Category Archives: Conference

Aesthetics of Form

In preparing for this session, I found that I needed to remind myself of the meaning of the words brought together in our session title [“Aesthetics of Form,” 2017 Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, Session 81]. Accordingly, I begin with some … Continue reading

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English Quantity

[8 January 2016 in Austin, TX, at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, session number 218, “Quantity in English Verse: Linguistic and Neuroscience-Based Challenges to the Accentual Paradigm.” This short historiographical paper was the half-time show in our … Continue reading

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Langland’s words

Emily Steiner (Penn) and I are organizing a paper session titled “Langland’s Words” at Kalamazoo 2015. The session is sponsored by the International Piers Plowman Society. Details and a full list of sponsored sessions are posted on the society’s website. … Continue reading

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Translated Prosody

[cfp for a session Ben Glaser and I are organizing for next March’s meeting of the ACLA. Proposals by 1 Nov. Our cfp is also posted on the ACLA site, here.] Translated Prosody ACLA 2014 @ NYU Ben Glaser and … Continue reading

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Kalamazoo 2014: two sessions

I am organizing two sessions on Piers Plowman at the 2014 International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo: “Langland’s Line” and “Piers Plowman and the Rich.” The first session concerns the poem’s meter; the second, the poem’s intersections with social history. … Continue reading

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Boethius at MLA

[I thank the panelists for their paper proposals and interest in this session. Eleanor Johnson and Linda Shenk are authors of recent books bearing on the session topic: respectively, Practicing Literary Theory in the Middle Ages: Ethics and the Mixed … Continue reading

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Medieval Governmentalities

[cfp for a roundtable session I am organizing at the 2014 Congress of the New Chaucer Society, to be held in Reykjavík, Iceland.] Medieval Governmentalities How does an intention to govern become realized within different scales and contexts of community? … Continue reading

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Foucault at Kalamazoo

[What follows is a version of the framing statement I presented at the session “The History of Ethics: Continuations of Foucault’s Final Project,” held on 11 May 2013 at Kalamazoo. Inspiration for this session came from Claire Waters’s paper, “Giving … Continue reading

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What’s the Object? The Siege of Jerusalem and the Notion of ‘Context’

[Prepared remarks for the roundtable “Rereading The Siege of Jerusalem” organized by Julie Orlemanski and Alex Mueller at the convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association held 22 March 2013 in Boston, MA.] The title I give to these remarks … Continue reading

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Humanities and praxis: Occupy Boston

[Prepared remarks for the roundtable “#OccupyBoston: Humanities and praxis,” organized by Julie Orlemanski at the 2nd Biennial meeting of the BABEL Working Group, in Boston, MA, 22 September 2012. I thank Julie for the invitation to participate in this event … Continue reading

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