.edu) 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.

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