Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Upcoming MEMSI events in February and March

February 19: Anthony Bale will be discussing his new translation of Mandeville’s Travels as the guest lecturer in Jeffrey Cohen's graduate seminar Environ Body Object Veer. You are welcome to attend the seminar this evening, but please contact Professor Cohen first for the additional readings (besides Mandeville in Bale's translation).

Dr. Bale is a Professor of Medieval Studies at Birkbeck University of London and is currently a fellow at the National Humanities Center, North Carolina. His research interests include late medieval travel literature, theories of anti-Semitism and the history of the pre-expulsion medieval English Jewish community.  He is author of the award winning monographs, The Jew in the Medieval Book: English Antisemitisms 1350-1500 (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Feeling Persecuted: Christians, Jews and Images of Violence in the Middle Ages (Reaktion Books, 2010).  He is the editor of St Edmund, King and Martyr: Changing Images of a Medieval Saint (York Medieval Press, 2009) and the co-editor of John Lydgate’s “Lives of SS Edmund & Fremund” and the “Extra Miracles of St. Edmund (Winter Verlag, 2009).  His most recent project is a new edition of John Mandeville’s The Book of Marvels and Travels (Oxford World’s Classics, 2012).

March 1, Friday afternoon, 3 PM: Will Stockton will present “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Queerness, Presentism, and Romeo and Juliet.”  Dr. Stockton is an Associate Professor at Clemson University where he teaches classes on Renaissance literature and queer theory.  He is the author of Playing Dirty: Sexuality and Waste in Early Modern Comedy (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and the co-editor of Queer Renaissance Historiography: Backward Gaze (Ashgate, 2009).  His most recent edited book, Sex Before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England, was released earlier this year (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). The lecture will be followed by a reception, and welcomes all who wish to attend.

Both of these events are free and open to the public and will take place on The George Washington University campus, Rome Hall 771. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Digital Humanities Symposium is next week. Don't forget to register!

Thursday January 24 - Saturday January 26, 2013
A Symposium at George Washington University


Digital humanities is a vibrant field that uses digital technologies to study the interactions between cultural artifacts and the society. In our second decade of the twenty-first century, we face a number of questions about the values, methods, and goals of humanistic inquiries at the intersection of digital media and theory.

Panel presentations are designed with a broad audience in mind and address multiple disciplines that range from computer science and media studies to gender and race studies, digital pedagogy, and literary studies.  Topics we will address in this inaugural GW Digital Humanities Symposium (initiated by Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute and Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare Program) include:

Digital and “analogue” scholarship: goals, methods, best practices

Challenges of working with and against multiple media

(In)visible histories of race, gender, and avenues of access

Disability, cultural difference, and linguistic diversity

Visual and print cultures, embodiment, archiving the ephemeral

Canon formation, close and distant reading strategies

Resistance to digital humanities and issues of legitimacy

Promise, perils, and future trends of digital humanities and pedagogy

The symposium will feature provocative 15-minute presentations; a Skype session; hands-on proof-of-concept sessions; digital pedagogy sessions; emphasis on live discussion and debates; free Wi-Fi for all - bring your own laptop, tablet, or smart phone; on-site digital humanities book display and sales; videos of the talks may be available online.

The symposium will begin on Thursday evening with a screening of the film “Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words” presented by director Yunah Hong. Lily Wong, an Assistant Professor of Literature at American University, will offer a response after the screening.  This event will be held in the Media and Public Affairs building on The George Washington University Campus, 805 21st St. NW, room 310.  The film will begin at 6:30 pm and has a run time of about 90 minutes.

Friday’s events will begin at 9 am in the Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st NW, with opening remarks by Alexa Huang and Vice Provost Paul Berman followed by the keynote presentation, “The Digital Text as Inhabited Object,” delivered by Elaine Treharne, professor of English at Stanford University.  It will be a full day of panels covering a wide range of topics. You can view a schedule of panels and presentation abstracts on the Digital Humanities website The symposium will conclude on Saturday with a half-day of panel presentations focusing on pedagogy and best practices.  Saturday's events will be held in Post Hall on the Mt. Vernon campus of The George Washington University.  Please click HERE for directions to the Mt Vernon campus. Post Hall is located of the main floor of the Academic Building.  The Vern Express offers free rides between the two campuses throughout the day.

The Digital Humanities Symposium is a free event and is open to the public but we do ask that you register using the link on the website if you plan to attend.