Monthly Archives: October 2013

Nov 4 – Kafka Workshop with Vivian Liska at NYU

Announcement from the German Department…
Dear All,
On Monday, November 4th Vivian Liska will give a workshop on “Kafka and his Readers” for graduate students.  We welcome you to join.  The workshop will take place from 3:30-6:10pm in the Great Room on the 1st floor of 19 University Place.  Here is the link to the event on our dept website:  
The description is below and the reader is attached.

All best,

Kafka and his Readers                           

NYU, Workshop

November 4, 2013 3:30-6:10pm

19 University Place, 1st Floor Great Room

Prof. Vivian Liska


Franz Kafka is one of the foremost modernist authors in and beyond the German speaking world. Following a brief introduction based on a poem by the young Kafka, this workshop will center on a selection of shorter texts to be discussed in depth. Each of these will focus on a different aspect of the connection between Kafka and reading. A discussion of “Conversation with the Supplicant” will shed light on the story’s implicit construction of an imaginary reader. An analysis of Kafka’s “other Abraham,” invoked in a few paragraphs inserted in a letter to Robert Klopstock, will illuminate Kafka as a subversive reader of the Bible. Finally, a short poem by Paul Celan, “Sprüchlein-Deutsch,” will reveal an unexpected reading of Kafka’s life, writing, and relationship to language as seen by one of the greatest poets of the second half of the twentieth century.



Vivian Liska is Senior Professor of German literature and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium as well as Distinguished Visiting Professor of German at Hebrew University, Jerusalem from 2014-2017. She is editor of the comparative literature journal arcadia and of the Yearbook of the Society for European-Jewish literature. Her most recent books are Giorgio Agamben’s Empty Messianism and Fremde GemeinschaftDeutsch-jüdische Literatur der Moderne .

Kathleen Hanna documentary screening — a Draper alumna project!

Draper alumna Hilary Crowe, since graduating in May 2012, has been working at Long Shot Factory. They release documentary films (and other indie films) and have just produced their first doc: The Punk Singer, which is a film about riot grrrl/rock icon and feminist artist Kathleen Hanna. Hilary’s official credit is “associate producer.”


The film is being distributed in the U.S. by IFC Films and will open NYC on November 29. The NYC premiere, however, is on November 16, part of DOC NYC, and Kathleen Hanna will be there for post-screening Q&A. Check out more info here if you’re interested! (

Well played, Hilary!

REMINDER! Upcoming Draper dates

Friday, October 25
MA Thesis Workshop
with Alan Itkin and Taylor Easum
Draper Map Room
This workshop is primarily intended for students who are in the early phases of thesis preparation, but also for those at later stages of the process. Students will receive guidance on how to refine their topics and narrow the scope of their theses, and on some of the basic mechanics of writing up their work.
RSVP’s are appreciated–call 212.998.8070 or email to let us know if you’ll be attending.
Friday, November 1 
Travel Grant Drawing
We will be drawing for the Travel Grant period of September 1 – October 31. Eligible applications must be for conferences happening during or after this period. More information, and the application form, are here.


CFP and Student News!

Recent alum Austin Gallas is helping to organize a graduate student journal for George Mason University Cultural Studies, and love to see submissions for Draperites: 
As an interdisciplinary journal, Cultural Studies Journal welcomes papers by emerging scholars in Anthropology, Literature, Media Studies, Communication, Sociology, History, Philosophy, Women and Gender Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Area Studies, African American Studies, and other disciplinary backgrounds. Articles may involve empirical research, analytical contributions based on established theory, or new theoretical interventions. Position pieces, research papers, and book reviews are welcome.
Submission will be accepted until 1 December 2013.
See the attached flyer or their website for more information:
Current Draperite Barbara Leung recently had a paper published in the peer-reviewed, Danish-based journal
Her paper, entitled The Armenian Genocide, from the lens of National Geographic examines the framing of the Armenian Genocide in that publication, posing questions about whether or not the framing is “accurate,” the influence the institution plays in collecting these “records,” and more. 
Congrats to Barbara! 
Lastly, to stay updated about Draper activities, such as DSO events, be sure to follow us on social media!

Emily Apter (NYU, French & Comparative Literature) – “Translation, Checkpoints, Sovereign Borders”

Emily Apter (NYU, French & Comparative Literature) – “Translation, Checkpoints, Sovereign Borders”


Bachir Diagne responding

Gayatri Spivak moderating


Professor Apter will be signing her book Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability (Verso)


October 24 – 6:30pm 

Please note that the location is now 411 International Affairs Building – Columbia University. Directions can be found here.