Tuesday, December 20, 2011

UVic Cultural, Social and Political Thought CFP

n/coherence: expression, translation, violence
Cultural Social and Political Thought Conference
University of Victoria: April 21-22, 2012

The Cultural, Social, and Political Thought program at the University of Victoria is pleased to announce a call for papers and projects for our annual graduate conference on April 21-22, 2012. The title of this year’s conference is in/coherence: expression, translation, violence. Thematic workshops will feature keynote speakers and student submissions (papers, performances, art pieces). This interdisciplinary conference seeks to engage in/coherence in social, cultural and political discourses, especially with respect to contemporary events.

Dynamics of expression, translation and violence in current contexts present opportunities for discussing in/coherence. As an interpretive thematic, in/coherence can be explored in ways that destabilize the binary reduction of “coherence versus incoherence”. How does in/coherence function politically, socially and culturally in contemporary arenas? Actions viewed as “incoherent” are frequently disregarded as illegitimate, yet claims of “coherent” actions are equally problematic. In response to recent expressions of dissent, a common insistence for actors to “bear reasonable witness” to their choices has illuminated the hegemonic scope of legitimacy. How do both demands and rejections of coherence complicate notions of incoherence (and vice versa)? Discussing in/coherence in these ways has potential ramifications for discussions around citizenship, postcolonialism, democracy, resistance, identity, liberal normativism, gender, nationalism, biopolitics, indigeneity, aesthetics, multiculturalism, the urban, language, globalization, critical theory, posthumanism, and capitalism, among others. We invite participants to submit original projects and aim to foster dynamic debate of these themes.
The conference will offer four workshops through which to approach these issues:

Narratives form horizons of consciousness: while they open up some ways of relating, they simultaneously close off the possibility of others. Proposals around this theme explore how the norms of “good,” i.e. coherent, narrative correspond to the dominant ideologies of our time (capitalism, neoliberalism, colonialism and so on). We also look for contributions that address the possibilities for new genres and narratives to reject the norms of efficiency and coherence.

Is the material synonymous with the concrete? Can materiality be understood outside of language? Contributions to this workshop might consider the irreducible number of determinations (linguistic, topographical, concrete, etc.) that come into play in discussions of materiality.

We are often told that a coherent notion of space and time, and conceptualizations thereof, are fundamentally imbricated in our ability to identify and make ourselves. Homelands and histories are presupposed as the fundamental conditions under which our being together is made and understood. We invite proposals which seek to describe, interrogate and trouble considerations of spaces and times (or spatiotemporalities) imagined as coherent or incoherent, and to call into question the rationalities that mobilize such discourses.

The clean lines and binary choices presented by contemporary technology give the strong impression of clarity, control, and coherence, but under the surface lurk power failures, code exploits, and unexpected mutations. In this spirit, proposals to this workshop might, among other aims, interrogate the in/coherent character of key technologies – questioning the reasons for their design, the way that they function, and the effects that they have on their users – interrogations that may demonstrate that an in/coherent logic informs the algorithmic operation of technology.

Please submit project proposals between 250-500 words (with expression of interest in one of the four workshops) to in.coherence2012@gmail.com by January 30th, 2012.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Extended Deadline: NYU CALC "Networked New York," Mar. 9, 2012 (deadline Jan. 5)

"Networked New York" - call for papers

The Colloquium in American Literature and Culture at New York University invites proposals for our 2012 spring conference, "Networked New York." This symposium will take place on Friday, March 9, 2012, and will feature a keynote address by Marvin Taylor, Director of Fales Library & Special Collections and founder of the Downtown New York Collection.

We envision this conference as a forum for examining systems of interrelation among writers and artists who live, work, commune, and clash in New York City, whether physical New York (the city's buildings, streetscapes, neighborhoods), digitized New York (its blogs, websites, tweets), or institutional New York (its libraries, archives, museums). We aim to enable discussion about literary, artistic, and intellectual coteries in New York – past and present – and to consider the influence of such communities on the cultural production the city generates as well as on the city itself. To these ends, we hope to include papers from a range of historical and disciplinary contexts.

Our keynote panel will probe the specific concerns that the geographies and institutional landscapes of New York City bring to bear on archives and collecting in both contemporary and historical contexts. To this end, we also seek papers that may address similar subjects, particularly radical archives in New York and/or key strategies for making and using contemporary archives in the city. How does one address the archival presence or absence of certain communities or spaces in New York City?

Other potential paper topics include but are not limited to explorations of the following:

- Neighborhood dynamics and artistic communities

- Collaborations among artists, writers, readers, viewers

- Circulation of ideas and materials

- New York street life and material culture

- Urban space and identity

- Sites, scenes, and modes of interaction

- Digital media and the city

Please send a brief CV and abstract, 300-500 words in length, to Annie Abrams and Blevin Shelnutt atnyucalc@gmail.com by January 5, 2012. Please direct any questions about the conference to this address.

Draper and Anamesa parties this Friday, 12/16!

Once more, with feeling!
Please Join the Draper Master's Program for our Year-End Celebration
Friday, December 16
Starting at 5:00 PM
14 University Place, 1st Floor

There will be food, drink, and good cheer. We hope to see you there!

If you know your plans, RSVPs are much appreciated: draper.program@nyu.edu

Don't forget about the Anamesa Launch Party!

Friday, December 16, 8pm-10pm
Peculier Pub, 145 Bleeker St.
Anamesa will cover your first 2 drinks

The editors look forward to celebrating the new issue with you!

Thesis Submission & Thesis Topic Approval Due Today, 12/16

A friendly reminder to Draperites!

If you're planning on graduating in January, you must turn in your thesis (and corresponding paperwork) by 5pm today, 12/16. When you come in, please deliver it directly to the front-desk.

If you're planning on graduating in May, you'll want to hand in your thesis topic approval form this Friday as well. Simply leave it in Robert's box (bottom left hand corner of the wooden mailboxes behind my desk). We will email you when it's been approved.

Contact our offices if you have any questions.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Museum Studies Course, Spring '12

As with the recently posted English courses, below is a Museum Studies course that still has space and is welcoming Draper students. The course is NOT crosslisted.

To register, please email Museum Studies at museum.studies@nyu.edu.


(Class # 1858)

4 points

Instructor – Dr. Haidy Geismar

Wednesday, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

240 Greene Street, Room 410

This course takes as its starting point the importance of museums and collecting in the foundational period of the discipline of anthropology and traces the role that ‘cultural objects’ have had in thinking about cultural difference, and within cultural analysis before analyzing what tropes and styles are entailed within cultural representation and the representation of culture. We will also examine the role of museums as sites of fieldwork and as generators of research methodologies focused on material culture. We will investigate the history and nature of the anthropology collections, as well as thinking through the forms of knowledge engendered by artifacts and the kinds of collaborative practices that emerge in contemporary ethnographic museums. Other topics will include global trends in the emergence of new museums of culture, cultures of dealing and collection, the place of anthropological collections in art museums (and vice versa), the diverse relationships between museums and “source” communities, and the multiple contemporary forms of repatriation.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Foucault Society Colloquium: Wednesday, 12/14

The Foucault Society, NYC
2011 Colloquium Series: New Research in Foucault Studies

Our popular Colloquium Series continues next week! We are delighted to invite you to another evening of critical dialogue and light refreshment. Join the discussion, celebrate the end of the semester and find out how you can help shape the Foucault Society's agenda for 2012. All are welcome.

Dominique E. Johnson, Ph.D.

"Critical Dilemmas and Methodological Regimes: Toward a Genealogy of an Empirical Borderland"

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5409
New York, NY

This paper engages in a Foucaultian critique of quantitative methodologies. Situating Foucault's discussions of the carceral society and regimes of verification in the context of work by Patricia Hill Collins and Sandra Harding, I examine the dilemmas that emerge when using critical theory to frame quantitative social research. The paper looks carefully at the silencing of intersectional identities that often occurs when quantitative data is used for the construction, maintenance and representation of social identities, and argues that these dilemmas challenge us to expand our conceptualizations of what it is to do quantitative research, particularly for intersectional analysis. Engaging both the risks and opportunities that arise from seeking to enter the quantitative matrix, the paper concludes by considering the various implications of living and working in the empirical borderlands while making a critical intervention into existing methodological regimes.

Speaker bio:
Dominique Johnson (Ph.D., Urban Education, Temple University) is Assistant Professor of Law and Society and a member of the Women and Gender Studies convening group in the School of Social Science and Human Services at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Dr. Johnson is currently the Chair of the American Democracy Project at Ramapo College.

About the Colloquium Series:
The Foucault Society's Colloquium Series provides a forum for new research and works-in-progress, and offers an opportunity for both junior and senior scholars to share new work with a friendly and supportive audience of colleagues.

Open to the public. All are welcome. We will have wine and snacks. Suggested donation: $5.

RSVPs are appreciated. E-mail: foucaultsocietyorg@gmail.com.

**As part of our ongoing fundraiser, we will have hardcover copies of Foucault's book, The Government of Self and Others: Lectures at the College de France, 1982-1983 (Palgrave, 2010), available for purchase.**

About the Foucault Society:
The Foucault Society is an independent, nonprofit educational organization offering a variety of forums dedicated to the critical study of the ideas of Michel Foucault (1926-1984). All of our events are open to the public. We welcome new participants who have an interest in Foucault's work and its impact on diverse areas of inquiry, including critical social theory, philosophy, politics, history, culture, gender/sexuality studies, and the arts.

Website: www.foucaultsociety.org

Twitter: @foucaultsociety

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/foucaultsociety/

E-mail: foucaultsocietyorg@gmail.com

For directions to the CUNY Graduate Center, please see: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/About-the-GC/Building-Particulars/Building-Access.

Open English Courses of Potential Interest

The following English classes have room and are open/welcoming to Draper students. Please contact the department if you're interested in registering.


Professor Carolyn Dinshaw

This course has twin objectives, one building on the other:
First, it will explore the emerging field of ecocriticism by reading works of philosophy, history, political theory, environmental studies, cultural studies, and literary criticism and theory. Readings will include works by Martin Heidegger, Raymond Williams, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Timothy Morton, Bruno Latour, Jane Bennett, Arne Naess, Cary Wolfe, and Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands and Bruce Erickson.
Second, it will consider some (mostly late) medieval English texts with an eye focused by this ecocritical reading. In the medieval texts we will necessarily engage some conventional topoi (the goddess Natura, the Former Age, earthly paradise, New Jerusalem, etc.), discover modes of interdependence between the human and the non-human, and consider hybrid forms of life. Readings will include De Planctu Natura (The Complaint of Nature), The Book of John Mandeville, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and the Parliament of Fowls.

Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment in Britain
Visiting Professor Henry Abelove

In this course we will focus on a set of closely related British non-fiction prose works of the middle to late eighteenth century, especially as they treat empire, sexuality, and religiosity. Our approach will include both formal and historical analysis. Several short papers will be required; a research paper will be optional. Principal readings will be drawn from David Hume’s ethical writings, Jonathan Swift’s writings on British imperialism in Ireland, Samuel Johnson’s Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, James Boswell’s London Journal, Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, John Wesley’s Sermons and Journals, and Edmund Burke’s Letter to a Noble Lord and his parliamentary speeches on British imperialism in India. Class meetings will be discussion-based.
Students will be expected to acquire these four paperback books: Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and Journal of A Tour to the Hebrides, ed. Peter Levi, Penguin English Classics; Edward Gibbon, History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, ed. Womersley, Penguin Classics; James Boswell, Boswell’s London Journal, 1762-1763, ed. Pottle, Yale University Press; Edmund Burke, On Empire, Liberty, and Reform: Edmund Burke’s Speeches and Letters, ed. Bromwich, Yale University Press.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Draper Student Profile: Angela Leroux-Lindsey

Angela Answers the Draper Dozen
1. When did you start at Draper?
Fall 2010.

2. Are you a full or part-time student?
Part-time; I work full-time at NYU to subsidize my MA tuition.
3. Where are you from?
I grew up just outside of Boston.
4. What are your primary research interests?
Science studies and its intersections with lit theory.
5. Why did you choose to pursue an interdisciplinary degree at Draper?
My interests are sort of widespread, and I wanted a program that would allow me to explore the connecting threads of what could be considered disparate fields.
6. What do you plan to do after Draper?
I’m not sure yet.
7. Do you have any special activities or projects outside of your academic work?
I’m the editor of a literary magazine, as well as for an independent publishing company; I’m also a freelance writer.
8. How does living and studying in New York impact your educational experience?
The access to so many intellectual and artistic outlets—from the NYPL to the Bowery Poetry Club to the World Science Festival—is intoxicating, and really inspires me to participate in events and projects outside of NYU, which in turn inform my academic work.
9. Is there any one place (museum, library, shop, park, etc.) in New York that is your favorite? Why?
That’s an impossible question, ha! I love Central Park, and the Frick, and the Strand, but would have to say that listening to live music or a poetry reading in the East Village is my favorite “place” in the city. Working full-time and being in school can be a hectic schedule, and occasionally it’s a relief to sit, have a drink, and let my mind do nothing but enjoy what’s happening around me.
10. Coffee or tea?
11. Are you a fan and/or user of social media? Why or why not?
Sure, I think social media is an easy, effective, and fun way to connect. I use Facebook, I blog.
12. What was the last book you read for fun (not for class or research)?
The Pale King by David Foster Wallace. Also—if I can plug—Instructions for Killing the Jackal by Erica Wright is phenomenal.
13. If you were not in academia, what would you be doing?
I think being a nature photographer would be pretty awesome.

Submit Your Resume for Wasserman's Class of 2012 Resume Book

Class of 2012 Resume Book Collection
December 12 - January 26, 2012

Graduation will be here before you know it! The early stages of your job search should begin now. Beginning Monday, December 12 - Thursday, January 26 at 3pm, the Wasserman Center for Career Development will collect resumes for theClass of 2012 Resume Books. These books will be distributed to hundreds of employers in industries such as finance, marketing, engineering and technology, advertising, public relations, entertainment, health care, consulting, non-profit, government, education, real estate and many more. and serve as one source for recruiting Class of 2012 graduates.

To be eligible to participate:

- Be officially recognized by the University as receiving an academic degree (Bachelor, Master or PhD) in January, May or September 2012 (certificate candidates, MBAs and Law students are NOT eligible).

- Get your resume critiqued and signed off on by the Wasserman Center of NYU-Poly Career Center staff before the deadline. Click here for the Wasserman walk in hours schedule. Click here for the NYU-Poly walk in hours schedule. This must take place even if a counselor has looked at your resume in the past.


The John Brademas Center’s Congressional Internship Program

Per the NYU Minute newsletter:

John Brademas Center’s Congressional Internship Program

The John Brademas Center Congressional Internship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students with an in-depth look at the U.S. Congress, and gives them an outstanding opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the field of politics and policymaking at the federal level. The program is an eight- to 10-week paid internship that runs during the summer, and students are placed in the office of a Member of Congress in Washington, D.C., to work on research projects under the supervision of faculty. For more information and the application, visit this website.

Asian American Comics in a "Post-Race" Era, 12/20

NYPL librarian Raymond Pun invites all Draperites to the following event!

Program: Asian American Comics in a "Post-Race" Era
Tuesday, December 20th, 1:15-3 pm
in the South Court Auditorium in the NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
42nd St and 5th Ave

More info here:

Teach-In on Immigrant Rights, 12/11

December 11
Noon - 4:00 PM
61 Broadway at Wall Street (PSC-CUNY Building)
Lunch Provided / Spanish Translation

The IWJC [http://www.nycga.net/groups/immigrant-worker-justice] is hosting a teach-in on Sunday, Dec 11 that is open to the public. Although immigrants’ and immigrant workers’ rights have been emphasized in protests on the West Coast, these issues and populations have been less attended to in this area. The teach-ins will present an opportunity for people interested in these issues to hear from members of workers' centers, immigrant community groups, and non-traditional labor organizations. Students interested in popular education styles would particularly enjoy themselves.

Internship at Scenarios USA

Event Planning and Development Intern


The Event Planning and Development Intern will work under the supervision of and in close partnership with the Director of Development and the Database Manager. The Event Planning and Development Intern will assist in achieving major development department goals: assist in the management of 2011 REAL DEAL Awards and Gala logistics and work with the Database Manager to develop the resources in Convio Common Ground including input and tracking for the event and foundations/corporations cultivation as well as other database tasks.

The Event Planning and Development Intern is a leading contributor to Scenarios USA program development and Scenarios USA seeks a passionate and persuasive representative of the organization and its mission. Scenarios USA is a small but very accomplished organization. This position will provide a great deal of experience in event planning and development to a responsible and ambitious candidate.


Event Planning (75%)

· Assist with production of event journal

· Prepare correspondence: edits, proofreads, and formats reports, documents, etc.

· Research topics as needed for gala

· Assist in the planning and execution of logistics surrounding our annual gala

· Create, organize and maintain program and event files as needed

· Field telephone calls and emails about gala as needed

· Ensure that internal follow-up is completed; assist with follow-up to donors and volunteers

· Enter information into and help manage database

General Development/Database Maintenance (25%)

  • Assist in the tracking and entering of event donor information
  • Keep track of event donations
  • Make copies, collate, and distribute materials
  • Organize information in electronic and hard copy files

Reports to: Director of Development

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Start Date: ASAP

Hours: 3 days per week – hours flexible

Compensation: lunch and transportation reimbursed


· Bachelor’s degree

· Superior organizational skills, attention to detail

· Excellent interpersonal and communications skills; ability to interact effectively with a range of stakeholders.

· Fluent English

· Experience in a professional environment

· Experience in supporting program, conference, and/or event planning preferred

· Demonstrated proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, internet research, email, and file management (prefer Microsoft Office Suite); experience with Constant Contact and/or fundraising software preferred

· Commitment to the mission of Scenarios USA

To apply:

Send cover letter and resume by December 18th, no calls please.

By email: denise@scenariosusa.org

Subject line: Event Planning and Development Intern

By mail: Event Planning and Development Intern Search

Scenarios USA

80 Hanson Place, Suite 305

Brooklyn, New York 11217

Scenarios USA seeks to hire staff who reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.

Equal Opportunity Employer: This position will be filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

About Scenarios USA:

Scenarios USA believes that by valuing youth and investing in their stories, we can strengthen academic achievement, promote civic engagement, and support young people in becoming responsible and healthy individuals. Every aspect of the Scenarios USA program – from the classroom discussion and reflection to the script-writing contest, to the film production, to the public speaking engagements – is a two-way street that gives young people the power to work as full partners with teachers, professional filmmakers, and community and youth advocates. This formula has been proven effective in our program evaluation, and we are proud that The Ford Foundation, our top funder, continues to cite Scenarios USA as a model in the fields of education, youth development and adolescent health. For more information: http://www.scenariosusa.org

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

NETWORKED NY CONFERENCE- Abstracts due 12/15

The Colloquium in American Literature and Culture at New York University invites paper proposals for our 2012 spring conference, "Networked New York." This symposium will take place on Friday, March 9, 2012.

We envision this conference as a forum for examining systems of interrelation among writers and artists who live, work, commune, and clash in New York City, whether physical New York (the city's buildings, streetscapes, neighborhoods), digitized New York (its blogs, websites, tweets), or institutional New York (its libraries, archives, museums). We aim to enable discussion about literary, artistic, and intellectual coteries in New York - both historic and contemporary - and to consider the influence of such communities on the cultural production the city generates as well as on the city itself. To these ends, we hope to include papers from a range of historical and disciplinary contexts. Potential paper topics include but are not limited to explorations of the following:

- Neighborhood dynamics and artistic communities
- Collaborations among artists, writers, readers, viewers
- Circulation of ideas and materials
- New York street life and material culture
- Urban space and identity
- Sites, scenes, and modes of interaction
- Digital media and the city

Please send a brief CV and abstract, 300-500 words in length, to Annie Abrams and Blevin Shelnutt at nyucalc@gmail.com by December 15, 2011. Please direct any questions about the conference to this address.

Triple Canopy: Annual Call for Proposals from Artists & Writers

Triple Canopy is pleased to announce its third annual call for proposals. Commissions will be considered under six project areas and published in the course of the next year. Artistic, editorial, and technical staff will work closely with contributors as they develop the best approach to realizing their projects on the Web, from the conceptual phase to the design and technological production.

Recipients receive:

• Three to six months of artistic, editorial, and technical support 

• Honorarium of up to $300 as well as material costs 

• Opportunity to present the project to an audience in the form of a reading, workshop, or discussion 

• Opportunity for inclusion in our annual print publication, Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy, as well as our ongoing broadsheet series 

• Archiving and long-term maintenance of the final project by technical staff

Triple Canopy welcomes artist projects that treat the Internet as a medium and seek to develop ideas that engage with—but reach beyond—its specific qualities and attendant modes of readership and viewership; artful reporting, intelligible philosophizing, distinctive fictionalizing and the like. Because of Triple Canopy's unique interface we encourage writers not to be bound by the standard styles of magazine, art, and academic writing.

Applications are due by midnight on Monday, February 13, 2012. Applicants will be notified by March 1 whether their proposals have reached the second round of review. Commission recipients will be announced on April 3. Projects will be developed in collaboration with Triple Canopy for publication in the online magazine (or live presentation in New York) between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

View our submission guidelines »

View past commission recipients »

Triple Canopy is an online magazine, workspace, and platform for editorial and curatorial activities. Working collaboratively with writers, artists, and researchers, Triple Canopy facilitates projects that engage the Internet's specific characteristics as a public forum and as a medium, one with its own evolving practices of reading and viewing, economies of attention, and modes of interaction. In doing so, Triple Canopy is charting an expanded field of publication, drawing on the history of print culture while acting as a hub for the exploration of emerging forms and the public spaces constituted around them. Triple Canopy is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

Triple Canopy gratefully acknowledges The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, The Buddy Taub Foundation, CEC ArtsLink, Chamber Music America, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Experimental TV Center, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Council for the Humanities, New York State Council on the Arts, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, and the Orphiflamme Foundation, as well as the many individuals and in-kind contributors who have generously given their support.

What is the Occupy Movement? pt. 2 - 12/9, 7pm

What is the Occupy Movement? pt. 2

Friday 7pm | December 09, 2011
NYU Kimmel Center (Room 905/907) | 60 Washington Square S., NYC

Speakers: Hannah Appel (OWS Think Tank Working Group), Brian Dominick (Z Media Institute), David Graeber (Author, Debt: The First 5000 Years), Erik Van Deventer (NYU), Nathan Schneider (Waging Nonviolence)

The recent #Occupy protests are driven by discontent with the present state of affairs: glaring economic inequality, dead-end Democratic Party politics, and, for some, the suspicion that capitalism could never produce an equitable society. These concerns are coupled with aspirations for social transformation at an international level. For many, the protests at Wall St. and elsewhere provide an avenue to raise questions the Left has long fallen silent on:

What would it mean to challenge capitalism on a global scale?
How could we begin to overcome social conditions that adversely affect every part of life?
And, how could a new international radical movement address these concerns in practice?

Although participants at Occupy Wall St. have managed thus far to organize resources for their own daily needs, legal services, health services, sleeping arrangements, food supplies, defense against police brutality, and a consistent media presence, these pragmatic concerns have taken precedent over long-term goals of the movement. Where can participants of this protest engage in formulating, debating, and questioning the ends of this movement? How can it affect the greater society beyond the occupied spaces?

We in the Platypus Affiliated Society ask participants and interested observers of the #Occupy movement to consider the possibility that political disagreement could lead to clarification, further development and direction. Only when we are able create an active culture of thinking and debating on the Left without it proving prematurely divisive can we begin to imagine a Leftist politics adequate to the historical possibilities of our moment. We may not know what these possibilities for transformation are. This is why we think it is imperative to create avenues of engagement that will support these efforts.

Towards this goal, Platypus will be hosting a series of roundtable discussions with organizers and participants of the #Occupy movement. These will start at campuses in New York and Chicago but will be moving to other North American cities, and to London, Germany, and Greece in the months to come. We welcome any and all who would like to be a part of this project of self-education and potential rebuilding of the Left to join us in advancing this critical moment.

The Platypus Affiliated Society
October 2011

The Platypus Affiliated Society, established in December 2006, organizes reading groups, public fora, research and journalism focused on problems and tasks inherited from the “Old” (1920s-30s), “New” (1960s-70s) and post-political (1980s-90s) Left for the possibilities of emancipatory politics today.

newyork.platypus1917.org | www.platypus1917.org

Monday, December 5, 2011

Call for Papers: Thinking Through Collapse (Due this Wednesday, Dec. 7)

Please note the deadline for submission is this Wednesday: December 7th.

Thinking Through Collapse

Friday, March 23, 2012

In the past year we have been confronted with many sites of present and impending collapse: the collapse of oppressive regimes in the Arab world, a global economy pushed to its limits, our own political system in paralysis, the teetering of the fourth estate, continuing environmental collapse and so on. In each of these sites, visions of apocalypse exist alongside those of renewal, inviting the imagination of new forms of organization and sustainability. In the academy, they are prompting new interdisciplinary assessments of the conditions – historical, social, political, economic, cultural, technological – that have brought us to these limits, and are forcing the question: where might we go from here?

In light of the above, the 2012 Neil Postman Graduate Conference takes Thinking Through Collapse as its theme. We hereby invite faculty, masters students and doctoral candidates whose work touches on questions of limits, collapse and renewal across disciplines to submit proposals for our spring conference.

Email mcc.events@nyu.edu ("call for papers" in the subject line) with a 300 word abstract of scholarly or artistic work widely related to the conference theme.