Friday, December 16, 2011

Extended Deadline: NYU CALC "Networked New York," Mar. 9, 2012 (deadline Jan. 5)

"Networked New York" - call for papers

The Colloquium in American Literature and Culture at New York University invites proposals for our 2012 spring conference, "Networked New York." This symposium will take place on Friday, March 9, 2012, and will feature a keynote address by Marvin Taylor, Director of Fales Library & Special Collections and founder of the Downtown New York Collection.

We envision this conference as a forum for examining systems of interrelation among writers and artists who live, work, commune, and clash in New York City, whether physical New York (the city's buildings, streetscapes, neighborhoods), digitized New York (its blogs, websites, tweets), or institutional New York (its libraries, archives, museums). We aim to enable discussion about literary, artistic, and intellectual coteries in New York – past and present – and to consider the influence of such communities on the cultural production the city generates as well as on the city itself. To these ends, we hope to include papers from a range of historical and disciplinary contexts.

Our keynote panel will probe the specific concerns that the geographies and institutional landscapes of New York City bring to bear on archives and collecting in both contemporary and historical contexts. To this end, we also seek papers that may address similar subjects, particularly radical archives in New York and/or key strategies for making and using contemporary archives in the city. How does one address the archival presence or absence of certain communities or spaces in New York City?

Other potential paper topics include but are not limited to explorations of the following:

- Neighborhood dynamics and artistic communities

- Collaborations among artists, writers, readers, viewers

- Circulation of ideas and materials

- New York street life and material culture

- Urban space and identity

- Sites, scenes, and modes of interaction

- Digital media and the city

Please send a brief CV and abstract, 300-500 words in length, to Annie Abrams and Blevin Shelnutt by January 5, 2012. Please direct any questions about the conference to this address.

Draper and Anamesa parties this Friday, 12/16!

Once more, with feeling!
Please Join the Draper Master's Program for our Year-End Celebration
Friday, December 16
Starting at 5:00 PM
14 University Place, 1st Floor

There will be food, drink, and good cheer. We hope to see you there!

If you know your plans, RSVPs are much appreciated:

Don't forget about the Anamesa Launch Party!

Friday, December 16, 8pm-10pm
Peculier Pub, 145 Bleeker St.
Anamesa will cover your first 2 drinks

The editors look forward to celebrating the new issue with you!

Thesis Submission & Thesis Topic Approval Due Today, 12/16

A friendly reminder to Draperites!

If you're planning on graduating in January, you must turn in your thesis (and corresponding paperwork) by 5pm today, 12/16. When you come in, please deliver it directly to the front-desk.

If you're planning on graduating in May, you'll want to hand in your thesis topic approval form this Friday as well. Simply leave it in Robert's box (bottom left hand corner of the wooden mailboxes behind my desk). We will email you when it's been approved.

Contact our offices if you have any questions.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Museum Studies Course, Spring '12

As with the recently posted English courses, below is a Museum Studies course that still has space and is welcoming Draper students. The course is NOT crosslisted.

To register, please email Museum Studies at


(Class # 1858)

4 points

Instructor – Dr. Haidy Geismar

Wednesday, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

240 Greene Street, Room 410

This course takes as its starting point the importance of museums and collecting in the foundational period of the discipline of anthropology and traces the role that ‘cultural objects’ have had in thinking about cultural difference, and within cultural analysis before analyzing what tropes and styles are entailed within cultural representation and the representation of culture. We will also examine the role of museums as sites of fieldwork and as generators of research methodologies focused on material culture. We will investigate the history and nature of the anthropology collections, as well as thinking through the forms of knowledge engendered by artifacts and the kinds of collaborative practices that emerge in contemporary ethnographic museums. Other topics will include global trends in the emergence of new museums of culture, cultures of dealing and collection, the place of anthropological collections in art museums (and vice versa), the diverse relationships between museums and “source” communities, and the multiple contemporary forms of repatriation.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Foucault Society Colloquium: Wednesday, 12/14

The Foucault Society, NYC
2011 Colloquium Series: New Research in Foucault Studies

Our popular Colloquium Series continues next week! We are delighted to invite you to another evening of critical dialogue and light refreshment. Join the discussion, celebrate the end of the semester and find out how you can help shape the Foucault Society's agenda for 2012. All are welcome.

Dominique E. Johnson, Ph.D.

"Critical Dilemmas and Methodological Regimes: Toward a Genealogy of an Empirical Borderland"

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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

This paper engages in a Foucaultian critique of quantitative methodologies. Situating Foucault's discussions of the carceral society and regimes of verification in the context of work by Patricia Hill Collins and Sandra Harding, I examine the dilemmas that emerge when using critical theory to frame quantitative social research. The paper looks carefully at the silencing of intersectional identities that often occurs when quantitative data is used for the construction, maintenance and representation of social identities, and argues that these dilemmas challenge us to expand our conceptualizations of what it is to do quantitative research, particularly for intersectional analysis. Engaging both the risks and opportunities that arise from seeking to enter the quantitative matrix, the paper concludes by considering the various implications of living and working in the empirical borderlands while making a critical intervention into existing methodological regimes.

Speaker bio:
Dominique Johnson (Ph.D., Urban Education, Temple University) is Assistant Professor of Law and Society and a member of the Women and Gender Studies convening group in the School of Social Science and Human Services at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Dr. Johnson is currently the Chair of the American Democracy Project at Ramapo College.

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. All are welcome. We will have wine and snacks. Suggested donation: $5.

RSVPs are appreciated. E-mail:

**As part of our ongoing fundraiser, we will have hardcover copies of Foucault's book, 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.


Twitter: @foucaultsociety



For directions to the CUNY Graduate Center, please see:

Open English Courses of Potential Interest

The following English classes have room and are open/welcoming to Draper students. Please contact the department if you're interested in registering.


Professor Carolyn Dinshaw

This course has twin objectives, one building on the other:
First, it will explore the emerging field of ecocriticism by reading works of philosophy, history, political theory, environmental studies, cultural studies, and literary criticism and theory. Readings will include works by Martin Heidegger, Raymond Williams, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Timothy Morton, Bruno Latour, Jane Bennett, Arne Naess, Cary Wolfe, and Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands and Bruce Erickson.
Second, it will consider some (mostly late) medieval English texts with an eye focused by this ecocritical reading. In the medieval texts we will necessarily engage some conventional topoi (the goddess Natura, the Former Age, earthly paradise, New Jerusalem, etc.), discover modes of interdependence between the human and the non-human, and consider hybrid forms of life. Readings will include De Planctu Natura (The Complaint of Nature), The Book of John Mandeville, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and the Parliament of Fowls.

Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment in Britain
Visiting Professor Henry Abelove

In this course we will focus on a set of closely related British non-fiction prose works of the middle to late eighteenth century, especially as they treat empire, sexuality, and religiosity. Our approach will include both formal and historical analysis. Several short papers will be required; a research paper will be optional. Principal readings will be drawn from David Hume’s ethical writings, Jonathan Swift’s writings on British imperialism in Ireland, Samuel Johnson’s Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, James Boswell’s London Journal, Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, John Wesley’s Sermons and Journals, and Edmund Burke’s Letter to a Noble Lord and his parliamentary speeches on British imperialism in India. Class meetings will be discussion-based.
Students will be expected to acquire these four paperback books: Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and Journal of A Tour to the Hebrides, ed. Peter Levi, Penguin English Classics; Edward Gibbon, History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, ed. Womersley, Penguin Classics; James Boswell, Boswell’s London Journal, 1762-1763, ed. Pottle, Yale University Press; Edmund Burke, On Empire, Liberty, and Reform: Edmund Burke’s Speeches and Letters, ed. Bromwich, Yale University Press.