Monthly Archives: October 2011

Nov 4: Desire for the Other: Psychoanalysis and Critical Theory in Conversation

Draper’s very own Amber Musser will speak at this upcoming event!

The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University presents

Desire for the Other: Psychoanalysis and Critical Theory in Conversation

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November 4, Friday4 to 6 pm

13-19 University Place (map)
Lecture room 102 (please note room change)
between 8th Street and Waverly Place

Panelists include:

contributing authors Orna Guralnik and Eyal Rozmarin

Ben Kafka
, Media & History, NYU

Amber Musser, Draper Program, NYU

moderated by Muriel Dimen, Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, NYU

This panel continues the project of developing a shared vocabulary between clinical and cultural theorists. With Culture in Mind: Psychoanalytic Stories (Routledge, 2011) reflects a movement emerging in the psychoanalytic world in the wake of feminist, postmodernist, and queer theory, and of gender and race politics. Traditionally, analysts maintain a remote stance towards the social, and are inclined to privilege the wild unconscious as a private space. Not so the writers in this book, all of them analysts, who immerse themselves in the here and now of people’s lives, attempting to navigate the complexity of different paradigms held by psychoanalytic and other critical approaches. They begin with the premise that subjectivity – interior life – is steeped in socio-political forces, and work to demonstrate how this assumption enhances clinical technique.

On this panel, two of the authors — Orna Guralnik and Eyal Rozmarin — demonstrate how critical and cultural theory shapes their very clinical work, including their theses about desire and identity. They will show not only what the clinical experience is like, but how theory lives, how changes when it moves from textual to clinical practices. The psychoanalytic consulting room is a scene of address that requires a way of being with ideas that is continuously responsive to the enigma of the Other. This is theory in the making.

At this forum, Guralnik and Rozmarin will be joined in conversation by two university-based cultural theorists, both of whom are faculty members at New York University: Ben Kafka and Amber Musser. Kafka and Musser will engage with the new psychoanalysis from their own (inter)disciplinary perspectives to rethink how bodies take shape intersubjectively and in relation, as well, to such socio-cultural variables as gender, national origins, race, and sexuality. Along with moderator Muriel Dimen, a clinician who is also the editor of With Culture in Mind, the roundtable as a whole will indicate how theory and embodied subjects live and breathe in different and overlapping kinds of spaces.

This event is free and open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible.
No RSVPs — seating is on a first-come basis.

Facebook event page click here.

Attend NYU-SCPS Panel Discussions at DOC NYC

Celebrate documentary filmmaking and gain insights from leaders and innovators in the industry at the second annual DOC NYC Film Festival.

The NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies Department of Design, Digital Arts, and Film will participate in the Festival by co-presenting three panels.

Join us on November 5 at the NYU Kimmel Center.

10 a.m.—Case Study: Making and Distributing Buck explores the key steps that first-time filmmaker Cindy Meehl took to make this film about the real-life horse whisperer Buck Brannaman, and to get it into theaters. Panelists include director Cindy Meehl, producer Julie Goldman, sales agent Josh Braun, and distribution specialist Ryan Werner of Sundance Selects.

1 p.m.—Telling Global Stories, co-presented by the NYU-SCPS Center for Global Affairs, features veteran filmmakers discussing the challenges and the rewards of filming in foreign locales. If you’ve ever wanted to travel the world making films, this class is for you!
4 p.m.—How Film and Philanthropy Work Together, co-presented by the NYU-SCPS George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, examines opportunities for partnerships between philanthropists and filmmakers to obtain financing, and to reach wider audiences. Dan Cogan of Impact Partners leads this lively discussion

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

The DOC NYC Film Festival, held Wednesday, November 2 through Thursday, November 10, also will include new documentaries by—and conversations with—renowned filmmakers Jonathan Demme (I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad and the Beautiful) and Werner Herzog (Into the Abyss); a tribute to celebrated documentarian Richard Leacock; film competitions; premieres; and more.

Call for Papers: "Queer Interventions and Intersections"

Call for Submissions

Trans-Scripts, an interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences at UC Irvine

Volume II: 2012, “Queer Interventions and Intersections” Journal Publication Date: April 15, 2012

Deadline for the submission of papers: January 1, 2012

Trans-Scripts – a new interdisciplinary online journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences based at the University of California, Irvine – invites graduate students to submit their work for publication. The theme of the second volume will be “Queer Interventions and Intersections.”

While some argue that the very nature of ‘naming’ a ‘queer’ critique dismantles its efficacy, we use the term to reference a mode of critical inquiry that has historically worked as and at the limits of the (hetero)normative, interrogating the incoherencies and ambivalences of normative scripts of gender and sexuality, race and class. For many scholars, queer critiques represent an alternative hermeneutics and critical topography that emerges at the limits of regulatory practice and disciplinary formation. Therefore, ‘queer’ emerges as a fluid, protean, and fungible term, one that is in constant formation and acutely aware of its entanglements with and resistance to structures of power within society.

Invariably bound up in discussions of gender, sexuality, race, and class, among other social categories of identity, queerness is a productive and vast critical terrain whose relevance to disciplines as diverse as literature, anthropology, politics, theology, sociology, military studies, disability studies, informatics, geopolitics, pedagogy, and critical race theory cannot be understated. Given the increased attention to queerness and queer theory in academia over the past two decades, we invite submissions that engage with the notions of “queer interventions and intersections” across a variety of registers. Queerness is central to many of the events currently structuring transnational public discourses, from the recognition of ‘third gender’ identity in Nepal and the repeal of the American military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, to Lady Gaga’s queer video aesthetics and the mobilization of queer rhetoric in the grassroots movements and political revolutions in the Middle East.

Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to:

queer bodies and inhabitations/queer cyborgs/disordered bodies/disembodied queers queerness and animal studies/posthumanisms
queer metacritiques/problematizing queer theories

cyberqueers/technologizing the queer
queer disability studies
queer affective lives/queer negativity, queer futurity/anti-futurity
queer and feminist methodologies/pedagogies
mobilizing queer desires and sexualities/queering desire
homonationalism and militarizing queerness/(de)nationalizing queerness (e.g., DADT) trans lives and communities, transgender rights movements
queer rhetorics and literary queers, queer enabling fictions, queer poetics/queer lyrics reparative reading and/or anti-histories
queer kinships/queering kinships
queer geographies and geopolitics, queer spatiality and temporality
queer criminality, queer violence
the economic crisis and queer communities/queerness and poverty
queer aesthetics in popular culture/queer reality television
queerness and sports, queerness and health/healthcare
transnational queer connectivities and performativities
queer ethnographies/queer tourism/movement, queer diasporas
queer revolutions/resistances, queer mobilizations in the 2011 Middle East revolutions

Trans-Scripts welcomes all submissions that engage topics related to “Queer Interventions and Intersections.” They may, but certainly need not, address the examples listed above. As we believe that scholarship from a variety of approaches can help inform contemporary understandings, submissions need not conform to any disciplinary, methodological, temporal, or other criteria. They need only be original, well researched, and properly cited in MLA style. English language contributions from all universities in all countries will be considered. By contributing work, unpublished students can gain experience of the peer-review process and achieve their first publication, while those already published gain further professionalization.

Faculty Contributors

In addition to selected student work, renowned academics will contribute editorial pieces, offering students the chance to place their work in conversation with experts in various fields. Past contributors have included Étienne Balibar, Hortense Spillers, Frank Dikötter, Clarence Lang, and Joy James.

Submission Guidelines and Review Process

The deadline for submission is January 1, 2012. All submissions should be written in English. The total word count should be between 3,000 and 12,000 words, including footnotes. Explanatory footnotes should be kept to a minimum. Submissions should employ the MLA style of citation (for further information on the journal’s submission guidelines and mission statement, see the journal website at http://www.humanities.uci. edu/collective/hctr/trans-scripts/index.html).

For more information, the Trans-Scripts journal can be accessed at the
following website:
Please direct all general inquiries about the journal or any comments on
published pieces to our 2012 volume’s Editor-in-Chief, Jen Kosakowski, at
Thank you,
The Trans-Scripts Editorial Collective

Equinoxes 2012, Brown University French Studies Graduate Conference

EQUINOXES 2012 Call For Conference Papers Transgression(s)

April 20-21, 2012 | Brown University | Providence, Rhode Island Keynote speaker: Sylvaine Guyot
Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Harvard University

The notion of transgression is a ubiquitous theme of humankind’s history. The word in itself evokes the act of overstepping a defining boundary between what is lawful from criminal; what is permitted from forbidden; what is good from evil. To transgress is to bend a norm, to infringe upon a law, to violate a proscription, to go beyond what society deems a prescribed limit. Transgression, therefore, raises the question of the norms and values on which a group or community is founded, along with the question of the conditions under which one will or will not be considered as a member of the group. The various effects that are expected from the transgressive act or behaviour – effects of emancipation, salvation, or inversely of destruction, regression – and the various modes of social regulation of transgression – punishment, absolution – are some other aspects of the question from which it is possible to deeply explore the representations of the norm and anti-norm in French and Francophone literature.

In the aim of investigating the various stakes pertaining to the notion of transgression, we invite submissions in literary, cultural, and media studies dealing with all periods and genres of cultural production from all areas of the French-speaking world.

Potential avenues of exploration may include but are not limited to:

aesthetics of transgression
logics and/or aesthetics of the scandal, the shock sacrality, aura
passion, excess, violence, irrationality representations of the body, erotics, pleasures notion of the Other
power, domination, emancipation
breaking knowledge barriers
temporality, spatiality, universality of transgression taboos, prohibitions
judgement, punishment, redemption, catharsis activism, radicalism
performance, “actionism”
knowledge, initiation, truth

Graduate students who wish to participate in the conference should submit an abstract of roughly 250 words. The presentations, in French or English, should not exceed 20 minutes. Please send abstracts with name, institutional affiliation and address to before January 15, 2012.

The conference proceedings will be published in the Equinoxes electronic journal (http://

Master’s Fall Seminar Series: Getting Ready for the Threesis! (Nov. 1)

*Applications for the Threesis are available at Draper.*

The GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge is an academic competition exclusively for GSAS Masters Students in which they can win cash prizes totaling $2,500. While the chance to win big money is exciting, the purpose of this great event is to highlight the superb scholarship of GSAS Masters Students. If you have questions about the competition, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

The GSAS Master’s College presents

Master’s Fall Seminar Series: Getting Ready for the Threesis!

Tuesday, November 1st
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Bobst Library Graduate Student Exchange, 10th floor

The GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge is an academic competition for masters students where you can compete to win prizes totaling $2500!
The challenge is discussing the work of your research in three minutes or less in accessible language a non-expert can understand.
To help you get ready we are assembling a panel to get you thinking Threesis-style

Join veteran competitors to help you prepare an application and a presentation that is in it to win it.

To register, RSVP with your name and the name of the event to today!

To request a 2012 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge Application send an email

Suzanne Collado

The Graduate School of Arts and Science