Monthly Archives: November 2011

Poe Showcase – Thursday, 12/1

Community members and NYU students will come together to showcase an array of artistic mediums in celebration of Edgar Allan Poe. Drama, readings, animation and artwork are just a few of the creative expressions that will highlight the life and work of this mysterious story-teller.
Reception to follow in the Poe Room. This event is free and open to the public. Please bring photo ID for entry. Click here to print a flyer for this event.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
6:00 – 8:00 PM
NYU’s School of Law
Furman Hall, Room 216
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012
(between West 3rd Street and Washington Square South)
RSVP to NYU’s Office of Government and Community Affairs at 212.998.2400 or
Sponsored by: NYU’s Office of Government and Community Affairs and Lois Rakoff, Community Director of the Poe Room

Conference on "Commodities and Migration," December 8 & 9, 2011

Commodities and Migration: Things out of Place

Conference: December 8-10, 2011

Department of English, New York University

Migrations move not only people but also things. This conference will consider the ways in which movements of people have changed the meanings, uses and exchanges of the things they carried, the things they left behind, the things they came to sell, to plant, to propagate or to re-function. Reading commodities in their travel, circulation and translation into new forms allows us new means to study material cultures, migration histories and diasporas. What are the changes in meaning, use, or value of a commodity when it migrates or when it is transformed by a migrating person or population? What happens to commodities across time and space? Translation? Profanation? Vernacularization? Authentification?

This is the third and final conference of the Leverhulme-funded international research network ‘Commodities and Culture in the Colonial World, 1851-1914’ (

The conference will feature a two-day public conference open to all on December 8th and 9th, followed by a one-day workshop limited to the network participants and invitees on December 10th.


December 8

Great Room, 19 University Place

9.30-9.45: Welcome and Introduction

9.45-11.00: Session 1

Elaine Freedgood (English, NYU)

“Ghostly Migrations”

Priyanka Anne Jacob (Ph.d. student, Princeton)

“A Taste for Catholic Spoils: Fashion, Dispossession, and Equivocal Objects in Daniel Deronda.

Mia Chen (Ph.d. student, CUNY)

“Money/Commodity/Fetish: Hard Cash and Paranoid Capitalism.”

Chair: Tanya Agathocleous (English, Hunter College, CUNY)

11.00-11.15: Coffee

11.15-1.15: Session 2

Zeynep Celik (Distinguished Professor of Architecture, New Jersey School of Architecture, NJIT)

“In Algiers: Persistent Memories, Mobile Memorials.”

Adam McKeown (History, Columbia University)

“Rethinking the ‘Coolie’: Chinese Labor as Commodity”

Isobel Armstrong (Emeritus Professor of English, Birkbeck, University of London)

“The Traffic in Representations”

Chair: Jini Watson (English, NYU)

1.15-2.15: Lunch

2.15-3.30: Session 3

Arjun Appadurai (Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU)

“Objects and Persons in the Age of Financialization”

Hasia Diner (Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History, NYU)

“Roads Taken: Jewish Peddlers and the Discovery of Their New World.”

Chair: Brian Murray (English, King’s College, London)

3.30-3.45: Coffee

3.45-5.00: Session 4

Martin Harries (English, NYU)

Dog Food, Ending in Beckett”

Elizabeth DeLoughrey (English, UCLA)

“Natural Modernities: Shells of War”

Chair: Patrick Deer (English, NYU)

5.00-6.15: Session 5

Josephine McDonagh (English, King’s College, London)

“Village Peoples”

Supriya Chaudhuri (English, Jadavpur University)

“Migrated Objects: Between Commodity and Fetish”

Chair: Judith Plotz (English, The George Washington University)

6.30-8.00: Reception


Friday, December 9th.

Great Room, 19 University Place

9.30-11.00: Session 6

Regenia Gagnier (English, University of Exeter)

‘Dream of a Red Language: on the Global Circulation of Critical Literatures.’

Ian Henderson (English, King’s College, London)

‘Victoria’s Planet: commodities, culture and ‘her subjects at the antipodes’.’

Respondent: Paul Young (English, University of Exeter)

11.00-11.15: Coffee

11.15-12.45: Session 7

Stephen Muecke (University of New South Wales)

‘The Composition and Decomposition of the Commodity’

Marget Long (Cooper Union)

‘The Jenny Lind Head Rest and Notes on Feeling Photography Less’

Respondent: Toral Gajarawala (English, NYU)

12.45-1.30: Session 8

Elizabeth Gunner (WISER, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)

‘Soundwaves – Radio as Commodity and Object of Dispute: South Africa in 1960’.

Respondent: Joseph Napolitano (Ph.d. student, English, NYU)

1.30-2.15: lunch

2.15-3.30: Session 8

Alison Wood (Post-doctoral fellow, Cambridge University)

‘Zoological Things, Global Traffic and the Idea of a Secular Clerisy.’

Rabia Shahzad (Ph.d. student, English, NYU)

From Deception to Dexterity: The Indian Juggler and the English Fakir’

Fariha Shaikh (Ph.d. student, English, King’s College, London)

‘‘Mystical Holes’ and ‘Crooked Pins’: The Production of Authenticity in Printed Emigrants’ Letters’

Respondent: John Maynard (English, NYU)

3.30: 3.45: Coffee

The conference is generously supported by: the Leverhulme Trust, UK; the Humanities Initiative, NYU; Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, NYU; the Anglophone Project, NYU; Department of English, NYU; the Fales Library and special Collections, NYU; Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, NYU; and RH Gallery, New York.

Elizabeth Bishop Centennial Conference: This Thursday and Friday (12/1; 12/2) at Gallatin

To the NYU and NYC Community:


Co-organized by the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Poetry Society of America, with the support of the NYU Humanities Initiative.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC at the Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Washington Place


6-6:45 pm: Seeing Elizabeth Bishop, by Eric Karpeles

7-8:30 pm: Bishop in Brazil Screening & Discussion, by Helena Blaker, Brett Millier, Barbara Page, and Lloyd Schwartz, with Alice Quinn

FRIDAY, 12/1

1-2:30 pm: Elizabeth Bishop and Modern Art, by William Benton and Peggy Samuels, with Lisa Goldfarb

3-4:30 pm: Editors’ Roundtable, by Joelle Biele, Saskia Hamilton, Lloyd Schwartz and Thomas Travisono, with Jonathan Galassi

5-6pm: Gallatin Poet/Poetry Teacher and Student Poetry Reading, by Emily Fragos, Scott Hightower, and students Jacqueline Allen, Emma Behnke, Stephanie Rodas and Luke Vargas

6:30-8 pm: Celebratory Poetry Reading, by Frank Bidart, John L. Koethe, Yusef Komunyakaa, Maureen McLane, Mark Strand and Jean Valentine

RSVP & questions: WP Coordinator Molly Kleiman,

In new window Print all NYU International Education Grad Student Conference, 2012 – CALL FOR PROPOSALS


*** Submission Deadline: Monday, January 16, 2012***

The International Education program at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development is pleased to host its Seventh Annual International Education conference. We invite abstracts for presentations at the conference, to be held at New York University’s Washington Square campus, March 29 and 30, 2012.

This year’s conference, “Advancing Global Education in Austere Times” seeks to bring together academics and practitioners from a variety of disciplines to discuss the impact of a global climate of austerity on the provision of education. Improving quality and extending access remain aspirations at all levels of education globally, but cuts to public spending and international development assistance will undoubtedly affect these objectives. Specifically, we seek to explore:

How does austerity affect the development, implementation and evaluation of education in different contexts? Who are the main actors in these processes and what are their roles?

How does the impact of austerity vary globally? Does austerity hinder the provision of education or can it be beneficial?

Are there constructive responses to austerity measures for academics and practitioners to undertake? Where and to whom can we look for these ideas?

Proposals not directly related to these themes are also welcome.

The interdisciplinary field of international education provides a unique opportunity to address these topics from a variety of academic and practical perspectives. Participants from any discipline are encouraged to apply. By bringing together scholars, researchers, and practitioners, we hope to come to new understandings of the nature of our work in the field and in the classroom. Both doctoral and masters’ students are encouraged to submit proposals, as this is a graduate student conference.


We seek individual and/or group proposals for paper presentations. We will primarily use panel format for our sessions, although proposals for other kinds of presentations may be submitted. Individual papers will be grouped in topical panels, arranged after proposals have been accepted and confirmed. LCD projectors and Power-point equipped PC laptops will be available for all sessions.

Individual Paper Proposals:

* Title of paper

* Presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, and title

* Mailing address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers

* An abstract of 150-200 words

* Three keyword descriptors

Group Paper Proposals:

* Title of the panel session

* All names, institutional affiliations and titles

* All mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, telephones and fax numbers

* An abstract of 150-200 words for the panel

* An abstract of 150-200 words for each individual paper

* Keyword descriptors for panel

Please e-mail your submissions to by Monday, January 16, 2012.


The 2012 Conference will be hosted at New York University’s Washington Square campus, primarily in buildings associated with the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Information about travel to and from New York, accommodation options, fees, and procedures will be provided in a few weeks. Please visit our website, for further information.

Free NYU Chorale Concert Tomorrow, 12/1

Draper student Sonia Nayak is part of the NYU Chorale, which will be performing in concert tomorrow night: Vivaldi Magnificat, Mozart Ave Verum, and Schubert Mass in G, under the direction of Maestro David Rosenmeyer.

Thursday, December 1
Frederick Loewe Theater — 35 W. 4th St.
Admission is free!