Monthly Archives: April 2017

Queer Encoding: Encoding Diverse Identities

April 28th 10:30am-5pm

How can the practice of digitization better respond to, and represent, geographically, culturally and otherwise, diverse textual identities? Come and hear leading practitioners in the field talk about how we might work creatively with mark-up languages to be more inclusive, and see strategies in action in the Project Hack.


  • 10:30AM — Introduction: What is TEI and why might I be interested? by Peter Logan (Professor of English and Academic Director of the Digital Scholarship Center, Temple University) and Marion Thain(Associate Director of Digital Humanities, New York University)
  • 11:00AM — Morning Keynote: Using TEI to Encode the History of Chinese Buddhism by Marcus Bingenheimer (Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Temple University)
  • 12:30PM – Lunch
  • 1:30PM — Afternoon Keynote: Encoding Identity by Julia Flanders (Digital Scholarship Group Director and Professor of the Practice of English, Northeastern University)
  • 3:00PM — Afternoon Break
  • 3:15 – 5:00 PM — Project Hack: Queer Encoding in Action! & Closing Remarks
    • Queerness of Space Time and Text in the Independent Crusaders Mapping Project by Katherine Briant and Stephen Powell (Fordham University, MA Center for Medieval Studies)
    • Queer Encoding Challenges in The Making and Knowing Project by Sohini Chattopadhyay and Benjamin Hiebert (Columbia University)
    • Queer Encoding and Identity Formation in the Nineteenth-Century Manuscript Diary by Cherrie Kwok and Nicole Cote (New York University)

Program Partners:

  • NYU Digital Humanities
  • Fordham Digital Humanities Group, and Office of Research
  • Digital Scholarship Center, Temple University


International Studies in Human Rights

Fall 2017

DRAP-GA 1048

Peter Lucas / Thursdays 6-9 PM

This purpose of this class is to introduce students to international human rights and the movement’s relationship to the field of comprehensive peace education. As a multi-disciplinary field, peace education takes a holistic approach to conflict and education. Essentially, peace education is the creation and transmission of knowledge needed to achieve and maintain peace. It is also about developing the critical and reflective capacities to apply knowledge in order to control, reduce, and eliminate various forms of violence. Using a peace education approach, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related normative global standards will be used as the primary conceptual frameworks to guide our inquiries.

Throughout the course, we will also distinguish between “negative peace” and “positive peace.” Negative peace refers to the practices to limit and prevent war and collective violence. We’ll take a very holistic approach to violence because many of the major human rights violations can be considered as forms of violence. More often than not, the response to serious violations is enacted from a negative peace perspective in order to quell the immediate violence. Unfortunately, negative peace practices do not necessarily get at the root causes of the violations nor do they strive for substantive social change. Positive peace is more concerned with establishing lifelong and life-enhancing human rights values that are a necessary pre-condition for a culture of peace. Positive peace not only attempts to understand the base causes of violence, but it’s goal is fundamental social transformation.

Mirroring this negative/positive approach to peace, the course is set up as a dialectic of tragedy and hope. There are six, two-week themes in the course which cover economic human rights, health and human rights, due process rights, women’s human rights, crimes against humanity, and genocide. For each theme we will stay focused on the particular issue for two weeks. The first week we will explore the tragic dimensions of the issue at hand and note any negative peace strategies at work on the situation. The following week we will stay focused on the theme, this time stressing hope and exploring how human rights and peace workers respond to the situation with front line NGO work, as human rights educators, and as media workers within the human rights movement. The second week will highlight the positive peace approach.

Focusing on human rights as positive peace, students will study the major themes and events in the contemporary human rights movement. Students will be exposed to the international standards, the historical generations of human rights, and the basic conceptions and distinctions of human rights. Students will learn about international human rights organizations, how local NGOs “respond” to violations, and the role of peace education (both formal and non-formal) in promoting human rights and a culture of peace. Throughout the course, students will also be exposed to the issues surrounding human rights and representation and the various representational strategies such as reports on violations, personal narratives, journalism, documentary film, photo reportage, web sites, and other medias. And finally, students will have the opportunity to explore research interests concerning human rights and peace education.

The Food Movement: NOW WHAT?

Please join NYU’s Fales Library & Special Collections, the Steinhardt Department of Nutrition & Food Studies, and Clark Wolf for “The Food Movement: NOW WHAT?”.  This panel discussion moderated by Clark Wolf, a food and restaurant consultant, will feature panelists:

  • Michael Ableman, author and executive director of Sole Food Street Farms
  • Devon Klatell, the Rockefeller Foundation (NYU Alumna, MA Food Studies)
  • Marion Nestle, author and Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition and Food Studies
  • Jake Novick-Finder, chef, Gristmill
  • Fabio Parasecoli, Director of Food Studies Initiatives, The New School
  • Emily Soukas, New York City Council (NYU Alumna, BA CAS).

The event will be held in the Fales Library & Special Collections on the 3rd floor of Bobst Library (70 Washington Square South, New York, New York) on Thursday, April 20th from 4:00-6:00pm.  Please RSVP to libraries-fales-events[at] to attend.  There is a $10 suggested donation for the event.


This Thursday ! Weathering the Storm , an unCOMMON Salon 6pm, Bobst Library


Weathering the Storm: Examining long-term resilience and recovery

Alexis Merdjanoff

Since 2006, the Gulf Coast Child and Family Health Study has collected data representing more than 80,000 persons displaced by Hurricane Katrina. This longitudinal data has been used to better understand the disaster recovery process and mental health patterns of individuals highly affected by the disaster. The lecture will discuss identified stressors, support mechanisms, and contextual factors that have propelled affected residents on different paths of post-disaster mental health recovery.

Alexis Merdjanoff
 is a Research Assistant Professor at New York University’s College of Global Public Health and an Associate Research Scientist in the Program on Population Impact, Recovery, and Resiliency (PiR2).  As a scholar working at the intersection of public health and sociology, Dr. Merdjanoff’’s research explores how social inequities shape the impact of disaster on health, recovery, and resiliency, particularly for vulnerable populations.   

Thursday, April 20 | 6 pm
Bobst Library | 7th Floor, Room 745

Open to the Public | Light Refreshments will be served

This Salon is sponsored by the Bobst Library Reference Departments (Business & Government Documents, Coles Science Center, and Social Sciences & Humanities).

New Course: Underworlds (Fall 2017)

Professor: Leo Goldsmith

Caves, labyrinths, mines, sewers, tunnels, catacombs, burrows, lost worlds: in the popular imaginary, the spaces beneath the surface of the planet have served as literal and metaphorical sites of concealment, subversion, repression, extraction, decay, and fantasy. This course explores these physical and figurative notions of the underground in multiple domains of both media (novels, films, television, and music; science fiction, horror, documentary, and avantgarde) and theory (new materialisms, media archaeology, media ecology, infrastructure studies, “history from below,” psychoanalysis, and conspiracy theories). Through these investigations,
this course will excavate a set of hidden connections between topics as dispersed as: lost world literature, Land Art, criminality, extraction, waste, Hollow Earth theory, concealment and repression, palimpsestic historiography, urban infrastructure, Palestinian subtopography, ancient aliens, sub- and countercultures, the occult, data bunkers, and political resistance.