Friday, June 3, 2011

Current Students Needed for Upcoming Open House: 6/16

Each summer, Draper hosts Open Houses for prospective students and applicants. These are densely-attended events at which we explain the program and our degree to prospective students. Draper's administration and faculty can provide a great deal of information about the program, but many prospectives are also eager to speak directly with current students.

We'll host our second Open House on Thursday, June 16 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM. It's our hope to have current students on hand to speak to Open House attendees before and after the formal presentation, which will start at 6:15 and last about 45 minutes. If you would be free to join us, it would be a great help to us and the prospective students. You would just be asked to field basic questions about your experience at Draper and NYU--typically, applicants want to know about class size, interactions with professors, social/scholarly involvement in the Draper community, etc. We'll be happy to offer gift certificates to the NYU bookstore for those who are able to attend.

Thanks in advance--email if you have any questions or are able to attend.

June Summer Happy Hour with the Master's College: 6/10

GSAS Master's College Program Board June Summer Happy Hour:
Friday, June 10th
from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Let's get the summer started off right. The GSAS Master's College Program Board
is hosting a Summer Happy Hour at Murphy & Gonzalez. Guests receive two drink
tickets and free appetizers. Friday, June 10th from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm. To
register send an email with your name and the name of the event to

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Gradhacker! A collaborative blog by and for grad students

We wanted to share with you a brand new blog -- Gradhacker -- that already has a great collection of articles over a range of topics. From the site:

GradHacker is a collaborative blog and bootcamp program that spans universities and programs. It is written by graduate students from a variety of universities, departments, and stages in their careers and for the entire range of graduate and professional students. We are dedicated to creating a community of grads who can benefit from hearing the stories, tips, and challenges of others who are experiencing the same things.

You can read, comment, or write for them. Check it out!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Queer Dance conference call for projects -- due 9/15

Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance

Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) Special Topics Conference 2012
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
February 16-18, 2012

What is queer dance? Given the multiple, contested, and historically contingent meanings of the word “queer,” the term seems useful or opening an inquiry about dance, just as dance’s emphasis on embodiment has much to contribute to queer studies. If dance is a way to think through social relationships, what images, bodily techniques, and spectatorial and embodied pleasures might dance offer to queer communities, scholars, and artists? How have lesbian, gay, and transgender histories intersected with dance in the theatre, on the club floor, and in the streets? When—and how—do “queer” and “dance” signal (or obscure) other vectors of identity, such as race, class, gender, ability, and others? The meanings of “queer” have shifted and proliferated over time; competing and overlapping ideas about queer pleasure, desire, and politics may all manifest themselves within dance. Queer dance might be defined by an artist’s identity or preoccupations; by a work’s critique of normative values; or by a spectator’s or performer’s queer pleasures and desires. Queer spaces, or those haunted by a queer past, might also prompt a consideration of how dance engages history, representation, and community. Dance and sexuality can also be thought through together as social, physical, and historically situated practices that are often at once) liberatory, risky, entertaining, and always in process, often inviting inquiries about affect and public feelings.

This conference seeks to bring together queer studies and dance studies to consider the questions, methods, practices, and politics that preoccupy both fields. We encourage submissions from both artists and scholars, who study, make, and/or participate in dance in and for a variety of venues— from the concert stage to the social club dance floor to the video screen. Submissions exploring the limits or problems of the term “queer” are also welcome. While dance will be at the center of the conference, we hope submissions will take up dance from a range of disciplines and practices, including visual culture; cultural studies; theatre and musical theatre studies; film, radio, and television studies, etc. We also encourage proposals that blur boundaries between dance and music, and that take up global performance traditions. Given the provocative challenges dance studies and queer studies make to hierarchies of power and ways of knowing, this conference invites submissions in a range of formats: traditional paper panels, embodied workshops, performances, and screendance.

Proposals might consider the following questions:
  • How might queer dance shift understandings of the larger field of queer performance?
  • What dance works or dance communities allow for expressions of queer pleasure? Of queer politics?
  • What do queer somatics feel like?
  • What are the intersections of race, ethnicity, and queer dance?
  • What are the transnational and cross-cultural dimensions of queer dance? Does queer dance travel and, if so, what are the challenges to its legibility?
  • How might research methods in dance studies and queer studies inform one other?
  • How does sexuality prompt a reconsideration of familiar narratives in dance history, and in the history of dance in physical education?
  • How do dancing bodies read as queer in different mediums—the televisual vs. the live—or in different genres, for example, salsa vs. contact improvisation?
  • How has dance, through representation and/or institutional practices, forwarded heteronormative values and when has dance critiqued heteronormativity?
  • How do claims of queer liberation on the social dance floor translate to the concert stage?
  • What ideas about temporality emerge from thinking of dances as queer?
  • How have choreographers taken up queer themes or narratives in dance?
  • How do other terms related to, but not synonymous with queer—lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, butch/femme, two-spirit, and queer/crip—relate to dance making and dance spectatorship?
  • How does dance offer non-narrative ways of thinking about or feeling queer?
  • What are the languages of queer dance? What does multilingual queer dance look and sound like?
Submission Guidelines:
Every submission must include a 300-word abstract and a 300-word (max) biography of the applicant. (In the case of two people submitting a joint paper, performance, etc., a biographic statement should be included for each person.) Please note additional submission requirements for the screendance and performance formats.

Format Options:
  1. Screendance works will be selected for a curated 2-hour viewing. Individual screendances must be 15 minutes or shorter. If submitting a proposal for already completed work, send a DVD of that work. If submitting works-in-progress or new work to be created around the conference theme, submit a DVD of past completed work. In lieu of a DVD, applicants may include a hyperlink in the abstract.
  2. Individual Papers will be part of 3-person paper panels with a respondent. Each paper will have a 20-minute time limit and will be submitted at least three weeks prior to the conference, so the respondent may read each work and respond in more depth.
  3. Performances will be part of a 2-hour performance late Friday afternoon held in a black box studio theatre. Works must have running times of 12 minutes or less. Each selected work (or performance excerpt) will have a 20-minute tech time Friday morning. If applying to be part of the performance, please submit a DVD or hyperlink to representative work. NOTE: Acceptance to the curated performance will come with a $300 performance resource stipend to help offset the costs of bringing dancer(s) to the conference.
  4. Workshops will be held in dance studio spaces with sprung floors. The workshop may last up to 1.75 hours. Preference will be given to workshops led by more than one person.

All submissions must be received by September 15 and should be uploaded to the Congress on Research in Dance website, (Information about DVD submission will be available through the online submission form.) Participants will be notified of acceptance by October 30. All accepted participants, excluding additional performers involved in the Friday performance, must register for the conference and become members of CORD.

For questions about programming, please contact Clare Croft at For questions about the online submission process, please contact Ashanti Pretlow at

Program Committee
Co-Chairs: Clare Croft and Peter Sparling; Committee: Angela Ahlgren, Larry La Fountain, Hannah Kosstrin, Petra Kuppers, Tracy Pearson, Robin Wilson