Until relatively recently, medieval scholars have tended to focus on the symbolic valence of nonhuman animals, to read their behavior and characteristics as representative of explicitly human interests and concerns. With the advent of critical animal studies new work has begun to critique traditional humanist scholarship by challenging any absolute distinction between the categories of "human" and "animal," leading to new readings of animals in the medieval world as living creatures rather than merely figurative representations of human experience and values.
This is a symposium about –alities. Now commonplace, terms like temporality, governmentality, positionality, and so on have made their way into literary studies and the humanities more broadly. The broadening of scholarship beyond the human now underway requires that we take a fresh look at the poetics and politics of interpretation, whether or not our scholarship studies the nonhuman explicitly. At the precise moment at which we are being told to look "outside," we need to get clear again: what is this outside? Is it thinkable? Can we say what we have been saying in such a climate?
We are seeking essays for an edited collection titled Rethinking Globalization and Spatial Scale. The goal of the volume is to bring together interdisciplinary research on globalization spanning the humanities and social sciences that foregrounds theoretical and methodological conceptualizations of scale—how people, capital, goods, material infrastructure, ideas, and power aggregate along or slide among different degrees or levels of attachment, from personal to local to national to transnational.
This is an initial call for panels and threads for the Forty-Second Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium: Medieval Natures
April 1-2, 2016
The University of the South, Sewanee, TN
This sponsored session by the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the 2016 International Medieval Congress at Leeds (4-7 July) welcomes proposals that consider the various ways in which writers have explored the paradoxical notions engendered in the consumption of food in social and religious contexts in the Middle Ages.
A sponsored session at The 51st International Congress On Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo: May 12th-15th, 2016
by Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies
Session Title: The Recontextualization of Christian Doctrine at the End of Middle Ages
This TACMRS-sponsored session welcomes proposals that consider the various ways in which writers have explored the paradoxical notions engendered in the consumption of food in social and religious contexts in the Middle Ages.
This session welcomes proposals that consider the various ways in which writers have explored the paradoxical notions engendered in the consumption of food in social and religious contexts in the Middle Ages.
kadar koli no. 10: "Off the Books"
Now in its tenth issue, kadar koli has featured essays, poems, art work, translations, and interviews from some of today's most adventurous writers and artists, including Joyelle McSweeney, Rob Halpern, Diane di Prima, Shin Yu Pai, Gerrit Lansing, Susan Briante, Pattie McCarthy, Ammiel Alcalay, and Megan Cook, among many others. The theme of this issue is "Off the Books," chosen to coincide with the 4th Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group on October 9-11, 2015 at the University of Toronto. Quoting from BABEL's call for sessions:
The House in the Mind: Architectural Space and the Imagination
A conference to be held at Wadham College, Oxford
Wednesday 16 – Thursday 17 March 2016
From its use in classical and medieval arts of memory to its presence in the work of contemporary artists and writers, the house has been a recurrent, even haunting image. In recent art and literature, it has been used as a symbol with a wide variety of social and political resonances, but also has intimate links with the creative process, exploring memory, imagination and the interactions between them. It is here, in particular, that there are striking consonances with medieval and early modern writing influenced by the arts of memory.