Monthly Archives: November 2010

Call for Papers: Comparative Philosophy conference at U. of Texas, Austin

Life, Death, and Liberation
A conference of comparative philosophy
9th Annual Philosophy Student Conference at the University of New Mexico
Keynote speaker: Professor Stephen Phillips (Philosophy, Asian Studies, U. of Texas at Austin)
Date: April 15-16, 2011
Submission deadline: January 10, 2011
(Notifications will be received by January 31)
Paper submissions: We welcome topics from the broadest range of philosophical and interdisciplinary traditions. Preference will be given to essays addressing the subtle and often problematic relations among living, dying, and liberation, as these have been explored in the last two-and-a-half centuries of Western philosophy—especially German Idealism, phenomenology, Marxism, and psychoanalytic philosophy—and in both ancient and contemporary Eastern philosophy. Treatments of points of contention within and across schools, traditions, and cultures, in theory and/or in practice, are of interest. We encourage critical perspectives, including those involving the attempt to define and distinguish concepts: “liberation,” “transformation,” “freedom,” “bondage,” “repression,” “knowledge,” “subject,” etc. We are also seeking original and creative applications of Asian, Indian, European, and American transformative philosophy. Submissions from both graduate and undergraduate students will be considered.
Format: Please prepare papers for blind review. Email complete papers (no longer than 3,500 words), preceded by an abstract, to in Word or PDF format; include in the body of your email 1) title of paper, 2) author’s name, 3) university or institutional affiliation, 4) word count, and 5) contact details. Please refrain from providing any self-identifying information in either the paper or the abstract.
Possible themes:
Ways to Liberation: “Spiritual” vs. “material”?
Ego and Anātman: The liberative aims, methods, and effects of śila prajñā and psychoanalysis
From Hegel and Nietzsche to Žižek: Western critiques of Eastern traditions
Groundlessness, Śūnyatā, and Ethics: The notion of responsibility in existentialism and Buddhism
Karma, Causality, and Rebirth: The mechanics of enlightenment
Spectrality and Death in Derrida
Knowing Liberation: śruti, sṃṛti, reason, and experience
Yoga, Unity, Unions?: The (ir)reconcilability of individual and social transformation
Non-dualism East and West: Spinoza, Hegel, Deleuze, Advaita, Madhyamaka, Yogācāra
Phenomenology as Transformative Philosophy: Hegel, Husserl, and Heidegger
Liberation from Life or Liberation in Life?: The problem of escapism
Eastern Philosophies in the West, Western Philosophies in the East
Philosophy and Soteriology: Truth vs. liberation?

NYU’s Colloquium in American Literature and Culture, Spring 2011 Call for Papers (1/7/11)

The Colloquium in American Literature and Culture

The Colloquium in American Literature and Culture (CALC) at New York University is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for our Spring 2011 events. CALC is a forum for the presentation and discussion of new Americanist scholarship by both junior and senior researchers. CALC encourages paper proposals by graduate students and faculty that focus on any subject or period relevant to American literature and culture.
A typical CALC event features two presentations of 20-25 minutes, followed by audience questions and discussion. All sessions are open to the public. Past speakers have presented on such diverse topics as early twentieth-century suffrage cookbooks, antebellum children’s literature, and early American structures of feeling. Approaches have included single-author and comparative studies, media studies, as well as print and material culture studies. We invite the attendance of all faculty and graduate students, regardless of specialty, to CALC events. Please visit our website at:
To submit your work for consideration, please email an abstract of your project to by Friday, January 7th. CALC also encourages, but does not require, submitters to include a CV with the abstract.

New York Metro American Studies Association Conference on Dirt (Dec. 4)

The New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA) is delighted to announce our annual conference


December 4th, 2010
St. John’s University in Lower Manhattan
41 Murray Street

Dirt is among the most material but also the most metaphorical and expressive of substances. This conference will explore how people imagine, define, and employ the various concepts and realities of dirt. What does it mean to call something dirty? How do we understand dirt and its supposed opposite, cleanliness? How do we explain the points at which we draw the line between clean and dirty, what we embrace and what we refuse to touch? Drawing on multiple disciplines we will uncover and foreground the (often unconscious) centrality of the metaphors and actualities of dirt to U.S. cultures, values, and lived experiences.

Registration forms can be found at Registration is $20, $10 for students/unwaged. For more information contact

Sarah E. Chinn
English Department
Hunter College, CUNY
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(212) 772-5178

Oral History in New York: Archives and Public History Brown Bag Lunch Discussion: Dec. 3

The NYU Archives and Public History Program first Friday brown bag lunch series presents:

– Oral History in New York: Planning, Implementation and Use –

Friday December 3, 12:00-2:00pm
King Juan Carlos Center (53 Washington Square South), Room 607

The Archives and Public History brown bag lunch series continues on Friday, December 3rd for a panel discussion featuring oral historians from the New York area. Speakers will discuss their recent and ongoing projects as well as the diverse uses of oral history in exhibits, research projects and education.

Please RSVP to Margaret Fraser at by Wednesday, December 1.

Speakers include:
  • Amy Starecheski, Columbia Oral History Research Office, recently worked on the Telling Lives Project in Chinatown and currently working with squatters
  • Sady Sullivan, Director of Oral History at the Brooklyn Historical Society
  • Nina Talbot, artist and oral historian, recently curated the exhibit “Painting Brooklyn Stories of Immigration and Survival” at the Brooklyn Historical Society

The Archives and Public History Program first Friday brown bag lunch series is organized in part by the NYU student chapter of the Society of American Archivists

Threesis Challenge!

The GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Threesis Challenge is an academic competition 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 three faculty 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. This competition is adopted from the Three Minute Thesis Challenge currently taking place in Australia and New Zealand. The Master’s College is proud to bring this “American Idol” style academic competition to this hemisphere.

To request an application or get involved in this competition please


You must:
•Be a master’s student in the Graduate School of Arts and Science
•Have a thesis advisor or final project advisor
•Have a working title for your thesis or final project

Students graduating in the 2010-2011 academic year are eligible to apply.