It is with great pleasure that we officially announce the schedule for MARGIN's second-annual workshop series. For those unfamiliar with NYU's Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Interdisciplinary Student Network (or MARGIN), we are a graduate student group for students in any department at NYU with an interest in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, or both. Currently, MARGIN hosts students from the disciplines of Comparative Literature, English, French, Italian, History, and Art History, among others. If you are excited by the idea of working collaboratively with students of diverse fields (over a glass of moscato and heaping plate of fancy cheeses), we would love for you to join the group!
In 2017, our workshop series focused on the afterlife of Ovid in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, a topic suggested by several MARGIN student members. While workshops spanned a diverse range of topics, we found ourselves consistently confronting surprisingly queer, surprisingly metamorphosed, messy bodies, bodies that frequently demanded decidedly messy methodological engagements. Building on our work on Ovidian cultural products of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, so-called "Messy Bodies" will be our group's focus for the 2017-2018 calendar.
Messy bodies are all of our bodies, and our workshops will cover medieval and renaissance bodies of all sorts. We will engage: racialized bodies, trans* bodies, disabled bodies, queenly bodies, dead bodies, humoral bodies, holy bodies, object-bodies, objectified bodies, all sorts of bodies, and again all bodies are messy. Like last year, the workshop series will culminate in a symposium in the late spring on the year's topic (date do be announced).