Friday, October 14, 2011

Draper Winter Class (Topics in Art Worlds) Canceled

Due to timing and logistical constraints, Draper will not be offering "Topics in Art Worlds" during the January 2012 Winter Session as planned. We are considering the option of winter courses for the future, but do not have further information on this possibility at this time.

Thank you to all of you who expressed interest in this course.

American Literature & Culture: 10/25 Colloquium

The New York University

Colloquium in American Literature and Culture


Ahab’s Wife and Lear’s Fool: Contemporary Publishing and the Symbolic Capital of the Canon

A talk by Jeremy Rosen of the University of Chicago

Objectifying the Word: Religious Education and Material Culture in Nineteenth-Century Sunday-School Classrooms

A talk by John Thomas of Rutgers University

Tuesday, October 25

13-19 University Place, Great Room

New York University

6:00 p.m.

All are welcome!

Refreshments will be served.

NEXT WED 10/19: Mesoamerican Biodiversity, Green Imperialism, and Indigenous Women's Leadership in Defense of Territory

Mesoamerican Biodiversity, Green Imperialism, and Indigenous Women's Leadership in Defense of Territory

Convened by CLACS; Latino Studies at NYU; Gender and Sexuality Studies at NYU; Barnard Center for Research on Women; PUEG at UNAM
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011, 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, 4th floor of 20 Cooper Square, New York University, New York, NY 10003 (map)

9:30am: Introductory Remarks

10:00am -12:00pm: When Environmentalism Kills
Breaking the Silence: State Violence against Triquis Women of Oaxaca, Natalia De Marinis, CIESAS (Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Anthropology), Mexico
Feminist 'Sorority' Against Feminicide: Natural Resources, Militarization, and the 'Project Mesoamerica' (Plan Puebla-Panamá), Norma Iris Cacho Niño, Organizer with the Marcha Mundial de las Mujeres en México (World March of Mexican Women, Mexico Branch)
Geopolitics of Emancipations, Ana Esther Ceceña, Director of the Institute for Economic Research (IIEC) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
A Continent Under Threat: The Eagle Spreads it Wings, Rodrigo Yedra Rodríguez, Researcher, Geopolitical Observatory for Latin America at the IIEC, UNAM
Chair and Commentator: Marisa Belausteguigoitia, Director Programa de Estudios de Genero (PUEG) UNAM

12:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm - 4:00pm: Appropriate Knowledges and Gender Conservation
Appropriating Territory: Women's Spaces in the Conservation and Management of the Environment, Martha Eugenia Villavicencio Enríquez, Consultant with Women's Indigenous Organizations, Chiapas, Mexico
Gendered Knowledges and the Conservation of Biocultural Diversity: Resisting World Bank Supernational Projects, Alberto Betancourt Posada, Professor, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, UNAM
Tseltal Women in Chiapas: Food Autonomy and the Transformation of Gender Politics, Magali Barreto Avila, Researcher, Institute of Anthropological Investigation, UNAM
Race, Indigeneity, and Gender in a New Post-Colonial Conservation Territory: Some Notes from the Maasai Steppe Heartland, James Igoe, Anthropology Department, Dartmouth University
Chair and Commentator: Iván González Márquez, Anthropology Department, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa

4:00pm - 6:00pm: Indigenous Territorial Rights Revisited
Territory: Indigenous and Western Juridical Concepts Before the Resolutions of the OAS's Inter-American Court of Human Rights, x'Rosalbaek Sakubelnichim, Doctoral Student, Law School, University of Salamanca, Spain
Defending Indigenous Territorial Rights and the Struggle for Resources in the Lacandon Jungle, Miguel Angel A. García Aguirre, Co-Founder of NGO Maderas del Pueblo del Sureste, A.C., Chiapas, Mexico
Defending Common Lands, June Nash, Anthropology Department, City University of New York (CUNY), Graduate Center
Reworking Patriarchy: Gender, race and land registration in the Honduran Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, Sharlene Mollett, Geography Departmet, Darmouth University
Chair and Commentor: TBA

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Initiative at NYU, the Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Columbia University, the NYU Dean for the Humanities, the NYU Native Studies Forum, the NYU Department of Anthropology, Metropolitan Studies at NYU, the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU, and the Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU.

Send Us Your Good News!

It's time for another round up of good news in the Draper community. If you are a current student or alum and have news to share - academic or otherwise - about recent publications, exciting projects, conference participation or any exciting developments in your life, drop us a line!

We'll be compiling a post for the Draper blog with all the details soon, so please get in touch. Updates should be sent to Lauren at by October 28th.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

DSO Salon Tonight at Amity Hall and Good News!

Happy Thursday, Draper!

REMINDER that our weekly DSO Salon smarty party is TONIGHT at Amity Hall from 8:30-10:30pm! The bar is being awesome and extending their happy hour special just for us: $4 craft beers and $4 well drinks!
Come celebrate the great news that the DSO has been accepted by the Graduate Student Government as a new student organization! That means WE'RE OFFICIAL, FOLKS, and eligible for funding, which means that someday these drinks might be on da house!
Amity Hall
80 West 3rd Street
Questions or concerns? Email
See you tonight!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Jennifer Celestin Performs at El Museo del Barrio this Saturday, 10/15

Draper student Jennifer Celestin will be performing alongside multilinguall poets and writers at El Museo del Barrio this weekend, as part of an event celebrating the Day of the Dead. More information about the event is below, and also available on the museum website, here:

SPEAK UP! Mis raíces no han muerto (My Roots are not Dead)
Saturday, October 15, 2011
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
El Teatro
Admission: Free

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs hosts a night of multilingual verse, narrative, indigenous song and innovation in celebration of Day of the Dead. Throughought the evening, these poets will showcase the many roots that thrive in our blood memory. Special guests include Odi Gonzales, Mónica de la Torre, Soni Moreno, Jennifer Celestin with short films from the project "Son Siglos" by poet and filmmaker Marco Villalobos.

Lecture: Islamic Philosophy & Manners of Unfolding in Documentary Cinema

The Center for Religion and Media & The Center for Media, Culture and History present:
Islamic Philosophy and Manners of
Unfolding in Documentary Cinema

a distinguished lecture
by LAURA MARKS (Simon Fraser University)
Introduced by FAYE GINSBURG (NYU)

Friday, October 14th, 4-6PM
NYU Hagop Kevorkian Screening Room
50 Washington Square South at 255 Sullivan Street

Dr. Laura U. Marks is the Dena Wosk University Professor of Art and Culture Studies at Simon Fraser University. A scholar, theorist, and curator of independent and experimental media arts, she is the author of The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses (Duke University Press, 2000), Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media (Minnesota University Press, 2002), and many essays. Several years of research in Islamic art history and philosophy gave rise to her new book Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (MIT Press, 2010). She has curated programs of experimental media for venues around the world. Her current research interests are the media arts of the Arab and Muslim world, intercultural perspectives on new media art, and philosophical approaches to materiality and information culture.

This event is sponsored by The Center for Religion and Media and The Center for Media, Culture and History at NYU, and is co-sponsored by the NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.
All events are free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.
For further information, visit, or please call (212) 998-3759.

Upcoming Conference

Injured Cities, Urban Afterlives
Conference at Columbia University
October 14-15, 2011
Miller Theater and Wood Auditorium

See all program information at

This conference, convened on the tenth anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001, aims to explore the effects of catastrophe on cities and their inhabitants, to analyze the politics of shock and terror states use in response to their vulnerability, and to imagine more life-affirming modes of redress and re-invention.

The focal point of the conference will be the September 11, 2001 Oral History Narrative and Memory Project of Columbia’s Oral History Research Office, an oral history archive of 600 life stories of diverse New York City communities. The collection documents the multiple ways that “difference” – in the form of geography, cultural memory, ethnic identity, class, gender, generation, religious and political affiliation – affects how individuals are subject to and assign meaning to historical catastrophe, both immediately after the event and in the months and years following.

The conference will begin with a morning panel that lays the groundwork for the discussions we hope to stimulate throughout the two days. Panel One, “Injured Cities/ Threshold Catastrophes” will address the temporality of urban catastrophe, looking both at the populations that are most vulnerable and most deeply affected by injury — those on the threshold of catastrophe, to borrow a term from Israeli theorist Ariella Azoulay — and at ‘wounded cities’ in the aftermath. Panelists are urban sociologist Saskia Sassen, cultural theorist Azoulay and cultural geographer Karen Till.

Injured Cities: Urban Afterlives seeks to initiate a new collective memory of the events of 9/11, 2001, that arises from the local and urban, but also the global experiences of those most directly – and differently – affected. The first afternoon will focus on a series of dialogues organized by Mary Marshall Clark (Director of the Columbia University Oral History Research Office) that stage an encounter between oral history narrators who will testify to the crucial ways in which “difference” became a threat to the construction of a national collective memory of 9/11—a threat that endangered the national consensus that quickly formed for global retaliation. As a creative extension of the discussions of the opening day, the conference organizer are planning to host an evening performance of Testimony to the Ruins by the acclaimed Colombian theater group Mapa Teatro at Miller Theater.

Day Two of the conference will be organized around three interdisciplinary and international panels of noted artists, architects, scholars, journalists, and practitioners. Panel Four, “Citizens, Immigrants, Aliens in the Aftermath,” will think through the politics of belonging and unbelonging that result in the wake of catastrophic events, as well as the demographic injuries that fracture cities with potentially catastrophic effects. Panel Five, “Spatializing Afterlife” will engage the expressive cultural forms through which urban artists, planners, activists and policy-makers have engaged catastrophe, and how they have responded to their enduring wounds through the spatio-physical re-visioning of injured cities. The final panel “Art and Archive After Catastrophe” will focus on artistic responses to urban catastrophe, and the creative modalities that transform them into acts of redress and renewal.

Participants include Ariella Azoulay, Nina Bernstein, Teddy Cruz, Ann Jones, Dinh Q. Lê, Anne McClintock, Shirin Neshat, Walid Raad, Saskia Sassen, Karen Till, Clive van den Berg, Eyal Weizman and several narrators from the 9/11 Oral History Project; moderators Gerry Albarelli, Carol Becker, Hazel V. Carby, Tina Campt, Andreas Huyssen, Mary Marshall Clark, Saidiya Hartman, Rosalind Morris, Diana Taylor, and Mabel Wilson; and conference co-organizers Tina Campt, Marianne Hirsch, Jean Howard, Lorie Novak, and Laura Wexler.

Comp Lit Announcement

You are cordially invited to an evening with Etienne Balibar

Bourgeois Universality & Anthropological Differences
Wednesday, October 19. 7-8:30 pm
La Maison Francaise,16 Washington Mews

There will also be a presentation/discussion with Jacques Lezra on Professor Balibar's new book from puf publications: Citoyen sujet et autres essais d'anthropologie philosophique (Citzen Subjects and Other Essays of Philosophical Anthropology).

Co-sponsored by the NYU Department of Comparative Literature and La Maison Francaise.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Draper Alumna Kathleen Reeves Published in the Journal of Religion and Culture

Congrats to Kathleen Reeves (May 2011) whose article "Bodied Time and Ghosted Narrative in The Body Artist" was published in Concordia University's Journal of Religion and Culture in September. Kathleen presented the article as a paper at Concordia's 16th annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference "Crossroads and Borders," in February. She attended the conference with additional assistance from one of Draper's Travel Grants, which she was the recipient of in November/December 2010.

Kathleen's article can be downloaded in .pdf format from the journal website, here. (Her article is second to last in the issue.)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Brown Bag Lunch Forum

Tomorrow, Tuesday Oct 11th, Draper Map Room 12noon-2pm.
First Brown Bag Lunch Forum, Free Pizza!

Please RSVP to so that we know how much pizza to order. Please provide your name and a brief description of a work-in-progress that you'd like to discuss and get some feedback on.

See you there!

Welcoming Lauren Roberts, Draper's New Workstudy

We are very happy to welcome Lauren Roberts, our new workstudy, to Draper. Lauren started with us a few weeks ago and will be not only helping out around the office, but will also be taking over most of our listserv announcements as well as many posts on the Draper blog and twitter feed. So keep an eye out for her messages starting this week. By way of introduction, here's a little about her, from Lauren herself:

I am a CAS undergraduate student of Dramatic Literature and Creative Writing. Alongside curricular work in these disciplines, I serve as a poetry editor on the board for NYU's West 10th literary journal. My favorite novel is Pnin, and I love the new Beyonce album.

Please join us in welcoming Lauren to Draper!