Monthly Archives: September 2014

REMINDER: Anamesa submission deadline this Sunday, Sept. 28!

REMINDER: The Anamesa deadline to submit writing and art for the Fall 2014 issue is this coming Sunday, September 28. Please see our Call for Submissions below for more information.


Anamesa, Fall 2014

Anamesa is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of graduate student writing and art based at New York University. Tracing its conceptual origin to Platonic philosophy, Anamesa stands for the “in between,” and sets as its purpose to blur boundaries, re-imagine links, and explore the interstices of academia. Anamesa considers material from a variety of subject matters and selects creative, timely, and intelligent works that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the global graduate community.

Current and recent graduate students across all disciplines are encouraged to send in their work by Sunday, September 28Submissions may include but are not limited to visual art, academic essays, creative nonfiction, reportage, interviews, reviews, short stories, and poetry. In particular, and in keeping with our theme for Fall 2014, we encourage submissions that provoke thought or discussion about the following topic (off-topic submissions are also very welcome):

Tipping Points

Across a variety of fields and disciplines, a tipping point is a particular variable or moment at which a system shifts, resulting in an often large and irreversible change in equilibrium or paradigm. In relation to physics and mathematics, tipping points show us how a complex state or equation may depend on the varying of a single factor. In the realm of sociology, a tipping point is the identifiable change that clarifies both an old order and a new direction. Tipping points demand an understanding of either the system in which they function or the context of the historical narrative that they come to define. How does the metaphorical tipping point fit into the many narratives we tell ourselves about our lives, identities, and circumstances? As an explanation for phenomena, do they always help us to make sense of things or can they distort the story as well? What do they tell us about the relationship between cause and effect? Are we always able to see tipping points as they approach, and how do we reckon with them once they come to pass?

Potential fields/topics for submission include: personal identity, memory, self-consciousness, economic and political power structures, borders and boundaries, diaspora, subalterns, trauma, temporality, spatiality, symbolism, literary/artistic influence, authorship, anthropology, gender, sexuality, identity politics, familial relations, class/racial/religious divisions and hierarchies, immigration, visual arts, film, painting, photography, technology, architecture, geography, sociology of space, phenomenology, neuroscience, psychoanalysis, history, post-modernism, post-structural theory, deconstruction, ecology, urban studies, language, translations, and communication.


Written submissions should be 6,000 words or fewer. For nonfiction works, please include a 100-200 word abstract. Academic papers must adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. All submissions are blind-reviewed, so no author-identifying information should be present in the text of the written work. Author’s contact information should be included in the cover sheet as detailed below.

Visual art submissions must be in digital format, with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI and minimum size of 5 x 7 inches.

The submission deadline is Sunday, September 28.

Send submissions and inquiries to

Your cover page should include your:

  • Name
  • School and departmental affiliation
  • Degree and (exp) date
  • Telephone number
  • Email address

We accept simultaneous and multiple submissions, but we ask that each submission be submitted individually (with an exception for multiple poems, which can be submitted together). For art and poetry, please submit no more than 5 individual pieces per author. All submissions should be emailed with the subject line listing the relevant genre (e.g., “nonfiction,” “fiction,” “poetry,” or “art”).

For further information about Anamesa, detailed submission guidelines, and to view previous issues, visit Printed copies of Anamesa are available at the office for the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought at 14 University Place in New York City.

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Clive Davis Institute Co-Hosts Global Citizen Festival – The Action Summit THIS Friday!

There’s an exciting event coming up at Clive Davis that might be of interest to some Draper Students! Keep reading for details.

The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and the Global Poverty Project partner to co-host the inaugural Global Citizen Festival – The Action Summit this Friday, September 26th from 10am – 4:30pm at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts!

Through a music and arts lens, The Action Summit will focus on the role individuals, as Global Citizens, play in helping to end extreme poverty by 2030 in a dynamic, participatory format. Global Citizens will learn about the challenges in each issue area from key policy influencers and celebrities and together seek viable solutions. Confirmed speakers include:

Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO, Global Poverty Project
Jan Eliasson
, United Nations Deputy Secretary General
Nick Kristof
, New York Times journalist and best-selling author, Half the Sky
Kweku Mandela
, Filmmaker and grandson of Nelson Mandela
Nicole Bates, Deputy Director, Global Policy and Advocacy, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Raya, Sesame Street
Tamzin Merchant, Actress, Star of Salem, The Tudors, Pride & Prejudice
Jaehyang So, Director, Trust Funds and Partnerships, The World Bank
Laura Osnes, Johnson, Broadway Actress
And Many more!

RSVP for free tickets here:

Summit attendees will also have multiple chances to win tickets to the music festival happening Sat 9/27 in Central Park featuring Jay-Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, Fun., The Roots, and Tiesto!


Lecture Monday, Sept 29: Social marginality and the camera: the case of migrant Roma in Italy

Of possible interest to Draper Students:

Next Monday, Sept 29 at 5-6pm in the Jurow Lecture Hall (in Silver Center), Professor David Forgacs from the Italian Studies department is giving the first lecture in this year’s Scholars Lecture Series in the College of Arts and Science (see information and poster below!):

Social marginality and the camera: the case of migrant Roma in Italy

The lecture looks at one of the case studies in Professor Forgacs’s book Italy’s Margins (2014): that of Roma families from eastern Europe housed in “nomad camps” on the edges of Italian cities. This form of temporary settlement, and the ways in which the camps and their inhabitants have been typically photographed, show how a social group’s marginal status can be produced and reinforced both by particular policies and by visual depictions. Some examples of these photographs will be examined and consideration will be given to ways in which these marginalizing policies and views may be challenged.


CFP: “New Maternalisms”:Tales of Motherwork (Dislodging the Unthinkable)

The Museum of Motherhood has a call for papers out for its spring conference, “New Maternalisms”:Tales of Motherwork (Dislodging the Unthinkable)
See the poster below!
Some info about the museum: “The Museum of Motherhood is a science, art, and history center devoted to the study of mothers, fathers, and families…Our mission is to start great conversations, feature thought-provoking exhibits, and share global perspectives about procreation, birth, and caregiving. The transformative nature of birth and child-rearing continually challenges and defines our individuality as well as our humanity.” (
The museum welcomes submissions from scholars, students, activists, artists, community agencies, service providers, journalists, mothers, and others who work or research in this area. Cross-cultural, historical and comparative works are encouraged! They also encourage submissions of individual papers, complete panels, performances, stories, visual arts, film, music, audio, or alternative formats.

Visiting Curator Talk: Jeanne Gerrity, October 2

Please join the “Contested Images” class next Thursday, October 2nd at 6:20 pm at 25 West 4th St. room C-5 for a visiting curator talk by Jeanne Gerrity. Below is a bio and image from a show Jeanne recently curated. Feel free to contact with any questions about the talk.



Image caption: Matt Lipps, Special Problems, 2014; C-print, 78.5 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco.

 Jeanne Gerrity is a curator, writer, and editor based in San Francisco. She most recently held the position of Curatorial Associate at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, and she previously worked at the alternative art spaces Southern Exposure in San Francisco and Smack Mellon in Brooklyn. She has curated exhibitions at venues that include di Rosa, Napa, CA; Queens Nails Gallery, San Francisco; BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn; Artists Space, New York; Bloomberg Headquarters, New York; ISE Foundation, New York; Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery; and the Wallach Art Gallery, New York. She attended the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course in 2010, and she received the Lori Ledis Emerging Curator Fellowship in 2008. Jeanne has written for Frieze, Art Papers, FlashArt, ArtReview Asia, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Rhizome, KQED Arts, and is an associate editor and staff writer at the online arts journal Art Practical.