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by J J Cohen The new issue of Continent. is out -- and contains a modified excerpt from the first chapter of my book Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman (" Geophilia, or The Love of Stone "). You can access the essay in a web version or a nice PDF by followin...
by J J Cohen A year ago I placed this update on FB where it engendered quite a lively conversation. Having come across it by accident this morning, I'm offering it here now because of late I've grown weary of the gated community that platform fosters. And I...
by J J Cohen I posted this on Facebook , where it has triggered a conversation on diversity in early fields of study that you may want to peruse. I want to ensure, though, that more people have access to the post than Facebook friends and followers. I worry...
by J J Cohen A significant change to MLA structure was the recent reorganization of divisions and discussion groups into forums, along with the introduction of a few new ones. Among these new forums is Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities . Though pr...
by J J Cohen Last week I learned that my dissertation director, Larry Benson, died. Here is a slightly adapted version of some thoughts I offered on Facebook at the time. Larry Benson was (among many other things) the general editor of the Riverside Chaucer...
"The images illustrate the texts in this issue of continent., stripped from all qualitative information. Starting from the centre and spiraling out, every word is represented by a box. The more times a word is repeated the further it is pushed into the background, in effect placing it under the shadows of surrounding words."
by J J Cohen Below you'll find an essay in progress on Noah's Flood and the stories we tell about climate change. It's a draft, and already too long for the forum in which it will appear (a massive anti-keywords in ecotheory project that I will blog about e...
I am hoping that you will help to spread the word about the Shakespeare Association of America’s FIRST Scholars of Color Social, a networking event in Vancouver on Saturday, April 4 from 6-8pm (open bar!). The SAA, in conjunction with the Folger Shakespeare Library, invite scholars of color and all conferees to socialize, network, and celebrate the vibrancy of our field. If you are attending the conference, please come to this event. If you are unable to attend, please help to spread the word. I’m not on social networks so please forward this email to others, Tweet about it to your network, post something on Facebook, etc.
I hope to see you all there!
SAA Trustee 2013-2015
PLEASE consider submitting an abstract for NCS 2016 in London. My two session descriptions are below, and I will place a link to the submission page at the bottom.
4. Environing London
Organizer: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This roundtable gathers some recent work by medievalists and others on ecology and ecotheory. It asks participants to discuss, what happens when we consider London as an urban ecosystem that surrounds (that is, environs) overlapping systems of life while being environed by others (the Thames as estuarine microclimate, weather in constant flux or as part of a Little Ice Age, the long durations of geological history)? Short papers will provoke a lively discussion of the impress of ecosystem on text, and of the possibility of reading ecological change and catastrophe from the literary archive. This session will welcome papers that ruminate over longues durées, so that A Burnable Book meets the Book of the Duchess meets the fossil record and archives of ice and fire.
47. Are We Postcolonial Yet? Pale Faces 2016
Organizer: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (email@example.com)
This session will ponder the ways in which literary medieval studies has both changed and resisted some profound challenges to its self-identity over the past decade and a half. Returning to the theme of Carolyn Dinshaw's 2000 Biennial Lecture in London ("Pale Faces: Race, Religion and Affect in Chaucer's Texts and Their Readers"), presenters will wonder about diversity among medievalists, the place of the personal, the matter of race, and the decolonization of medieval studies as a discipline. Sixteen years after Dinshaw's lecture, in the wake of important work by scholars like Ingham, Heng, Warren and Davis (among many others), we will ask if we are postcolonial yet, and wonder why we remain so pale.
by J J Cohen Elemental Ecocriticism: Thinking with Earth, Air, Fire and Water will be published by the University of Minnesota Press this autumn. The collection brings together medievalists and early modernists with contemporary ecotheorists in the hopes of...
by the Members of the BABEL Steering Commitee Today we officially launch BABEL's most ambitious fundraising effort ever , even bigger than the Kickstarter that Nimrod ran to erect the original Tower of Babel: an insane attempt to raise ten thousand dollars....
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Jacques Lacan’s Confrontation with a Young Rebel: Classic Moment, 1972
This is fascinating to watch.
Get Out Your Dolce & Gabbana: Rogues, Faking It, Worlding, Impossibl...
by EILEEN A. JOY It's hard to believe that the Norman Kingdom of Sicily inspired Dolce and Gabbana's Fall/Winter 2014 collection, but it did
Blaise of Parma (c. 1347-1416), the Doctor Diabolicus, a posthuman, mate...
by KARL STEEL Doctor Devil. From Prize Comics #22. First, have a look at BABEL'S Spring Fundraiser if you haven't yet. And look again if you
Works Cited: Humanities scholarship is incredibly relevant, and that mak...
Man, two of them today, one in 3am Magazine (h/t Robin James) and one in the relentlessly regressive WSJ (remember this guy, whose cranky pa
This is Not My (or, Our) Time, so Please Take Ecstasy With Me: The Neces...
by EILEEN JOY for Jeffrey Cohen, Michael O'Rourke, and Karl Steel, scholars-in-arms and also for Carolyn Dinshaw As we navigate the ruins of
I Regret to Inform You That My Wedding to Captain Von Trapp Has Been Can...
Dear friends, family, and Austrian nobility, Captain Von Trapp and I are very sorry to inform you that we no longer plan to wed. We offer ou
Parchment, Echo, Nature?, Epochs?, Bristles: Contact Ecologies, 2013
Yes, again.I return to Brueghel's Tower of Babel after a conference, this time, in the echo-chamber of the upper reaches of the Tower, whenc
ECOLOGY WITHOUT NATURE: Julian Yates on ANT at Rice
“Outstanding.” —Slavoj Zizek, In Defense of Lost Causes “Dark ecology has the potential to be the punk rock or experimental pop of ecologica
Destabilizing the Jenny McCarthy Public Health Industrial Complex
Giving the anti-vaccine advocate a platform is dangerous.
Some Medieval Dogs to Haunt David Brooks and His Modern "Mutts"
by KARL STEEL Because Julia Carrie Wong has already destroyed David Brooks' "A Nation of Barrel Fish Mutts," my dog post can be nothing but