Session Title

Atmospheric Medievalisms/Medieval Atmospheres (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies

Organizer Name

Myra Seaman

Organizer Affiliation

College of Charleston

Presider Name

Myra Seaman

Paper Title 1

Anglo-Saxon Atmospheres

Presenter 1 Name

Edward J. Christie

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Georgia State Univ.

Paper Title 2

The Water Subtext of The Book of the Duchess

Presenter 2 Name

Brantley L. Bryant

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Sonoma State Univ.

Paper Title 3

An Atmosphere of Anxiety in Late Medieval English Drama

Presenter 3 Name

Christina M. Fitzgerald

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Toledo

Paper Title 4

The Air of Fiction

Presenter 4 Name

Julie Orlemanski

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Chicago

Paper Title 5

Racialized Sound

Presenter 5 Name

Molly Lewis

Presenter 5 Affiliation

George Washington Univ.

Paper Title 6

Airing Out the Senses

Presenter 6 Name

Richard Newhauser

Presenter 6 Affiliation

Arizona State Univ.

Start Date

13-5-2017 10:00 AM

Session Location

Bernhard 210

Description

The session theme, "Atmospheric Medievalisms/Medieval Atmospheres," dissolves the boundary often present, however inadvertently, between medieval studies and medievalism studies. A wide range of methodologies are also appropriate to the session, with eco-critical and/or climatological approaches addressing "atmosphere" one way, studies of affect and/or “public feelings” and cultural “moods” in medieval culture or in appropriations of medieval culture in later periods addressing "atmospheric" another way; participants could even work through ideas of an “ambient Middle Ages” or an “ambient medievalism”; or see “climate," “environment,” and “weather” as metaphors for tracing particular intellectual histories of studies in medievalism; or they might discuss the “spherical,” “aerial,” and/or transmigratory climates of globally-inflected medieval studies. In the spirit of Michael Camille’s own lively style of cultural criticism, the session encourages participants to play with “atmosphere” as mood, medium, ambience, flavor, climate, condition, cloud, aura, vibe, firmament, aerospace, element, current, ephemera, tenor, milieu, environment, and weather. Whatever the approach or subject, participants are encouraged to bring the medieval and the modern into productive critical relation.

Myra Seaman

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May 13th, 10:00 AM

Atmospheric Medievalisms/Medieval Atmospheres (A Roundtable)

Bernhard 210

The session theme, "Atmospheric Medievalisms/Medieval Atmospheres," dissolves the boundary often present, however inadvertently, between medieval studies and medievalism studies. A wide range of methodologies are also appropriate to the session, with eco-critical and/or climatological approaches addressing "atmosphere" one way, studies of affect and/or “public feelings” and cultural “moods” in medieval culture or in appropriations of medieval culture in later periods addressing "atmospheric" another way; participants could even work through ideas of an “ambient Middle Ages” or an “ambient medievalism”; or see “climate," “environment,” and “weather” as metaphors for tracing particular intellectual histories of studies in medievalism; or they might discuss the “spherical,” “aerial,” and/or transmigratory climates of globally-inflected medieval studies. In the spirit of Michael Camille’s own lively style of cultural criticism, the session encourages participants to play with “atmosphere” as mood, medium, ambience, flavor, climate, condition, cloud, aura, vibe, firmament, aerospace, element, current, ephemera, tenor, milieu, environment, and weather. Whatever the approach or subject, participants are encouraged to bring the medieval and the modern into productive critical relation.

Myra Seaman