Monthly Archives: September 2016

Call for papers ! Undisciplined Readings – Graduate Conference. Keynote: Ilya Kaminsky

Undisciplined Readings: Rethinking Practices and Methods

21st Annual CLIFF Graduate Conference

March 17-18th, 2017

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Keynote: Professor Ilya Kaminsky


Submission deadline: November 22nd, 2016


Reading practices, in many ways, form the basis of our discipline. However, we often take them for granted, or remain unreflective about their consequences. Whether it is our close reading methodology or more broadly the perspective we adopt, ways of reading require renewed attention and scrutiny.


This conference seeks to explore reading practices at their most basic level, as well as in their most developed states, which may define entire fields; it also aims to highlight crucial differences between these practices, which are often neglected. Critical race or feminist methodologies, for example, seek not only to draw our attention to certain texts, but also to transform the reading experience itself.


How we read reflects the intended and at times unintended audiences of works, as well as the possibility of “reading against” texts towards alternative political or ethical goals. The objectives of The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor reading practices are at times just as ambiguous as our methodologies. How should we read, and what sort of readers should we be? And what are the consequences of these practices?


In drawing attention to this topic, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor hopes to reflect on their own methods and assumptions, as well as attempt to imagine new ways of reading. Proposed papers may be specific in their reference to one or a few works, or may more broadly address reading practices in various fields. They encourage papers from Comparative Literature as well as across a wide range of disciplines to help them respond to these questions.


This year they welcome Professor Ilya Kaminsky as their keynote speaker.


Ilya Kaminsky is a poet and Professor of Poetry and Director of the Creative Writing Program at San Diego State University. He is the author of Dancing in Odessa, which won the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award among others, and co-editor of a number of anthologies of world poetry. He has translated and co-translated several books, most recently Marina Tsvetaeva’s Dark Elderberry Branch (Alice James Books), with Jean Valentine. Kaminsky’s work urges them to rethink the practices of translation and self-translation, and the political potential of reading, writing and translating.


Suggested papers may address but need not be limited to: reading practices; reader participation; complicit reading; self-reflective texts/authors; un/intended audiences; apostrophe; feminist methodologies; critical race methodologies; reading against canons; alternative canons; surface reading; close reading; hermeneutics of suspicion; paranoid/reparative reading; anachronistic reading; film studies; visual art; musicology/music theory; social sciences; metaliterature; translation as reading; writers as readers; characters as readers; literacy/illiteracy.


Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted by email to cliff2017[at] by November 22nd, 2016. Please also direct any questions you may have to this email.

Special Event! Oct 18 6PM | NYU Digital Humanities Internship Project Showcase

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Draper Alum Kimberly Lambright’s Ultra Cabin Release 10/31 ! Be there !

Kimberly Lambright will be releasing  her debut poetry collection, Ultra-Cabin the winner of the prestigious 42 Miles Press Poetry Award. There will also be readings from Bianca Stone and Simone Kearney. The Release will take place at 6pm on October 31, 2016 at the Cornelia Street Cafe.
To RSVP click this link  FB invite (seating is limited) !


by Kimberly Lambright
Winner of the 2015 42 Miles Press Poetry Award

“Artful and wry, smart and moving—Kimberly Lambright’s poems are made of such carefully rendered moments that the mundane becomes very wonderfully strange.”

—Kathryn Nuernberger



Writing seminar at Center of the Humanities! Jumpstart Your Winter Writing

Join the Center for Humanities for an action-oriented session on how to kick-off and sustain your winter writing and how to make significant progress on your writing project. Get practical advice on making this winter count!


Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
Fifth Floor
New York, NY
United States
Map and Directions

Date: December 20, 2016

Start Time: 2:00 pm
End Time: 3:30 pm

Register here

Reunion ! A/P/A Institute at NYU Event

#APATwenty: An Artist-in-Residence Anniversary Reunion, Part 1
ThursdayOctober 137-9PM
NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, 802
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Copresented by the A/P/A Institute at NYU and A/P/A Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis
This year, the A/P/A Studies Program and Institute (now two separate entities) celebrate twenty years of A/P/A scholarship and community building at NYU. To mark this milestone and highlight the acclaimed artists, thinkers, and writers who have been a part of the A/P/A Institute and A/P/A Studies Program over the past two decades, A/P/A institute present a series of reunion events featuring former A/P/A Artists-in-Residence. Rather than speaking about their own oeuvre Tomie Arai (A/P/A AIR 1997-1998), Regie Cabico (A/P/A AIR 2005-2006), Jessica Hagedorn (A/P/A AIR 1998-1999), David Henry Hwang (A/P/A AIR 2000-2001), and DJ Rekha (A/P/A AIR 2006-2007) will offer short presentations (in their preferred medium) on the work of a fellow Artist-in-Residence. Each artist will also reflect on their time in residence at NYU, and all that followed.