Friday, November 11, 2011

Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity conference Saturday, 11/12/11

Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity | Saturday, November 12, 2011
301 Philosophy Hall


9:00am-9:30am | Welcome and Breakfast

PANEL 1: "Edutecture CU Teachers College Collaborative"
"Edutecture: Post-Representiationalist Design as Post-Modern Praxis."

CU Teacher's College collaborative
Blake Victor Seidenshaw (Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, Teachers College, CU)
Victoria Netanus (Sociology and Education, Teachers College, CU)
Chris Moffett (Philosophy and Education, Teachers College, CU)

Monica Patrice Barra (Cultural Anthropology, Graduate Center, CUNY)
David Backer (Philosophy and Education, Teachers College, CU)

Ethan Jucovy (Independent Scholar)

PANEL 2: "Interdisciplinarity Between Art and Science"
11:00am - 12:30pm
Disscussant: Jay Gundacker, History

John R. Blakinger, UC Berkeley
Models for Art and Science Collaboration:
Gyorgy Kepes at MIT and the Rise of Cold War Interdisciplinarity in the Visual Arts

Matthew Ramirez, UC Berkeley
Towards a Physiology of Drama: Plot Algorithms with Applications in Playwriting, Interactive Drama, and Collaborative Filtering

Robert Lewis and Matthew Luckett, Michigan State and UCLA
Cowboy morality in historical mass media: Barriers to an interdisciplinary investigation of dime novels and westward expansion

12:30pm-1:30pm | Lunch

D. Graham Burnett presenting with Artist Lisa Young
1:30pm - 2:30pm

"In Lies Begins Responsibilities: Parafiction and Interdisciplinary Practice"

D. Graham Burnett is a professor of History, Princeton University and Editor, CabinetMagazine
Discussant: Marwa El Skakry, Associate Professor, Department of History

PANEL 3: Historical Interdisciplinarities and Interdisciplinary Histories
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Discussant: Owen Cornwall, MESAAS

Arthur Dudney, MESAAS, Columbia University
"Interdisciplinarity before Disciplines, the View from Early-Modern South Asia"

Irene Plantholt, Near Eastern Languages, Columbia University
"An interdisciplinary approach towards ancient Mesopotamian medicine"

3:30pm-3:45pm | Coffee

PANEL 4: Borders, Spaces, Disciplines
3:45pm - 5:15pm

Discussant: Yohann Ripert, Department of French and Romance Philology

Lori Cole, Department of Comparative Literature, NYU
"Reading Revista de Avance Across Disciplines"

Alvram Alpert, University of Pennsylvania
"Rousseau's Modernity and Suzuki's Zen"

Ginger Nolan, History of Architecture, Columbia University
"'Great Books for Fat Men' and Simple Tests for 'Savage Minds': How the Humanities Made a Global Humanity"

5:15pm - 6:15pm

"On Institutionalizing Interdisciplinarity"

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor, Columbia University
Lydia Liu, Wu Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, EALAC, Columbia University

Moderated by Stathis Gourgouris, Professor of Classics and Director, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

The ICLS Graduate Student Planning Committee would like to thank the following departments for their generous support: GSAC, GSAPP, EALAC, History, French and Romance Philology, MESAAS at Columbia University

For more information, please visit our website:

Free Creative Writing Workshop at Draper, Nov. 18 (Led by Draper Student Vanessa Hamra)

Draper student Vanessa Hamra is completing training to lead creative writing workshops for the New York Writer's Coalition, an organization which facilitates creative writing workshops for those historically without a voice in New York City. As the final step of her training, Vanessa will be leading a creative writing workshop here at Draper. Vanessa would like to invite Draper students to attend this free workshop. All the information is below, but please email Vanessa directly to RSVP. The workshop will be capped at 12 people.

Creative Writing Workshop Led by Vanessa Hamra
Friday, November 18
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Draper Map Room

The details:
  • The workshop is a free New York Writer's Coalition workshop
  • All writing genres and levels are welcome.
  • There will be coffee & treats

RSVP Required! Email Vanessa at to register.

Upcoming Lecture 11/14: The National Museum of the American Indian after 9/11

John Haworth -- Monday, November 14, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.
Director, National Museum of the American Indian's George Gustav Heye Center
The National Museum of the American Indian after 9/11:
Lessons Learned in Cultural Representation, Civic Engagement and Reconciliation
Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, Room 301

Co-Sponsored by the Program in Museum Studies, the Native Studies Forum, and the Department of Anthropology

Museum Studies Fall 2011 Speaker Series: .

Program in Museum Studies
Graduate School of Arts and Science
New York University
240 Greene Street, Suite 400, New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-8080; Fax: 212-995-4185



Thursday, November 10, 2011

Alumna Hilarie Ashton on the CAAS Conference in Ottawa

Draper alumna Hilarie Ashton (January 2011) attended the annual conference of the Canadian Association of American Studies in Ottawa last weekend where she presented a paper. She wrote about her experience at the conference, which you can read belo. Congrats, Hilarie!

This weekend, I attended the annual conference of the Canadian Association of American Studies (CAAS) in Ottawa, Ontario. The conference, sponsored by Carleton University’s Centre for Research in American Studies, took as its theme the aesthetics of renewal, an idea that caught and kept my attention from the abstract submission stage through the conference itself. I came away from the plenaries and sessions more interested than ever in the place of American Studies on the world stage and the intersections and interactions that it can have with other disciplines (in particular national, ethnic, and cultural studies).

The paper I presented is entitled "The Doppelganger Artist: Reuse and/or Originality in Postmodernity and Popular Music." Based on the interesting ways in which it fit with the other papers on the panel, I'm planning to expand it for publication. My basic argument is that the phenomenon I'm calling the "entertainment doppelganger," or artist who creates a persona or a work by adopting elements of another artist's persona or work, is especially affected by the postmodern era (or whatever might be developing in its place). I argued that these doppelgangers' almost plagiarism, while nothing new, historically, is abetted by our era's free flowing Internet, new media, Twitterpated atmosphere (one of which, it must be said, I am a rather ardent fan). The panel that featured my paper was on remixed music, and there was so much synergy between my paper and the one that preceded it, on Girl Talk and other mashup artists, that I couldn't help but refer to it during my presentation.

Other highlights: a panel entitled "What Do Things Want" that combined papers on kitsch and flea market culture; the politics of photography (subjects including vinyl records and a typed reproduction of On The Road); and the intersections between fashion and (Judeo-Christian) religion. I also highly enjoyed two of the several keynotes: one by Drs. Linda and Michael Hutcheon (she, University Professor in the Department of English and the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, and he, Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto) on opera, and one by Anthony Stewart, a professor of English at Dalhousie University, on the New Black American in Colson Whitehead and in the lyrics of the band Fishbone.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

11/17/11: A Symposium of Curatorial Interventions

A Symposium of Curatorial Interventions

Nov 17, 2011 | 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

A Symposium of Curatorial Interventions

Curated by Lissette Olivares

A Symposium of Curatorial Interventions seeks to open a dialogical space where exhibition practitioners can share interdisciplinary approaches and tactics that encourage vitality within the field of museum and curatorial studies. The Oxford English Dictionary defines intervention as “‘stepping in,’ or interfering in any affair, so as to affect its course or issue. Curatorial intervention is not yet an extensively theorized or historicized topic. We might say it engages exhibitionary histories with hopes of transforming the ways displays are produced and the ways audiences relate to them.

For more information on the symposium, please see the website, here: