2014-15 Calendar of Events

September 5 
Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare Annual Lecture with Rebecca Bushnell, president of the Shakespeare Association of America. Post Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus (free shuttle from multiple campus locations).

November 14
Two Monstrous Events
Co-sponsored by the Graduate School Field Committee for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Maryland; the GW Department of Romance, German and Slavic Languages and Literatures; and GW MEMSI
I. Seminar with Kathleen Perry Long, Asa Simon Mittman and Surekha Davies, 12 PM. Three essays for discussion will be circulated in advance and a light lunch will be provided. RSVP to GWMEMSI@gmail.com by November 6 to reserve a spot and receive the readings.  
II.  Symposium: Monstrous Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Europe International Brotherhood of Teamsters Room, Gelman Library 7th floor, 3 PM. Featuring:
Monstrous Knowledge in Early Modern France: The Case of Hermaphrodites (Kathleen Perry Long, Romance Studies, Cornell University) 
Monstrous Knowledge in Medieval England: The Case of Race (Asa Simon Mittman, Art and Art History, California State University, Chico) 
Monstrous Knowledge in the Age of Exploration: The Case of 'Imaginary' Monsters (Surekha Davies, History, Western Connecticut State University)
December 5

January 12 & 13

Rebecca LaRoche, lunch and presentation

January 23
Jonathan Hsy, George Washington University, "Ecolinguistics in Theory and Practice" (Rome Hall 771, 3 PM)
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.

January 29
Gordon Braden, University of Virginia (emeritus), "Suicide in the Third Person: How Shakespeare made his Romans Seem Roman." Media and Public Affairs Building 310 805 21st St. NW Washington DC (Foggy Bottom Metro). Reception at 6:30 PM, lecture at 7:00 PM. Free and open to the public.

January 30

February 13
Ania Loomba, University of Pennsylvania, visiting scholar will present a talk in Rome Hall 771 (801 22nd St NW) at 3 PM:
Crossing Boundaries: Race, Postcoloniality and the Early ModernIs the “early” in “early modern” the same as “early” in “early colonial”? How do these temporal boundaries rely on spatial divisions that continue to structure our  thinking? Viewing the Renaissance through a postcolonial lens, and viewing the postcolonial in the light of a longer temporal frame, can help us cross some of these boundaries and rethink modernity.

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) and “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). Poster here.

February 27 
Heather Bamford, George Washington University, works in progress lunch: CANCELLED. Professor Bamford will present in the 2015-16 season instead.

March 20
9-4 PM  International Brotherhood of Teamsters Room, Gelman Library 7th floor, 

April 9-10
"Entangled Trajectories: Integrating European and Native American Histories" at GW and the Mexican Cultural Institute.

April 24
Jami Rogers, Lunchtime Talk
"Shakespeare and (the Lack of?) Diversity: The state of Integrated Casting in Twenty-first Century UK Theatre”
We may also have a few more events along the way. Stay tuned to the blog!

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