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Dissecting the Lower Sensorium: Understanding Smell, Taste, and Touch in Renaissance Literature (NEMLA March 15-18, 2012)

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 2:17pm
Colleen Kennedy & Christopher Madson

Dissecting the Lower Sensorium: Understanding Smell, Taste, and Touch in Renaissance Literature

This NeMLA seminar (March 15-18, 2012 in Rochester, NY) will examine Renaissance drama and poetry via the history of the lower sensorium—the senses of smell, taste, and touch. Though the lower senses were often relegated to a secondary position in medical and philosophical texts, they defined every moment of a subject's daily movements through his or her world. From the taste of the bread and beer that comprised most meals to the overwhelming range of smells that filled every crevice of the early modern city, men and women understood and maneuvered their bodies, encounters, desires, and labor through the three senses comprising the lower sensorium.

Materialist Readings of Children's Literature and Culture: Classic and Contemporary Essays [9/18/2011]

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 10:42am
Angela Hubler/Kansas State University

Materialist Readings of Children's Literature and Culture:
Classic and Contemporary Essays

Call for papers for an edited collection tentatively titled Materialist Readings of Children's Literature and Culture: Classic and Contemporary Essays. This collection will consist primarily of new analyses, but will also include previously published essays in order to chart the development of materialist criticism of children's literature, culture, and film.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

• the way in which children's literature supports or, conversely, challenges class hierarchies, especially as they intersect with gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity

The Senses in Early Modern England, 1485-1668 (21st-22nd October 2011)

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 9:53am
The London Renaissance Seminar, Shakespeare’s Globe and Birkbeck, University of London

Prof. Erica Fudge, University of Strathclyde (Keynote Speaker)
Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, Shakespeare's Globe (Keynote Speaker)

"Why, then, your other senses grow imperfect /By your eyes' anguish" (King Lear, 4.5.5-6)

What did early modern subjects understand by the term "the senses"? What relationships and hierarchies were posited amongst the senses? How reliable were they in facilitating communication, understanding or knowledge? What kinds of sense experiences were implied in the production and consumption of texts in manuscript, print and performance?

Blackfriars Conference (25-30 October 2011) Abstracts due 31 May 2011

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 4:18pm
American Shakespeare Center

On odd numbered years since the first October the Blackfriars Playhouse opened, scholars from around the world have gathered in Staunton, during the height of the Shenandoah Valley's famed Fall colors, to hear lectures, see plays, and learn about early modern theatre. In 2011, the American Shakespeare Center's Education and Research Department will once again host Shakespeareans, scholars and practitioners alike, to explore Shakespeare in the study and Shakespeare on the stage and to find ways that these two worlds – sometime in collision – can collaborate.

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