Friday, November 4, 2011

Call for Papers: Shift, Issue 5

Shift welcomes academic papers, exhibition and book reviews, as well as discussions concerning other art-related events from current graduate students. Please see Submission and Style Guidelines for appropriate guidelines.

The committee welcomes submissions dealing with visual and material culture from any discipline. Papers may address a full range of topics and historical periods. Topics may include, but are not limited to, art and propaganda, patronage, gender and identity, spirituality and art, nationalisms and regionalisms, modernism and modernity, performance art, photography and film, perspectives in theory, methodology, and historiography, collection and representation, art and technology.

Submission Deadline for Issue 5

This journal is an online publication. All manuscripts should be sent by email Papers must be submitted to the editors of Shift by 01 March 2012. The journal launch will take place 01 October 2012.

Bobst Hosts Research Breakfast for Grad Students, Nov. 15

NYU Libraries are getting ready for the final stretch of the semester and invite you to join them for a special event. Come have breakfast, talk with librarians about your project, and take care of those lingering research to-do list items. There will be specialists from across the disciplines who can help get you (re)oriented to library resources, get you started with citation management tools, and help you get the most out of library collections and services. This informal event lasts for two hours, and you can come and go as you like during that time.

Tuesday, November 15, 10:00am-12:00noon
Bobst Library
10th-floor Graduate Research Exchange (northwest corner)

To RSVP, go to

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"Queer Baroque: Perlongher strolls on Parque Lezama" (Nov 7, Comp Lit/CLACS)

The Department of Comparative Literature, Department of
Spanish and CLACS present a talk by …

Rubén Ríos Ávila
"Queer Baroque: Perlongher strolls on Parque Lezama"
Monday, November 7
6-8:00 pm
19 University Place – Great Room (1st floor)

Light reception to follow.

Rubén Ríos Ávila is Professor and Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Puerto Rico, where he teaches literary theory, the work of Jacques Lacan, Queer theory, and Latin-American literature and film. He is author of La raza cómica: del sujeto en Puerto Rico and of Embocadura, as well as numerous articles on Puerto Rican and Caribbean literature. He was for a number of years the literary reviews editor for the newspaper El Mundo, and served as the cultural critic for the TV program Cultura Viva; he coordinates the TV program EnCinta, a forum for film discussion and criticism. Ríos Ávila's journalism and critical work have been widely recognized. He has been awarded prizes by the Instituto de Literatura and the Pen Club.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Send Us Your Halloween Pics!

We'll post you in your festive finest here and on Draper's Facebook page.


Krull the Warrior King (Kristyn Goldberg's canine companion) in one of his favorite Halloween disguises: the Pumpkin Jester...

Good News! Updates & Announcements from Draper Community Members

Hilarie Ashton (January 2011) will be publishing her essay, "Urban (as) Flâneur: Narrator and City in Edgardo Vega Yunque's The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow Into The Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle," in LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES: Critiques of Contemporary Cinema, Literatures, Politics and Revolution (Academica Press) later this year or early in 2012.

Hilarie will also present her paper "The Doppelganger Artist: Reuse and/or Originality in Postmodernity and Popular Music" at the Canadian Association for American Studies Conference this November.

Mario Cancel-Bigay is a musician and songwriter. He will be performing his original compositions "I Got my NYU Card," "I Don't Have to Wear a Tie," "Please Forgive Me, I'm Unemployed," "Matriarchal Revolution," "In the Subway," and other witty and poetically critical songs at Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. in Harlem) on Thursday November 10th. Have a listen to Mario’s music and find out about his upcoming performances at

Heather Dodge (December 2010) recently presented her paper, "The New Animal Taxonomy: 'rendering' animals visible in Sue Coe's slaughterhouse sketches," at the 2nd Annual European Conference for Critical Animal Studies in Prague. In March, she will present another paper entitled, "Going to the Dogs: human and dog relationships in Marlene van Niekerk's Triomf" at the Northeast Modern Language Association's 2012 Convention.

She is also delighted that a co-authored paper, "The New Virtual Librarian: Learning to teach and teaching to learn digital literacy, " will be published in a special issue of Learning, Media and Technology sometime in 2012.

Russell MacKenzie Fehr (January 2009) presented at the Graduate Student History Conference and at the California Conference for the Promotion of History in October. He expects to be ABD by June of 2012.

April Fisher (May 2009) published her short story "Ecology" in the October edition of Burnt Bridge ( She gave her first reading in Brooklyn on Oct 12, 2011, at Linger Cafe's short story writer series. More of her stories can be found at

Yvonne C. Garrett (Draper 2010) and her fellow-poet Mary Ellen Sanger have put out their first book of poetry, Waiting for the end of the world: Thoughts of bullfrogs and guerrillas, through their own small press. The collection is available through Amazon, here.

Andrea Hines (May 2010) began a new position in August as the Executive Assistant to the Institute Director at NYU’s Neuroscience Institute.

Jess Kelly was invited to present her paper "Post-Colonial City Planning and Police Homicide in Derry, Northern Ireland and Los Angeles” at UPenn for the International Herbert Marcuse Society's "Critical Refusals" conference in October.

Jess’ paper, which discusses the similarities between the racialized violence and riots that occurred after the Rodney King incident and The Troubles in Northern Ireland, is the jumping-off point for her thesis research on the reactionary punk subculture of 1970s Northern Ireland - an exploration of the anti-capitalist, anti-establishment subculture (ethnicity?) and its rejection of the religious sectarianism and subsequent violence.

Additionally, Jess’ thesis abstract was accepted as one of 14 finalists for a special punk issue of the journal Patterns of Prejudice which will publish 12 of the 14 finalist papers in 2013.

Ji Hyuck Moon (May 2011) published his first collection of short stories, Two Nights With a Lion, in Korea this September. Ji Hyuck plans to translate this work into English in the near future and is currently looking for a literary agent.

Ji Hyuck was also recently hired as an adjunct instructor in NYU’s East Asian Studies Department. He is teaching one Elementary Korean Class this fall and says that teaching students the Korean language inspires him as a writer.

Devin D. Moss, M.S. Ed has been hired as LGBT Program Coordinator at the University of South Carolina November 1st. This is a newly created position at the institution, and he is thrilled to lead initiatives that will create safe and inclusive environments for LGBT students.

Kathleen Reeves (May 2011) published her article "Bodied Time and Ghosted Narrative in The Body Artist" 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.)

Cara Ryan began an internship at the Interfaith Center Of New York, working on the Catholic-Muslim Social Services Project on September 1st. The project, which involves Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, various churches, mosques and social services in the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan, complements Cara’s thesis, a study of the relationship between American Catholic and Muslim communities.

Corinne Woods was recently hired as the Production Manager for the inaugural year of the All for One Theater Festival, a ten day festival celebrating solo performance which begins 11.11.11 at Theatre 80 St. Marks.

And lastly...

Congratulations to former Draper Global Histories Fellow/current adjunct Maia Ramnath on her first major publication: Haj to Utopia: How the Ghadar Movement Charted Global Radicalism and Attempted to Overthrow the British Empire.

You can read the first chapter and/or purchase the book at the publisher website:

Aerial Dance Theater Show Features Draper's Maia Ramnath

Draper's own Maia Ramnath is not just a recently-published author, she's also an aerialist artist. Info below on her upcoming aerial-dance-theater collage:

Constellation Moving Company is pleased to share with you our latest aerial-dance-theater collage: Xenophilia, presented November 10-13 by Theater for the New City.

Not long ago, in the Milky Way Galaxy, there lived a writer of science fiction called Alice Bradley Sheldon, aka James Tiptree, Jr., and a writer of songs called Connie Converse. To many, their identities remained a mystery. They never met, but they should have. In our alternate universe they do. This full-length production is an homage to their work and lives, woven through text and movement. So come for astronauts, aliens, and astonishing airborne events...stay for moments of strange beauty and debates on love and death.

Assembled, directed and choreographed by Maia Ramnath (ground, rope, silks) with assists from Scott Combs and Rebecca Stronger (trapeze) and Elena Delgado (lyra).

Performed by Scott Combs, Elena Delgado, Lauren Ferguson, Jen Kovacs, Lisa Natoli, Maia Ramnath, Satomi Shikata, Lynda Sing, Rebecca Stronger, Nicole Tourtelot, and Susie Williams.

Costume design by Elena Delgado and Juanita Cardenas.

Lighting design by John Wilder.

Shows are at 8:00 Thursday-Saturday, 3:00 Sunday.

Tickets are 15$ general admission, 10$ for students and seniors.

Available at; box office at 212-254-1109.

Theater for the New City is located at 155 First Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

( Take L train to First Avenue or 6 train to Astor Place.

This piece was created in part through The Field’s Artist Residency program supported by the Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation, and presented through the help of Theater for the New City, with Executive Director Crystal Field.

A note on TNC: this space is a longtime mainstay of artistic community and innovative independent theater in the East Village. I’m proud to be part of that tradition, honored to contribute to it, and committed to the collective task of keeping this neighborhood alive far into the future as a center of non-commercial art and progressive politics, gentrification be damned.


Constellation Moving Company is a project based performance group specializing in multi-disciplinary collaborations that combine elements of dance, aerial acrobatics, music, text and/or video art. We aim to explore complex themes by allowing each medium do to what it does best, while mutually expanding their creative possibilities through the juxtaposition.

More information available at

If you like what we do, please consider helping to make it possible by making a donation in support of this and future projects. We are resourceful, dedicated and creative, and we know how to tie good knots; but even so our shoestrings can only hold together so much

Donations can be made here:

The Field is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization serving the New York City performing arts community. Contributions made to The Field and earmarked for Maia Ramnath/Constellation Moving Company are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

For more information about The Field contact: The Field, 161 Sixth Avenue, 14th Floor, New York NY 10013, (212) 691-6969, fax: (212) 255-2053,

A copy of The Field’s latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from The Field or from the Office of the Attorney General,Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.