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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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A recent interview about monstrosity, ecology, the stakes of writing.
Schlock Talks | Jeffrey Jerome Cohen. By Schlock Magazine, February 25, 2015. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen: "What motivates my writing? I can't not write. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen: “What motivates my writing? I can't not write. It's a basic form of sustenance, my own worldly interface” ...
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Symposium: Transition, Scale and Catastrophe
Please mark your calendar now for this daylong symposium! Admission is free, but you must REGISTER HERE if you plant to attend. Transition, Scale and Catastrophe @ GW International Brotherhood of Teamsters Room , Gelman Library 7th floor 9 AM Coffee and bag...
Please mark your calendar now for this daylong symposium! Admission is free, but you must REGISTER HERE if you plant to attend. Transition, Scale and Catastrophe @ GW International Brotherhood of Teamsters Room, Gelman Libr...
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New Chaucer Society London 2016: CFP
by J J Cohen The call for papers has been posted for NCS16 London: check it out here . Thanks to Kellie Robertson and Emily Steiner and the program committee, it's going to be quite a conference: the nine threads collect an astonishing number of smart and c...
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Two things. (1) Tomorrow in my Folger seminar I am teaching Anne Harris and Karen Overbey on Lush Ethics (“Field Change / Discipline Change”) from Burn After Reading. I edited the piece, so I'm biased, but I'm teaching the essay because it answers so succinctly and eloquently almost every hesitation or objection that has been raised (often rather lazily) over object studies and the new materialism. Anne and Karen's reading of Ian Bogost (among others) through a newly medievalized aesthetics is breathtaking: this one is required reading for anyone who feels the urge to worry in public about materialism or object ontology. And, the essay is so beautifully composed your eyes will water. (2) If you download the book, please consider making a donation to punctum. I don't get a penny of it, and neither do the authors: we gave up royalties because we believe so strongly in the mission of punctum books (and in the vision of Eileen A. Joy). Punctum has already opened new possibilities for scholarly and artistic publishing, but it is a nonprofit press, and open access is not free. On the small chance that you happen to be fantastically wealthy and are reading this, punctum could really use an angel right now.
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Symposium on Transition, Scale and Catastrophe: March 20
Please mark your calendar and save the date! On Friday March 20 the GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute will hold an all day symposium on "Transition, Scale and Catastrophe." The event will take place in the  International Brotherhood of Teamster...
Please mark your calendar and save the date! On Friday March 20 the GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute will hold an all day symposium on "Transition, Scale and Catastrophe." The event will take place in the Intern...
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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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National Adjunct Walkout Day #NAWD
by J J Cohen Wednesday February 25 2015 is National Adjunct Walkout Day, a day of action to call attention to the labor conditions and unjust payscales of part time and non-tenure track faculty at universities and colleges. Copious information here ; Facebo...
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Heather Bamford, Wworks in Progress Lunch, 2/27
Heather Bamford , George Washington University, will present at a works in progress lunch in Rome Hall 771 on Feb. 27 at 11:30 PM.  Professor's Bamford's short (approx.  20pp) essay will be circulated in advance. RSVP to GWMEMSI@gmail.com if you would like ...
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Last night, thinking about my Folger seminar, it struck me again how different it is to teach with rare books as your archive rather than manuscripts. Last week we looked at three illustrated bibles: a Calvinist bible printed in Lyon (1559, text in French); a German printing of the Latin Vulgate (1569, text of course in Latin) and "The true and lyuely historyke purtreatures of the vvoll Bible" (a small, simplified, maybe even children's bible, 16th C, in English rhyme). What unites these books for wholly different audiences: intricate woodcuts by Bernard Salomon, the very same woodcuts. We were mapping how images of Noah and the ark become iconic and here it was. You can't tell a story exactly like that one from manuscripts, since this tale depends upon precise mechanical reproduction within dizzying linguistic, social and cultural differences. We also looked at some disaster porn (cheap, popular pamphlets on windstorms and volcanoes) -- an ephemeral kind of narrative that also doesn't really have a medieval analogue, since it's based upon cheap printing.
I am so out of my depth. On the other hand, the Folger archive is like wandering through a candy store, with illustrated bibles instead of gobstoppers.
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Ania Loomba, Crossing Boundaries: Friday Feb. 13
Please join us on Friday February 13 as  Ania Loomba , Catherine Bryson Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, presents a talk in  Rome Hall 771 (801 22nd St NW) at  3 PM: Crossing Boundaries: Race, Postcoloniality and the Early Modern   Is...
Please join us on Friday February 13 as Ania Loomba, Catherine Bryson Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, presents a talk in Rome Hall 771 (801 22nd St NW) at 3 PM: Crossing Boundaries: Race, Postcolonial...
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Loosening
by J J Cohen 1. Last night Uncle Jack died. Loud, full of jokes, speaking things true but never spoken by my Bostonian family, he terrified and fascinated me as a child. When old enough to travel to California and see him in his element, I came to admire hi...
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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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