Thursday, September 8, 2011

CFP: NYU Colloquium in American Literature and Culture, Fall 2011

New York University

Colloquium in American Literature and Culture


The Colloquium in American Literature and Culture (CALC) at New York University is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for our Fall 2011 events. CALC is an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation and discussion of new Americanist scholarship by both junior and senior researchers. In the upcoming semester, we will focus on questions of American book history, aiming to provide a forum for those researching topics like material texts, print culture, and reading practices in an American context, broadly construed. We encourage paper proposals by graduate students and faculty that focus on any subject relevant to these fields.

A typical CALC event features two presentations of 20-25 minutes, followed by audience questions and discussion. Sessions are open to the public, and we invite the attendance of all faculty and graduate students, regardless of specialty. For more information, please visit

To submit your work for consideration, please email an abstract of your project to Annie Abrams and Blevin Shelnutt at by Monday, September 19th. Submission of a CV is encouraged, but not required.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Unpacking Emotions: The Humanities and Sciences / Conference: NYU/CNRS (Sept. 23-24)

Unpacking Emotions: The Humanities and Sciences

SEPTEMBER 23 - 24, 2011

8:30 a.m - 5 p.m., Friday September 23
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday September 24
At the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 972 5th Ave, New York N.Y., 10075

To register, email :
Fee waived for students but PLEASE REGISTER AS SPACE IS LIMITED

Co- organized by the "TRANSITIONS" Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Emotional Brain Institute, this conference inaugurates an interdisciplinary research program aimed at considering the nature of reason and emotions.

It will focus on the simple but fundamental question: "WHAT ARE EMOTIONS", from the perspectives of the HUMANITIES, SCIENCES and the ARTS.

Emilienne Baneth
Joseph Ledoux

Draper Student Organization Kick Off Meeting: 9/13

Hello Draperites!

As many of you know already, the senior staff of Anamesa is getting the Draper Student Organization back up and running after a yearlong hiatus.

In the past, the DSO has organized social get-togethers, discussion groups, academic conferences and a variety of other events and activities. The organization serves the Draper community by offering an outlet for academic conversations that may not have a place in the classroom, bringing together Draper students who may not have an opportunity to meet in their courses, and offering new and current Draper students a body of peers with whom to share their research, commiserate about the stresses of graduate student life, and just have a drink and a laugh every once and awhile.

As much as the DSO has to offer, it is nothing without your help! At Anamesa we have been brainstorming some fantastic event ideas over the summer and are sure you have many more. We'd love to get going with planning and organizing, but we need volunteers!

If you are interested in joining the DSO please come to our first meeting:

Date: Tuesday 9/13
Time: 8:30pm
Place: Reading Room, King Juan Carlos Center

We will be voting for officers at this meeting - President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer - so if you want to run come prepared to give a 5-minute introduction of yourself, why you want the position, and your qualifications. If you don't want an officer position but still want to get involved that's great too!

Please contact Anamesa ( with any questions about the DSO. After the first meeting the new staff will send an email out with DSO's direct contact information, but for the time being the Anamesa staff will handle any inquiries.

We hope your semester is off to a great start and look forward to seeing you at the first DSO meeting on 9/13!

All the best,
Anamesa Editors

CFP: The Lucrece Project at NYU (Due 9/12)


Call for 2011-2012 Projects

The Lucrece Project is a graduate working research group sponsored by the NYU Humanities Initiative and English Department. We are a collective of artists and academics who are exploring and challenging the borders between “creative” and “critical” work and thought. We are currently soliciting proposals for creative cross-disciplinary projects that defy traditional categories of genre, medium, and working method.

The Lucrece Project is a graduate working research group sponsored by the New York
University Humanities Initiative and English Department. We are a collective of artists and
academics who are exploring and challenging the borders between “creative” and “critical”
work and thought. We are currently soliciting proposals for cross-disciplinary projects for our
2011-2012 year.

In the first year of the project, 2010-2011, we examined the story of Lucrece in all its genres,
media, and contexts, and took different creative, research-based, and affective approaches to
exploring the character of Lucrece and her story. Detailed information can be found on our

We also funded three new works based on the legend: a play, a series of textile installations,
and a “hip hopera.” While very different in style, theme, and media, the three works were
developed in line with the Project's goals of collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and a marriage of
scholarly research with artistic method.

We are now requesting proposals for new works that satisfy these same goals. They do not
need to be based on the story of Lucrece, but we do expect that these projects will be
collaborative and will challenge borders between disciplines and methods, including the
boundary between traditionally conceived “academic work” and other kinds of creative and
artistic work. The projects can be in any media, any genre, and any form. In line with our
emphasis on process over product, these works should be developed consistently over the
course of the academic year and will be presented to the members of the Project and the
public (even if they are still works in progress) in April 2012.

In addition to funding these new works, The Lucrece Project will also organize a series of
plenary sessions throughout 2011-2012 during which we will continue our exploration of
method and process. Though these sessions will be largely separate from the new projects
being developed, we hope that the project organizers will participate in them.

Please submit the following to by Monday, September 12:

1. An outline of your proposed project (approximately one page).

2. A paragraph about how it fulfills the goals of The Lucrece Project.

3. A list of other people involved in the project, if known, and their roles. (We encourage
you to apply even if you do not yet know this; we can help you find collaborators, if

4. A rough plan for how the project will be developed - how often you will meet, how the
work will be divided, etc.

5. A draft budget. At the moment we are offering up to $1000 per project with the goal of
developing two works; these figures may change depending on the projects chosen.
To better understand The Lucrece Project, what we do, and what we’re looking for, please visit

If you have questions, email us at

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

CFP: Science and Method in the Humanities (Due 11/11)

Science and Method in the Humanities
March 2, 2012

Abstracts Due: November 11, 2011

Full name / name of organization: Natura, Science and Epistemology Working Group, Rutgers University

contact email:

Rutgers University announces "Science and Method in the Humanities," an interdisciplinary graduate symposium to be held on March 2, 2012, with keynote speakers Peter Dear (Cornell University) and Barbara Herrnstein Smith (Duke University, Brown University).

The aim of the conference is to explore questions of method and methodology in the sciences and in humanities scholarship that engages the sciences. This one-day event will bring together scholars working across that curricular divide for an interdisciplinary discussion of science and method, ranging from the historical development of scientific methods and their various historical re-articulations to broader concerns of methodology across the humanities.

How does interdisciplinary scholarship reframe questions of methodology, broadly construed? How is method variously understood and how are its formulations shaped by historical, theoretical, and disciplinary concerns? How does method relate to matters of fact and theory? How do humanities disciplines appropriate and modify particular scientific methods?

Related themes/topics may include (but are not limited to):
•Scientific methods and the history of science
•Methodology, discciplinary history, and the professionalization of the humanities
•Method and form, genres of scientific knowledgge, aesthetics of science, or as science
•Inscription aand writing: media, authority, translation, referentiality
•Elements of method: hypothesis, collaboration, witneessing, objectivity
•Historical method: induction, deduuction, experimentation
•Philosophy and the Analytic/Coontinental divide
•Vitalism in the sciences and in crittical theory
•The afterlives of positivism
•The "cognitive revolution" and the humanities
•The curricuulum and the "two cultures" debate
•Science Studiess/STS, Actor Network Theory, and historical study
•Vernnacular Science and Mobile Technologies
•Digital humaniities: computation, quantitative analysis, electronic publishing and peer review

Please send 400-500-word abstracts to Lizzie Oldfather ( by November 1, 2011.

For more information, please visit

Anamesa Fall 2011 Call for Submissions


Anamesa, Fall 2011

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 Fall 2011 print issue. Current and recent graduate students across all disciplines are encouraged to send in their writing–including but not limited to academic essays, creative non-fiction, reportage, interviews, reviews, short stories, and poetry–and visual art of any sort, keeping in mind that the journal is a printed publication. Anamesa considers material from a variety of subject matters and selects creative, intelligent works that reflect the transdisciplinary nature of the graduate community.


Works of writing should be 6000 words or less. Nonfiction works must include an abstract of 200 words or less. Academic papers must adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style. All submissions are blind-reviewed so there should be no author-identifying information in the text of the written work, although author’s contact information should be included in the cover sheet as detailed below. Although the publication will be in English, we are also interested in texts in translation.

Visual art submissions must be in digital format with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI and minimum size of 5 x 7 inches.

The submission deadline is Monday, September 26th.

Send submissions and inquiries to Please include a cover page with your name, departmental affiliation, expected degree and date, telephone number, and email address (this can be in the body of your email). 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., “nonfiction,” “fiction,” “poetry,” or “art”).

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.

Flickr Photofinds: School Days

Some school-themed images for the first day of fall 2011 classes. Have a great semester!

An unruly pupil's first day at school (1987)
The Nationaal Archief of The Netherlands Photostream

Rural school girl, San Augustine County, Texas (1939)
Vachon, John, 1914-1975, photographer
Library of Congress Photostream

School Cafeteria
Adolph B. Rice Studio
Library of Virginia Photostream