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THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University Hosts the Carol Brown Lecture:
"Premodern Nature and Postmodern Ecology"
Kellie Robertson (University of Maryland)
4:30 - 6:15pm, Doherty Hall A302, Carnegie Mellon University
THURSDAY, MARCH 23 and FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017
Premodern Elements: A Workshop and Colloquium Series
The Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies is excited to announce a workshop and lecture series on the topic of “Premodern Elements.” Before the rare earths that invisibly shape and fuel your cell phone and hybrid car—minerals of costly environmental extraction and recondite names—the elements were simple: as simple, shifting, complex, and storied as earth, wind, fire, and air. Together with other iconic foursomes (seasons, humors, continents) the elements organized the premodern universe, animated myth, required iconography. Drawing on recent efforts to think “with” the elements in ecocriticism, this workshop proposes a group exploration of the impact of the elements on premodern cultural production. We seek to expand elemental thinking beyond purely ecocritical or materialist concerns to include topics, texts, and objects in literary studies, history of art and architecture, and history and philosophy of science. How did earth, air, fire, and water combine to order—or disorganize—materiality, bodies, space, or texts? How did they foster, temper, or block new experiences of scale or configurations of matter? What does it mean to approach a literary text or cultural artifact through its engagement with the elements? How did elements express national or gender affiliations? What were the relations between elements and affect?
Schedule of public talks for Friday, March 24, 2017
All talks will take place in the Humanities Center
Cathedral of Learning, Room 602
All are invited!
|9:45 – 10:30||“Wet Cartesianism”|
|Daniel Selcer (Philosophy, Duquesne University)|
|11:45 – 12:30||“The Dream of the Water-Men”|
|Lowell Duckert (English, West Virginia University)|
|2:30 – 3:15||“Rivereuse: Water, Residency, Gender”|
|Katherine Ibbett (French/Early Modern Studies, University College London)|
These events are generously co-sponsored by a Humanities Center Collaborative Research Grant and by the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of French and Italian, Department of English, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Cultural Studies Program. For more information, please email the Program Director, Professor Jennifer Waldron (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017
Silvia Federici (Hofstra University)
Lecture: "Feminism and the Politics of the Commons in an Era of Primitive Accumulation"
4:30pm, Giant Eagle Auditorium at Carnegie Mellon University
Why has the idea of the commons become so prominent in contemporary radical politics? And what are the main feminist perspectives on the commons developed today internationally? Silvia Federici will address this question with reference to the formation of land and urban commons and their restructuring of everyday reproduction.
Silvia Federici’s research addresses themes of enclosure, patriarchy, colonialism, labor, and racism, among others. She is best known for her 2004 book Caliban and the Witch: Women, The Body and Primitive Accumulation (Brooklyn: Autonomedia), which analyzes intersections of patriarchy, capitalism, colonialism, and violence from the fifteenth through the eighteenth century.
Questions? Suggestions? Please contact the Program Director, Professor Jennifer Waldron (email@example.com)
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