Monthly Archives: December 2013

Draper alumna Dinika Amaral to be published in the Iowa Review!

We’re so pleased to announce that Dinika Amaral, who graduated Draper in May of 2011, has been accepted for publication in the Iowa Review. Her short story, “No Good Deed Unpunished”, will appear in one of their three 2014 issues.
Dinika earned an MFA in Creative Writing at NYU after getting her MA at Draper. She says she couldn’t have done it without us! And wishes to especially thank Chuck Wachtel and Jocelyn Lieu; she took both their Human Fact courses at Draper and worked with Jocelyn on an independent study as well.
Congratulations, Dinika!

Draper News and Events!

Good morning Draperites, 
Please mark your calendars for Monday, December 16th, which is important for two reasons: 
1- it’s the thesis deadline for students planning to graduate this semester. Please have all necessary paperwork in to us by 5 pm on Monday 12/16. No exceptions or extensions! 
2- it’s the Draper End-of-Semester Party! Come and celebrate the successful completion of another semester with us, from 5 – 8 pm! More details to come. 
We’d also like to congratulate Babak Mazloumi and Anni Irish, who will both be presenting at the upcoming ACLA Conference, hosted at NYU this spring. Anni will also soon have a publication in MP, a feminist scholarly journal affiliated with Rutgers University. 
Congrats to both, and good luck with your end-of-semester work! 

CFP Brown Graduate Student Conference: Transports



April 4-5, 2014   |  Brown University   |   Providence, Rhode Island

Keynote speaker: Roger Célestin, Professor of French and Francophone Studies, University of Connecticut

From daily transportation to emotional exaltation, the notion of transport implicates both the most routine and the most extraordinary aspects of life. At any point on this spectrum, transport always involves a process: a process of shifting between places, modes, states, or representations. It can be a movement towards a time, a place, an idea, a climax. Transatlantic voyages permit immigration; literature circulates, leading to new interpretations, editions, and translations; images are projected through space and onto a screen… These movements raise questions of origin, destination and motivation; they also push us to examine questions of will and intent, as the idea of transport often implies passivity or loss of self: one may be transported by unexpected joy, swept away by nostalgia, or deported against one’s desire. Far from its immediate quotidian connotations, transport thus also has rhetorical, esthetic and political implications. In the aim of investigating the questions raised by the various facets of transport, we invite submissions from a variety of fields including, but not limited to,s literary, cultural, and media studies, engaging with all periods and genres of cultural production anywhere in the French-speaking world.

 Potential avenues of exploration may include but are not limited to:

Travel, journeys, voyages, travel narratives, récits de voyage; Systems of transportation; Trade, economic questions of goods and materials; Rites of (safe) passage; Crossing boundaries; Conviction, deportation, banishment; Displacement; Circulation; Intersections, meetings; Overlaps, transfers; Literary circulation; Intertextuality; Translation; Projection; Metaphor, pathos, rhetorical devices, modes of representation; Emotional states, emotional climax, (en)rapture; Movement, motion; Transit, transition, the transitional, the transitory; Transcendence

 Graduate students who wish to participate in the conference should submit an abstract, in French or English, of no more than 250 words. Abstracts must be sent, as attachments, to before January 22, 2014. Emails should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Presentations, whether in English or French, should not exceed 20 minutes.




Les 4 et 5 avril 2014 |  Brown University   |   Providence, Rhode Island

Conférencier : Roger Célestin, Professeur d’Etudes françaises et francophones, University of Connecticut

Du transport émotionnel au transport en commun quotidien, la notion de transport recouvre à la fois les aspects les plus extraordinaires et les plus routiniers de nos vies. A travers tout le spectre, la notion de transport décrit toujours un processus : celui de glisser entre deux endroits, modes, états ou représentations. On peut être en mouvement vers un temps, un lieu, une idée, un point culminant. Les voyages transatlantiques permettent la migration ; la littérature circule, conduisant à de nouvelles interprétations, de nouvelles éditions, et de nouvelles traductions ; des images sont projetées à travers l’espace sur un écran… Ces mouvements posent les questions de l’origine, de la destination et de la motivation du transport, et nous poussent aussi à nous interroger sur la volonté et l’intention du transporté, car l’idée de transport insinue souvent l’idée de passivité ou de perte de soi : on peut être transporté  de joie, terrassé par la nostalgie ou déporté contre son désir. Loin de sa signification banale, transport recouvre donc aussi des enjeux politiques, rhétoriques et esthétiques. Pour explorer les différentes facettes du transport, nous invitons donc les étudiants gradués à soumettre des propositions de communication dans divers champs incluant, mais non limités aux, études littéraires, culturelles et des médias, couvrant toutes les périodes et genres de productions culturelles, pourvu qu’elles touchent au monde francophone.

 Quelques pistes potentielles d’exploration, mais qui ne doivent pas limiter les postulants :

 Les voyages, les récits de voyage, les aventures ; Les systèmes de transports ; Le commerce : questions d’échanges de biens et de matériels ; Les rites de passage ; La traversée des frontières, des limites ; La déportation, le bannissement, le déplacement ; La circulation ; L’intersection, la rencontre, la réunion ; Le transfert ; La circulation littéraire, l’intertextualité ; La traduction ; La projection ; La métaphore, le pathos, les outils rhétoriques, et les modes de représentation ; Le mouvement ; Le transit, la transition, le transitionnel, le transitoire ; La transcendance

Les étudiants gradués intéressés devront nous remettre une proposition de communication, en français ou en anglais, de 250 mots au plus. Les propositions devront être envoyées en pièce jointe à avant le 22 Janvier 2014. Les emails devront contenir le nom de l’auteur, son affiliation universitaire, et les informations pour le contacter. Les présentations à Equinoxes, qu’elles soient en anglais ou en français, ne doivent pas dépasser les 20 minutes. 

Fri & Sat: NYU German Grad Student Conference–Work/Ethics

Message from the grad student conference organizers: 


Dear Colleagues,


This is a friendly reminder to mark your calendars for our Graduate-Student Conference set for this Friday and Saturday, December 6-7. Please join us for the keynote address on Friday at 6:30 PM in Deutsches Haus (42 Washington Mews), and for a full day of panels in NYU’s Silver Center room 401 (100 Washington Square East).


Here is the link to the program of events:


We look forward to seeing you! 




Susanne Fuchs, Jonathan Kassner, and Jerome Bolton


“Critical Information” Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference Dec 8 at SVA


Critical Information Graduate Conference RSVP
Hosted by the MFA program in Art Criticism & Writing 
at the School of Visual Arts, New York City, December 8, 2013
Conference Panels: 10:00am – 3:30pm 132 West 21 Street, 6th floor, New York City
Lawrence Weschler, Keynote Address: 4:00 – 5:30pm, followed by reception 
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street, New York City
All events are free and open to the public
School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents Critical Information, an interdisciplinary graduate student conference examining the contemporary dialogue between art, media, and society. Sponsored by the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department at SVA, the Critical Information conference provides a critical forum for current scholarship exploring the juncture of media, theory, criticism, and the visual arts. Lawrence Weschler, Director Emeritus of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, will deliver the keynote address, “A Typology of Convergences: Towards a Unified Field Theory of Cultural Transmission.”
Weschler was for over twenty years (1981-2002) a staff writer at The New Yorker, where his work shuttled between political tragedies and cultural comedies. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award (for Cultural Reporting in 1988 and Magazine Reporting in 1992) and was also a recipient of the Lannan Literary Award (1998). Recent books include a considerably expanded edition of Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees, comprising thirty years of conversations with Robert Irwin; and a companion volume, True to Life: Twenty Five Years of Conversation with David Hockney. His latest addition to “Passions and Wonders,” the collection Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative, came out from Counterpoint in October 2011.
Under the keynote address theme “A Typology of Convergences,” the conference’s international roster of participants from a wide cross-section of disciplines, will present papers and projects on the following six panels: Of the Word; Indented Margins; Artwork/Network; Art and Sensuality; Identity: Construction, Transmission, Rejection; and Concerns in the Age of Media and Information: Its Effects on Culture and Communication.
The MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department at SVA offers a two-year course of study leading to an MFA degree. For students who want to improve their writing and advance their knowledge of contemporary art, theory, literature, and history, this concentrated program offers seminars by practicing critics, editors, philosophers, poets, and artists. The focus in writing is on the essay as form, as well as on shorter forms of review, through intensive writing practicums.
School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.