Keynote Speakers

Sharon Kinoshita is Professor of World Literature & Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her main focus is medieval intercultural relations, both as represented in and as instantiated by literary and related textual traditions. A French medievalist by training, she is the author of Medieval Boundaries: Rethinking Difference in Old French Literature (Pennsylvania, 2006) and many articles on twelfth- and thirteenth-century epic and romance, and co-author (with Peggy McCracken) of Marie de France: A Critical Companion (Boydell & Brewer, 2012). More recently, as the co-organizer (with Brian Catlos) of a series of collaborative projects in Mediterranean Studies (including four NEH Summer Institutes and a five-year University of California Multi-campus Research Project), she has helped to shape and promote this emerging field (see In addition to authoring numerous articles on medieval Mediterranean literary studies, she has co-edited (with Peregrine Horden) the Blackwell Companion to Mediterranean History (2014). Last but not least, her annotated translation of Marco Polo’s Description of the World is forthcoming from Hackett Press (Spring 2016); she is currently working on a book project tentatively entitled “Re-Orienting Marco Polo: The Description of the World in Historical Context,” intended as a contribution to the emerging study of the Global Middle Ages.

Drew Daniel is Associate Professor of English at Johns Hopkins University. His work centers upon the representation of “negative affect” in early modern literature and culture, the place of early modern texts within contemporary theories of political theology and sovereignty, and, in a separate track of work and thought, the critical examination of musical subcultures.He is the author of numerous articles which have appeared in journals such as Shakespeare Quarterly, Telos, Film Quarterly, Opera Quarterly, Social Text, Criticism, Modernism/Modernity, Studies in English Literature, Early Modern Culture, and the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies. He has contributed chapters to a diverse range of edited collections, including Hammill and Lupton’s Political Theology and Early Modernity (Chicago), Menon’s Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare (Duke), and Wilson’s Melancology: Black Metal Theory and Ecology (Zero). He is the author of two books: The Melancholy Assemblage: Affect and Epistemology in the English Renaissance(Fordham University Press) and 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Continuum). Bringing Deleuzian assemblage theory, psychoanalysis, and medical history into alignment, The Melancholy Assemblage rethinks early modern melancholy as a socially extended network of relationships between persons, objects, and signs. A contribution to the 33 1/3 series of close readings of classic recordings, 20 Jazz Funk Greats is a close reading of an album by the esoteric industrial band Throbbing Gristle. Daniel is currently working on a book project on suicide, tragicomedy and politics. With his partner M.C. Schmidt, Daniel continues to be one half of the notable electronic group Matmos. He lives in Baltimore.


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