Monthly Archives: November 2013

Work/Ethics Conference, 12/6-7 NYU German

The Department of German at New York University cordially invites you to its two-day Graduate Student Conference, “Work/Ethics,” set to take place on December 6-7, 2013. Our conference brings together a number of outstanding graduate students from the United States and abroad and will feature a keynote address by Professor Martin Jörg Schäfer (Universität Erfurt) and a round table discussion with Professor Avital Ronell (NYU).     


The notion of work is as significant for the understanding of modern society as it is inherently ambiguous. The spectrum of conceptions range from the curse of toil in Genesis, alienated labor in Marx, the ‘iron-cage’ of modern work ethics in Weber to the anthropological revaluation of work in Locke and its world-building, cultivating function in Hegel, Heidegger, and Arendt. Its repercussions pervade literature, the arts, philosophy, and psychoanalysis as thematic work, conceptual exertion, dreamwork, the work of mourning, working through, or the very notion of an œuvre. Our conference seeks to elucidate the slash between work and ethics in examining different configurations of work, labor, operativity, productivity and their opposites (if such a thing exists): non-work, doing nothing, leisure, idleness.


Please join us for the keynote address on Friday, December 6, at 6:30 PM in the Deutsches Haus at NYU (42 Washington Mews). The conference will continue with a full day of panels on Saturday, December 7, in NYU’s Silver Center room 401 (100 Washington Square East). A detailed schedule can be found on the conference flyer attached in this email. The flyer is also available on the NYU Department of German’s homepage:


Please send questions to Jerome Bolton ( 


No RSVP is necessary. We look forward to seeing you! 




Susanne Fuchs, Jonathan Kassner, and Jerome Bolton

Dec 5, 2013 | Great New Books in the Humanities: Picking Up by Robin Nagle

Be sure to check out the upcoming Humanities Initiative event featuring our very own Robin Nagle, discussing her new book, Picking Up

6:00 PM

Did you know that New York City generates 11,000 tons of trash every day?

Join us for a dialogue with NYC Department of Sanitation Commissioner, John Doherty, andRobin Nagle, author of Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City. We will explore the people and infrastructure that powers New York City’s trash collection operations every day.

The conversation will be moderated by Gwynneth Malin, Director of the Humanities Initiative at NYU. Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City will be sold at 20% off at the event.

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CFP: “Exhibit A: Authorship on Display” @ CUNY Graduate Center

Call for Papers: ‘Exhibit A: Authorship on Display’
The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY
Organized by: Chelsea Haines, Grant Johnson and Natalie Musteata
April 7, 2014, 12pm – 7:30pm
In the last two decades, the study of exhibition history has grown exponentially: a recent surge of publications, conferences, courses, and reconstructions of historical exhibitions has fostered a new body of knowledge. However, discussions on exhibition history are conspicuously bifurcated, shuttling between a small coterie of curators on the one hand, and a select number of scholars on the other. In curatorial circles, discourse often focuses on individual practices, with little sustained reflection on broader historical and museological implications. Meanwhile, in academic circles, the history of exhibitions is often situated in terms of spectatorship, without directing attention to the various forms of authorship involved in exhibition making.
This conference seeks to sketch a typology of authorial roles in contemporary exhibition practice by assembling a range of perspectives-artists, curators, art historians, and emerging scholars-for a day-long conversation.
All relevant papers will be considered. Possible subjects may include:
– the exhibition as genre, medium or apparatus
– the retrospective or solo show
– exhibition design and rhetoric of display
– artist curated exhibitions
– ‘the curatorial turn’ in art making
– relationships between exhibition authors (artists, curators, collectors, et. al.)
Conference funding provided by the John Rewald Endowment of the Ph.D. Program in Art History, and The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Interested participants are invited to submit a paper no longer than 3,000 words along with a CV to by Friday, January 10, 2014.

CFP: UNC Charlotte English Graduate Student Conference, 1/24/14

A Draper alum has sent us a call for papers: 
Processing and Performing Paradigms: How (Non)Literary (Con)Texts Construct Realities 
UNC Charlotte’s English Graduate Student Association 14th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Friday, January 24, 2014 
Center City Building, Charlotte
Abstracts are due Dec 2 
See the attached flyer for more details. 


TONIGHT: Ulfers & Allen discuss THE DIONYSIAN VISION OF THE WORLD by Friedrich Nietzsche


The Dionysian Vision Of The World by Friedrich Nietzsche

Monday, November 25th, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU

Book launch of Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Dionysian Vision Of The World from Univocal Publishing: A conversation between NYU professor and Nietzsche scholar Friedrich Ulfers and Nietzsche translator, Ira J. Allen.

“Before the world knew of the thinker who “philosophizes with a hammer”, there was a young, passionate thinker who was captivated by the two forces found within Greek art: Dionysus and Apollo. This essay that would be the forerunner to his groundbreaking book, The Birth of TragedyThe Dionysian Vision of the World provides an unparalleled look into the philosophical mind of one of Europe’s greatest and provocative thinkers at the beginning of his philosophical interrogation on the subject of art.“ (

Copies of The Dionysian Vision Of The World will be available for sale at a 20% discount at the event.

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!