Monday, June 12, 2017

GW MEMSI 2017-18: Big Events!


Please mark your calendar now for a symposium and a celebration as the GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute (GW MEMSI) celebrates ten years of community-making and capacious welcome.


Monday October 16
The Future of the Past: 
Race, Inclusion, Change
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Room, Gelman Library 7th floor
3 PM
This symposium brings together six medievalists and early modernists for a wide ranging conversation about institutional and canon transformation, especially in in a time of intolerance; the challenge past materials pose to current racial fantasies and formations; the inhibiting factors that the unthought whiteness of the fields present; how to forge a way forward to more inclusive memberships, institutions, shared endeavors. Our hope is to sustain and intensify the energy of two recent conference sessions, "The Color of Membership" at the Shakespeare Association of America and "Whiteness in Medieval Studies" at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo. This symposium is open to everyone who would like to attend and features

Friday and Saturday, March 2 & 3
Touching the Past (Again)
This event celebrates ten years of the flourishing of GW MEMSI by rethinking and revisiting our very first event, the Inaugural Symposium called Touching the Past. Though in profound ways 2008 seems like a different world at this vantage, the Institute remains steadfast in its foundational belief that possible futures are to be found in encountering the past anew. With an emphasis on advent, adventure, and touch widely construed (physical, emotional, cross-species, intertemporal) the symposium hopes to engender some lively conversation that looks forward and back at once. The event includes some of the original presenters as well as many new voices: