Friday, January 27, 2012

Grant in Arts Inclusion: Disability, Design, Curation (Deadline Feb. 15)

Call for Applications:

Graduate Student Summer School Grant


Arts Inclusion: Disability, Design, Curation

Location and Dates:

University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) at UC Irvine

June 12-20, 2012

Program Details:

A one-week residency for 8 artists and 12-14 graduate students. Three NYU graduate students will be selected to attend, funded by the NYU Council for the Study of Disability, the GSAS Dean’s Office, and the Steinhardt Dean’s Office. Leading scholars in disability studies will offer daily workshops on disability and access in the arts. Other events include film screenings, performances, and open studios with artists-in-residence. The summer school will culminate in a final day of informal public presentations, with participants sharing their questions and findings.

Travel, accommodations, and most meals will be provided for graduate student attendees.

Participating scholars include Patrick Anderson, Georgina Kleege, Catherine Kudlick, Heather Love, Mara Mills, Susan Schweik, Joshua Miele, and others still to be announced.

Participating artists include Terry Galloway, Sara Hendren, Jürg Koch, Victoria Ann Lewis, Catherine Lord, Victoria Marks, Darrin Martin, and Alison O’Daniel.

Application Details:

NYU graduate students should submit the following via e-mail to Mara Mills, <>, by February 15, 2012:

· a 1-page c.v.

· a 1-2 page written statement regarding your interest/experience in disability, access, and the arts

Awards will be announced by mid-March.

Note: The grant recipients will be asked to report on the summer school at a meeting of the NYU Council for the Study of Disability during the 2012-2013 schoolyear.

Recycle Your Old Cell Phones, Glasses, Greeting Cards at NYU in February!

Dear Members of the NYU Community,

The NYU Administrative Management Council's Community Service Committee is running a recycling items collection drive during the months of January and February for the NYU community.

Drop Off Collection Items being sought include:

old cell phones
holiday, birthday, and general greeting cards -- only the front of the cards, please -- please rip the back of the card off before donating it.

Collection Item sought for that will be picked up include:

canes, crutches and walkers

Please see the following web location for further information, including drop off locations :

Please circulate this information within your area to others.

Call For Submissions: Anamesa Spring 2012


Anamesa, Spring 2012

blur boundaries, re-imagine links, explore the between

Anamesa, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal of graduate student writing and art based at New York University, is now accepting submissions for its Spring 2011 print issue. Current and recent graduate students across all disciplines are encouraged to send in their writing–including but not limited to academic essays, creative non-fiction, reportage, interviews, reviews, short stories, and poetry–and visual art of any sort, keeping in mind that the journal is a printed publication. Anamesa considers material from a variety of subject matters and selects creative, intelligent works that reflect the transdisciplinary nature of the graduate community.


Works of writing should be 6000 words or less. Nonfiction works must include an abstract of 200 words or less. Academic papers must adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style. All submissions are blind-reviewed so there should be no author-identifying information in the text of the written work, although author’s contact information should be included in the cover sheet as detailed below. Although the publication will be in English, we are also interested in texts in translation.

Visual art submissions must be in digital format with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI and minimum size of 5 x 7 inches.

The submission deadline is Friday, February 17.

Send submissions and inquiries to Please include a cover page with your name, departmental affiliation, expected degree and date, telephone number, and email address (this can be in the body of your email). We accept multiple submissions, but we ask that you place each submission in a different email message. All submissions should be emailed with the subject heading listing the relevant genre (e.g., “nonfiction,” “fiction,” “poetry,” or “art”).

For further information and to view previous issues of Anamesa, visit Printed copies of Anamesa are available at the office for the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Humanities and Social Thought at 14 University Place.

Thought You Might Enjoy This Song

A sort-of-topical, truly catchy theme for grad students everywhere. "When I Write My Master's Thesis" from John K. Samson.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Shift - Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture, Issue 5 Reminder

Call for Papers

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 to Papers must be submitted to the editors of Shift by 01 March 2012. The journal launch will take place 01 October 2012.

Selection Process

For each issue, submitted papers will be reviewed by an Editorial Committee composed of current graduate students from The University of Western Ontario. Papers considered the strongest will be sent to the Editorial Board, which is composed of upper-level graduate students and established scholars. Papers judged by the Editorial Board as contributing to existing scholarship will be accepted for publication in the journal.

All papers are selected by blind jury panel, and are therefore considered refereed.

Submission and Style Guidelines

Please read the following points carefully before submitting to Shift. Submissions that do not follow these regulations will not be considered for publication.

  1. Authors must be registered as graduate students at the time they submit their work.
  2. All papers must conform to the style guidelines as outlined in The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th or newer edition.
  3. All papers must be double spaced with 1-inch margins. Font must be Arial 11. All papers must be paginated, including the first page, with numbers located on the bottom right hand corner.
  4. Images should be placed in-text throughout the paper, not located together at the end. All images and figures should be properly captioned according to The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th or newer edition. Authors are responsible for securing rights to all images and figures used within their paper. Authors must produce evidence that these rights have been obtained before an image or figure will be published.
  5. In order to ensure blind readings from the Editorial Committee and Editorial Board, authors must remove any identifying information from the content of the submission and from the document's 'properties'.
  6. Please submit a separate document with the authors' names, title of paper, institution, email address, phone number, and an abstract of 250 words or less with a list of 3-5 keywords to enhance the discoverability of your article online.
  7. There are differing length restrictions depending on the type of manuscript submitted to the journal. Academic papers must be 2500 to 6250 words, while reviews for exhibitions, books, and other art-related events must be 1000 to 1500 words.
  8. This journal is online only. All manuscripts should be sent by email to Submissions must be received the editors of Shift by midnight on 01 March 2012 to be considered for publication in issue 5.
  9. Issue 5 will be published online on 01 October 2012.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Call for Proposals, Triple Canopy, Due February 13

Proposals are due by midnight on Monday, February 13, 2012 for Triple Canopy's third annual call for proposals. Commissions will be considered under six project areas and published in the course of the next year. Artistic, editorial, and technical staff will work closely with contributors as they develop the best approach to realizing their projects on the Web, from the conceptual phase to the design and technological production. Recipients receive:

• Three to six months of artistic, editorial, and technical support

• Honorarium of up to $300 as well as material costs
• Opportunity to present the project to an audience in the form of a reading, workshop, or discussion
• Opportunity for inclusion in our annual print publication, Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy, as well as our ongoing broadsheet series
• Archiving and long-term maintenance of the final project by technical staff

Triple Canopy welcomes artist projects that treat the Internet as a medium and seek to develop ideas that engage with—but reach beyond—its specific qualities and attendant modes of readership and viewership; artful reporting, intelligible philosophizing, distinctive fictionalizing and the like. Because of Triple Canopy's unique interface we encourage writers not to be bound by the standard styles of magazine, art, and academic writing.

Applicants will be notified by March 1 whether their proposals have reached the second round of review. Commission recipients will be announced on April 3. Projects will be developed in collaboration with Triple Canopy for publication in the online magazine (or live presentation in New York) between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

View our submission guidelines »

View past commission recipients »

GSAS' Second Annual Threesis Challenge for MA Students: One Week Until Deadline (1/31)

Draper encourages applications to GSAS' second annual Threesis Academic Challenge for Master's students. Eight of Draper's students participated in last year's challenge and two of our students were semi-finalists. More information about Threesis is below or is available on the GSAS website here. The application is attached, or can be picked up in hard copy in Draper's office.

Save the date and submit your Application today for the 2012 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge will be held on March 30th (qualifying rounds) and March 31st (final rounds)

The application for the 2012 GSAS
Threesis Academic Challenge is open! This academic competition is for GSAS Master's Students. Students present the work of their thesis or final project (eg. creative project, science experiment or research paper) to a panel of judges in accessible language a non-expert can understand in three minutes or less. Competitors are judged on how well they grasp the subject of their thesis, their ability to discuss the topic to non-experts and presentation skills. Students compete for a grand prize of $1,000 and other prizes while learning to organize ideas and speak about them persuasively in a fun, academic atmosphere.

Look at what one competitor had to say about last year's experience:

The Threesis encourages students to take a step back from their research to see how it sits in a world outside of academia. It is about explaining what you are writing about in a way that grandma and grandpa, mom and dad and the random person that you meet on the street can understand. It is the opposite of what were are trained to do in our masters work and that's what makes it so challenging.
Jailee Rychen 2011 GSAS
Threesis Winner

Have you submitted your 2012 Threesis application? To submit your application, send the application and your abstract to Applications are due by January 31st!

Watch the highlight video from last year's competition here:

Important News from the Wasserman Center for Career Development

  • Be a Wasserblogger: We are launching our blog this semester, and want your career perspectives. For more information please e-mail
  • Spring Job & Internship Fair: Thursday, Feb. 2, 11:00am to 3:00pm at the Kimmel Center. Meet with employers in all industries to explore part-time and full-time opportunities as well as internships.
  • Government & Non-Profit Expo: Friday, Feb. 17, 10:00am to 3:00pm at Georgetown University. Travel to Washington, DC to meet employers hiring for full-time employment and internships in the government, non-profit, and public service sectors. To sign up for a bus to DC or learn about other travel options, go to the Wasserman website. Transportation is provided by the Wasserman Center on a first-come/first-served basis. Registration is required in advance. For more information, call 212.998.4730.
  • Women's Foreign Policy Group Mentor Fair: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6:30pm at the Kimmel Center. Network informally in round-table discussions with senior-level experts. Co-sponsored by the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. RSVP required.
  • Class of 2012 Resume Book Collection: Through January 26, the Wasserman Center will collect resumes for the Class of 2012 Resume Books, which are distributed to hundreds of employers. Resume critique is required. Visit for details.
  • Class of 2013: On-Campus Recruitment for Summer Internships: If you are thinking about finding a summer 2012 internship, the early stages of your job search should begin now -- many industries will start recruiting Class of 2013 graduates for summer internships in January. That means that it is time to register for the On-Campus Recruitment (OCR) program. Visit for details.
  • Funded Internship Award Application: The Wasserman Center for Career Development is accepting spring semester applications for the Funded Internship Award. Students pursuing unpaid internships at non-profits, government agencies, arts organizations and other industries that do not traditionally pay their interns may apply for this selective $1,000 award. Details and application instructions available at; deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 2:00pm.

Monday, January 23, 2012

NYUAD Lecture Series in NY: Contemporary Photography in the Middle East

Contemporary Photography in the Middle East

February 8, 2012

Exhibition Opening | 5:30-6:30 PM
Artist Talk | 6:30-8:00 PM

Location: 19 Washington Square North

Yasser Alwan Cairo-based Photographer
Shamoon Zamir
Associate Professor of Literature and Visual Arts, NYUAD

In conversation with Shamoon Zamir, Yasser Alwan discusses his first retrospective exhibition of photographs hosted by NYU Abu Dhabi, which features images from Egypt as well as his 25 years of travel throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The photographs focus on the common and the quotidian; ordinary people going about their daily lives in a world that has been steadily decaying around them until they discover their collective strength lies in their individual weakness.

Part of the series on The New Middle East

Space is limited. Please RSVP to

Visit NYUAD Events for more information.

Anamesa Spring Kickoff Party THIS FRIDAY (1/27)

Hello Draperites!

We hope you've had a fantastic January term and are as excited as we are to get going with the Spring journal. To welcome everyone back, we are holding our Spring 2012 KICKOFF PARTY on Friday following the Draper welcome party.

When: Friday, January 27 8pm-10pm
Where: Peculier Pub
The Deal: Same as last time, Anamesa will provide your first 2 drinks and you will receive a discount beyond that.

Please join your Anamesa editors to toast a successful Spring journal! We hope to see you there, and have a wonderful first week of classes.

All the best,
The Anamesa Editors


2012 AGLSP annual conference

The Crisis of the Book:
Worlds of Opportunity, Worlds of Change
October 18–20, 2012
Portland, Oregon

Hosted by the Reed College
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program

Call for papers/presentations

In the current electronic age, a few keystrokes will deliver vast amounts of information instantly and allow us to
communicate with a wide audience indiscriminately. In this changing landscape, what is the role of the printed book
as transmitter of knowledge and as material object? Revolutions in technology throughout history have changed the
way we receive and process information, even the way we think about ideas. From scroll to codex, printing press to
computer screen, just as familiar modes of communication disappear, new possibilities and opportunities take their
place. This interdisciplinary conference will place the transformation in print culture in a historical framework, and will
reflect upon the changing nature of text delivery and the experience of reading.

How is knowledge produced? What role does the text play as cultural, material, and sacred object? How do we “read”
historically, culturally, popularly, and what is the future of the practice of reading? What is the place of the modern
library in the electronic age? How does the new field of media studies reflect evolving social contexts? How do we “see”
graphic novels or navigate through hypertext fiction? What questions concerning copyright and intellectual property
does the digital age raise?

The 2012 AGLSP Annual Conference invites papers addressing how knowledge and ideas are produced and
disseminated. In this context, we welcome a broader definition of “text” to include electronic, film, pictorial, etc. Special
consideration will be given to submissions which address the integration of this theme into Liberal Studies curricula
and classes.

Paper presentation should be 20 minutes long with an additional 5 to 10 minutes for questions. Please submit a one
to two page abstract electronically to Barbara Amen (, MALS director at Reed College, by May 1.
(Be sure to write “AGLSP Submission” in the subject line.) Also, please include multi-media requirements, although we
encourage presenters to give judicious consideration to the effective use of PowerPoint.

Additional conference information at

Draper Student Profile: Samuel Belkin

Samuel Belkin answers the Draper Dozen

1. When did you start at Draper?

Fall 2010

2. Are you a full or part-time student?


3. Where are you from?

Born in Durham, NC, raised in Scarsdale, NY, and have lived in Manhattan for the last seven years

4. What are your primary research interests?

I’m all over the place. In Draper I’ve taken two non-fiction writing courses, two philosophy courses, one on Kafka, one on Hitchcock, a fiction-writing course…

For my thesis I focus on three ‘movements’ in popular music of the 20th century: rock n roll, punk, and hip hop—the ones that really transformed mainstream culture worldwide. While historical circumstances give each of these movements its own identity, a close and analytical look shows that they are all expressions of the same human impulse. I argue that this impulse is a manifestation of a metaphysical idea that Nietzsche explored in his first book The Birth of Tragedy: the co-existence of two artistic forces in nature, which he names the Apolline and Dionysiac.

5. Why did you choose to pursue an interdisciplinary degree at Draper?

I wanted to be a better writer. I did undergrad at Tisch in the recorded music program, but obviously I have a very broad range of interests. I wanted to take the kinds of classes I didn’t have the chance to take before.

6. What do you plan to do after Draper?

Get a job. I'm keeping an open mind. I would ideally like to turn my thesis paper into a book. But I'll have to see how feasible that sounds in a couple months.

7. Do you have any special activities or projects outside of your academic work?

I am a songwriter and recording artist. I used to play in a band called Nobody Can Dance, but now I’m on my own and just released my first solo record. It’s called Seven Songs, and it can be heard and downloaded at It’s all completely free, not even an email address is required, so I encourage people to go and download it.

This particular project, Seven Songs, I would categorize probably as folk or singer/songwriter or something. This project is definitely more of a mellow, acoustic affair, with very short songs about simple things, like new love, old love, jealousy, etc. Kind of like a more lo-budget Leslie Feist. These particular songs were written at different times, the first track is from 2005, the last from 2009. None are new. I have a catalog of songs I've written, a shoe box full of notebooks and scraps of paper, and I chose ten of them that fit together on an album, and then I only ended up recording seven of them. So that's where Seven Songs comes from.

8. How does living and studying in New York impact your educational experience?

Living in New York has shaped who I am, for better or worse. I may have spent my childhood in Westchester, but my post-high school years were truly my formative years, emotionally and intellectually, and they were all spent in NYC. I don’t know if I’ll be able to define its influence on me until I know what it’s like to live somewhere else.

9. Is there any one place (museum, library, shop, park, etc.) in New York that is your favorite? Why?

I love the 48 cents rack at the Strand, a dive bar in the East Village called B Side, and Amy’s Bread below my apartment in Hell’s Kitchen.

10. Coffee or tea?


11. Are you a fan and/or user of social media? Why or why not?

I’m a fan of Facebook. I think it’s amazing to be able to see how your childhood friends have grown up, who they’ve become—people I otherwise would have forgotten. It’s also currently my only means of publicity as a recording artist.

12. What was the last book you read for fun (not for class or research)?

Einstein’s Dreams, by Alan Lightman. Before that, The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy and a novella called The Beach of Falesà by Robert Louis Stevenson.

13. If you were not in academia, what would you be doing?

I’d probably be drooling in an office from nine to five, or working for peanuts in that circus they call the music industry. At least that’s where my resume shows the most experience. I do have career aspirations as a songwriter, but music is so abundant these days that it has no financial value anymore. When you start to rely on your music for a paycheck, there are strict rules you have to follow. It ruins all the fun. But working for other artists doesn’t strike me as an ideal alternative.

I very much enjoy writing about music, as well as film and literature, and I would love to pursue a career path that allows me to do that. I’ve always been an analytical thinker, but school is what has helped me become an analytical writer. So were I not in academia, I’d probably have some day job that I didn’t find very fulfilling.

Happy First Day of Classes

Hope to see you on Friday for our kick-off-the-semester-and-
celebrate-our-graduates party.
Have a wonderful week!