Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Save the dates: "Entangled Trajectories: Integrating Native American and European Histories”

Please save the dates – April 9 and 10 – for an exciting inter-disciplinary conference, “Entangled Trajectories: Integrating Native American and European Histories.” 

Elizabeth Boone will deliver a public lecture at the Mexican Cultural Institute on April 9 at 6:45, and there will be sessions at George Washington University on April 9 and 10. Confirmed speakers include: Ned Blackhawk (Yale University); Galen Brokaw (Montana State University), Margaret Bruchac (University of Pennsylvania), Matt Cohen (University of Texas, Austin), Nancy Farriss (University of Pennsylvania), Karen Graubart (University of Notre Dame), Byron Hamann (Ohio State University), Dana Leibsohn (Smith College), James Maffie (University of Maryland), Barbara Mundy (Fordham), Nancy van Deusen (Queen’s University), Birgit Brander Rasmussen (Yale University), David Silverman, (George Washington University), Molly Warsh  (University of Pittsburgh).

The conference is organized by the Early Americas Working Group and co-sponsored by the Kislak Family Foundation, George Washington University, University of Maryland, National History Center, and the Mexican Cultural Institute.

For questions, please contact conference co-organizers Ralph Bauer (bauerr@umd.edu) or Marcy Norton (mnorton@gwu.edu).

Monday, January 26, 2015

Workshop on Human-Animal Studies: Feb. 18 (plus other Feb. events)

February is a short month, but filled with exciting GW MEMSI events. On Friday February 13, Ania Loomba of the University of Pennsylvania will present a talk in Rome Hall 771 (801 22nd St NW) at 3 PM: "Crossing Boundaries: Race, Postcoloniality and the Early Modern." On Friday February 27, Heather Bamford, George Washington University, will present at our works in progress lunch (Rome Hall 771, 11:30 PM: precirculated paper).

AND on Wednesday February 18, the GW History Department and Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute invite you to a Workshop on Human-Animal Studies:
“Noah’s Ark and Climate Change” (Jeffrey Cohen, English)
“Aping Humans: A History of Simian Actors from Blind Gew to Snooky the Humanzee” (Holly Dugan, English)
Moderated by Marcy Norton (History)
5:30 – 7 pm February 18
411 Phillips Hall (Academic Center, 801 22nd ST NW)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jonathan Hsy, "Ecolinguistics in Theory and Practice"

Please join us this Friday January 23 at 3 PM in Rome Hall 771 (801 22nd St NW) for GW's own Jonathan Hsy, "Ecolinguistics in Theory and Practice." Reception to follow. A description of the talk is below.

This presentation considers how medievalists can intervene in ecolinguistics, a burgeoning interdisciplinary field attending to the dynamic relationship between language and environment (physical and cultural). On a conceptual level, ecolinguistics rethinks implicit biological metaphors that ground disciplines of philology, linguistics, and literary study (linguistic “trees” and stemma); thinking about languages as mobile organisms rather than a rooted plants offers a more flexible approach to how languages behave in complex adaptive systems or transform over time. In this talk, I examine how medieval linguistic theory speaks to modern-day approaches to "language death" and indigenous language preservation. I also ask how ecoloinguistics alters our understanding of the "deep time" of linguistic origins and the animacies of language itself.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Rebecca Laroche: January 12 & 13

An invitation from Holly Dugan:

Dear MEMSI members,

I write to invite you to an informal lunch and coffee with Rebecca Laroche next Monday, January 12th and to hear her presentation on transcribing and coding archival recipes as part of the Early Modern Recipes Online Collective on Tuesday, January 13th at 4:15 (in my and Leah Chang's graduate course on early modern women writers in Rome 771).

Rebecca Laroche is Associate Professor of English at the University of Corado-Colorado Springs and the author of Medical Authority and Englishwomen's Herbal Texts, 1550- 1650 (Ashgate, 2008). She's also a founding member Early Modern Recipes Online (http://emroc.hypotheses.org/), which is part of the recipes project (http://recipes.hypotheses.org/). She's a tremendous (and inspiring) resource about women writers, archival research, and digital humanities, particularly on the role of gender in digital projects that deal with the past. I know that the start of the semester is a very busy time of year, but it should be a fascinating series of conversations. I hope you can join us.
Her visit to our campus is generously funded by GWU's Digital Humanities Institute and Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute. 

Please email me (hdugan@gwu.edu) if you'd like to attend lunch, coffee, or her presentation next week.

all best,
Holly Dugan