Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Corpus: a symposium

Please join us on Friday, Oct. 26, from 3-5 PM for 
Corpus: a symposium sponsored by The George Washington University Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute
Moderted by Gil Harris, The George Washington University
This event will be followed by a reception.
Symposium presenters:

Zeb Tortorici: "Surgeons, Medical Examinations, and Criminalized Sexuality in New Spain"
Zeb Tortorici is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literature, NYU.  He recently co-edited, with Martha Few, Centering Animals in Latin American History (2013) and has published essays in Ethnohistory, the Journal of the History of SexualityHistory Compass, and Death and Dying in Colonial Spanish America. He is currently co-editing a special issue of Radical History Review on the topic of "Queering Archives," and is working on a book manuscript on desire, colonialism, and the "sins against nature" in New Spain. 

Henry S. Turner: "Universitas: On Corporations"
Henry S. Turner, an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Rutgers University, has authored two books: Shakespeare’s Double Helix (2008) and The English Renaissance Stage: Geometry, Poetics, and the Practical Spatial Arts 1580-1630 (2006).   He is the editor of The Culture of Capital: Property, Cities, and Knowledge in Early Modern England (2002).  Turner is the recipient of the ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship and is spending the 2012-2013 academic year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Marcy Norton: "Shape-shifting: Permeable Bodies in Native South America"

Marcy Norton is an Associate Professor of History at The George Washington University.  Her most recent work focuses on human-animal relationships.  She is the author of Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures: A History of Tobacco and Chocolate in the Atlantic World (2008).

Lara Farina: "The Disaggregate Body: Some Problems and Promise” 
Lara Farina, an Associate Professor in the Department of English at West Virginia University, is currently working on a book project about the sense of touch in medieval culture.  She is the author of Erotic Discourses and Early English Religious Writing (2006). Farina co-edited (with Holly Dugan) a special issue of Postmedieval entitled, The Intimate Senses: Taste, Touch, and Smell (Winter 2012). Her other research interests include medieval piety and histories of gender and sexuality. 

The symposium will take place from 3-5 PM on Friday, October 26, in Rome 771.  There will be a reception after this event.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Culture of the Spectator - a lecture by Dennis Kennedy

Join us on Monday, Nov. 12, from 1-2 for  an exciting talk about The Culture of the Spectator.

It is well recognized in theatre and performance studies that each spectator at an event is likely to have a unique physical and psychological encounter. This recognition, important as it is, has actually hindered full discussion of the spectator, since many scholars are reluctant to ascribe interior attitudes or responses to anyone other than themselves. Further, it is obvious that audiences as groups react outwardly in ways substantially determined by the type of performance, so that live spectators at a football match as a group behave differently than those at a tennis match or a classical concert or a Shakespeare performance. This lecture puts these two issues together to consider how (in the philosophic sense) spectators might react, inwardly and outwardly, as a result of the conditions of the performance itself. The examples, from sport, popular culture, and the theatre, open discussion about a ‘culture’ of the spectator in the present.


Dennis Kennedy, Beckett Professor of Drama Emeritus in Trinity College Dublin, is the author or editor of many award-winning books, notably The Spectator and the Spectacle, Looking at Shakespeare, Foreign Shakespeare, Shakespeare in Asia, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, and its shorter version, The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance. He lectures and gives acting workshops around the world, and has held distinguished visiting professorships at universities from Berlin to Beijing. A member of the Royal Irish Academy and Academia Europaea, he has also frequently works as a playwright and dramaturg in professional theatres internationally. In 2005 he directed Shakespeare’s As You Like It in Beijing in Chinese.

Monday, September 3, 2012

An Australian Interview with Alexa Huang about Global Shakespeares

During GW English professor Alexa Huang's recent visit to Australia to give a keynote speech at the Book:Logic 2012 conference, "Text Editing and Digital Culture," she was interviewed by Professor Jenni Harrison of iVEC (national supercomputing center) at the University of Western Australia in Perth. Alexa is the co-founder and co-director with Peter Donaldson of "Global Shakespeares" (http://globalshakespeares.org), an open-access digital performance archive and research project that examines the global career of Shakespeare's plays. During the interview, Alexa discussed the significance of worldwide performances of Shakespeare and introduced several key features of the "Global Shakespeares" digital video archive.