2015-16: Modern Time

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We are pleased to announce that for the 2015-2016 academic year, the Modernities Working Group will explore the problem of temporality in modernity, broadly construed. Under the heading “Modern Time,” we will together examine questions of periodization, measurement, duration, scale, and endurance from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Details on this term’s meetings are forthcoming, but please save the dates for our two confirmed speakers.

Late September (date TBD): Reading Group Meeting. “Scale, Duration, Event: Time and the Modern.” Readings coming soon.

Wednesday, October 28th: Lauren M.E. Goodlad, Professor of English and Director, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. “Victorian Studies and the Longue Durée.”

Thursday, December 3, 2015: Carlene E. Stevens, Curator, Divison of Works and Industry, National Museum of American History.

(All events will be held on Georgetown’s main campus; details forthcoming.)

CyanotypeLibraryofCongressIMAGE: Julius Friedrich Sachse, “The Evolution of the Cereus.” Cyanotype. c. 1888. “Series of 15 cyanotypes taken between May 28th and June 1st, throughout the day and night, to monitor the progress of several blossoms of a cereus plant.” Library of Congress. (http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/98518100/)


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