Tuesday, October 23, 2012

If you live in or near DC ...

by J J Cohen

... then you would be crazy to miss the GW MEMSI symposium "Corpus" this Friday at 3 PM. The event will be moderated by Gil Harris and the speakers include:

Zeb Tortorici: "Surgeons, Medical Examinations, and Criminalized Sexuality in New Spain"
Zeb Tortorici is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literature, NYU. He recently co-edited, with Martha Few, Centering Animals in Latin American History (2013) and has published essays in Ethnohistory, the Journal of the History of Sexuality, History Compass, and Death and Dying in Colonial Spanish America. He is currently co-editing a special issue of Radical History Review on the topic of "Queering Archives," and is working on a book manuscript on desire, colonialism, and the "sins against nature" in New Spain.

Henry S. Turner: "Universitas: On Corporations"
Henry S. Turner, an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Rutgers University, has authored two books: Shakespeare’s Double Helix (2008) and The English Renaissance Stage: Geometry, Poetics, and the Practical Spatial Arts 1580-1630 (2006). He is the editor of The Culture of Capital: Property, Cities, and Knowledge in Early Modern England (2002). Turner is the recipient of the ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship and is spending the 2012-2013 academic year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Marcy Norton: "Shape-shifting: Permeable Bodies in Native South America"
Marcy Norton is an Associate Professor of History at The George Washington University. Her most recent work focuses on human-animal relationships. She is the author of Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures: A History of Tobacco and Chocolate in the Atlantic World (2008).

Lara Farina: "The Disaggregate Body: Some Problems and Promise”
Lara Farina, an Associate Professor in the Department of English at West Virginia University, is currently working on a book project about the sense of touch in medieval culture. She is the author of Erotic Discourses and Early English Religious Writing (2006). Farina co-edited (with Holly Dugan) a special issue of Postmedieval entitled, The Intimate Senses: Taste, Touch, and Smell (Winter 2012). Her other research interests include medieval piety and histories of gender and sexuality.

The symposium takes place from 3-5 PM on Friday, October 26, in Academic Center Room 771 (801 22nd St NW, Foggy Bottom Metro stop). There will be a reception after this event at which a drunken Eileen Joy is anticipated to hurl small chunks of cheese.

Other MEMSI events for your calendar:

Tuesday November 13
Dennis Kennedy
World renowned scholar and director Dennis Kennedy (Trinity College Dublin) will be giving a talk on "The culture of the spectator." 

Friday January 25

Symposium on Digital Humanities (details to be announced shortly)

Friday April 5
Inhuman Ecologies

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