Announcement from the German Department…
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: http://german.as.nyu.edu/page/newsevents
The description is below and the reader is attached.
Kafka and his Readers
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 Gemeinschaft. Deutsch-jüdische Literatur der Moderne .
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! (http://www.docnyc.net/film/the-punk-singer/#.UmF_vySE43E)
Well played, Hilary!
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.
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!
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