Friday, May 4, 2012

Draper's Doctoral Successes: Ph.D. Acceptances 2012

Congratulations to all of our current students and alumni who have been accepted to doctoral programs!
If you would like to add your own Ph.D. news to our list, please email us at draper.program[at]

  • Keith Aksel (alumnus 2010) was accepted to the History program at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • Hilarie Ashton was accepted to the English program at the CUNY Graduate Center. She will start in fall 2013.
  • Leslie Bowman will start the English and Religion program at Claremont Graduate University.
  • Michelle Dennis was accepted to the English programs at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Michigan. She'll be attending the University of Michigan.
  • Bejamin Foley (alumnus, 2008) will start at Rutgers' Sociology program.
  • Nicholaus Gutierrez (alumnus, Jan. 2012) will start at Berkeley's Rhetoric program in the fall.
  • Lee Huttner was accepted to the English program at Northwestern
  • Craig Knox will start his doctoral work at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. He was awarded four years of full funding.
  • Sarah Catherine Latanyshyn was accepted to the Ethnomusicology program at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the musicology program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She will attend UCSB with a four year Doctoral Scholars Fellowship 
  •  Ji Hyun Lee (alumna, 2010) was accepted to the English programs at Northeastern (with the University Excellence Fellowship), SUNY Stony Brook (with the Graduate Council Fellowship), and Cornell (with funding). Ji Hyun will attend Cornell in the fall where she is looking forward to the opportunity to study trauma with Cathy Caruth.
  • Daniel Libatique will attend Boston University's Classics program in the fall.
  • Eric Longfellow was accepted to the English Studies and Creative Writing program at Illinois State University.
  • Pamela Nogales will start at NYU's American History program in the fall.
  • William Paris (alumnus, Jan. 2012) was accepted to the Philosophy program at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Yun Emily Wang was accepted to the Ethnomusicology programs at Memorial University and the University of Toronto, as well as the Humanities program at Concordia University. She will start at the University of Toronto in the fall.
  • Lindsey Whitmore was accepted to the Women's and Gender Studies program at Rutgers and the Cultural Studies program at SUNY Stony Brook. She will start at Rutgers in the fall.

Good luck to all of you!
Please keep us updated on your endeavors!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Draper Conference: Write-up & Event Photos

Many thanks to all of the presenters and attendees at this past Saturday’s first annual Draper Master’s Program Interdisciplinary conference: "Arriving at Confluence." 

Excellent presentations were given by Walker Gunning (Toward a Cinema of Revolution: 18 Days in Tahrir Square), Weldon Pless (Dawn of the Web: Cyber Anxiety and Zombies), Yvonne Garrett (And out of the rubble comes a glorious noise: Artistic Responses to Violence and Collapse in Ireland), and Nicholaus Gutierrez (Street Art Intervention: “Ossario”). Their scholarship was provocative and informative on all counts, and led to fruitful audience engagement. We were very lucky to have Draperite Chris Tracy read his poem Coelacanth, to be published in the upcoming Spring edition of Anamesa. Poems by Lauren Nicole Nixon and Charlie McCrary, also set to appear in Anamesa, were featured on the day’s program as well. 

We know this is very busy time of year for everyone, and very much appreciate the enthusiastic participation of all students and faculty involved, as well as the generous support of the Draper Program in helping to make this inaugural conference a success! 

This event was organized by the Draper Student Organization (Scott Silsbe, Valentine Lysikatos and Bridget McFadden). If you have ideas for future events or are interested in being more involved, get in touch or

Master's College Cocktail Party: Tomorrow, May 4

Let's toast the end of another academic year at GSAS. Join The GSAS Master's College and the Master's College Program Board Tomorrow, Friday, May 4th at 6:30 pm for a dress - to - impress cocktail party.
Overlooking the city below, celebrate at Kimmel on the 9th floor, room 914 for this fun fancy-dress party and raise a glass to your success!
Cocktail Party Attire

To RSVP send an email to with your name and the name of this event.

REMINDER: NYU Comp Lit/Fordham Conf - "Comparative Modernisms, Medialities, Modernities" - THIS FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Please join us for two days (May 4 at NYU,
May 5 at Fordham) that "will draw out the questions shaping the future and
the discipline."

                               NYU Comp Lit/Fordham Conference
                               "Comparative Modernisms, Medialities,
                               MAY 4 & 5

                               Note that this conference will take place
this Friday (May 4) in Silver Center's Jurow Hall and on Saturday (May 5) at
                               Fordham University, Lowenstein Building,
60th Street and Columbus Ave, 12th floor.  Schedule is below or here at the
Modern Language Initiative's web site:
                               Skip to Main Content

                               Friday, May 4: New York University
                               Silver Center (100 Washington Square East),
1st floor Jurow Hall
                               9:30 - 10:30
                               Editors' Panel: Publishing Comparative
Studies I
                               Cathie Brettschneider (University of
Virginia Press)
                               J. Michael Dash (New York Universiy)
                               Helen Tartar (Fordham University Press)
                               chair: Fredric Nachbaur (Fordham Univeristy
                               Points for discussion on this panel might
include what comparative literature means today; how it has changed and why;
how the Modern Language Initiative presses are responding to these changes;
and what would constitute a compelling submission to any one of our five
presses, depending on the focus and scope of the particular project.
                               11:00 - 12:45
                               When Did the Past Become Modern?
                               Jody Greene (University of California, Santa
                               Kathleen Davis (University of Rhode Island)
                               John M. Archer (New York Univerity)
                               chair: Jerome Singerman (University of
Pennsylvania Press)
                               What does it mean to call anything "early
modern?" How did we come to apply these words to the period formerly known
as the Renaissance, for example, and what can this tell us about our notions
of both modernity and periodization? Why did theory come relatively late to
medieval and early modern studies? And what is not modern about the early
                               12:45 - 2:00
                               2:00 - 3:45
                               Against Modernism
                               Toral Gajarawala (New York University)
                               Joseph Slaughter (Columbia University)
                               Ben Tran (Vanderbilt University)
                               chair: Fawzia Mustafa (Fordham University)
                               Where in the world is modernism? And more
importantly, why? This panel will consider the literary turn toward
modernism as a politics, as an aesthetics, and as an ideology. But it will
also suggest its theoretical fracture, particularly in its new "worldly"
incarnation. While recent discussions have heralded colonial, alternative,
subaltern, and vernacular ways of being modernist in the world, this panel
asks: What is at stake in this intellectual gesture in a moment of literary
                               3:45 - 4:30
                               4:30 - 6:00
                               Roundtable Dialogue: Comparative Modernisms,
Global Methodologies
                               Susan Stanford Friedman (University of
                               Rebecca L. Walkowitz (Rutgers University)
                               When and where is modernism? How do global
approaches to modernism alter our methodologies, our principles of analysis,
and our most basic reading strategies? What new methodologies do we need to
develop? This roundtable session will explore how the analysis of modernism
on a global scale challenges our assumptions about the proper time, place,
and objects of modernist studies.

                               Saturday, May 5: Fordham University, Lincoln
                               Lowenstein Building, 60th Street and
Columbus Ave, 12th Floor Lounge
                               9:30 - 10:30
                               Editors' Panel: Publishing Comparative
Studies II
                               Henry Carrigan (Northwestern University
                               Edward Dimendberg (University of California,
                               Richard Terdiman (University of California,
Santa Cruz)
                               chair: William Germano (Cooper Union)
                               Challenged by the downsizing of the research
university and rapid changes in the book business, scholarly publishers and
series editors in comparative literary studies today work differently from
how they have in the past. The goal of this panel is to explore the
possibilities of the present moment and to suggest how manuscript
acquisition, academic disciplines, networks of scholars, information
technologies, book marketing, and reading itself shape and respond to
current conditions and portend a distinctively twenty-first-century mode of
scholarly communication.
                               11:00 - 12:45
                               Translating Modernities
                               Susan Gillman (University of California,
Santa Cruz)
                               Michelle Clayton (University of California,
Los Angeles)
                               Crystal Parikh (New York University)
                               chair: Arnaldo Cruz-Malave (Fordham
                               Translation produces a comparison and works
comparatively, both a product and a process, material and method. The
critique of comparison is generally about its use as a formal method, with
the isolation of cases, the establishment of variables, factors, and
elements of difference and similarity. Eschewing the notion of a universal
method in favor of an approach built to suit a particular problem,
comparison becomes less a method and more a perspective, a way to bring
together the local and the global, the past and the present. In this
context, translation as comparison brings into view the critical question of
first and seconds, of originals and copies, and their unexamined assumptions
and potential uses. The translatability of keywords for race, place and
ethnicity raises a different set of questions about the limits and
possibilities of inter-medial and inter-cultural comparison. Thinking
through comparative modernities allows us to hear and see the role of
language in culture, the ideology of monolanguage and national cultures.
                               12:45 - 2:00
                               2:00 - 3:45
                               New Media and Literary Theory
                               Lydia Liu (Columbia University)
                               McKenzie Wark (New School)
                               Timothy C. Campbell (Cornell University)
                               chair: Emily Apter (New York University)
                               Has literary theory lost touch with the
evolving technology of writing in new media that is rapidly transforming our
social life? This panel will reevaluate the goals and tasks of literary
theory and raise some fundamental issues about their relevance to today's
world. The panelists will consider, for example, in what ways the unfolding
of digital media might make the conditions of its own critique legible or
illegible, and to what extent the limits of our understanding are imposed by
our writing machines and the minds that have invented such machines.
                               3:45 - 4:30
                               4:30 - 6:00
                               Keynote Address: Languages Other than
                               Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia
                               respondent: Kyoo Lee (CUNY Graduate Center
and John Jay College)
                               chair: Chris GoGwilt (Fordham University)
                               6:15 - 7:30

                               Information on Contributors

                               Conference sponsored by Fordham University's
Comparative Literature Program, New York University's Comparative Literature
Department, Fordham University Press and the consortium of presses
participating in the Modern Language Initiative. Funding generously provided
by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by the Fordham University Arts &
Sciences Deans. For information contact:
                               Fordham University Press
                               University of California Press
                               University of Pennsylvania Press
                               University of Virginia Press
                               University of Washington Press


Grads, the NYU Libraries are Here to Help!

Hello from NYU Libraries! Just a reminder that we're here for you as you finish up the semester.

-- The Libraries have extended hours during the end of the semester, including 24-hour access to Bobst Library during the finals period. 

-- Bobst Library offers expanded seating in various locations throughout the building, including the 6th, 9th and 10th floors, as well as in the Avery Fisher Center on 2 and on the lower levels. 

-- Bobst offers a number of amenities during crunch time, including free coffee, snacks, and relaxation and wellness resources through our  partnership with the NYU Wellness Center. Look for signs throughout the library for more information on accessing these amenities.

-- Don't forget to renew your library materials before you head out for the summer. Log in to your library account via BobCat and click on "My Library Account" to see your loans and renew online. 

For more information about what we have to offer for graduate students, see . 
Best of luck on the end of the semester! 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Book Launch Party for Maia Ramnath's Two New Publications This Friday, May 4

This Friday, the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU will be holding celebration and discussion of Maia Ramnath's two recent book publications. Maia is Draper's most recent faculty fellow in Global Histories and is currently teaching "Intro to Global Histories II" and "Topics in Global Histories: From Third World to Global South." 
Many continued congratulations, Maia!

Friday, May 4
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
A celebration and discussion of Maia Ramnath's two new books: 

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Haj to Utopia: 

How the Ghadar Movement Charted Global Radicalism and Attempted to Overthrow the British Empire. 

(UC Press, December 2011)

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Decolonizing Anarchism: 
An Antiauthoritarian History of India's Liberation Struggle
(AK Press, 2012)