Monthly Archives: January 2015

Anamesa Launch Party! This Wednesday, 1/28, 8pm

Wednesday, January 28, 8:00pm: Anamesa Launch Party 
Draper student-run interdisciplinary journal, Anamesa, would like to celebrate with their traditional Kick-off party at Peculier Pub at 145 Bleecker Street. Come by, get a free drink, and meet the senior staff for the journal this semester. We’d love to see new and returning faces as we gear up for the semester!

CFP – UMass Interdisciplinary Conference (Extended Deadline : 10 February 2015)

Bodies that Sell: Commodification and Cultural Marketplaces

April 4, 2015

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Submissions deadline (extended) : February 10, 2015


Roundtable speakers : Asha Nadkarni (UMass), Priscilla Page (UMass),

Deak Nabers (Brown), Heather Love (UPenn)

We make assumptions based on bodies all the time: what bodies are normative, strange, dangerous, fragile, familiar, foreign, and so on. The bodies we see are always-already constructed and commodified within various cultural marketplaces. Bodies function as currencies, some of which have more cultural capital than others. This cultural capital lends visibility to some bodies, while rendering others invisible. For example, as the Bring Back Our Girls campaign entered the U.S. activist lexicon, the cultural capital of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls become visible only as ‘victims’. In the context of this campaign, the girls’ bodies lend cultural capital to bodies who participate in the campaigning process and identify as progressive. As such, the campaign constructs two kinds of bodies : progressive American bodies and the less culturally valuable Nigerian schoolgirls’ bodies. This is but one example of the ways in which cultural marketplaces construct various kinds of bodies.

For our 7th annual interdisciplinary conference, the English Graduate Organization at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst invites submissions that examine the ways in which cultural marketplaces construct, produce, erase, value/devalue bodies. Some questions we are interested in include:

 What kinds of bodies do various cultural marketplaces produce and value?

 In what ways do marketplaces commoditize bodies? How do they allow certain bodies to become more visible than others?

 How, and to what extent, can bodies resist the conditioning forces of various marketplaces, even as they exist within them?

 How, and to what extent, does the cultural capital of various bodies depend on varied dynamics of circulation and representation?

 How do cultural texts (films, books, documentaries, etc.) objectify certain kinds of bodies (black, “third world,” feminine) and so on?

 In what ways do cultural representation of certain bodies shape our understanding of concepts such as :”normativity,” “gender,” “disability,” “nation,” ”race,” “freedom,” and

 What methodologies would be effective in helping us to reveal the ways in which forces of various cultural marketplaces construct bodies?

We accept three kinds of submissions:

 Individual papers/projects: please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words. Include your name, paper title, institution, and email address.

 Panels: please submit a 1000 word proposal for an entire panel of presentations (3-4 presenters). Included in this proposal should be abstracts of 200-300 words for all presentations, title of the panel, and information for each presenter (name, paper title, institution, and email address). If you are forming your own panel, you have the option of providing your own chair.

 Performances and creative presentations/panels: we welcome submissions of creative works, including creative writing, visual art, and dramatic performance.

Please include a brief description of your project, as well as your name, project title, institution, and email address

Areas include, but are not limited to:

 Gender & sexuality

 Critical Race theory

 African American Studies

 Postcolonial, Global, Transnational Studies

 Disability Studies

 Studies in Rhetoric and Composition

 Cultural Studies

 Media studies

 Communications

 Narrative Theory

 Development Studies / Postdevelopment Theory

 Childhood Studies

 Political Science

 Political Theory

 Native and Indigenous Studies

 Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Humanities

 American Studies

 Environmental Studies

 Movement, migration, diaspora

 Digital humanities

 Animal Studies

CFP for Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture, Issue 8

Call for Papers and Reviews!

Please see Submission and Style Guidelines below. The committee welcomes papers, book reviews and exhibition reviews dealing with visual and material culture by graduate students working in any discipline.

For further questions, please contact Co-editors Andrianna Campbell and Jonathan Patkowski at

Space, Alterity, Memory

In recent years, public protest movements such as Occupy and #BlackLivesMatter have demonstrated the ways in which political power, economic and ethnic identity, and cultural memory are closely linked to questions of space. The assembly of non-hierarchical oppositional communities in Zuccotti Park, the mass demonstrations across American cities countering police-enforced racial segregation, and the construction of precarious counter-monuments to the victims of state violence (such as the recently-destroyed memorial for Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.) exemplify how efforts to resist and commemorate are entangled with the unequally distributed access to public space in post-Civil Rights America.

Analogous issues are at the fore throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, where new forms of local belonging and transnational immigration have revealed systematic patterns of racism and exclusion. Increasingly, public displays of xenophobia rely on essentialist notions of place and identity, which threaten fragile multicultural agreements. What happened to the utopic future of progressive cultural inclusiveness envisioned in our popular culture? Is this turn part of a cyclical longer history? What are the markers of state power, familial legacies, capital, fear and an empowered populace that allow for resistance and how do they manifest in the public arena whether virtual or real?

This special issue of Shift takes a broad view of these recent developments by exploring the interrelationships of space, alterity/identity and memory in visual and material culture. We accept papers, as well as exhibition and book reviews from a range of visually-oriented disciplines that explore such issues as:

● The status of the public monument or assembly

● Ephemeral, archival and other non-monumental forms of public memorialization

● The fate of established art historical categories such as site-specificity or monumentality

● The figure of the migrant in visual culture/the relationship between art, migration and urban space

● The contestation and occupation of public and private space

● The architectural construction of race

● The city versus the nation as art historical or museological framework

Submission Deadline:

This journal is an online publication. All submissions should be sent by email to by 01 March 2015. The journal launch will take place 01 October 2015.

Submission and Style Guidelines

Please read the following points carefully before submitting to Shift. Submissions that do not follow these regulations will not be considered for publication.

1. Authors must be registered as graduate students at the time they submit their work.

2. All reviews must conform to the style guidelines as outlined in The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th or newer edition.

3. Images should be placed in-text throughout the document, not located together at the end. All images and figures should be properly captioned according to The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th or newer edition. Authors are responsible for securing rights to all images and figures used within their paper.

Authors must produce evidence that these rights have been obtained before an image or figure will be published.

4. In order to ensure blind readings from the Editorial Committee, authors must remove any identifying information from the content of the submission.

5. Please submit a separate document with the author’s name, title of paper/review, institutional affiliation and email address.

Call for Papers – Deadline extended to 1/30 for Thinking Serially Conference, 4/23-24

Thinking Serially: Repetition, Continuation, and Adaptation

An Interdisciplinary Conference


Amidst the advent of quality television, the proliferation of sequels, remakes, and adaptations in Hollywood, and the endless and growing forms of reproduction of media made possible by modern technology, the notion of seriality has perhaps never been more important than today. From the re-invention of Orphic and Faustian legends to the serialization of the novel form, the phenomenon of seriality has been present throughout Western literature. In the last two decades, we have seen a rise in the production of sophisticated, narratively complex television, from The Sopranos to Mad Men and Breaking Bad. The serial has become a dominant form of media entertainment, often rivaling the more classically elevated genre of film. Invoking questions of succession and context, both temporal and spatial, our inquiry into the nature of the series in media and literature seeks to understand the dynamic relations of fragments and totalities, parts and wholes.

The Department of Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY presents a conference on seriality in literature, theory, and media to be held April 23 and 24, 2015.

This conference asks: how do we understand serials differently from other works (e.g., the serialized novel versus the epic)? How does seriality speak to the act of binging and the notion of deferred satisfaction, the suspension of expectation, and the manipulation of the spectator? What does seriality tell us about re-readings? How do we understand the relationship between seriality and history?

We invite papers whose approaches and methods come from a broad spectrum of disciplines and fields, including psychology/psychoanalysis; literature, media, gender, and post-colonial studies; economic theories; intellectual history; art history and architecture; linguistics and musicology.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

·       Serialization of the novel; how seriality affects a particular genre or complicates genre theory
·       Issues raised by spinoffs, sequels, farces, and/or parodies
·       The work of art in the age of the digital platform
·       Repetition compulsions
·       Periodization and anthologizing
·       Cultural appropriation
·       Serialization and historical analysis
·       The relationships between objects and impressions, images, and memories
·       Genres with many iterations: science fiction; vampires; serial killers and crime dramas

Please submit a 300-word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by January 30, 2015 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.

Funding Opportunities for Draper Students!

Here some opportunities for funding that might be of interest to Draper students:

Polonsky Foundation – NYU Digital Humanities Fellowship: Through the Polonsky Foundation’s generous support, GSAS, the Wasserman Center, and Bobst Library are partnering in an internship program to provide humanities graduate students seeking meaningful experience in the digital humanities with training and stipends to support digital humanities internship opportunities. Application Deadline: Friday, January 30Read More »

Master’s Research Fellowship, NYU Abu Dhabi: One award is available for a GSAS master’s student in the humanities to spend one semester of the 2015-16 academic year conducting advanced research or writing-in-residence at NYU Abu Dhabi. The successful candidate will join a community of humanities fellows at the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute and participate in the weekly Humanities Research Colloquium.Application Deadline: Friday, February 13Read More »
2015-16 Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship: NYU’s Humanities Initiative is partnering with the New York Council for the Humanities to offer a fellowship that encourages public scholarship in the humanities. Fellows attend a two-day orientation, receive a $5,000 annual stipend, $500 for travel and research, and participate in presentations of their work throughout the year. Applicants must be residents of New York State and enrolled as graduate students in a humanities discipline at NYU.Application Deadline: Friday, February 13. Read More »
GSAS Dean’s Student Travel Grant Program: The GSAS Dean provides funds for travel to professional meetings and conferences to present invited papers or posters. The Travel Grant Program provides 225 awards each year, in the amount of $500 each, to help students defray the cost of presenting their scholarly work. Applications Accepted: Monday, February 9 – Friday, February 20.Read More »
NYU Africa House Thoyer Fellowship: Two awards of $2,500 are available to graduate students for the 2015-16 academic year to support Africa-focused study and research in the fields of economics, political economy, or a closely related discipline. Funds may be used for travel, living expenses, tuition, books, research expenses, and any other relevant research expenses. Application Deadline: Friday, February 20, 4:00 p.m. Read More »
NYU Africa House/CTED Development Impact Fellowship: NYU Africa House and the Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED) offer two $1,500 Development Impact Fellowships to support Africa-focused research projects in the summer or fall of 2015 in the following areas: food and agriculture; healthcare; education and employment; mobile money and markets; and energy.Application Deadline: Friday, February 20, 4:00 p.m. Read More »