By exploring how environment and the nonhuman (with an emphasis on that which seems utterly nonhuman) matter in the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, we hope to map out new ways of thinking about bodies, elements, agency, and place. The forum consists of short, provocative papers followed by lively discussion.
You don't have to wait for Kalamazoo for a preview, though. Anne Harris has posted some thoughts about her project, and Alan Montroso has offered a draft of his talk. The full list is below. We hope to see you at the roundtable!
Presider: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, George Washington Univ.
Fluid (James Smith, Univ. of Western Australia)
Trees (Alfred Siewers, Bucknell Univ.)
Human (Alan Montroso, Independent Scholar)
Post/apocalyptic (Eileen A. Joy, Southern Illinois Univ.–Edwardsville)
Hewn (Anne F. Harris, DePauw Univ.)
Recreation (Lowell Duckert, George Washington Univ.)
Green (Carolyn Dinshaw, New York Univ.)
Matter (Valerie Allen, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY)