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Draper welcome-back party and celebration for summer and fall graduates: 1/23

Please join us at Draper’s welcome-back party next week:
Thursday, January 23rd
starting at 5 pm
14 University Place Map Room
We will be celebrating  our summer (September) and fall (January) graduates from 2013, unveiling the poster with their names and thesis titles, and welcoming new and returning Draperites! Drinks and refreshments will be served.

Another Draper alumni CFP – CUNY Graduate Center Department of Comparative Literature

Yet another Draper alumni is organizing a conference at his PhD program! Marc Rickenbach (Draper grad, Jan 2013) and others are putting on a Critical Theory conference at CUNY. Please see the CFP below. 

Impression and Object
A Conference on Critical Theory
Keynote Speaker: Joshua Landy (Stanford University)
All experiences are moral experiences, even in the realm of sense perception. 
– Nietzsche, The Gay Science

The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center present the third annual interdisciplinary conference on literary and critical theory to be held Friday, March 28, 2014. This conference is being given in celebration of the launch of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Certificate for Critical Theory, dedicated to the study of literary and critical theory.

This conference aims to explore and interrogate questions regarding the effects of conceptualizations of Mind, from the psychological to the metaphysical, on perception, expression, and selfhood. Specifically, it will focus on cognitive interactions between subject and object and aesthetic representations of these interactions, as well as the influence that these questions, interactions, and representations have had on literary and critical theory.

We invite papers from all disciplines centering upon any individual theorist, period, or school of critical theory that explore questions of perception, reasoning, and its ethics and aesthetics, as well as the effects that these have on self-fashioning, especially as they pertain to literary and critical theory. We welcome comparisons of various theoretical approaches, including, but not limited to, literary theory, psychoanalysis, philosophy, gender studies, psychology, and political theory. Some of the questions this conference seeks to answer include, but are not limited to:

  • How does reading and/or the experience of aesthetics affect us, whether morally, interpersonally, politically, or relating to questions of self-awareness, etc.?
  • How has the representation of mind changed throughout history and across disciplines?
  • In what ways does art inform our own experience of our minds and the way we perceive the minds of others? Is selfhood a product of aesthetic experience? What are the problems inherent in theoretical frameworks that present it as such?
  • How do specific processes of cognition, such as pattern recognition or memory recall, relate to creative processes, such as metaphor or prolepsis?
  • What are the consequences of different perceptions of mind between cultures? How have conceptualizations of mind informed relations of power in imperialist and post-colonial cultures?
  • In attributing certain beliefs and thoughts to others, how do we shape our perceptions of reality and ourselves? What happens when we doubt or lack faith in these attributions?
  • How does the interpretative impulse affect one’s experiences of art and literature?
  • How does mind govern space, and space govern mind?
  • How have conceptualizations of so-called mental disturbances (schizophrenia, hysteria, etc.) influenced critical methodologies?
Please submit a 300-word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by February 1, 2014 to GCCompLitConf@gmail.com. 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.
This conference is co-sponsored by:
The Writers’ Institute, The Doctoral Students’ Council, and the Office of the Provost

CFP: Theory/Post-Theory: An Interdisciplinary Conference

Draper alumni Nicholaus Gutierrez and some of his current fellow students at UC Berkeley are planning the below conference. Take a look!

Theory/Post-Theory: An Interdisciplinary Conference
Organized by the Graduate Student Association of the Department of Rhetoric
University of California, Berkeley
April 18th, 2014
Keynote Address: Professor David N. Rodowick (Chicago)
The Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley is pleased to invite papers that investigate the role, value, and efficacy of theory in the contemporary humanities and social sciences.
Theory, along with its periodical, concomitant “Post-Theory” moments, has provided the staging ground for debates over the methodological structure and interpretive purchase of disciplines such as literature and film, while also acting as the site of interventions into the epistemological and ethical assumptions which undergird the humanistic disciplines and the sciences. By its very nature, theory both contests and is contested, and as such, is subject to constant self-criticism and revision. As a method for examining not just the content but the very nature of a text qua text, theory has provided the necessary space for critical interventions into the ways in which the humanistic disciplines are produced and reproduced; as a body of texts with its own rhetorical, discursive, and historical traditions, it is itself a product constantly subject to critique and, ultimately, the site of new interventions. “Theory,” as both a method and a particular body of texts, thus seems to exist always in a state of critique, and as critique, to be concerned always with what comes after.
Terry Eagleton dates theory’s “golden age”—the days of Althusser, Lacan, and Lévi-Strauss, among many others—between 1965 and 1980. This conference aims to investigate whether theory has indeed come to an end, and if so, to ask: not just why did it end, but how could such an end be possible? If it is the case that we live in a ‘Post-Theory’ age, what comes after theory? What is left of theory as a disciplinary and interdisciplinary method after a particular set of texts has seen its influence wane? In this light, perhaps it is better to speak not of a monolithic “Theory,” but of theories. We might ask: what are the prevailing theories of today? What purposes do they serve, both intentional and unintentional? What is the relationship between theory and interdisciplinarity? What role, if any, can theory play in the future of humanistic inquiry?
The keynote address will be delivered by Professor David N. Rodowick (Chicago) followed by a faculty roundtable with Professors Catherine Malabou (Kingston), Mary Ann Doane (Berkeley), and Martin Jay (Berkeley).
With these broad issues in mind, we invite papers on the following themes and topics:
-Reflections on the configuration of academic disciplines and the future of interdisciplinarity
-Interventions in theoretical discourses
-The methodological and disciplinary form of theory in the 21st century
-Critical genealogies of theory in the humanities
-The relationship between theoretical discourses and new media, digital technology, discourse networks and systems theory
-The role of the sciences and/or Science and Technology Studies in contemporary theory -Reconsiderations of the Frankfurt School, and/or critical theory writ large
-The epistemological (or non-epistemological) grounding of theory
-What theory produces in terms of knowledge and discourses
-Theoretical readings of cultural objects
Abstracts of 300 words or less can be sent to post.theory2014@gmail.com on or prior to February 14th, 2014. Please include name, title, institutional affiliation, and a brief academic biography. If possible, please also indicate whether your presentation has A/V requirements. Presentations should last between 15 and 20 minutes.
This event is co-sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Draper alumna Dinika Amaral to be published in the Iowa Review!

We’re so pleased to announce that Dinika Amaral, who graduated Draper in May of 2011, has been accepted for publication in the Iowa Review. Her short story, “No Good Deed Unpunished”, will appear in one of their three 2014 issues.
Dinika earned an MFA in Creative Writing at NYU after getting her MA at Draper. She says she couldn’t have done it without us! And wishes to especially thank Chuck Wachtel and Jocelyn Lieu; she took both their Human Fact courses at Draper and worked with Jocelyn on an independent study as well.
Congratulations, Dinika!

Congrats to Draper Alumna, Shanna Farrell!

We’re so pleased to announce that recent Draper grad, Shanna Farrell, starts a new job on Monday! Building on work she did in Robin Nagle’s Topics in the City course last year (Oral History, Labors of Waste, and the Value of Knowledge), she will be the Assistant Academic Specialist in the Regional Oral History Office at the University of California, Berkeley.

Nice work, Shanna!