The animal turn has become hugely influential in medieval scholarship over the last decade. However, the contributions of ecofeminism and queer ecology have often been side-lined. Nevertheless, scholars are increasingly finding these modes of analysis to offer useful ways of exploring the role of the animal in medieval romance texts.
In his famous study on “Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious," Freud argues that jokes, and the laughter they elicit, allow a kind of access to the unconscious. They permit, among other things, the fulfillment of repressed desires, the channeling of aggression into an acceptable social form, and polysemic satisfaction. As the structure of a joke operates similarly to the structure of a dream (by condensation and displacement, metaphor and metonymy), it also enables the revelation of contemporary ideology and its ambiguities. Further, for Lacan, with the child’s “jubilant assumption of his [sic] specular image” in the mirror, laughter coincides with the ego's coming-into-being.
Dear colleagues, Proposals are now being accepted for presentations at ‘Digital research across the humanities’, a two-day symposium to be held at the University of Newcastle, Australia on 29 and 30 November 2019. The symposium will be preceded by Newcastle’s first THATCamp on the morning of 28 November 2019, a free, open meeting of humanists and technologists at all levels, and it will officially begin with a Stylo workshop by Jan Rybicki on the same day.
Proposals may address any topic related to digital humanities, broadly defined, and may take the form of traditional paper sessions, roundtables, demonstrations, and workshops.
David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XVII
2-4 December 2020
Associate Professor Kate Fullager (Macquarie)
Professor Sasha Handley (Manchester)
Associate Professor Eugenia Zuroski (McMaster)