Thursday, February 23, 2012

Prometheus in Drift: An Evening of Modernist Readings, 3/2

PROMETHEUS IN DRIFT an evening of modernist readings, featuring:

G o e t h e - H รถ l d e r l i n - R e n a r d - K l e i s t - W a l s e r - V a l e r y
B e c k e t t - K a f k a - S t e v e n s - Y e s e n i n - B a u d e l a i r e
M y a k o v s k y - C e l a n

friday, 03.02, 7pm nyu kimmel, rm 909, 60 washington sq s

if you would like to volunteer to read one of the selections or have any questions about the event, please contact


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Reminder: Call for Papers: DSO Grad Conference -- Arriving at Confluence

Don't forget! Submissions Due to by March 1, 2012

Arriving at Confluence

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at New York University

“Thus I have made as it were a small globe of the intellectual world, as truly and faithfully as I could discover.”
Francis Bacon, 1605

The John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University is pleased to announce a call for papers for our first graduate conference, Arriving at Confluence. The conference will be held on Saturday, April 28th, 2012.

Confluence here means bringing the knowledge and methodologies of multiple academic disciplines together. The modern world in particular may best be understood at the points where different bodies of knowledge, different means of exploring the world, and different ways of expressing insight meet. This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore how contemporary issues and recent global phenomena can be better understood through the interaction of multiple discourses in a variety of academic fields, including not only the social sciences but also the natural sciences and humanities.

Understanding the knowledge enterprise as a search for answers to questions that often transcend traditional disciplinary limits has implications for discussions on a variety of topics, including (but certainly not limited to): the state and popular government,  capitalism and markets, revolution and evolution, socialism, nationalism, globalization, corporatism, mass media and technology, modernism and postmodernism, identity and diversity.

We invite papers by current graduate students from all disciplines. These may be theoretical, empirical, applied, or narrative (or a combination of the above). We are particularly interested in work that crosses traditional academic boundaries, applying ‘conventional’ insights and methodologies to novel problems, and/or applying new ways of thinking and organizing knowledge to old questions. We are also interested in work that considers new ways of expressing insight in a heavily mediated world where traditional forms of narrative and exposition may (or may not) be giving way to paradigms in digital mediation. We are interested in contributors who examine the questions of modernity through the lenses multiple disciplines.

Arriving at Confluence will also feature work by selected contributors to the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 issues of Anamesa, the Draper Program’s interdisciplinary journal.

Please submit a 300-350 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper/presentation to by March 1st, 2012. Accepted presenters will be notified by email no later than March 8th, 2012.

New Summer Crosslists with English

Dear Students:

Draper is happy to confirm three new crosslisted courses with the English department during the summer 2012 semester. The course information and descriptions are below.

Please remember that Draper does not have formal advising for the summer semester, nor access codes for our summer course offerings. You can register directly on Albert for any of the classes below. Contact Robert Dimit directly (robert[dot]dimit@nyu[dot]edu) with any concerns about summer registration.


Session One: May 21 - June 29, 2012
  1. DRAP-GA.2197: Topics in Modern Literature and Culture: New York in the Age of Warhol
    • Tuesday / Thursday, 4:30 - 6:30 PM -- Prof. Bryan Waterman

  2. DRAP-GA.2953: Major Texts in Critical Theory: On Words and Things
    • Monday / Wednesday, 4:00 - 6:00 PM -- Prof. Shireen Patell

Session Two: July 2 - August 10, 2012
  1. DRAP-GA.2905: Topics in Postcolonial Literature: The Novel and (in) the World
    • Tuesday / Thursday, 4:00 - 6:00 PM -- Prof. Toral Gajarawala

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Burden of Choice: Guns (A Talk w/ John Feinblatt, 2/29 -- Columbia University)

The Institute for religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia invites you to the following event.

Burden of Choice: Guns

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012, 6:30-8pm
International Affairs, Room 707
420 West 118th Street

A conversation with John Feinblatt, the chief policy adviser to Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York and the lead architect of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Moderated by Gillian Metzger, Stanley H. Fuld Professor of Law at Columbia University.

Burden of Choice is a conversation series about how proliferating choices in a liberal democracy both liberate and constrain us, including charitable giving on February 15; waste on March 28; and debt on April 3.

NYU Anachronic Shakespeare Poetics & Theory Conference at NYU: Feb 24-25

You are cordially invited to the annual conference of the NYU Poetics and Theory Certificate Program:

Anachronic Shakespeare
A Poetics and Theory Conference
February 24-February 25, 2012
New York University
Jurow Hall, Silver Center
24-26 Waverly Place at Washington Square East
New York, NY 10003

Friday, February 24th

10:00 Welcome

10:15 John Archer, Shakespeare's Poor Beast (English, NYU)

11:45 Stuart Elden, The Geopolitics of King Lear: Territory, Land, Earth (Geography, Durham University)

2:30 Vike Plock, Made in Germany: Joyce Reading Goethe Reading Hamlet (English, University of Exeter)

3:45 Rebecca Comay, Hamletizations (Benjamin, Schmitt.....) (Philosophy, University of Toronto)

5:30 Keynote: Samuel Weber, Forgetting the Hobby-Horse: Hamlet Between Schmitt and Benjamin
(Comparative Literature, Northwestern University)

6:30 Response by Julia Lupton (English, UC Irvine)

Saturday, February 25th

10:00 Anselm Haverkamp, Life in the Sonnets: On Life’s Anachronic Nature (English, NYU)

11:15 Julia Lupton, Softscapes: Shakespeare by Design (English, UC Irvine)

2:00 Closing Roundtable

Sponsored by the DFG Graduiertenkolleg Lebensformen und Lebenswissen
(Graduate Research Colloquium in Forms of Life and the Know-How of
Living), the NYU Certificate in Poetics and Theory, and the NYU
Comparative Literature Department.

Conference organized by Elizabeth Bonapfel, Martin Harries, Anselm

Haverkamp, and Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz.

Call for Submissions: The L Magazine Wants Your Short Fiction

Call for Submissions: The L Magazine Wants Your Short Fiction

The L Magazine is proud to announce our eighth Literary Upstart, The Search for Pocket Fiction competition.

Writers are encouraged to submit their previously unpublished short fiction (a maximum of 1,500 words).

Semi-finalists, fifteen in total, will be invited to participate in one of three readings in Williamsburg, in front of a live, lively audience, and a panel of judges comprised of members of the local literati.

The three semi-final winners will advance to our final reading, where they'll vie for a cash prize, and publication in The L Magazine's annual Summer Fiction Issue.

Submission deadlines are on a rolling basis for the three semifinal readings, which are scheduled for late March, April and May.

Submission guidelines:

Entries (please limit yourself to two submissions) should be polished little labors of love of no more than 1,500 previously unpublished words. Content, style, subject, et cetera is at the discretion of the writer.

Kindly email submissions as an attached Word document in a standard, 12-point font to:
literaryupstart [at] thelmagazine [dot] com

While curlicues and bubble fonts make us blush, they also make our poor eyes bleed, so please keep it simple and please double space. Please include your name, the title of your story, and your email address, at least on the first page your story and perhaps even on subsequent pages.

Last, but not least, please remember that the live readings are a major component of this competition, so if you're not living in the NYC area or cannot arrange to be here for a reading or two between March and June, you may wish to reconsider submitting your work.

Happy Writing,

The L Magazine
literaryupstart [at] thelmagazine [dot] com