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Dana Luciano has composed a brilliant essay on the stakes of naming when the Anthropocene (the geological epoch during which human impress becomes evident) begins. Some scholars have suggested a fairly recent date (aligning its commencement with nuclear weapons / elite technology), but the climate scientists Simon L. Lewis and Mark A Maslin argue for 1610 to emphasize an origin in colonialism, genocide in the Americas, and coal (with Dana rightly adding: SLAVE TRADE). A key reason for the earlier date is to signal "the spread of a humanism that has failed much of humanity, a failure to which even the Arctic ice cores can bear witness, and that in doing so has deeply damaged the planet as well: an inhuman humanism. The contradiction that some have seen in the name of the proposed epoch—that the “Anthropocene” was not brought about by all members of the species it names—is precisely the problem it is now up to us to solve." The earlier date thereby stresses embodied human responsibility and renders the Anthropocene intimate to longue durée environmental justice.
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"Geophilia, or the Love of Stone" in the latest Continent.
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...
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"It is unethical."
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...
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NCS 2016 CFP, and thinking about the future of the field
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...
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MLA Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities Forum in the Commons Newswire
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 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 Enviro...
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Larry Benson
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...
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 ...
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Check it out! So happy to be in this issue.
 
New issue of +continent. is now available for your consumption, features icons from Carl Emil Carlsen,
"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."
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Noah's Arkive
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...
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 ecotheor...
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If you are attending ‪#‎Shakeass15‬ in Vancouver ... please spread the word. My wonderful colleague Ayanna Thompson in league with the Folger Shakespeare Library enabled this event to happen.
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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!
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Ayanna Thompson
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Two important, interrelated objectives for medieval studies: the fostering of a more ecologically aware field through an environmentality that connects present to past; and the creation of a more diverse discipline by researching and narrating more complicated [polyglot, multicultural, postcolonial] stories about the Middle Ages and by cultivating a more heterogeneous professoriat than the one we now possess. Well, these two things are important to me at least, and they motivate the two proposals I submitted for New Chaucer Society sessions. I am guessing some others share these concerns.
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 (jjcohen@gwu.edu)
Roundtable
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 (jjcohen@gwu.edu)
Paper panel
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.
http://newchaucersociety.org/2016-call
The New Chaucer Society provides a forum for teachers and scholars of Geoffrey Chaucer and his age.
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Elemental Ecocriticism: We Have a Cover
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 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 contemp...
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What You Can Do To Help: BABEL Access 2015
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....
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 attem...
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"Vous êtes joignable"
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Happy arrival Here is Eleanor perching on the front stoop of our house in Courbevoie (still on the Metro line but definitely a marvelous wor

Sunday Roundup
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It's Sunday and it's my birthday. Here's my blog post. I wrote good stuff this week. Please go read it and share it. :) I published three es

Kzoo2014, first thought
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by KARL STEEL La bufera infernal, che mai non resta, mena li spirti con la sua rapina; voltando e percotendo li molesta. Quando giungon dava

Get Out Your Dolce & Gabbana: Rogues, Faking It, Worlding, Impossibl...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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

Being There
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Actually, Sts. Cosmo & Damian I wonder if this is how we might have appeared to her, two still strange creatures - high up, transfixed, simi

Parchment, Echo, Nature?, Epochs?, Bristles: Contact Ecologies, 2013
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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

A nervous moment in a Chaucer class, solved.
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by KARL STEEL We've all faced and perhaps all been the nervous presenter. Today I hit upon what might be the perfect solution. I suggested t

The Canon Anew
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The Canon Anew Friday, October 25 Rome Hall 771 801 22nd St NW 3pm Free and open to the public "The Canon Anew" is an event featuring GW Eng

Up Next: The Future We Want / Burn After Reading
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The Future We Want/Burn After Reading Edited by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Eileen A. Joy, and Myra Seaman a tête-bêche double-volume co-published

ECOLOGY WITHOUT NATURE: Julian Yates on ANT at Rice
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“Outstanding.” —Slavoj Zizek, In Defense of Lost Causes “Dark ecology has the potential to be the punk rock or experimental pop of ecologica

ITM Moderation Policy
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by J J Cohen It has been a while since we have spoken about the blog's comment moderation policy, so I thought it would be useful to remind

Really Real
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Courbet, River Landscape (private collection!) I'd forgotten my camera and kind of cursed doing so and kind of tried to love the freedom you

Lithographia
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Around a couple of months ago I went to see the Vikings! exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland and was struck dumb by a standing sto

Destabilizing the Jenny McCarthy Public Health Industrial Complex
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Giving the anti-vaccine advocate a platform is dangerous.

Some Medieval Dogs to Haunt David Brooks and His Modern "Mutts"
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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

Our son started going to Twin Creeks in the 5th grade, and he has returned every year through eleventh (when he was a Junior Counselor -- and in college he hopes to be a counselor). Our daughter started in 3rd grade and is still going with enthusiasm (she is about to enter 6th grade). Both have made very close friends at TC that they continue to see when camp isn't in session. It is hard to imagine a better run, more enjoyable, more safe or more beautiful camp. Iain McClements is absolutely stellar as a director: patient, visionary, friendly, able to handle every crisis, and an incredibly good hearted person. Twin Creeks is an amazing place and we are happy our family has been part of it for so long.
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Very tasty food, good organic wines. Recommended: vegetable momo (dumplings) and pakoras; Bahigun Bharta (eggplant); Shahi Paneer (cheese in a spicy, creamy tomato sauce -- VERY good); naan.
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Reasonable price, good view from the ocean front rooms, Acadia close by, excellent breakfast as part of price. The nature cruise that leaves from the hotel dock is also very good.
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