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:

Cord Whitaker, Wellesley College (and blogger at In the Middle)
Sierra Lomuto, University of Pennsylvania
Kim F. Hall, Barnard College

Erika T. Lin, CUNY Graduate Center
"Institutional Structures and Cultural Change: Race, Affect, Community, and Performance"
Erika T. Lin is an Associate Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of Shakespeare and the Materiality of Performance, which won the 2013 David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies. She is currently writing a book on seasonal festivities and early modern commercial theatre, a project supported by a 2014-15 Andrew W. Mellon Long-Term Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Association of America and is the Program Committee Chair for the SAA's 2019 meeting in Washington, DC.

Wan-Chuan Kao, Washington and Lee University
"The Path of Totality: Precarity, Territoriality, and the Vitality Contour of Whiteness"
Wan-Chuan Kao is Assistant Professor of English at Washington and Lee University. His research interests include Chaucer, gender and sexuality, affect, and whiteness studies. His articles have appeared in Studies in the Age of Chaucer, postmedieval, and Journal of Lesbian Studies. Wan-Chuan is currently working on a monograph titled White before Whiteness that examines late medieval representations of whiteness across somatic and non-somatic figurations.

Arthur L. Little, UCLA

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:

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