Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Spring 2014 Events

Happy New Year! We hope you join us for these upcoming events. More information will be added, so watch this space, subscribe to our email list by emailing Haylie Swenson, and like us on Facebook

Friday, Jan 31st 
“Asia in the Making of the New World”
2:30 – 4:30 pm Rome Hall #771

Professor Chi-ming Yang, Dept. of English, University of Pennsylvania


More information here

Thursday, February 20th
"#Altac / #Postac: Rethinking the PhD Job Search in the Humanities"
Rome Hall 771  4-6 pm
A roundtable discussion with:
Alyssa Harad, PhD in English & Author
Meredith Hindley, PhD in History & Writer/Editor/Historian at Humanities, the magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities
Miriam Posner, PhD in American Studies/Film Studies and Coordinator and Core Faculty of the Digital Humanities Program at UCLA
Evan Rhodes, PhD in English and Executive Adviser, Corporate Executive Board
Sarah Werner, PhD in English and Digital Media Strategist at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Free and Open to the Public
Sponsored by the GWU department of English, the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, the Digital Humanities Institute, and the Office of the Graduate Dean of Columbia College



Friday, February 21st
"Perfumed Letters"
Friday, 2/21/14 * Marvin Center 301 * 11am -1pm
A roundtable discussion on perfume & literature with:  
Emily Friedman, Assistant Professor of 18th Century English literature (Auburn)
Cheryl Kruger, Associate Professor of 19th Century French literature (UVa)
Alyssa Harad, author
Jane Shore, Professor of English & Poet
Free & Open to the Public

Sponsored by the Wang Endowed Fund in English Literature and Literary Studies *The French Program in Language & Literature & the Department of Romance, Germanic, and Slavic Languages & Literatures * the Program in American Studies at George Washington University


Saturday, February 22nd
A Reading with Alyssa Harad
Saturday, 2/22/14 12:30-2pm
Free & Open to the Public
The National Museum of Women in the Arts
5th floor Performance Hall
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
http://www.nmwa.org/events/literary-event-alyssa-harad

Sponsored by the Wang Endowed Fund in English Literature and Literary Studies and the Department of English at George Washington University.


Thursday, March 6th
Crush with Will Stockton and D. Gilson
A reading from their new book of poetry from punctum books, followed by a book signing
Free and open to the public
Honors Townhouse * 7:30pm
714 21st Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052

Sponsored by GW MEMSI and the GW Creative Writing Department


Friday March 28
Julian Yates (University of Delaware) "Invisible Ink; or, The Allure of Orange"
A lecture with Q&A
Rome Hall 771  3-5 PM
801 22nd St NW 
Washington, DC 20052


AND stay tuned for more information on these events:
  • April 8: Derrick Higgenbotham (University of Cape Town), "On Wasting Wealth: Conceptions of Consumption on Early Modern Stages"
  • April 29: "From History to Science in the Early Modern World," a symposium.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Global Shakespeares Symposium, Jan. 24th and 25th



Please join us for the Global Shakespeares Symposium on Jan 24th and 25th. 


The “Global Shakespeares” symposium at George Washington University seeks to explore Shakespeare through the lenses of world markets and archives. Performances of Shakespeare in different cultural contexts are changing the ways we think about scholarship and globalization. In this symposium, practitioners and scholars will challenge audience members to approach the postnational spaces and fluid cultural locations in many global Shakespeares.

Presentations will explore the promise and perils of political articulations of cultural differences and suggest new approaches to performances in marginalized or polyglot spaces.

Featured speakers include film director Julie Taymor, actor Harry Lennix, and leading scholars in the field including Thomas Cartelli, Ayanna ThompsonAdele Seeff, Sujata Iyengar, Christy Desmet, Eric Johnson, Richard Burt, Jeffrey Butcher, Kendra LeonardAlexa Huang, and Amanda Bailey.



The event and the book exhibit are free and open to the public, but we ask that you please REGISTER SEPARATELY FOR EACH DAY if you plan to come to both days.


  • RSVP for Friday January 24, 2014

  • RSVP for Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Symposium is co-sponsored by MEMSI, the George Washington University Digital Humanities Institute, Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare Program, Department of English, and the Gelman Library.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Asia in the Making of the New World


Happy New Year! 

Please mark your calendars for our first event of 2014, which is sponsored by GW's British and Postcolonial working group and which will happen on Friday, January 31st, 2014, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in Rome Hall #771.  This event is co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the English Department, and the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute. The questions this lecture will ask about race, trade, commodities, and the prehistories of globalization are certain to be exciting and rewarding.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

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“Asia in the Making of the New World”
Professor Chi-ming Yang, Dept. of English, University of Pennsylvania

January 31, 2014, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Rome Hall #771



How did the Asian luxury trade shape new representations of race in Europe and the Americas? By the mid-1600s, the demand for Chinese and Japanese luxury goods was shaping Western tastes across the Atlantic world, and the drive to replicate these commodities spurred numerous innovations in the arts and sciences, in particular, techniques for coloring and coating surfaces.  The marvelous, glossy veneers of China trade porcelain and lacquer also provided new media for portraying indigenous peoples of the Americas.  Fantastical chinoiserie designs often juxtaposed ethnographic details from travel accounts ranging from Florida to Brazil, rendering consumable the very idea of the global and aestheticizing the violence endemic to long-distance trade.  How were bodies racialized through their association with Eastern luxury goods?  How did Asian decorative art and ornament feed emerging discourses of slavery, complexion, and racial difference?  By tracking the circulation of images of native peoples, plants, and animals between and across different media, we can better understand how an eighteenth-century aesthetics of race relied upon new technologies of representing and understanding a globalized world.