Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Social Life of Material Culture Conference (at NYU this Saturday!)

The Social Life of Material Culture



December 15, 2012

10:00a – 5:00p

Puck Building, 295 Lafayette

(corner of Houston and Lafayette)

NYU Department of Sociology

Conference Room, 4th floor

A conference featuring the work of students from Sociology, American Studies, the Draper Program, and the Media, Culture & Communication Program at NYU and from Sociology at the New School.

Sponsored by

Harvey Molotch (Sociology/SCA) and

Robin Nagle (Draper Program)

Thesis Deadline for January Graduation

Good afternoon,
This is a reminder for students who are planning to graduate in January.
The deadline to submit your thesis is 5pm this coming Monday, Dec 17th.
We will need a hard copy along with accompanying paperwork. (For what exactly to include, please refer to our master’s thesis guidelines:

TVTS event on 12/14: “Making the Case: Human Trafficking from Identification to Trial”


The Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Program at New York University invites you to the following event:

“Making the Case: Human Trafficking

from Identification to Trial”

a conversation with

Laura Matthews-Jolly

2-4pm, Friday, December 14th

NYU Deutsches Haus

How do the youth victims of human trafficking leave the shadows and enter into a daunting legal arena? To bring their cases to court, trafficked youth often need to be sought out by the legal system and guided through an intimidating process. Laura Matthews-Jolly will outline the challenges of identifying trafficked youth, stabilizing their immigration status, and assisting them in matters related to family, education, employment, and post trafficking stabilization.

Laura Matthews-Jolly is an Equal Justice Works fellow at the City Bar Justice Center providing resources and legal representation to youths who have been subjected to human trafficking.

This event is sponsored by the Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Program at New York University.


The event flyer is attached.

flyer – Making the Case.pdf

Two talks 12/13 from the NYU Colloquium in American Literature and Culture

The NYU Colloquium in American Literature and Culture


Christopher Leslie (NYU Poly)

“Gertrude Stein Among the Eugenicists”


David Gary (CUNY Graduate Center)

“The Reading History of an Early American Diplomat: The Commonplace Books of Rufus King, 1799-1803”

Thursday, December 13

6:00 p.m.

13-19 University Place, Room 222

New York University

All are welcome!

Refreshments will be served.

TONIGHT! At 6:30! Alan Itkin and others in a talk: R emembering Jean Amery (1912 – 1978)

Remembering Jean Améry (1912 – 1978)

Tuesday, December 11th, 6:30 p.m.

Austrian born writer Jean Améry, who chose Brussels as his hometown after the Second World War, was one of the most distinguished essayists, cultural critics, and avant-garde writers of the twentieth century.

Jenseits von Schuld und Sühne (At the Mind’s Limits), the report on his time in Auschwitz, published in 1966, received worldwide attention. A series of challenging essays followed. Besides his book length studies on aging (1968), and on suicide (1976), Jean Améry, published numerous collections of shorter texts on the modern condition such as Widersprüche (Contradictions, 1971), but also on the politics of the day during the heated debates in the late 1960s.

Organized by scholars from NYU’s German department, the Draper program and the Trauma & Violence interdisciplinary program, the panel intends to honor Jean Améry’s centenary with three succinct talks of twenty-five minutes length each.

The talks address key concepts of Améry’s haunting work such as trauma, Heimat, and aging:

Alan Joshua Itkin (NYU): Against the Natural Consciousness of Time: Trauma and Ethics in Améry’s Jenseits von Schuld und Sühne

Dania Hückmann (NYU): “An Existential Misunderstanding”: Heimat in Jean Améry 

Eckart Goebel (NYU): The One-Way Road of Aging: On Jean Améry’s Essay Über das Altern

Moderated by Chadwick Smith (NYU)

In collaboration with the Department of German at NYU.

Events at Deutsches Haus are free of charge. Please let us know which event you would like to attend by sending us an email to Space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event. Thank you!