Monday, January 31, 2011

Maghan Keita Lunch Seminar 2/11

Friday, 2/11 at 12 PM marks our second lunch seminar of the semester. Maghan Keita will be joining us, Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies at Villanova University. His research areas include African, African-American, European, and World Histories; Political Economy; and Development Studies.

His two essays -- "Missing Chapters in Afro-Medievalism, or What the Bookstore Hid" and "Power and Beauty: The Pleasures and Dangers of Blackness in Medieval and Renaissance Representations" -- are available for circulation. A light lunch will be served. The seminar will be held in Rome Hall 771 (801 22nd St. NW).

Please RSVP to me [lduckert@gwu.edu] if you wish to attend. I have listed several of his publications below. Much more information about Professor Keita may be found at his Villanova homepage.

We hope to see you on the 11th!

Conceptualizing/Re-conceptualizing Africa: The Construction of African Historical Identity, Editor, (Leiden: Brill, 2002)

Riddling the Sphinx. Race, the Writing of history, and America's Culture Wars (New York: Oxford University Press)

"The African Contribution to Western Civilization," The Pan-Africanist Journal ( 1998).

"Deconstructing the Classical Age: Africa and the Unity of the Mediterranean World," The Journal of Negro History, LXXIX, 2 (Spring 1994).

"Linking Pre-Colonial Africa and Pre-Columbian America: the Implications and the Impact on Old World/New World Scholarship," in N. Sudarkasa, ed., The African-American Experience: a Multidisciplinary Approach, (New York: Harper Collins, 1994)

"Deconstruction and Reconstruction: Africa and Medieval and Renaissance History," The Medieval Feminist Newsletter, 16 (Fall 1993).

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Updated MEMSI Spring Events

Join us over the next few months for:

1) Friday, 2/11 at 12 PM: Maghan Keita (Villanova) lunch seminar. His two essays -- "Missing Chapters in Afro-Medievalism, or What the Bookstore Hid" and "Power and Beauty: The Pleasures and Dangers of Blackness in Medieval and Renaissance Representations" -- are already available for circulation. Please RSVP to me [lduckert@gwu.edu] if you wish to attend.

2) Thursday, 2/24 at 4 PM: Book launch celebration for Gil Harris (George Washington University) and Madhavi Menon (American University). Professor Harris's book, Shakespeare and Literary Theory, was recently published by Oxford UP and Professor Menon's edited collection, Shakesqueer, was just released by Duke UP.

3) Friday 3/11 and Saturday 3/12: Our massive conference, "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods."

4) Friday, 4/1 at 9 AM: Suzanne Miller (George Washington University) breakfast seminar. "Christiano non dicam rectore sed fidei perversore: Episcopal Resistance to Outside Rule in the North Adriatic and in Europe, c. 1100-1350." The paper is pre-circulated. Again, please RSVP to me [lduckert@gwu.edu] if you wish to attend.

All events (except the AVMEO conference) take place in Rome Hall 771 (801 22nd St. NW). As each date approaches, I will post more information about the event on the blog.

Hope to see you at all four!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

GW MEMSI @ IMC Kalamazoo

We hope to see you at the International Congress of Medieval Studies in exotic Kalamazoo Michigan this May. Here's the line up for our sponsored panel.

Objects, Networks, and Materiality (A Roundtable)
Thursday 10am, Session 21, Fetzer 1005 
Organized and Presided over by Jeffrey Cohen, and Sponsored by GW MEMSI
  • "A Parliament of Things?" Laurie A. Finke
  • "Things without Faces" Julie Orlemanski
  • "Medieval Nets" Valerie Allen
  • "Passionate Matter" Elizabeth Blake
  • "Remediating Matter" Kellie Robertson
  • "The Ice Age Is Never Over" Lowell Duckert
Other panels of interest can be found here.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Drew Daniel @ GW 1/28

The first MEMSI event of 2011 is a lunch seminar with Drew Daniel, Assistant Professor of English at Johns Hopkins University, where he will discuss his pre-circulated paper "Striking the French Match: Jean Bodin, Queen Elizabeth I, and the Occultation of Sovereign Marriage." The event takes place in Rome Hall 771 (801 22nd St. NW) at 12 PM on Friday, January 28th.

Please RSVP to me [lduckert@gwu.edu] and I will send you the paper. A light lunch will be served.

Daniel's publications range across Elizabethan drama, contemporary film, and the musical avant-garde. In 2008 Continuum Press published his first book, a study of the English “industrial” music pioneers Throbbing Gristle titled Twenty Jazz Funk Greats. His essay “Striking the French Match” is a contribution to a book project, conceived and co-edited by Julia Reinhard Lupton and Graham Hammill, called Points of Departure: Political Theology on the Scenes of Early Modernity. More information about our guest may be found at JHU's website. We hope to see you on the 28th.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

GW MEMSI Spring Events 2011

Happy new year from the GW Medieval and Early Modern Institute. Please mark your calendar for these spring events.
  1. Friday January 28 at noon: lunch seminar with Drew Daniel, Assistant Professor of English, Johns Hopkins University. Professor Daniel's paper "Striking the French Match: Jean Bodin, Queen Elizabeth I, and the Occultation of Sovereign Marriage" will be circulated two weeks ahead of time. A light lunch will be served. You must RSVP to Lowell Duckert (lduckert@gwu.edu) if you would like to attend.
  2. Friday Februray 11 at noon: lunch seminar with Maghan Keita, Professor of History, Villanova University. Professor Keita's essays "Missing Chapters in Afro-Medievalism, or What the Bookstore Hid" and "Power and Beauty: The Pleasures and Dangers of Blackness in Medieval and Renaissance Representations." A light lunch will be served. You must RSVP if you would like to attend; a reminder email will be sent closer to the date.
  3. March 11-12: The GW MEMSI conference "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects in the Early Modern and Medieval Periods." Information here, soon to be updated with registration information: http://www.gwmemsi.com/p/conference-page.html
As more events are added they will be emailed to our distribution list and posted to the blog.

Thanks for your support during the autumn semester, and we look forward to seeing you in the spring.