Co-Hosting 2nd Biennial Meeting of BABEL Working Group


The Department of English at Northeastern University (with support from the Dean’s Office of the CSSH and the Northeastern Humanities Center) and the BABEL Working Group are co-hosting the 2nd Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group in Boston, Massachusetts from 20-23 September 2012:  “cruising in the ruins: the question of disciplinarity in the post/medieval university.” The conference is partly inspired by Bill Readings’ book The University in Ruins, and his proposal that, instead of abandoning or exchanging older disciplines for “a simply amorphous disciplinary space in the humanities,” we should permanently “keep open the question of what it means to group knowledges in certain ways, and what it has meant that they have been so grouped in the past.” The conference program can be found here:

Local co-sponsors include Boston College, Harvard, M.I.T., and Tufts, with additional sponsorship from the College of Charleston, Palgrave Macmillan, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.