It has been a while since I have posted anything here, but my writing energies have been directed towards #finishthedamnbook and drafting funding applications to support the next big thing. My other energies have been ricocheting in and around pedagogical spaces, where my students have taken, are taking, and will take what they have learned from the localized, intellectual communities we created together to forge new ideas, actions, pieces of writing, objects, &c, in new spaces with new communities, and so forth. I am endlessly inspired by these processes of collaboration and the way they have the power to cut through the solitary, individualistic, and self-serving imperatives that (still) define success in academia.
All this said, I was excited yesterday to learn that a roundtable proposal—about reading practices and bibliographic "depth"—that I helped put together on an airplane 30,000+ feet in the sky over America—in real-time collaboration with colleagues on the flat ground below (thanks, in-flight wifi!)—has been accepted for the Modern Language Association's convention in Chicago next January. The roundtable will put our literary reading practices (deep and surface) in conversation with the multi-dimensional, embodied, and experiential reading practices that we see as having been vital to early modern encounters with hand-press era books.Read More