Friday, April 22, 2011

Rethinking Autonomy & Art discussion 4/25 -- coordinated by a Draper student

Draperite Pam Nogales just alerted us to an event we thought would interest other Draper students: Rethinking Autonomy & Art: A discussion about the history and politics of artistic autonomy -- Monday April 25th at 7pm, Kimmel (more info below).

Pam is the East Coast Coordinator for the event sponsor --The Platypus Affiliated Society. The Society has chapters in Chicago, New York, Princeton, Boston, Toronto (CA), Kingston (CA) and Frankfurt (DE) as well as a monthly publication, The Platypus Review, which is open to submissions. They also host coffee breaks on the NYU campus on a weekly basis, and that info can be found here.

Rethinking Autonomy & Art
A discussion about the history & politics of artistic autonomy

Monday, April 25, 7pm
Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South. Room 908

The term 'autonomy' has crept into the lexicon of contemporary art discourse for reasons that are not self-evident. But there is a curious lack of historical consciousness. The aesthetic, social, and political implications of autonomy continue to haunt us, but, perhaps, only as farce. For the once restless non-identity between art and politics that Trotsky and Adorno attempted to register seems to have become one or another false reconciliation. This discussion will attempt to lay a groundwork for comprehending autonomy from a historical perspective. And thus it asks: Is art still a form of self-consciousness? Can it be so without the Left, whose historical mission was to bring the modern world to self-consciousness through overcoming capitalism?

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.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Draper Student Sarah Broderick Presents at Brooklyn College's Graduate English Conference (April 30)

Sarah Broderick, who will graduate this May, will be presenting her thesis, "Puncturing the Skin of a Nation: The (Re)presentation of the Black Vampire in Popular Film," as part of Brooklyn College's annual Graduate English Conference on April 30th.

Interested Draperites can attend the conference, which starts at 10:30 AM at the Woody Tanger Auditorium in the Brooklyn College Library and will run all day. Cyrus R.K. Patell (a professor in NYU's English Department) will give the keynote address.

Anamesa Proof-reading party 4/28!

Hey Draperites,

Now that selected pieces are in, edited and laid out, there's just one more step for this semester's issue of Anamesa: PROOF READING!

The proof reading party will be on Thursday, 4/28 in the Juan Carlos Reading Room (53 Washington Sq. South between Thompson and Sullivan) from 6PM to 10PM.

We know it's an extremely busy time right now, but all of us here at Anamesa want to say thank you to those of you who have been able to help out so far, and to for those of you looking for an opportunity to contribute to your student publication, come!

Good luck to everyone finishing up their various projects and papers,

The Anamesa Crew

Comp Lit Colloquium on Archives: April 22

Please join us for the April installment of the NYU Comparative Literature Colloquium Series
Friday, 4/22, from 3-5 p.m. in 19 University Place, room 222

"Staging Archives"

Professor Cristina Vatulescu,
Departments of Comparative Literature, Russian & Slavic Studies

"East European Secret Police Archives: Reading Dilemmas"


Professor Peter Nicholls,
Department of English

"Living with the George Oppen Archive"

Reception to follow.

Cristina Vatulescu received her Ph.D in Comparative Literature from Harvard in 2005 and came to NYU after a year as a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Her first book, Police Aesthetics: Literature, Film and The Secret Police, a study of the relationships between cultural and policing practices in twentieth century Eastern Europe, was recently published by Stanford University Press. Taking advantage of the partial opening of the secret police archives in Russia and Romania, Police Aesthetics focuses on their most infamous holdings-the personal files-as well as on the agency's less known involvement with cinema. Two articles stemming from this project, "Arresting Biographies: The Secret Police File in The Soviet Union and Romania," and "Politics of Estrangement: Tracking Shklovsky's Device in Literary and Policing Practices" have been published in Comparative Literature and Poetics Today. Vatulescu's current project is a crosscultural exploration of the interplay of documents and fictions in twentieth century literature, cinema, as well as in legal texts and practices.

Peter Nicholls has published widely on twentieth-century writing, with recent works including Modernisms: A Literary Guide (2nd ed. 2008) and George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism (2009). He is especially interested in connections between American and European poetry, and in the political and economic dimensions of literary texts. Nicholls arrived at NYU in 2009 after many years at the University of Sussex, where he was Professor of English and American Literature and editor of the journal Textual Practice.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Recycling and Reuse Program Paid Summer Internship

The Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling of the NYC Department of Sanitation is seeking up to six exceptional graduate interns for the following types of programmatic support for existing and new recycling and reuse programs:

· Fieldwork – accompany DSNY staff to potential sites to discuss programs, and complete site-specific paperwork

· Data entry – maintain records in an Access database on site visits, programmatic enrollments and daily program activities

· Public Education – develop and review content and graphics for administrative and educational materials related to programs

· Publicity – Interview and photograph individuals and businesses to document success stories in a case study format.

· Analysis – Document programmatic trends using basic descriptive statistics

· Supplementary Tasks – Interns may be asked to organize historical files on recycling program development and/or do ad-hoc research on other waste related topics as needed.

Students currently enrolled in a master’s level program, or exceptionally mature undergraduates, are eligible to apply. Recent graduates, including those graduating in May 2011, are ineligible to apply. A strong interest in the subject, a highly professional demeanor, and ability to work within a bureaucratic municipal agency structure are required for this position. Necessary skills include MS Word and MS Excel. Proficiency in MS Access, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, In-Design and/or ArcGIS are a plus. Must be available and willing to travel throughout the five boroughs on public transportation during business hours.

The position is paid and will begin in late May and run through the end of August. Interested applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter detailing experience and interest related to the qualifications listed above. The letter should specifically describe proficiency in the software products listed above. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed. Review of applications will begin immediately until the positions are filled. Applications should be addressed to Ms. Martina Rodriguez at with the word Summer Internship in the subject line. Please do not submit applications to any other email address than this. Applications submitted through other email addresses will not be considered.

Internships at The City Reliquary Museum Available

The City Reliquary Museum is a small community Museum in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that focuses on New York based ephemera, connecting our viewers with the past, through our visual collections and cabinet of curiosities. In the past the museum has hosted such diverse events as the Miss G Train Pageant, Show and Tell, Collectors Night, and the Queens Panoramic Challenge.

We are looking for interns to assist with the following a variety of tasks, not limited to but including museum funding and development, community outreach, and exhibitions. The internships will typically last from 3 - 6 months. Hours are flexible, but there is a minimum commitment of 10 hours a week.

Please contact Marissa for more information

Monday, April 18, 2011

Interpretations: Exhibition Practice (Columbia Symposium, 4/22)

M.S. in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at GSAPP + Domus present:

A daylong symposium at Columbia University that critically unpacks
the formative processes of recent architectural exhibitions.

Date: Friday 22 April, 2011, 11:00–18:00
Location: Wood Auditorium, Columbia University; New York, NY.
Free entrance

What is the purpose of architectural exhibitions? How are they produced?
It is widely recognized that exhibitions have been a fundamental platform for
the formulation, production, and dissemination of ideas within architecture;
and yet, the processes through which they are created often remain opaque.

Interpretations attempts to unpack specific examples of contemporary
architectural exhibitions, taking certain "reference exhibitions" as common
points of departure for a larger discussion about the complexities of
exhibition practice.

The symposium is structured around three exhibition categories, each
compromising one session: contextual, survey, and themed—using this
format as a tool to maintain a critically flexible, while still defined,
space for discussion.



Opening remarks
Mark Wigley
Interpretations Curatorial Team

Keynote Lecture
Beatriz Colomina

Kurt W. Forster
Commentary by: Joseph Grima and Ute Meta Bauer
Reference Exhibition: Ninth International Architecture Biennale in Venice.
Panel and Q&A moderated by Mark Wigley

Lunch Break

Barry Bergdoll
Commentary by: Keller Easterling and Damon Rich
Reference Exhibition: Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling.
Panel and Q&A moderated by Felicity D. Scott

Mirko Zardini
Commentary by: Sarah Herda and Tobi Maier
Reference Exhibition: Actions: What You Can Do With the City.
Panel and Q&A moderated by Mark Wasiuta

Closing remarks
Felicity D. Scott


Best regards,

Fernando Portal
Director de Diseño
Arquitecto, MArch.

56 (02) 664-0379
Joel Rodríguez 941 B
Santiago – Chile

MA Theses for May Grads Due Today!

Draper will be open until 6:00 PM today, Monday, April 18th, for students who are submitting their Master's theses for May graduation.

A MA Thesis Submission Checklist can be found here.
MA Thesis forms can be downloaded here.

Congrats (in advance) to all our May grads for finishing their thesis writing!

NYU Colloquium in American Lit & Culture: Revolutionary Allegory and the Burdens of Memory/ Fifty Years of Exilic “Returning” to Cuba (April 20)

Former Draper student Omar Miranda will be participating in this week's Colloquium in American Literature & Culture:

Emma Stapely (UPenn)

Strains of Compunction: Revolutionary Allegory and the Burdens of Memory in Susanna Rowson’s Charlotte Temple


Omar Miranda (NYU)

Beyond Memory and Dreams: Fifty Years of Exilic “Returning” to Cuba

Wednesday, April 20

13-19 University Place, Great Room

New York University

6:00 p.m.

All are welcome!

Refreshments will be served.

For more information: