Thursday, April 5, 2012

CFP: The Crisis of the Book: Worlds of Opportunity, Worlds of Change (Reed College, Due 6/1)

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
2012 annual conference

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 June 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

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Threesis Winners! Congratulations Chris Cappelluti and Roy Schwartz!

Draper students took first place and runner up in the second annual Threesis Challenge last Saturday!

Chris Cappelluti won the $1000 grand prize for presenting his thesis
"The Dual Ulysses Tradition"
Roy Schwartz handily gained the runner-up spot with
"Is Superman Circumcised? The (Secret) Jewish Identities of Superheroes"

We'd also like to congratulate, once again, all the Draper students who participated -- Homa Zaryouni, Kevin McKouen, Sam Belkin, Theresa D'Andrea, and Yun Emily Wang, who made it to the final found with her thesis: "Noisy-hot: the Sociopolitical Ramifications of Taiwanese Noise Ideologies."

Well played, Draperites! We are bursting with pride!

Call for Applications: Forum on Forms of Seeing

Please see below for a call for applications to the Forum on Forms of Seeing, cosponsored by GSAS and the Institute of Fine Arts. Draper student Christine Olson participated in the forum this year and has offered to speak to any other Draperites who are interested in applying for next year's forum. If you would like to be in touch with Christine, please email Draper directly at 

This year's Forum on Forms of Seeing Symposium (including a presentation by Christine) will be held on April 27. More information about the symposium is available here

New York University
Forum on Forms of Seeing

Spring 2012

FORUM DESCRIPTIONThe Graduate School of Arts and Science and the Institute of Fine Arts are pleased to invite nominations and applications for a specialized interdisciplinary forum for graduate students whose work addresses modes of visual representation and their products. Focused on the ways in which cultures give form to visual experience, the Forum on Forms of Seeing aims to bring together students from a wide range of graduate programs. Applications are encouraged from students who have strong historical and/or theoretical interests in images and visuality in the broadest sense, and who wish to become closely familiar with other disciplines concerned with visual representation.

Over the past few decades, many disciplines have become interested in “visuality” as a wider natural and cultural phenomenon that includes not only the traditional fine arts but imaging practices of all kinds, from cinema and popular print culture to digital reality techniques and scientific modeling. Anthropology, Philosophy, History, Literary Criticism, Psychoanalysis, and Neuroscience have taken significant interest in the concept of the visual, and relatively young disciplines such as Cinema Studies and Visual Studies or Visual Culture put visual representation at the center of their research. Art History itself has become more cognizant of the limitations of traditional medium-bound definitions of the image, and has taken up a more fluidly-defined visuality as one of its central problems. Reflecting the dramatic expansion of visuality as a category for scholarly inquiry, the Forum invites applications for membership from any NYU graduate program.

How images in different periods and cultures imitate, model, render, or critique the world and our visual apprehension of it, for their makers and for their viewers, will be of central interest to the Forum. This historical and comparative approach may profitably be complemented by a philosophical understanding of the image as record of, or model for, acts of seeing. The creation, dissemination, function, signification, efficacy, duration, destruction, and demise of images will be welcome topics for the Forum.

MEETING FORMATMembership in the Forum on Forms of Seeing will be for one academic year, commencing in September 2012 and ending in April 2013. All eight members will present and critique work in progress during monthly, moderated lunch sessions, scheduled on Fridays, from 12–3 p.m., at Washington Square and the Institute of Fine Arts. The meetings will culminate in a one-day event at the end of the semester, showcasing the year’s presentations. Members are expected to attend every session and to participate in the end-of-year symposium. A stipend of $500 is distributed per semester.

APPLICATION PROCEDURETo apply for membership in the 2012-13 Forum on Forms of Seeing, please provide a one-page statement of your scholarly interest in visual representation and the relevance of interdisciplinary debate about visuality for your graduate work.  Your application should include a current transcript (unofficial is fine), CV, and a recommendation by a NYU faculty member. Please submit your completed application electronically by end-of-day Monday, May 7 to Anna Antoniak (

For more information, please visit the Forum on Forms of Seeing blog at

Applicants are encouraged to attend this year’s symposium on Friday, April 27 (4-7 PM) at 7 East 12th Street, Rm 321.

IFA-GSAS Forum on Forms of Seeing Annual Symposium: 4/27

Draper's Christine Olson will be presenting at this symposium.

IFA-GSAS Forum on Forms of Seeing Annual Symposium
Friday, April 27, 2012 // 7 East 12 Street, Rm 321 // 4-7 PM

The Forum on Forms of Seeing is a specialized interdisciplinary forum for graduate students whose work addresses modes of visual representation and their products. Join us on Friday, April 27th for a series of brief presentations. Reception to follow for the (re)launch of the Forum’s online presence.

Scheduled Presentations
Reception to Follow

DENA A. AL‐ADEEB [Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, GSAS]
Transnational and Transdisciplinary Turns In Contemporary West‐Asian & North African Art

BLANCA DE LA VÁLGOMA [Institute of Fine Arts, GSAS]

Seeing a Portrait as They Saw It: Towards a Visual Culture of Seventeenth‐Century Spain

Photographing Forensics: Art, Science & the Politics of Visual Evidence in Post‐Dictatorship Argentina & Spain

SARAH GRISWOLD [Institute of French Studies/History, GSAS] 

Protecting the Muses: The League of Nations and Cultural Heritage Policy
CHRISTINE OLSON [Humanities and Social Thought, GSAS] 

Inscribing Turkishness: Alphabet and National Identity
ALIZA SHVARTS [Performance Studies, Tisch] 

Fake Blood and Queer Belonging

Maori Media in the 21st Century

Clark Coolidge’s Dialogic Poetry: Polaroid and Smithsonian Depositions
MAYA WINFREY [Performance Studies, Tisch] 

Racial Signification in Young Jean Lee’s LEAR: A Surface Reading

For more information about last year’s event, please visit

CFP: Mapping Spaces: cartographic practices in art and architecture (Due 5/4)

College Art Association 101st Annual Conference New York, New York,
February 13–16, 2013

Mapping Spaces: cartographic practices in art and architecture

Maps are representations bound to a given territory or place as much
as to the social, political, cultural and economic practices of their
production and reception. More than mere reflections, they generate
space insofar as they make visible through their graphic forms and
modalities precisely what cannot be seen. Thus, if maps picture a
reality that exceeds or contradicts direct vision and experience, as
the geographer Denis Wood suggests, then their accuracy and
correspondence to the world may be based paradoxically on their status
as fictional images. This panel seeks to address how art and
architecture employ cartography as a medium and practice to produce
spaces and the experience and knowledge that define them. How do
artists and architects employ maps to produce a territory,
environment, an experience? What constitutes a cartographic practice
and how does it mediate the experience and knowledge of our world?
What are the conditions and consequences of a map’s representability?

Please send proposals to Min Kyung Lee, Post-doctoral Fellow in Modern
Architecture, Swarthmore College.

Proposals Due May 4, 2012

1. Completed session participation proposal form, see
2. Preliminary abstract of one to two double-spaced, typed pages.
3. Letter explaining speaker’s interest, expertise in the topic, and
CAA membership status.
4. CV with home and office mailing addresses, email address, and phone
and fax numbers. Include summer address and telephone number, if

Due August 6, 2012
A final abstract must be prepared by each speaker and sub- mitted to
the session chair for publication in Abstracts 2012. Detailed
specifications for preparation of abstracts are sent to all speakers.
Submissions to Abstracts 2012 are determined by the session chair(s).

Due December 3, 2012
Speakers are required to submit the full texts of their papers to
chairs. Where sessions have contributions other than prepared papers,
chairs may require equivalent materials by the same deadline. These
submissions are essential to the success of the sessions; they assure
the quality and designated length of the papers and permit their
circulation to discussants and other participants as requested by the

1. CAA individual membership is required of ALL participants.
2. No one may participate in the same capacity two years in a
row. Speakers in the 2012 conference may not be speakers in 2013; a
2012 speaker may, however, be a discussant in 2013, and vice versa.
3. No one may participate in more than one session in any capacity
(e.g., a chair, speaker, or discussant in one session is ineligible
for participation in any capacity in any other session), although a
chair may deliver a paper or serve as discussant in his or her own
session provided he or she did not serve in that capacity in 2012.
Exception: A speaker who participates in a practical session on
professional and educational issues may present a paper in a second
4. Session chairs must be informed if one or more proposals are being
submitted to other sessions for consideration.
5. A paper that has been published previously or presented at another
scholarly conference may not be delivered at the CAA Annual
6. Only one individual may submit a proposal and present a paper at
the conference.
7. Acceptance in a session implies a commitment to attend that session
and participate in person.

Min Kyung Lee
Swarthmore College