Monthly Archives: January 2014

Anamesa Editorial Meeting–Tues, 2/4

Hello, Draperites! 
First, thanks to everyone who came to our Kick-Off Social yesterday!
Second, if you are interested in being involved with Ananmesa, it is important that you attend our first meeting of the semester:
Anamesa Editorial Meeting
TUESDAY—Feb. 4—8:30pm
Draper Map Room (14 University Place)
If you are absolutely unable to make this meeting but are still interested in being involved, please email and let us know.
We hope to see you all on Tuesday—we’re looking forward to getting started with another semester of the journal!
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
The Anamesa Editorial Team


Public Lecture with Jonna Perrillo, Wed, Feb. 5: “An Educator’s Commitment”: Harlem, Black Parents, and Teacher Unionism, 1930-2012

Please join us!
Educating Harlem: Histories of Learning and Schooling in an American Community
“An Educator’s Commitment”: Harlem, Black Parents, and Teacher Unionism, 1930-2012
Public Lecture given by Jonna Perrillo, Author of Uncivil Rights: Teachers, Unions, and Race in the Battle for School Equity
Associate Professor, University of Texas at El Paso
Wednesday, February 5, 4-6pm
306 Russell Hall, Teachers College
Reception to follow
Please RSVP to
RSVP requested, but not required!

Upcoming Event at Performance Studies 2/4- Long Division: Talk with Kiese Laymon

The Department of Performance Studies presents: 

Long Division: Talk with Kiese Laymon

When: Tuesday, February 4, 2013, 6pm

Where: 721 Broadway, 6th floor, Room 612




Long Division is the title of Kiese Laymon’s recent novel. Long Division is a coming of age story that explores the complexity of history, race, religion, and youth culture, and how they perform in the present in the southern United States. He will read excerpts from this book and from his collection of essays How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.


Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born, and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Milsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College in 1998. He earned an MFA from Indiana University in 2003 and is the author of the recent novel Long Division and a collection of autobiographical essays called How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Laymon has written essays and stories for numerous publications including Gawker,,, Longman’s Hip Hop Reader, the journal, “Politics and Culture” and Mythium, He is a contributing editor at Gawker and frequently blogs at, Laymon is currently an Associate Professor of English and co-director of Africana Studies at Vassar College.


*reception to follow the lecture.


This event is a part of the Performance Studies Lecture Forum Series, which is sponsored by the Department of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

Performers Needed For Festival Play by Draper Alumna

Notice from a recent grad!
Performers Needed!

Ding! Or Bye Bye Dad is a new play by recent NYU graduate, Jayme Kilburn, and is to be performed in the Venus/Adonis festival in NYC. Ding! is holding auditions on Saturday, February 8 from 4-6pm.

Actors must be available for tech (March 26 at 3:30pm) and three performances (March 26 at 8:45pm, March 29 at 7pm, and March 30 at 6pm). Rehearsals will take place on 2 evenings per week and every Sunday (times TBD).

Script requires versatility…

Seeking one female actor – late 20s to mid 30s – to play one character, multiple ages.

Seeking one male actor – late 20s to mid 30s – to play multiple characters, multiple ages.

You MUST email your headshot and resume to set an audition appointment. A copy of the script may be emailed to you at your request.

For a copy of the script of to set an audition appointment, please email Megan (director):


CFP Deadline Extended: CUNY Graduate Center Department of Comparative Literature

Deadline Extended: Abstracts for the Impression & Object critical theory conference, hosted by the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York, are now due on Friday, February 14. For more information, please visit 


Impression and Object

A Conference on Critical Theory

Keynote Speaker: Joshua Landy (Stanford University)


All experiences are moral experiences, even in the realm of sense perception. – Nietzsche, The Gay Science


The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center present the third annual interdisciplinary conference on literary and critical theory to be held Friday, March 28, 2014. This conference is being given in celebration of the launch of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Certificate for Critical Theory, dedicated to the study of literary and critical theory.

This conference aims to explore and interrogate questions regarding the effects of conceptualizations of Mind, from the psychological to the metaphysical, on perception, expression, and selfhood. Specifically, it will focus on cognitive interactions between subject and object and aesthetic representations of these interactions, as well as the influence that these questions, interactions, and representations have had on literary and critical theory.

We invite papers from all disciplines centering upon any individual theorist, period, or school of critical theory that explore questions of perception, reasoning, and its ethics and aesthetics, as well as the effects that these have on self-fashioning, especially as they pertain to literary and critical theory. We welcome comparisons of various theoretical approaches, including, but not limited to, literary theory, psychoanalysis, philosophy, gender studies, psychology, and political theory. Some of the questions this conference seeks to answer include, but are not limited to:

  • How does reading and/or the experience of aesthetics affect us, whether morally, interpersonally, politically, or relating to questions of self-awareness, etc.?

  • How has the representation of mind changed throughout history and across disciplines?

  • In what ways does art inform our own experience of our minds and the way we perceive the minds of others? Is selfhood a product of aesthetic experience? What are the problems inherent in theoretical frameworks that present it as such?

  • How do specific processes of cognition, such as pattern recognition or memory recall, relate to creative processes, such as metaphor or prolepsis?

  • What are the consequences of different perceptions of mind between cultures? How have conceptualizations of mind informed relations of power in imperialist and post-colonial cultures?

  • In attributing certain beliefs and thoughts to others, how do we shape our perceptions of reality and ourselves? What happens when we doubt or lack faith in these attributions?

  • How does the interpretative impulse affect one’s experiences of art and literature?

  • How does mind govern space, and space govern mind?

  • How have conceptualizations of so-called mental disturbances (schizophrenia, hysteria, etc.) influenced critical methodologies?


Please submit a 300-word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by February 14, 2014 (Extended Deadline) to Proposals should include the title of the paper, presenter’s name, institutional and departmental affiliation, and any technology requests. We also welcome panel proposals of three to four papers.


This conference is co-sponsored by:

The Writers’ Institute, The Doctoral Students’ Council, and the Office of the Provost