Friday, January 28, 2011

CFP: AGLSP Conference - due May 1

Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP)


Source of Life and Strife: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Water
October 13‐15, 2011, Saratoga Springs, New York

Hosted by the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, Skidmore College
As one of the elements necessary to sustain life, water has played and continues to play a
paramount role in human existence. Artists—from painters to writers to dancers—have
drawn on images of water or its lack for inspiration. Native Americans of the Southwest
did rain dances to end droughts. Classical mythology abounds with figures associated with

Waterfalls from Niagara to IguazĂș to Yosemite to Victoria Falls inspire awe. Fountains
adorn our major cities, imitating the natural phenomenon of geysers. Wishing wells reveal
our innermost desires and fears, and rainbows are associated with good luck, pots of gold,
and covenants with the Deity.

Cities first arose along the banks of rivers or the shores of seas because of easy
communication and commerce. Canals, like the Suez, the Panama, and the Erie, have
facilitated travel, and dams provide hydroelectric power. Mineral baths and drinking water
from springs have created vacation sites and health spas. Glaciers and icebergs capture our
attention, as do clouds and fog.

Yet water has also served as an issue of conflict or has caused devastating cataclysms, as
Hurricane Katrina or the flooding in Pakistan so pointedly illustrate. In our contemporary
world, global climate change, acid rain, the overuse of fertilizers, seepage from refuse and
animal waste, industrial waste, oil spills, and human negligence all threaten the clean water
supply and thus imperil the existence of all living things.
Wars have been fought to secure access to fresh water or to shipping from seaports. The
British built an empire on their dominance of the sea, defeating other nations and gaining
access to faraway cultures and natural resources.

By bringing together voices from various disciplines, presenters at this conference will
highlight the harmony and dissonance inherent in water. Papers should be 20 minutes long
and presented, rather than read, to conference attendees. Please submit a 1‐2 page abstract
electronically to Sandy Welter at Skidmore College ( by May 1. Be
sure to write "AGLSP Submission" in the subject line.

Party Tonight! (Friday, 1/28)

Hi all,

We're back in business today and our party tonight is going ahead as planned. Details are below. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thursday, 1/27: NYU Closed Due to Weather

NYU will be closed today due to weather conditions, but should be open again for regular business tomorrow, Friday, January 28th.

Please check NYU's Information Alerts website for updates.

Enjoy the snow day!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

CFP: Literatures of Modernity Symposium, Ryerson (Due 2/5)

The Literatures of Modernity program at Ryerson University is extremely pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the Second Annual Literatures of Modernity Symposium, taking place on March 28, 2011.

"It is in its transitoriness that modernity shows itself to be ultimately and most intimately akin to antiquity," Walter Benjamin writes in The Arcades Project. For Adorno, modernity was a quality not a chronology. How is modernity related to temporality? How is modernity related to technology, identity, the city? What are some of the popular icons of modernity? This symposium invites proposals on any aspect of modernity as expressed in literature or culture. In addition to academic proposals, the committee welcomes proposals for creative projects including photography, painting, video, film or performance.

Submission Guidelines: Submit an abstract of 500 words plus works cited, along with a short biographical sketch in Word or as an RTF. For creative submissions, include low-resolution scans or send us links.

For queries and submissions:

Deadline for Submissions: February 5, 2011

Best Regards,

Leila Meshgini

Literatures of Modernity Symposium
Ryerson University

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The NYC Rare Book & Manuscript Workshop

Free Events, Limited Space: RSVP!

Spring 2011 Schedule

The NYC Rare Book and Manuscript Workshop is a multi-institutional, hands-on workshop that provides students with a rare opportunity to learn about the collections at libraries and institutions throughout the New York area, and to meet with nationally recognized curators and librarians. Students can attend individual sessions or the entire series. The workshop is free of charge, but space is extremely limited and reservations will be required. To sign up, email Further details about signing up for these events can be found below.

Session 7: February 21, 2010, 4-6pm, at NYPL

Isaac Gewirtz, Curator, Berg Collection, NYPL

Modern Literary Manuscripts Workshop

Isaac Gewirtz will lead a session on Modern Literary Manuscripts, drawing on examples fromthe

Berg Collection, to instruct students in understanding the inception and evolution of literary texts from their earliest manifestations in author correspondence, diaries, and notebooks, through rough drafts, typescripts, galleys, and various printed editions. Authors included will be Virginia Woolf, TS Eliot, Jack Kerouac, and Saul Bellow.

Session 8: February 28, 2011, 4-6pm, at the Morgan Library

Declan Kiely, Robert H. Taylor Curator & Clara Drummond, Assistant Curator, Morgan Library

Using Modern Literary Archives

Declan Kiely & Clara Drummond will conduct a session on using manuscripts and letters by modern writers, instructing students on the arrangement and description of archival collections and effective methods of archival research. The focus of this session will be the Morgan Library’s PARIS REVIEW ARCHIVE, which contains correspondence, manuscripts and typescripts (interviews, fiction, and poetry), revised galley and page proofs, photographs, and audio recordings. The Archive also includes records relating to editorial, production, and business matters, and other records of the international literary journal from its founding in 1953 through 2003. The Archive documents author submissions, the collaboration between interviewer and interviewee that lies behind the journal’s renowned Art of Fiction/Art of Poetry interviews, and the decisions made in producing each issue, as well as the careers of its staff and many of the most important twentieth-century writers and artists who contributed to the Paris Review.

Session 9: March 14, 2011, 4:00-6:00pm, Fales Special Collections Library, NYU

Marvin J. Taylor, Director, Fales Library and Special Collection and founding curator of the

Downtown New York Collection at New York University

“Who’s Scene Is It, Anyway?”: Curators, Scholars, and the Fields of Cultural Production.

In 1994, Taylor began to document the artistic movements that exploded all over downtown NYC during the 1970s and 1980s. This scene gave birth to punk rock, performance art, installation art, postmodern dance, experimental literature, video art, No Wave film, New Wave, and a host of other experiments in art and life. The downtown collection at Fales comprises over 12,000 linear feet of archives, 15,000 printed items, 28,000 video recordings, 30,000 audio recordings, and 8,000 film elements. Some collections include the papers of Richard Hell, David Wojnarowicz, Lynne Tillman, Gary Indiana, Richard Foreman, Martha Wilson, and the archives of Group Material, The Judson Memorial Church, A.I.R. Gallery, Creative Time, Artists Space, Paper Tiger Television. Taylor will discuss how to do research into a “scene” using archives and other sources, including interviews and oral histories. He will address questions such as: how do scenes develop? Who “owns” them? Why do they disappear? How and/or can they be archived? What is the relationship curators and scholars to a scene? Useful texts to consult before the workshop are The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984 (Princeton UP, 2006) and Pierre Bourdieu’s The Field of Cultural Production.

Session 10: March 28, 2010, 2:30-4:30pm, The New York Historical Society

Henry Raine, Director of Digital Programs, New-York Historical Society

Ephemera as Primary Sources for Scholarship

This session will provide an overview of the different types of ephemera and discuss their potential research value in the broader context of the New-York Historical Society’s collections of books, pamphlets, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, prints, photographs, and architectural materials relating to the history of New York and the United States. Highlights will be shown from the library’s collections of broadsides, song sheets, hotel and apartment files, menus, almanacs, and business and advertising ephemera, providing an overview of the institution’s vast and varied collections of ephemera. Also covered will be the challenges of managing ephemera collections in libraries, and strategies that researchers can use to identify and access ephemera holdings at other institutions.

Session 11, April 18, 2011, 4-6pm, The Grolier Club

Eric Holzenberg, Director, and J. Fernando Pena, Librarian, the Grolier Club of New York

Book Collecting and the Antiquarian Book Trade in Support of Scholarship

Drawing on the Grolier Club’s holdings of books, manuscripts and archives relating to private collecting and the antiquarian book trade, the session will explore the significant dual roles of the bibliophile and the book dealer over time in the development of institutional libraries and the support of scholarship generally. The session will cover book catalogues of all types, their history and evolving use; the agency of the private collector from the 15th century to the present in defining and shaping fields of research; and the development of the antiquarian book dealer as a partner in that endeavor.

To sign up: Send an e-mail to letting us know which event or events you'd like to attend. Sign up for as many sessions as you like. Because of the limited space, we ask that you only sign up for events that you are actually prepared to attend. A waiting list will be maintained.

Please feel free to contact one of the NYU coordinators with any questions at We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Another Anamesa opportunity

Join Anamesa!

Come to the Spring 2011 kick-off meeting to meet your fellow graduate students and learn how you can get involved:

Thursday, January 27th at 6:30-9:30pm
King Juan Carlos Center, Reading Room

Anamesa, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary anthology of graduate student work, is published twice yearly, and based out of NYU's John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Humanities and Social Thought and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The journal has just wrapped up its last issue, titled Intersections, and is keen on moving forward in a big way: more submissions, more editorial input from everyone, more art, more design, and more fun. Anamesa is one of the few graduate student forums in the country that not only engages with issues of transdisciplinarity, but produces a printed product.
Volunteering for Anamesa is not a tremendous time commitment, but it is a community of highly motivated editors who are passionate about publishing. And we need new staff members at all levels of the organization:

• article editors
• selection committee members
• proofreaders and copy editors
• editors for our online version
• layout and design
• publicity

Interested? Be sure to come by the general meeting on Thursday, January 27th at 6:30-9:30pm in the Reading Room of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center. If you have any questions before the meeting, feel free to contact the senior editorial staff at You can also learn more about the journal and read our latest issue at, and be sure to fan us on Facebook.
See you then!

Julie Baumgardner, editor-in-chief
Alex Ponamareff-editorial director
Greg Wersching- managing editor
Phil Arnone, Louis Gulino, Nick Gutierrez & Christine Olson- Senior Editors

Calling for Anamesa Spring 2011 Submissions!

Spring 2011 Issue of Anamesa

Anamesa, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal of graduate student writing and art based at
New York University, is now accepting submissions for its Spring 2011 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 18th. Send submissions and queries to Please include in the body of the email: 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”). All works MUST be produced by members of the graduate community (student
or faculty) and failure to disclose university affiliation will result in the rejection of your

For further information and to view previous issues of Anamesa, visit
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.

GSAS 125th Birthday Bash (Free Drinks/Snacks), Tomorrow: 1/25

Please join in the celebration of the 125th Year of the Graduate School of Arts and Science

Start the Spring Semester off with a Bash

The GSAS 125th Birthday Bash
Tuesday, January 25th

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Eight Mile Creek
240 Mulberry Street between Prince and Spring Streets

Join the Graduate School of Arts and Science in celebrating 125 years of excellence in graduate education on 1/25. It happens also to be Australia Day. Join your Australian Dean, Malcolm Semple in celebration of both festive occasions at a local Aussie venue, Eight Mile Creek. We are happy to offer two drink tickets and appetizers. There will be a cash bar available throughout the event. Space is limited. To RSVP send an email with your name and the name of the event

Scholarship Recipients: Please Submit Your Award Info!

The Office of Academic and Student Life is currently assembling the list of students who are currently receiving fellowships and awards during this academic year (2010-2011) for the
Spring 2011 edition of On the Square, a newsletter produced to celebrate the accomplishments of GSAS students. If you have received a fellowship or award for the current academic year and would like to have your name included in the newsletter, please send me your full name, the name of the foundation or organization providing your scholarship, and the title of the scholarship (if there is one).

If you would rather not be included in the newsletter, but would be willing to share your scholarship information with me for Draper's annual report for the Deans' Office, that would also be greatly appreciated.

Please feel free to be in touch if you have questions or concerns.

Wojnarowicz Screening & Panel, Co-Organized by Draper Student: Feb. 1

(David Wojnarowicz Photographed by Peter Hujar)

Draper student Emily Colucci has co-organized an upcoming event with Performance Studies, which will include a screening of David Wojnarowicz's film "A Fire in My Belly" and a panel discussion. Draper students are invited to attend the event and the following reception. More details are below.


Performance Studies Lecture Series in conjunction with the Draper Program Presents

A Fire in Our Belly: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Tuesday February 1st, 7-9pm

721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Room 612 With Marvin Taylor, Thomas Crow, Karen Finley and Leon Hilton

Artist David Wojnarowicz’s archives are housed at Fales Library and Special Collections on the third floor of Bobst Library at NYU, and the film ‘A Fire in My Belly,’ an edited version of which the National Portrait Gallery removed from its exhibition ‘Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,’ was on loan from Fales.

This event brings together members of the NYU community to address the myriad and ongoing issues raised by the censoring of this important work.

Reception to follow

Please visit our Facebook event listing to RSVP:!/event.php?eid=183963461625645