Session Title

Transnationalism before the Nation?

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley

Organizer Name

Spencer Strub, Jenny Tan

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of California-Berkeley, Univ. of California-Berkeley

Presider Name

Elizaveta Strakhov

Presider Affiliation

Northwestern Univ.

Paper Title 1

"Of oo blood": Trajan and Transnationalism in Piers Plowman

Presenter 1 Name

Stephanie Pentz

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Northwestern Univ.

Paper Title 2

Transnationalism before, beyond, and even alongside the Nation

Presenter 2 Name

Susan Nakley

Presenter 2 Affiliation

St. Joseph’s College, New York

Paper Title 3

Constance's Sea Voyages: Disorienting Language in the Confessio amantis

Presenter 3 Name

Shyama Rajendran

Presenter 3 Affiliation

George Washington Univ.

Paper Title 4

The Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful in Chaucer's Man of Law's Tale

Presenter 4 Name

Shokoofeh Rajabzadeh

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of California-Berkeley

Start Date

14-5-2015 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1235

Description

This panel looks to pose questions such as: what does it mean to describe transnationalism in a period before the nation-state? How can scholarship on the movement of medieval peoples, languages, and cultures across pre-national borders contribute to conversations and debates about transnationalism? Is it possible to speak of transnationalism before the nation? Given that recent work on contemporary transnationalism, such as Françoise Lionnet and Shu-mei Shih’s seminal volume on “minor transnationalism,” has framed itself as a corrective to the oversights and limitations of postcolonial studies, how might a transnational perspective be useful in thinking about “postcolonial medievalism” and postcolonialism’s currency in Medieval Studies throughout the last decade and a half? What does explicit engagement with transnationalism have to offer medievalists – perhaps alongside other approaches and methodologies, or in place of them? --Spencer Strub

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May 14th, 10:00 AM

Transnationalism before the Nation?

Schneider 1235

This panel looks to pose questions such as: what does it mean to describe transnationalism in a period before the nation-state? How can scholarship on the movement of medieval peoples, languages, and cultures across pre-national borders contribute to conversations and debates about transnationalism? Is it possible to speak of transnationalism before the nation? Given that recent work on contemporary transnationalism, such as Françoise Lionnet and Shu-mei Shih’s seminal volume on “minor transnationalism,” has framed itself as a corrective to the oversights and limitations of postcolonial studies, how might a transnational perspective be useful in thinking about “postcolonial medievalism” and postcolonialism’s currency in Medieval Studies throughout the last decade and a half? What does explicit engagement with transnationalism have to offer medievalists – perhaps alongside other approaches and methodologies, or in place of them? --Spencer Strub