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:

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.

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

Graduate Assistantship with JNT for 2009-2010 school year

Here’s an annoucement from the folks at the Journal of Narrative Theory:

Do you want to gain valuable experience in the writing, editing and publishing world while still in school? Apply for the Graduate Assistantship position with the Journal of Narrative Theory in the English Department!

Job Description:

We are looking for an organized, energetic graduate student to take on the role as Editorial Assistant for our journal for the 2009-2010 school year. As the Editorial Assistant, you will be responsible for the tasks of communicating with the authors, editors, typesetters, and printers. You will organize all of the components of the journal and help facilitate production. Daily tasks include answering email inquiries, logging in journal submissions, updating subscription database, helping to keep track of the budget, and advertising and promotion of the journal.


  • Graduate Student in the English Department as of September 1st, 2008
  • 3.5 GPA or higher
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with web design and Adobe is a plus.
  • Registered for at least 6 graduate credit hours for Fall and Winter semester.

Graduate Assistantship applications are due to the English Department by February 15th, 2009. Simply check off “Journal of Narrative Theory” as your desired position on the application.

Contact Jamie Jones at jnt<at>emich.edu, by phone at 734.487.3275, or stop by the JNT office at 614-J Pray Harrold for more information.