Monthly Archives: December 2011

UVic Cultural, Social and Political Thought CFP

n/coherence: expression, translation, violence
Cultural Social and Political Thought Conference
University of Victoria: April 21-22, 2012

The Cultural, Social, and Political Thought program at the University of Victoria is pleased to announce a call for papers and projects for our annual graduate conference on April 21-22, 2012. The title of this year’s conference is in/coherence: expression, translation, violence. Thematic workshops will feature keynote speakers and student submissions (papers, performances, art pieces). This interdisciplinary conference seeks to engage in/coherence in social, cultural and political discourses, especially with respect to contemporary events.

Dynamics of expression, translation and violence in current contexts present opportunities for discussing in/coherence. As an interpretive thematic, in/coherence can be explored in ways that destabilize the binary reduction of “coherence versus incoherence”. How does in/coherence function politically, socially and culturally in contemporary arenas? Actions viewed as “incoherent” are frequently disregarded as illegitimate, yet claims of “coherent” actions are equally problematic. In response to recent expressions of dissent, a common insistence for actors to “bear reasonable witness” to their choices has illuminated the hegemonic scope of legitimacy. How do both demands and rejections of coherence complicate notions of incoherence (and vice versa)? Discussing in/coherence in these ways has potential ramifications for discussions around citizenship, postcolonialism, democracy, resistance, identity, liberal normativism, gender, nationalism, biopolitics, indigeneity, aesthetics, multiculturalism, the urban, language, globalization, critical theory, posthumanism, and capitalism, among others. We invite participants to submit original projects and aim to foster dynamic debate of these themes.
The conference will offer four workshops through which to approach these issues:

Narratives form horizons of consciousness: while they open up some ways of relating, they simultaneously close off the possibility of others. Proposals around this theme explore how the norms of “good,” i.e. coherent, narrative correspond to the dominant ideologies of our time (capitalism, neoliberalism, colonialism and so on). We also look for contributions that address the possibilities for new genres and narratives to reject the norms of efficiency and coherence.

Is the material synonymous with the concrete? Can materiality be understood outside of language? Contributions to this workshop might consider the irreducible number of determinations (linguistic, topographical, concrete, etc.) that come into play in discussions of materiality.

We are often told that a coherent notion of space and time, and conceptualizations thereof, are fundamentally imbricated in our ability to identify and make ourselves. Homelands and histories are presupposed as the fundamental conditions under which our being together is made and understood. We invite proposals which seek to describe, interrogate and trouble considerations of spaces and times (or spatiotemporalities) imagined as coherent or incoherent, and to call into question the rationalities that mobilize such discourses.

The clean lines and binary choices presented by contemporary technology give the strong impression of clarity, control, and coherence, but under the surface lurk power failures, code exploits, and unexpected mutations. In this spirit, proposals to this workshop might, among other aims, interrogate the in/coherent character of key technologies – questioning the reasons for their design, the way that they function, and the effects that they have on their users – interrogations that may demonstrate that an in/coherent logic informs the algorithmic operation of technology.

Please submit project proposals between 250-500 words (with expression of interest in one of the four workshops) to by January 30th, 2012.

Extended Deadline: NYU CALC "Networked New York," Mar. 9, 2012 (deadline Jan. 5)

“Networked New York” – call for papers

The Colloquium in American Literature and Culture at New York University invites proposals for our 2012 spring conference, “Networked New York.” This symposium will take place on Friday, March 9, 2012, and will feature a keynote address by Marvin Taylor, Director of Fales Library & Special Collections and founder of the Downtown New York Collection.

We envision this conference as a forum for examining systems of interrelation among writers and artists who live, work, commune, and clash in New York City, whether physical New York (the city’s buildings, streetscapes, neighborhoods), digitized New York (its blogs, websites, tweets), or institutional New York (its libraries, archives, museums). We aim to enable discussion about literary, artistic, and intellectual coteries in New York – past and present – and to consider the influence of such communities on the cultural production the city generates as well as on the city itself. To these ends, we hope to include papers from a range of historical and disciplinary contexts.

Our keynote panel will probe the specific concerns that the geographies and institutional landscapes of New York City bring to bear on archives and collecting in both contemporary and historical contexts. To this end, we also seek papers that may address similar subjects, particularly radical archives in New York and/or key strategies for making and using contemporary archives in the city. How does one address the archival presence or absence of certain communities or spaces in New York City?

Other potential paper topics include but are not limited to explorations of the following:

– Neighborhood dynamics and artistic communities

– Collaborations among artists, writers, readers, viewers

- Circulation of ideas and materials

– New York street life and material culture

– Urban space and identity

- Sites, scenes, and modes of interaction

– Digital media and the city

Please send a brief CV and abstract, 300-500 words in length, to Annie Abrams and Blevin Shelnutt by January 5, 2012. Please direct any questions about the conference to this address.

Draper and Anamesa parties this Friday, 12/16!

Once more, with feeling!
Please Join the Draper Master’s Program for our Year-End Celebration
Friday, December 16
Starting at 5:00 PM
14 University Place, 1st Floor

There will be food, drink, and good cheer. We hope to see you there!

If you know your plans, RSVPs are much appreciated:

Don’t forget about the Anamesa Launch Party!

Friday, December 16, 8pm-10pm
Peculier Pub, 145 Bleeker St.
Anamesa will cover your first 2 drinks

The editors look forward to celebrating the new issue with you!

Thesis Submission & Thesis Topic Approval Due Today, 12/16

A friendly reminder to Draperites!

If you’re planning on graduating in January, you must turn in your thesis (and corresponding paperwork) by 5pm today, 12/16. When you come in, please deliver it directly to the front-desk.
If you’re planning on graduating in May, you’ll want to hand in your thesis topic approval form this Friday as well. Simply leave it in Robert’s box (bottom left hand corner of the wooden mailboxes behind my desk). We will email you when it’s been approved.

Contact our offices if you have any questions.

Museum Studies Course, Spring ’12

As with the recently posted English courses, below is a Museum Studies course that still has space and is welcoming Draper students. The course is NOT crosslisted.
To register, please email Museum Studies at


(Class # 1858)

4 points

Instructor – Dr. Haidy Geismar

Wednesday, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

240 Greene Street, Room 410

This course takes as its starting point the importance of museums and collecting in the foundational period of the discipline of anthropology and traces the role that ‘cultural objects’ have had in thinking about cultural difference, and within cultural analysis before analyzing what tropes and styles are entailed within cultural representation and the representation of culture. We will also examine the role of museums as sites of fieldwork and as generators of research methodologies focused on material culture. We will investigate the history and nature of the anthropology collections, as well as thinking through the forms of knowledge engendered by artifacts and the kinds of collaborative practices that emerge in contemporary ethnographic museums. Other topics will include global trends in the emergence of new museums of culture, cultures of dealing and collection, the place of anthropological collections in art museums (and vice versa), the diverse relationships between museums and “source” communities, and the multiple contemporary forms of repatriation.