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Critical Questions Lecture Series

The Critical Questions lecture series brings prominent scholars in literature, rhetoric, and film to OSU. In addition to delivering a public talk, the speakers meet with graduate students to discuss such topics as: the genesis of their work; the state of the field as they see it; and the cultural relevance of scholarship in the humanities. Past speakers have included Miles Orvell, winner of the Bode-Pearson prize for lifetime achievement in American Studies; Holly Crocker, author of Chaucer's Visions of Manhood; Cindy Weinstein, Professor of English and Executive Officer in the Humanities at Caltech; and Carl Djerassi, prize-winning chemist and internationally recognized playwright.


 Events in 2013-14

Allison Hobgood
Poetry, Prosthesis, and Queer-Crip Intercourses in the English Renaissance

June 2, 2014
4:00pm, Memorial Union Joyce Powell Leadership Room

Allison P. Hobgood’s latest scholarship explores literature produced by the famous, seventeenth-century poet Andrew Marvell. Specifically, she investigates Marvell’s work through a burgeoning theoretical disposition called early modern disability studies. In her lecture, Hobgood will use a disability studies framework to show how Marvell’s poetry interprets and makes sense of human variation and bodily difference, especially castration, impotency, and non-normative, sexual physicality. In examining Marvell’s queer-crip meditations on verse, her argument will also illuminate the useful intersections of sexuality/queer studies and early modern disability studies. This lecture opens up important new conversations around sexualized bodily difference and “disability” in both modernity and in the context of 17th c England.  

Allison Hobgood is Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Willamette University. She is the author of Passionate Playgoing in Early Modern England (2014, Cambridge UP) and co-editor, with David H. Wood, of Recovering Disability in Early Modern England (2013, Ohio State UP).


Graham Harman

Graham Harman
Early and Late Latour

February 25th, 2014
4:00pm, LaSells Stewart Center Ag Science room

The French theorist Bruno Latour continues to expand his already extensive influence in the social sciences, and is slowly emerging as a force to reckon with in philosophy as well. Latour has long been known for his actor-network theory. But beginning in 1987, Latour worked in secret on a parallel philosophical system in which networks are just one among fourteen separate modes of existence. This secret system was recently unveiled in Latour's new book An Inquiry Into Modes of Existence (Harvard University Press, 2013). This lecture will examine the principal features of Latour's new system and ask whether Latour's proclaimed philosophical shift is significant in its own right, and also whether it might have new implications for the various fields that take inspiration from Latour's work.

Graham Harman is Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Cairo. He is the author of ten books, most recently Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy (2012), The Quadruple Object (2011), and Quentin Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making (2011). He is the editor of the Speculative Realism book series at Edinburgh University Press, and (with Bruno Latour) co-editor of the New Metaphysics book series at Open Humanities Press.

Sponsored by:
The School of Writing, Literature, and Film
The Horning Endowment
The Center for the Humanities

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