JNT Dialogue: March 15, 5:00 p.m., Student Center 310A

Lots of great events are happening this month!  Among them is the next JNT Dialogue — Nonhumans: Ecology, Ethics, Objects — on Thursday, March 15, 5:00-6:30 pm in Rm. 310A at the Student Center. Featured speakers will be Tim Morton and Jeffrey Cohen.  The event will be moderated by Eileen Joy.  (Also, there will be an open gathering for students and faculty at Frenchies in Depot Town at 8:30 pm that evening to meet the speakers.  Free food will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase.)

Timothy Morton will present “Whales within Whales: Ecological Emergency as the End of Human Narrative.”  He is Professor of English (Literature and the Environment) at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (forthcoming from Open Humanities Press), The Ecological Thought (Harvard UP, 2010), Ecology without Nature (Harvard UP, 2007), seven other books and over seventy essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, food and music. He blogs regularly at http://www.ecologywithoutnature.blogspot.com.

Jeffrey J. Cohen will present  “Elemental Relations.”  He is Professor of English and the Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute at the George Washington University. His research explores what monsters reveal about the cultures that dream them; the literatures of the British archipelago; how postcolonial studies, queer theory, and posthumanism might help us to better understand early texts and cultures (and might be transformed by that encounter); and the complicated lives of what is supposed to be inanimate. “Stories of Stone,” his current project, is funded by fellowships from the ACLS and the Guggenheim Foundation, and investigates the liveliness of our most seemingly inert substance. He is also editing a collection for the University of Minnesota Press on Prismatic Ecologies: Ecotheory Beyond Green.

Moderator Eileen Joy is Associate Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she teaches courses in medieval literature, contemporary fiction, and critical theory. She is the Lead Ingenitor of the BABEL Working Group (http://www.babelworkinggroup.org), Co-Editor of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, Co-Director of punctum books (http://punctumbooks.com), and has published numerous essays and articles on medieval literature, cultural studies, post/humanism, and ethics.

Note: this is a Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) approved event.

JNT Dialogue 2012 Colloquium – Thurs., Feb. 16, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

It’s coming up: The Journal of Narrative Theory (JNT) Dialogue 2012 Colloquium takes place this Thursday, February 16, 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Rm. 300 at the Halle Library.

Here’s the official announcement:

Colloquium theme: Nonhumans: Ecology, Ethics, Objects

This year’s JNT Dialogue, “Nonhumans: Ecology, Ethics, Objects” will focus on posthumanism, specifically its theoretical roots in what is termed the new school of “speculative realism” or “object ontology.”  This is a challenging new paradigm of literary and cultural theory that is defining a current generation of political and eco-criticism.

What makes our JNT Dialogue different this year is that we are inviting all interested faculty and graduate students to a reading colloquium to discuss essays that will inform our March speaking event.

We have asked Eileen Joy (bio below) to coordinate this colloquium.

The following reading can be found on the Halle Library Ereserves.
Instructor: Dionne
Class: Literature 400 JNT Dialogue Colloquium
Please feel free to download and read.

Readings for Colloquium:
Ereserves:  Litr 400 JNT Dialogue Colloquium (no password)
– Katherine Hayles “Toward Embodied Virtuality.”
– Cary Wolfe’s “What is Posthumanism.”
– Jeff Cohen  “An abecedarium for the elements”
– Jeff Cohen “Stories of Stone”Tim Morton “Objects as Temporary Autonomous Zones.”
– Tim Morton “Thinking Ecology”
– Morton (mp3) “Lynn Margulis, Symbiosis, Ethics” found on this itunes library (item #30) below:
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/itunes-u/literature-environment-fall/id399641376

Coordinator:  Eileen JoyEileen A. Joy is Associate Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where she teaches courses in medieval literature, contemporary fiction, and critical theory. She is the Lead Ingenitor of the BABEL Working Group (www.babelworkinggroup.org), Co-Editor of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, Co-Director of punctum books (http://punctumbooks.com), and has published numerous essays and articles on medieval literature, cultural studies, post/humanism, and ethics.

Failing to be Subjects: On Queerness and Negativity (JNT Dialogue, Today, March 15)

Don’t miss Failing to be Subjects, A JNT Dialogue, taking place today, Tuesday, March 15th, 6:00-7:30 pm in the EMU Student Center Auditorium. Speakers Lauren Berlant and Jack Judith Halberstam will discuss queerness and negativity. Refreshments will follow in Student Center Art Gallery.

Lauren Berlant, “Structures of Unfeeling: Mysterious Skin”

“Structures of Unfeeling: Mysterious Skin” uses Scott Heim’s novel and Gregg Araki’s film of AIDS, abductions, and the paranoid 90s to think about how to think about underperformed emotion: Berlant’s paper gathers up many traditions, from twentieth century avant-gardes through trauma, punk, and indie casualness, to consider the ways in which affective activity appears as inexpressive form, form providing a holding space in the absence of knowing how or wanting to respond to the urgencies of the moment (the historical moment, the sexual moment, the intimate moment, the moment where survival time is always being apprehended, absorbed, and encountered).

Lauren Berlant is the George M. Pullman Professor of English at the University of Chicago, where she teaches about the intimate public spheres that cross over politics and the ordinary in mass societies. She is author of a national sentimentality trilogy that spans the U.S. 19th century to the present: The Anatomy of National Fantasy: Hawthorne, Utopia, and Everyday Life (1991); The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture (2008); and The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship (1997). Her next book, Cruel Optimism (2011) looks at the affective components of contemporary intimate publics transnationally, and focuses on the fate of the good life fantasy that accompanies the current capitalist collapse. Other works on public spheres as affect worlds include Our Monica, Ourselves (with Lisa Duggan); the much-anthologized “Sex in Public” in Critical Inquiry (with Michael Warner); as well as two essay collections, Compassion (2004) and Intimacy (2001).


Jack Judith Halberstam, “Unbecoming”

Building here on the work of feminists like Saidiya Hartman and Saba Mahmood and locating a queer femininity that refuses resistance and reshapes the meaning of the political in the process, Halberstam’s paper offers up in the Bersani tradition narrated and extended by Heather Love in her book Feeling Backward, a queer theory of masochism and negative affect that revels in failures, builds around an anti-heroic, disintegrating subject and in the process recasts the project of thinking sex and gender. Halberstam charts a genealogy of an anti-social or anti-humanist or counter-intuitive feminism that arises out of queer, post-colonial, and Black feminisms and that thinks in terms of the negation of the subject rather than her formation.

Jack Halberstam, formerly Judith Halberstam, is Professor of English, American Studies, and Ethnicity and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. Halberstam works in the areas of popular, visual, and queer culture with an emphasis on subcultures. Halberstam’s books include Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (1995), the ground-breaking Female Masculinity (1998), as well as a co-authored photo/essay, The Drag King Book (1999), and a co-authored anthology, Posthuman Bodies (1995). The latest book, In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (2005), theorizes queer reconfigurations of time and space in relation to subcultural scenes and transgender visibility. Halberstam regularly publishes journalism in venues like BITCH Magazine and The Nation, and has just finished a book titled The Queer Art of Failure due out next year from Duke University Press. Halberstam is working on two other books now, one on “Bats” and another on children and the Holocaust.

Globalization Now: Flows and Limits – A JNT Dialogue Guest Speaker Series

Don’t miss the next JNT Dialogue at 6 pm, April 8th, 2010 (Thursday) in the Student Center Auditorium (with food and reception following at the Student Center University Gallery).  JNT Dialogue is a Lecture series focusing on current issues in literary and cultural studies.  It is sponsored by the EMU English Department and the Journal of Narrative Theory.  The Lecture is open to the public.

Globalization Now: Flows and Limits: A JNT Dialogue Guest Speaker Series

Crystal Bartolovich
Title:  If Oil Could Speak, What Would it Say?

Paul Smith
Title:  Flowback: The End of Globalisation as They Know it

Crystal Bartolovich is Associate Professor of English at Syracuse  University. With Neil Lazarus, she edited the collection Marxism,  Modernity and Postcolonial Studies, and has authored over 30 essays on a wide range of topics in Marxism and cultural theory in venues such as Cultural Critique, New Formations, and Interventions.

Paul Smith is currently Professor of Cultural Studies at George Mason University. He is nationally and internationally known for his work in cultural studies, American culture, literature and film, in gender studies and in Marxist theory. His books include Pound Revised, Discerning the Subject, Clint Eastwood—A Cultural Production, Millennial Dreams—Culture and Capital in the North, and Primitive America: The Ideology of Capitalist Democracy. He is editor of a number of other volumes, including Men in Feminism (with Alice Jardine), and the forthcoming Rethinking Cultural Studies  (Temple 2010)

For more information contact: JNT@EMICH.EDU