Sunday, January 22, 2017

Announcing EGSA17: The GW English Graduate Student Association Symposium 2017: (re)collections: Tracing Power & Community in Cultural Memory

                        The GW English Graduate Student Association                              Symposium 2017:

       (re)collections
     Tracing Power & Community in Cultural Memory

 Date: 
Friday, February 24, 2017
Location: 
219 Gelman Library
 (2130 H St NW, Washington, DC 20052)
Keynote Speaker: Samantha Pinto, Georgetown University

The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) at George Washington University is excited to announce our 2017 symposium, (re)collections: Tracing Power and Community in Cultural Memory. (Re)collections hopes to explore the ways in which representation, community, and power collide. That is, how do societies represent themselves within their literature, art, and pop culture? How to they represent subaltern or minority groups, such as colonized, disabled, poor, racialized, or LGBTQ+ subjects? Where are the spaces where these non-dominant groups find ways to represent themselves?

The keynote address, “Infamous Bodies:  Saartjie Baartman and Corrective Histories of Race,” 
will be delivered by Georgetown’s Samantha Pinto.

 (re)collections will engage with the following subgenres:
Outsider/Insider dynamics
Colonial dynamics
Critical race theory and representations of the Other
Representations of disability
Gender and surveillance
LGBTQ visibility
Representations of historical figures or celebrities
Cultural memory and historical events
Canon-formation
Digital Humanities and archives
Fame and popular imagination
Diasporic longing
Subaltern studies
Theories or depictions of the masses, multitude, crowds, etc

Panelists will present papers that explore examples of a dominant culture’s suppression, representation, or celebration of non-dominant cultures. Inversely, they may also look at how outsiders within various communities position themselves within a larger – and potentially more powerful – group. 

                   Presentations will further examine questions about time & history:                                           
What are the historical events, movements, and figures that get remembered and celebrated? 
What gets changed, condemned, or left out of literary and historical recollections?                  
What are the forms of expression that are best suited for recollecting past events or people?    
Can theory of novels, poetry, or film help inform this question?


Finally, “collection” can also refer to an archive or canon. How does canon formation or exclusion of certain works from a canon or collection, impact literary criticism or historical debates? What role do the digital humanities or social media play within this dynamic?

(re)collections is free and open to the public.

All are invited to attend! 

For further questions, email: egsa2017@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow GWEGSA on Facebook and Twitter (@gwegsa) for updates!

Snacks and refreshments will be invited, and the full schedule is forthcoming. 

Official Hashtag for Online Engagement: #GWEGSA17

 




Thursday, January 19, 2017

The 2017 GW Digital Humanities Institute Symposium: “Global Chaucer and Shakespeare in the Digital World”



The 2017 Digital Humanities Institute symposium,
 "Global Chaucer and Shakespeare in the Digital World” 
is scheduled for:
 Saturday, February 4th, 2017

 The Churchill Center- Gelman Library,
The George Washington University:
2130 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052
This event is free and open to the public. 

All are welcome! 

"Chaucer and Shakespeare, the global literary icons, play a major role in the digital world.  This cross-disciplinary symposium puts the legacies of Chaucer and Shakespeare in conversation with each other. Speakers will explore the intersections and connections between the afterlives of Chaucer and Shakespeare in world cultures.






Featured Speaker: José Francisco Botelho, award-winning translator and poet
(Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

Other participants: Candace Barrington (Central Connecticut State), Jill Bradbury (Gallaudet), Laura Estill (Texas A&M), Alexa Huang (George Washington), Jonathan Hsy (George Washington), Carol Robinson (Kent State at Trumball), Michael Saenger (Southwestern), Mercedes de la Torre and Carlos Drocchi (Fundación Shakespeare Argentina), Eve Salisbury (Western Michigan), Katherine Schaap Williams (NYU Abu Dhabi)
With an intermission show “Snape vs Branagh” by Michael Saenger
Organized and sponsored by the GW Digital Humanities Institute
See the full details on the official conference website, located here.

For more information, please email jhsy@gwu.edu, or visit the GW Digital Humanities Institute, located: Phillips 643: 801 – 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20052


Friday, December 16, 2016

MA and PhD in English: Application Season

GWU is gearing up to accept new applications to its MA and PhD programs in English. Due dates are early February and early January respectively. Please share with your most valued, prized undergraduate/graduate students looking to take up further research in our key areas of study including: Medieval and Early Modern Literature, British Postcolonialism, American Literature and Culture (particularly with an emphasis on minority literatures), and Crip/Queer Studies. All accepted students receive a full funded Graduate Assistantship package as we commit ourselves to providing the material and intellectual conditions necessary for the full-time immersion of all participants.  Here is a link to get you started:

https://english.columbian.gwu.edu/graduate-programs-study


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Call for Papers: EGSA Abstracts Due Friday!

Call for Papers:
 (re)collections: Tracing Power and Community in Cultural Memory
English Graduate Student Association Symposium 2017
Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Location: 219 Gelman Library (2130 H St NW, Washington, DC 20052)
Keynote Speaker: Samantha Pinto, Georgetown University


The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) at George Washington University is excited to announce our 2017 symposium, (re)collections: Tracing Power and Community in Cultural Memory. (Re)collections hopes to explore the ways in which representation, community, and power collide. That is, how do societies represent themselves within their literature, art, and pop culture? How to they represent subaltern or minority groups, such as colonized, disabled, poor, racialized, or LGBTQ+ subjects? Where are the spaces where these non-dominant groups find ways to represent themselves? Papers might explore examples of a dominant culture’s suppression, representation, or celebration of non-dominant cultures. Inversely, they may also look at how outsiders within various communities position themselves within a larger – and potentially more powerful – group.  
(Re)collections is also about time and history. What are the historical events, movements, and figures that get remembered and celebrated? What gets changed, condemned, or left out of literary and historical recollections? What are the forms of expression that are best suited for recollecting past events or people? Can theory of novels, poetry, or film help inform this question?
Finally, “collection” can also refer to an archive or canon. How does canon formation or exclusion of certain works from a canon or collection, impact literary criticism or historical debates? What role do the digital humanities or social media play within this dynamic?

The keynote address, “Infamous Bodies:  Saartjie Baartman and Corrective Histories of Race,” will be delivered by Georgetown’s Samantha Pinto.

Papers may address (but are not limited to):
Outsider/Insider dynamics
Colonial dynamics
Critical race theory and representations of the Other
Representations of disability
Gender and surveillance
LGBTQ visibility
Representations of historical figures or celebrities
Cultural memory and historical events  
Canon-formation
Digital Humanities and archives
Fame and popular imagination
Diasporic longing
Subaltern studies
Theories or depictions of the masses, multitude, crowds, etc

Please submit 300-500 word abstracts (for 15-20 minute papers) to EGSA2017@gmail.com by midnight on Friday, December 16th. Please include your name, institutional affiliation, and contact email in your proposal.