Friday, October 21, 2011

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Ethical Considerations in Project Art and Collaborative Anthropologies: November 11

Please join artist Ben Kinmont and former Draper Program Art Worlds Faculty Fellow Laurel George at NYU’s Fales Library on November 11, 2011 for an Interdisciplinary Workshop on Ethical Considerations in Project Art and Collaborative Anthropologies
In conjunction with his current Fales Library show "Prospectus: New York," Ben Kinmont, along with cultural anthropologist Laurel George, will conduct a workshop on ethical considerations in interactional art practices, a mode that Kinmont has been working in for over two decades.
During the workshop, Kinmont and George will work with faculty and students to generate cross-disciplinary conversations on the ethics and aesthetics of project art, ethnographic fieldwork, and other forms of collaborative cultural production. The version of the text written at the workshop will be distributed and discussed at a larger public forum to take place on November 18th as part of Performa 2011.
The workshop is open to NYU students and faculty interested in thinking critically and creatively about the ethical dimensions of making collaborative and/or public art works as well as those engaged in anthropological fieldwork.
When and Where:
The day-long workshop will take place at Fales Library (Bobst 3rd floor) on Friday, November 11 from 10-4 p.m.
There will be brief reading and writing assignments and students will have the opportunity to be involved in the Performa event, but that is not a requirement of workshop participation.
How to get involved:
For more information or to sign up, contact Laurel George at
To read the press release for Prospectus: New York, follow this link:
This workshop is possible due to the support of Kunstverein, New York, and the Fales Library.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

DSO Save the Dates: Pizza and Costumes!

Hi Draper,
A couple of dates-to-save below. Thanks so much to everyone who has been coming out for these events! It's been a lot fun so far!

1.) Tuesday, October 25th
Draper Brown Bag Lunch Forum
Draper Map Room
Pizza included this time only!

Come join us for pizza and a general roundtable Draper talk. The preliminary schedule for Spring 2012 is up, and this Forum is a great opportunity to discuss Draper courses and professors, and get advice on taking courses outside of Draper/GSAS etc. If you're a returning student, come offer your expertise and share your general experience with various classes and professors. If you're new, come soak it all in and ask questions.
Please RSVP at so that we know how much food to order!

2.) Thursday, October 27th
Draper Salon
Joint Halloween Party with the Museum Studies DSO!
109 MacDougal Street

Wear a costume, and members of the MSSO will choose the winners and buy them drinks!!!

See you all soon!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Draper's Preliminary Spring 2012 Courses Available

Dear Students:

For those of you who like to plan ahead, we now have the preliminary spring 2012 course schedule available on our website, here:

Spring course listings for the whole graduate school should be available on Albert within the next week or so. Please note that Draper's website listings are still rather minimal, but we'll have more crosslists and descriptions available prior to the start of advising in November.

Draper will start scheduling advising appointments for the spring on/after October 25.

Comp Lit talk: ETIENNE BALIBAR- TODAY (WED 10/19)

Etienne Balibar
"Bourgeois Universality & Anthropological Differences"

Wednesday, October 19
7-8:30 pm
at 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.

Bronx Museum, Architecture Conference: Beyond the Super-Square

At the Corner of Art & Architecture

October 28-30, 2011
Beyond the Super Square: At the Corner of Art & Architecture is a three-day conference designed to draw attention to an important historical period of modernist architectural production in Latin America and the Caribbean that, 50 years later, continues to resonate among contemporary artists. Held on October 28–30, 2011, the conference strives to contextualize the impact of modernist architecture throughout the Americas through a series of panels and presentations by architects, urban planners, and contemporary artists.

Conference events are free with registration, except where noted. For more information and registration visit

Friday October 28, 2011

Conceived by artist Pedro Reyes


The New School | Tishman Auditorium | 66 W. 12th Street | New York NY

Beyond the Super-Square inaugurates with The Architecture Challenge! In lieu of a traditional opening night lecture, our conference speakers will come together as contestants to test their knowledge of modernist architecture in a playful game show style competition. Our charming hosts, Eva Franch i Gilabert (Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture) and Terence Gower (artist) will grill conference participants on the most obscure architectural facts.
This evening of game and celebration is conceived by artist Pedro Reyes and organized by The Bronx Museum of the Arts in collaboration with The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.

Saturday October 29, 2011
The Bronx Museum of the Arts | 1040 Grand Concourse | Bronx NY

Beyond the Super-Square
Symposium brings together architects, artists, scholars, and urban planners for a daylong series of panels to explore the varied and dynamic exchanges between Latin America’s vanguards of modern architecture and contemporary art. Masterworks by modernist Latin American and Caribbean architects such as Mathias Goertiz, Lina Bo Bardi, Max Borges, Mario Pani, and Carlos Raul Villanueva, among others, will be evaluated through the unique perspective of contemporary artists to offer a broad critical understanding of the transformative environments that hailed Latin America’s transition into modernity.

Sunday October 30, 2011


Various Sites | Meets at Lexington & E. 59th | $30.00 includes lunch

Discover New York City’s overlooked modern architectural heritage in the Bronx. A bus tour led by architectural historian Matthew Postal will cover various sites in the Bronx including two university campuses, government offices, and high-rise structures designed by renowned architects Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, and Paul Rudolph, among others.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Reminder: Oct. 21 "From Paper to Publication" with William Germano & Cliff Siskin

The Romanticist Reading Group of NYU's English Department presents "From Paper to Publication" this Friday,October 21 from 3- 5 pm at 19 University Place, Room 222.

Bill Germano (former VP at Routledge/ Editor at Columbia University Press) and our very own Cliff Siskin (Co-Editor, Palgrave Studies) will discuss the many tips and insights to get your paper to the next, published level. Germano's books will be sold at a 40 % discount courtesy of UChicago Press (See below).

All fields in the Humanities are welcome! Information is pertinent for all graduate students ranging from year one of the M.A. up to the final year of the PhD! Wine and other refreshments will be served.

Friday, October 21
3 - 5 pm
Room 222 (19 University Place).

William Germano:
Dean and Professor of English at The Cooper Union, William Germano is the author of Getting it Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious About Serious Books and From Dissertation to Book. He served as editor at Routledge and has worked with numerous prominent scholar including Peter Galison, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Raymond Williams, and Stephen Greenblatt.

Cliff Siskin:
In addition to publishing numerous books and articles, Professor Siskin is co-editor, with Anne Mellor, of the Palgrave-Macmillan monograph series in "Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print." His subject is the interrelations of literary, social, and technological change, with a particular emphasis on print culture: both its historical formation and its current remediation in the face of the electronic and the digital.

Both of William Germano's Books will be sold at a 40% discount courtesy of University of Chicago Press.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Oct 21 Colloquium: "Arts of Resistance: Locating Black Women's Philosophies"

The Foucault Society, NYC
1 Colloquium Series: New Research in Foucault Studies

Devonya N. Havis, Ph.D. "Arts of Resistance: Locating Black Women's Philosophies"

We are delighted to announce our first colloquium of this academic year. Please join us for an evening of critical dialogue and light refreshment.

Friday, October 21, 2011

CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5409
New York, NY

This paper works through Foucault to examine the parameters within which Black women's lived experience can be intelligible as philosophy. Toni Morrison characterizes the condition of Black women in the US as one in which they have "nothing to fall back on; not maleness, not whiteness, not ladyhood, not anything." It is at the juncture of self-invention, which simultaneously contests and resists imposed categories, that Black women's philosophies emerge. As opposed to a static set of philosophical principles, Black women's philosophies are more aptly described as philosophical strategies that perform ethico-political interventions--doing philosophy from the posture of critique. In evoking the notion of "doing philosophy," the project calls attention to philosophy as a practice, or process of habituation, whereby one develops an active critical posture in which theory and action are necessary linked. My account enlists Foucault's analytic of subjugated knowledges, takes up his elaborations on genealogy (as outlined in Society Must Be Defended), and explores his discussions of critique and the "Aesthetics of Existence."

Speaker bio:
Devonya N. Havis
(Ph.D., Boston College) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. Her research engages contemporary continental philosophy with critical race theory to promote social justice. Her current work develops a conception of auditory identity as a counter to the longstanding philosophical emphasis on the visual. Recent articles include "Blackness Beyond Witness" in Philosophy and Social Criticism (2010). Courses she teaches range from introduction to traditional Western philosophical concepts to explorations of the political implications of Hip-Hop theory. She is the Conference Site Coordinator for the Foucault Circle's 2012 Annual Meeting, taking place in Buffalo on March 30-April 1.

About the Colloquium Series:
The Foucault Society's Colloquium Series provides a forum for new research and works-in-progress, and offers an opportunity for both junior and senior scholars to share new work with a friendly and supportive audience of colleagues.

Open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated. E-mail:

**As part of our on-going fundraiser, we will have Foucault's The Government of Self and Others: Lectures at the College de France, 1982-1983 (Palgrave, 2010) available for purchase.**

About the Foucault Society:
The Foucault Society is an independent, nonprofit educational organization offering a variety of forums dedicated to the critical study of the ideas of Michel Foucault (1926-1984). All of our events are open to the public. We welcome new participants who have an interest in Foucault's work and its impact on diverse areas of inquiry, including critical social theory, philosophy, politics, history, culture, gender/sexuality studies, and the arts.




For directions to the CUNY Graduate Center, please see:

Call For Papers: Queering Paradigms IV

2nd Call For Papers: Queering Paradigms IV

Following the success of the three international, interdisciplinary Queering Paradigms conferences held thus far on three continents, the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Applied Linguistics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), the Graduate Program in Social Memory at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) and the Brazilian Association of Applied Linguistics (ALAB) are proud to announce Queering Paradigms IV, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the 25th to the 28th of July, 2012. Our confirmed keynote speakers are Annamarie Jagose (University of Sydney, Australia), José Quiroga (Emory University, USA), Alípio Sousa Filho (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil), Jack Halberstam (University of Southern California, USA), Luiz Paulo da Moita Lopes (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Jô Gondar (Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

As in the previous conferences, we use the term ‘queer’ to refer to an indefinite, borderless domain of non-normative genders, sexualities and bodily practices that is also affiliated with critical analytic approaches,
while recognizing that the term does not resonate globally as it emerged from Western experience. ‘Queering’ thus questions, contrasts, challenges and destabilizes heteronormativity, but is not restricted to it: homo-, class-, religion-, race-, ethnic-, scientific- and academic-normativity are also part of its scope of analysis.

The aim of the conference is thus to analyze the status quo and the future challenges of Queer and LGBTIQ Studies from an ample, inter/multidisciplinary perspective, in order to problematize/destabilize (i.e. to queer) essentialized discourses and totalizing paradigms. Our intention is to bring together researchers from many countries in an exploration of queer and LGBTIQ social practices, presenting from disciplines as diverse as, but not limited to, anthropology, sociology, language studies, theology, political science, law, social medicine, philosophy, geography and social psychology.

Proposals for Papers and Panels:

Paper and panel proposals are invited on any aspect of Queer or LGBTIQ Studies. They shall be grouped into the following areas:

· Queering ethics

· Queering institutions

· Queering language practices

· Queering art and literature

· Queering media practices

· Queering races and ethnicities

· Queering epistemologies and methodologies

· Queering activism

· Queering temporalities and geographies

· Queering bodies, embodiment and identities

The proposals will undergo a peer-review process by our international board of reviewers and should be submitted through our website:, by 15 December 2011.

· Proposals for individual papers: These should take the form of abstracts with a minimum of 1500 and a maximum of 3500 characters, followed by three keywords.

· Panel proposals: Panels may have between four and six participants, one of whom shall be the organizer. The submission must include a panel rationale of between 1500 and 3500 characters followed by three keywords, as well as four to six paper abstracts of the same length, each also including three keywords. The organizer is responsible for writing the panel rationale, collecting the participants’ abstracts, and submitting everything together through our website.

Proposals may be submitted, and papers may be presented, in English, Portuguese or Spanish, but due to the international nature of the conference, the use of English is highly encouraged. Abstracts should be written in the intended language of presentation. For those who use English as a second/foreign language, please note that what matters for our conference is not a so-called near-native level fluency, but rather the ability to communicate ideas clearly, which may be further enhanced by visual props such as slides. Papers may be single- or co-authored. Potential participants may submit up to two proposals.

The proceedings of this conference will be prepared for peer-reviewed publication in the Queering Paradigms Series, made available by the international academic publishers Peter Lang.

Requests for further information can be sent by email to: You can also learn more on our website (, and follow us on Twitter (@QueeringP4) and on our Facebook page (Queering Paradigms 4).