Monthly Archives: February 2012

NYU Libraries Research Breakfast & Spring Classes for Grad Students

Hello from the NYU Libraries:

We have 2 spring programs to announce to help you “clean up” your research and organizational skills! Join us for a “Research Breakfast” or one of our annual “Spring Clean-up Workshops.” See more details below or register now.

1. Spring Research Breakfast

Come have breakfast, talk with our librarians about your project, and take care of those lingering research to-do list items. This informal event lasts for two hours, and you can come and go as you like during that time.

Thursday, March 8, 10:00am-12:00noon
Bobst Library
10th-floor Graduate Research Exchange (northwest corner)

2. Spring “Clean Up” Workshops for Grad Students
The NYU Libraries are holding a series of workshops and clinics especially for graduate students, led by expert librarians. These sessions focus on core research skills like:

* Identifying key resources in your discipline
* Organizing your research using an easy personal database called RefWorks
* Finding and ordering research materials from other institutions
* …And much more

Workshops will be held March 14-21. Find all the details and sign up at

March 7 Colloquium: Bernard Gendron, "Foucault’s 1968"

March 7 Colloquium: Bernard Gendron, “Foucault’s 1968”

2012 Colloquium Series New Research in Foucault Studies

NEW DATE: Bernard Gendron
“Foucault’s 1968”
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
7:30-9:30pm CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5409

New York, NY Gendron argues that Foucault’s turn to political militancy within a post-1968 horizon was the chief catalyst for redirecting his theoretical work between 1969 and 1974, leading to the publication of Discipline and Punish. Working with Foucault’s interviews–which he reads as political-theoretical, not biographical documents–Gendron traces Foucault’s political trajectory, looking closely at his attempts to wrest from Marxism an adequate interpretation of the May 1968 events.

We are delighted to invite you to join the discussion.
We will have wine and snacks. All are welcome.
Open to the public. Suggested donation: $8.

RSVPs are appreciated. Copies of the paper are available upon request. Email: For abstract and speaker bio, see below or go to our website:

ABOUT THE TALK: Abstract: Foucault’s relation to May 1968 is crucial for understanding the transformation in his theory and practice in the years 1969-1974, leading to the publication of Discipline and Punish. This transformation is frequently interpreted as a transition from “archaeology” to “genealogy” resulting from Foucault’s discovery of basic flaws in his archaeological method. A closer analysis shows, however, that his turn to political militancy within a post-1968 horizon was the chief catalyst for halting and then redirecting his theoretical work. These reflections appear not in Foucault’s books and well-known articles, but in the many interviews he conducted in the early 1970s. In these texts, Foucault repeatedly shifts positions while trying both to make theoretical sense of his militant practices and to wrest from Marxism the proper interpretation of May 1968, until finally he arrives at the formulations that lead to Discipline and Punish. The formula, “from archaeology to genealogy,” taken as wholly methodological, explains little and indeed gives an oversimplified picture of that transformation.

Speaker Bio: Bernard Gendron is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he taught courses on Nietzsche, Foucault, Miles Davis, and the aesthetics of popular music, among others. He is the author of Technology and the Human Condition (St. Martins, 1976) and Between Montmartre and the Mudd Club: Popular Music and the Avant-Garde (University of Chicago, 2002). He now lives in New York and is working on a book, Downtown Sounds: The Experimental Music Scene in New York (1970-1990). The essay, “Foucault’s 1968,” is forthcoming in The Long 1968: Revisions and New Perspectives, eds., Jasmine Alinder, A. Aneesh, Daniel J. Sherman, and Ruud van Dijk (Indiana University Press, Spring 2013).

NYUAD Lecture Series: Tahrir Square, 2012: The Voices of Women & Religious Minorities (3/1)

Tahrir Square, 2012: The Voices of Women and Religious Minorities

March 1, 2012 | 6:00-7:30 PM

Location: 19 Washington Square North

Viola Shafik Freelance Lecturer and Filmmaker
Yasmin Moll Department of Anthropology, NYUNY
Dina Ramadan Assistant Professor of Arabic, Bard College

In the year following Egyptian revolution, peaceful demonstrations have given way to increasingly violent and sectarian strife. Digital films and social media have documented and brought to the wider public’s attention the experiences of women and minority populations in Egypt’s ever-changing social and political climate. This panel brings together filmmakers, journalists, and analysts to discuss the recent past and potential future of the country and how social and digital media continues to impact and frame the course of events.

In collaboration with The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near East Studies supported by the Social Science Research Council and the NYU Center for Religion and Media with generous support from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.

Part of the series on Digital Religion: Knowledge, Politics, and Practice

Draper Travel Grant Applications Due Thursday, March 1st

A friendly reminder that applications for Draper Travel Grants are due this Thursday, March 1st. Currently matriculated Draper students who will be delivering papers or posters at scholarly conferences should fill out and deliver the necessary forms to the Draper office or via email to by 5:00 pm, 3/1.

The application is available through our website at Please complete and submit it along with confirmation that a conference has accepted your paper or project for presentation.

Keep in mind that five Draper Travel Grants are awarded per academic year and that applications are accepted during five different periods. The next submission deadline after March 1st will be May 1st.

Networked NY Conference: Material/Literary/Digital Connections in the City @ NYU – Friday, March 9

The Project on New York Writing,

The Colloquium in American Literature and Culture, and

the Workshop in Archival Practice at New York University


Networked New York

A conference on material, literary, and digital connections in the city

With a keynote address by

Marvin Taylor

Director, Fales Library & Special Collections

“Playing the Field, Thoughts about Social Networks and the New York Downtown Arts Scene”

Friday, March 9, 2012

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

19 University Place, Great Room

New York University

Panels include:

Institution and Enterprise

Community, Production, and Place

Authors and Neighborhoods

Blogscapes and Digital Interaction

This event is free and open to the public.