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Film Screening: TASKAFA, October 7 6:30PM

TASKAFA, STORIES OF THE STREET (dir. Andrea Luka Zimmerman, 2013), 66 min. – presented by Ilker Hepkaner and Daniel Hoffman-Schwartz
WHEN: Friday 7 October 2016, 6:30pm
WHERE: Hagop Kevorkian Center, 50 Washington Square South [at 255 Sullivan Street]
Sponsored by the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University
TASKAFA is an exploration of memory and belonging told through the sometimes-shocking history of Istanbul’s community of street dogs. In spite of attempts over the last 400 years by the city’s rulers to exterminate them, the dogs have refused to accept they have no right to live there. TASKAFA offers a collage of testimonials from Istanbul’s residents, and uses readings by John Berger from his novel King – a story of hope, dreams and resistance told from the perspective of a dog – to create a moving and sometimes joyful essay-film about modernity, about foreign-ness, about who cities are for.
ILKER HEPKANER, a doctoral student at the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU, is writing a dissertation on the relation between heritage practices, visuality, and space in Turkey and Israel. He is also a literary translator.
DANIEL HOFFMAN-SCHWARTZ is currently a lecturer in Comparative Lecturer at Princeton University. After receiving his PhD from NYU in 2012 he was a lecturer for two years in the Humanities Program at Bogazici University in Istannbul. He is the co-editor of Flirtations: Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction (2015), and currently at work on a monograph on the concept of political romanticism.
Thanks to Andrea Luka  Zimmerman

Digital Frontiers conference at Rice in September featuring Draper’s own Kimon Keramidas

In September, Rice University will be hosting a conference that explores the intersections of digital public humanities and cultural heritage. Draper Associate Director Kimon Keramidas will be giving a talk with Alex Gil: Of Institutions, Initiatives, and the Importance of Regional Academic Communities: Building NYCDH.

Register now for Digital Frontiers 2016. They are celebrating their 5th Anniversary at Rice University with Keynote Speakers Roopika Risam (Salem State University) and Patrick Meier (author, Digital Humanitarians). Join them September 22-24, 2016.

Click here to register now!

Opening Keynote

Burning Down the Tent: New Futures for Social Justice and Digital Humanities

Roopika Risam (Salem State University)

Closing Keynote

From I, Robot to WeRobotics: Humanitarian Robotics in Action

Patrick Meier

(WeRobotics & Humanitarian UAV Network; author, Digital Humanitarians)

The diverse program includes workshops on digital pedagogy, making coloring books from digital archives, and using MOUs to manage projects, along with panels, papers, and posters by 59 presenters representing 27 institutions in 8 US states.

They’re also partnering with the Texas Digital Humanities Consortium and the Resilient Networks to Support Inclusive Digital Humanities initiative for a THATCamp on Saturday, September 24! Registration for THATCamp Digital Frontiers is free, but limited to the first 50 registrants. Visit to register.

Registration for Digital Frontiers closes September 9.

For more information, please visit the website, email digtalfrontiers[at], join the Facebook Group, and follow @DigiFront and #DF16RU on Twitter.


Thomas de Zengotita Set to Release Two New Books!

Draper’s own Thomas de Zengotita is currently in contract to release two new books, stemming in part from his coursework here at the Draper Program (in particular, his course on Modernism and his course on Heidegger & Wittgenstein).

The Historical Significance of Postmodernism: Toward New Humanism (due out in 2017)
Focusing on the theme of subjectivity, the first book locates the postmodern moment in a story about the rise of modernity in general and of modernism in particular, a story that gives access to some of the most difficult texts in the “theory” canon without dumbing them down or betraying their purpose.  On that basis, it becomes possible to ask an obvious and urgent question:  what’s next?

Toward a New Foundation for Human Rights: a Phenomenological Approach (due out in 2018)
After introducing the basics of phenomenology, the second book turns to the anthropological record in search of ethical universals that show what various human communities have in common without doing violence to their irreducible differences.  The positivist program in the human sciences, with its objectifying stance, famously failed to do that—but the early Heidegger and the later Wittgenstein created an alternative, a more suitable way to think about the human condition which this book develops in ethnographic detail.



Anamesa Spring 2016 Now Available!

Check out the new issue of Anamesa, Draper’s own peer-reviewed journal featuring interdisciplinary work from scholars across the country.

We are so proud of the editorial staff for putting together this amazing collection of art and writing!

spring 16 cover

Fulbright Stories – Tonight!

On April 19th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Office of Global Awards with the GSAS Office of Academic and Student Affairs will be hosting the first FULBRIGHT STORIES evening. This is a one-off chance to hear from students who have recently been through the application process, and who can share their tips with you: how to work with country requirements, and secure a letter of affiliation, how they developed their statement of grant purpose, approached their personal statement, and thought about about the drafting process. You’ll be given advice by students who know what you’re embarking on, and can offer insight into the process: when to work hard, and what not to sweat, the internal review process at NYU and how to manage with the sometimes lengthy application process.

The session will be held at 5 Washington Place, Room 101Click here to RSVP. 


Bridget Brasher (CAS) – Fulbright finalist, Study/Research Award to Germany
Elisa Gonzalez (GSAS) – Fulbright finalist, Study/Research Award to Poland
Cameron Sweeney (CAS) – Fulbright finalist, ETA to Germany
Rachel Welsh (GSAS) – Fulbright finalist, Study/Research Award to Spain
Christine Yurechko (Law) – Fulbright finalist, Master’s program award in the Netherlands

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for U.S. citizens to do study or research abroad as well to teach English. Fulbright operates in more than 150 countries and grants close to 2,000 awards each year to students, scholars, artists, and teachers.