Thursday, February 11, 2010

Gender and Sexuality Working Group

A new reading group for NYU graduate students is being formed under the sponsorship of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. The Gender and Sexuality Working Group (GSWG) is a reading and working group for graduate students from all schools and disciplines of NYU, at any stage of their program, whose research already involves the study of gender, sexuality, queer studies, and related fields or who would like to draw the study of gender and sexuality more centrally into their research. The GSWG will meet approximately once a month, and its specific activities will be determined by members' interests.

If you would like more information about the GSWG, please email Sarah Ostendorf at Information about the working group and its future meeting times will also be posted to the CSGS Website:

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

NYU Closing Early Due to Weather

We've just received word that NYU has canceled all classes that would convene 12:30pm or later today, Wednesday February 10th, due to inclement weather.

In addition, all NYU offices, including Draper, will be closed starting at 1:00pm.

Have a safe and enjoyable evening!


Other related news from the announcement:

Library services will be available until 4:00 pm, and the library will be open until midnight. The study areas in the lower levels of the library will be open overnight, as usual.

The Kimmel Center will remain open until 11:00 pm; activities and events areexpected to carry forward as scheduled unless specifically cancelled. The Kimmel Market Place will remain open with full service until 8:00 pm and with limited service until 10:00 pm.

On-campus recruitment interviews scheduled at the Wasserman Center will
proceed as scheduled. Any students having difficulties making their scheduled
interviews should contact the Wasserman Center.

University Transportation will continue to operate on a normal weekday schedule consistent with weather conditions. Further updates will be posted at
The University will continue to monitor weather conditions. At this point, it
is our expectation to be fully open for all classes, activities, and operations
tomorrow, but we will make a final decision based on weather.
All updates will be posted to the University’s Information Alert page, . Please bookmark this page and check it regularly. Updates will also be available on the University’s hotline number, 212 998 1220.

Monday, February 8, 2010

NYU Graduate Forum Call for Self-Nominations

Sponsored by the
Graduate School of Arts and Science Dean’s Office


The Graduate School of Arts and Science is proud to announce the continuation of an innovative program for graduate students across New York University launched in January 2001.The Graduate Forum was established to encourage interdisciplinary inquiry into intellectual and moral problems, to question the foundations of the disciplines, and to experiment in translating basic research into a language accessible to a variety of audiences without oversimplification. Over the course of their tenure (two years or until graduation, whichever is shorter), Forum members develop a warm intellectual community that fosters creative cross-discipline discourse. At monthly dinners held during the academic year, Forum members have an opportunity to make formal presentations of their work and enjoy genuinely interdisciplinary dialogue in sessions moderated by Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, Catharine R. Stimpson, joined by Assistant Dean for the Office of Academic and Student Life, Kathleen Talvacchia, and facilitated by MagalĂ­ Armillas-Tiseyra, Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature and alumna of the Graduate Forum.

Graduate students interested in participating in the Forum may either nominate themselves or be nominated by their school dean, department chair, or director of graduate studies. Students whose work addresses modes of visual representation and their products in any culture or period should consider applying to the more specialized IFA Forum, which is co-sponsored by GSAS and the IFA. Nominations should consist of a letter of no more than 500 words stating why and how you would make a good member of the Forum, a curriculum vitae and a copy of your graduate transcript. Self-nominations should include a letter of recommendation from at least one NYU faculty member who can comment on your ability to contribute to the Forum.
Criteria for selection include a promising academic record, the capacity for innovative thinking, the ability to contribute to interdisciplinary inquiry, and an interest in the new technologies of education. Each Forum member will be paid an honorarium of $500 per semester for her or his active participation. Student membership in the Forum is for a term of two academic years (unless a student graduates earlier). The Forum strongly encourages students from diverse racial, ethnic, national and/or cultural backgrounds to apply. Please refer to our website for more information on past and present members as well as our meetings.

Nominations for membership beginning in the 2010 academic year will be due on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. They should be submitted electronically to Anna Antoniak at It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all materials reach us by the due date. The selection process may include interviews conducted in early April by current Forum members. The Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, Catharine R. Stimpson, will extend offers for membership by late April for a term to begin at the September 2010 Graduate Student Forum meeting.

Forum on Forms of Seeing Call for Self-Nominations


The Graduate School of Arts and Science and the Institute of Fine Arts are pleased to invite nominations and self-nominations for a specialized interdisciplinary forum for graduate students whose work addresses modes of visual representation and their products. Focused on the ways in which cultures give form to visual experience, the Forum on Forms of Seeing aims to bring together students from a wide range of graduate programs. Applications are encouraged from students who have strong historical and/or theoretical interests in images and visuality in the broadest sense and who wish to become closely familiar with other disciplines concerned with visual representation.

Historically, the study of images has been the academic preserve of “fine arts,” as art history in America was termed in its earliest days. Over the past few decades, however, many other disciplines have become interested in “visuality,” as a wider natural and cultural phenomenon that includes not only the traditional fine arts but imaging practices of all kinds, from cinema and popular print culture to digital reality techniques and scientific modeling. Anthropology, Philosophy, History, Literary Criticism, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience have taken significant interest in the concept of the visual, and relatively young disciplines such as Cinema Studies and Visual Studies or Visual Culture put visual representation at the center of their researches. Art History itself has become more cognizant of the limitations of traditional medium-bound definitions of the image, and has taken up a more fluidly-defined visuality as one of its central problems. Reflecting the dramatic expansion of visuality as a category for scholarly inquiry, the Forum invites applications for membership from any graduate program at NYU.

How images in different periods and cultures imitate, model, render, or critique the world and our visual apprehension of it, for their makers and for their viewers, will be of central interest to the Forum. This historical and comparative approach may profitably be complemented by a philosophical understanding of the image as record of, or model for, acts of seeing. The creation, dissemination, function, signification, efficacy, duration, destruction, and demise of images will be welcome topics for the Forum.

Forum on Forms of Seeing Format

Membership in the Forum on Forms of Seeing will be for one academic year, commencing in September 2010 and ending in May 2011. All eight members will present and critique work in progress during monthly, moderated lunch sessions, scheduled on Fridays, from 12 – 3 p.m., at Washington Square and the Institute of Fine Arts. Honed papers will be presented during a one-day symposium at the Institute of Fine Arts in the spring of 2011. Members are expected to attend every session and to participate in the symposium; each will receive a stipend of $500 per semester.

Application Procedure

To apply for membership in the 2010-11 Forum on Forms of Seeing, please provide a one-page statement of your scholarly interest in visual representation and the relevance of interdisciplinary debate about visuality for your graduate work. Your application should include a current transcript (unofficial is fine), c.v., and a recommendation by a NYU faculty member. Please submit your completed application electronically by Tuesday, March 23 to Anna Antoniak at

The Forum on Forms of Seeing is supported by the Office of the Provost,
the Graduate School of Arts and Science, and the Institute of Fine Arts and its Alumni Association.

Anamesa Call for Submissions

Spring 2010 Issue of Anamesa
blur boundaries, re-imagine links, explore the between

Anamesa, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal of graduate student writing and art based at New York University, is now accepting submissions for its Spring 2010 print issue. Graduate students across all disciplines are encouraged to send in writing (including but not
limited to academic essays, creative non-fiction, reportage, interviews, reviews, short stories, poetry, and other unclassifiable prose creations) and art of all sorts (such as photography, drawings, paintings, film stills, posters, prints, etc.). Anamesa considers material from diverse subject matter, and publishes creative and intelligent works that exemplify the transdisciplinary spirit of the graduate community.

Submission guidelines for papers: Include complete paper (up to 6000 words), abstract (up to 200 words), and cover sheet. Academic papers must adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style. All paper submissions—both non-fiction and fiction—are blind-reviewed so there should be no
author-identifying information in the text of the paper. Although the publication will be in English, we are also interested in texts in translation.

Submission guidelines for art works: Visual art submissions must be in digital format with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI and no smaller than 5 x 7 inches.

The submission deadline is February 12. Send submissions and queries to .

Please include a cover page with your name, departmental affiliation, expected degree and date, telephone number, and email address. We accept multiple submissions, but we ask that you place each submission in a different email message with the subject heading listing the relevant genre (e.g., “essay,” “fiction,” or “photography”).

For further information and to view previous issues of Anamesa, visit our website. Printed copies of Anamesa are available at the office for the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Humanities and Social Thought at 14 University Place.