Monthly Archives: November 2012

CFP (Hofstra U): Cultures of the Suburbs (extended deadline: 3 December)

The Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network: 2nd Symposium

Out of Control Suburbs? Comparing Representations of Order, Disorder and Sprawl
27-28 June 2013, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
Keynote Speakers TBC

Call for Presentations/Posters (EXTENDED DEADLINE)

Following the success of our 2011 Inaugural Symposium, our second meeting seeks to discuss the nature and representation of suburbs, suburban life and sprawl whether local, regional or global. Where are the margins of suburbia and do they represent order, disorder or nostalgia? How is sprawl defined – as organic social process or negative cultural impact? And how is it experienced by diverse communities and individuals? What are the aesthetics of order and sprawl? How do representations of suburban sprawl and disorder converge or diverge between the Global South and North – and within the Global North?

Questions that the symposium aims to address include: how are order and disorder understood and represented in relation to suburban zoning, planning and placemaking; greenbelt spaces, public parks and private gardens? How do poverty, physical deterioration and crime change the ways that particular communities are envisaged, and for whom are these places policed and controlled? In what ways would a “Right to the Suburb” differ from a “Right to the City”? How does the disorderly mobility of suburbanites – pedestrians, commuters and migrants – give rise to new visions for managing their movements at various scales? In what ways do the artistic, social, civic, sporting and religious aspects of a community shift and change according to the sprawling sites and changing infrastructures around them? And how do children and their elders reflect on the order or disorder of their suburbs?

In a continuation of the practice that worked so effectively at our first symposium, and in order to encourage maximum participation and dialogue, we welcome proposals for 10-minute papers from a range of disciplines including (but not limited to) the arts and humanities, social sciences, and applied sciences such as Architecture, Design and Planning.

Please submit a 250 word proposal for your paper by Monday, 3 December 2013 to Jill Sullivan, Network Research Facilitator at

Once again, we have a limited number of travel bursaries (£100 each) available to postgraduate students who would like to participate in the symposium. If you would like to apply for one of these bursaries, please include an application with your proposal, outlining the reasons why you would like to attend and how you feel your work fits with the theme of the symposium.

Twitter: @CulturesSuburbs


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Volunteer at the 2012 Variety Holiday Party!

Draperite Valentine Lysikatos helps organize a yearly holiday party for under-served children through Variety the Children’s Charity of New York.

This year’s party is 12/15 and you can volunteer to help! Here are the details:

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Volunteer at our 2012 Holiday Party!

Join us at our 2012 Children’s Holiday Party:
Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 9am-3pm (various volunteer shifts available)
at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens
  21-12 30th Road, Long Island City, NY 11102 (click here to view map)


Every December, Variety the Children’s Charity of New York welcomes hundreds of children from local under-served communities in New York City to the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens for a day of festivities. The children enjoy a lunch, craft activities and entertainment. You can help by joining us as a volunteer for a portion of the party or the entire day. 


The day would not be possible without the support of our generous volunteers & donors. 

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Part time researcher/office manager position available

A job posting from the Metropolitan New York Library Council:

Part-time researcher/office manager (Upper West Side) – $25/hour

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Part-time, 2-3 days for private research company: Office Manager/Researcher Librarian-type skills; knowledge of Manhattan streets and buildings absolutely critical; permanent (last employee – 24 years). 

Digital research in various databases; work with files, databases, books and serials; order, handle and digitize photographs Office duties like filing, ordering supplies, dealing with vendors. 

$25.00 per hour – west side, sunny, run-down two-person office, dogs OK!; Handicapped access not so good, I am afraid – 6 steps, no ramp Each individual query will receive a reply.

Please excuse this blind ad – I will reply to each query, but an open post brings a jillion calls.
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Workstudy Positions at NYU Office of Sustainability

NYU’s Sustainability Office is accepting applications to fill several part-time paid, work-study-eligible student positions.

These positions support our long-term effort to transform NYU into the most environmentally-effective and just urban university yet!

Please see the following job descriptions: 

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter via email to Writing samples and letters of recommendation welcome. We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis.

To learn more about NYU Sustainability and our programs, visit: