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Draper Student Maria Slautina on Attending the Fifth Biennial French Graduate Conference “Authority and Authorship” at Johns Hopkins University

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In October I attended the Fifth Biennial French Graduate Conference “Authority and Authorship” at Johns Hopkins University. My background in medieval French literature and authorship lead me to an interest in global medievalism, and as a result, in global comparative literature. It can be very illuminating to explore how people with different backgrounds and histories deal with the same problems. In the paper I presented, I looked into how Russian author Andrei Makine and Japanese author Akira Mizubayashi resolve problems of authority while writing in French, a foreign language for both. I wanted to understand what lead them each to chose French as their adopted language, and how this choice then influenced their voice as authors.

Though this research fits within the field of literature, it’s also close to the art history project that I have been developing during my studies at Draper. I’m exploring the notion of creativity in the context of contemporary societies in flux. How much relevance is there today for the idea of national arts, music and literature? How do we define an artist who is born in one country, grows up in another, and is creatively active in a third? How does the act of moving abroad or traveling between different places influence creativity? Finally, what does travel do to previously conventional perspectives? Do people start to create because of the experience of migration, perhaps as a way to deal with discomfort or anxiety? Or are they inspired by new acquaintances? How do the new forms of creativity influence actual art spaces and museums?

At the conference I was pleased to find myself in a thriving community of young scholars from around the world. Canadian, French, Australian and American graduate students and researchers came together for fascinating discussions about authorship, translation and the figure of the author in a wide range of disciplines.

Comp Lit Colloquium: Jay Garcia, 4/27 "Richard Wright’s Comic Corrective"

After an extended hiatus, we are delighted to herald the return of the
Comparative Literature Colloquium series next Friday, April 27.

Associate Professor Jay Garcia, who joined our faculty last fall, will give
a talk entitled:

“Richard Wright’s Comic Corrective”

The talk will be based on an article currently in the works. Please pick up
a copy from the Comp Lit office (in a clearly labeled box behind the front
desk), or email Jay for a digital copy (jg197@nyu.edu).

Friday, April 27
4-6 p.m.
Draper seminar room: 22-24 8th St.

There will be ample time for questions and discussion, fueled as always by
light refreshments.

Hope to see you there!

German Idealism and Psychoanalysis – A Lacanian Perspective. Convo w/ Slavoj Zizek, Alenka Zupancic, Mladen Dolar


Friday, April 20th, 6:30 p.m.
German Idealism and Psychoanalysis – A Lacanian Perspective. A conversation with Slavoj Zizek, Alenka Zupancic and Mladen Dolar.


What if psychoanalysis, rethought by Lacan, offers a unique approach to the actuality of German idealism? All three interventions will elaborate different aspects of this hypothesis: the Freudian and the Hegelian unconscious; sexual difference as an ontological problem; Hegel’s materialist reversal of Marx.
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Two SCA Events at NYU This Week: Metropolitan Studies Colloquium / Multiple Features of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

All events are located at SCA 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor, unless otherwise noted.
For more information on our upcoming events, please visit the SCA Events Calendar at http://sca.as.nyu.edu/object/sca.calendar

5:00 pm

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Colloquium #2: HISTORICIZING SPACE with Manu Goswami (Assoc. Prof of History, NYU) and Kristin Ross (Prof. of Comparative Literature, NYU)

Throughout spring 2012 the Institute for Public Knowledge and the Program in Metropolitan Studies at NYU are staging conversations between leading scholars of the state, space, and everyday life. Despite the transformations of the past 40 years, despite the difficulty of Lefebvre’s thought, these scholars demonstrate the renewed relevance of an analysis of urban revolution. The conversations will be wide-ranging and interdisciplinary, like Lefebvre’s oeuvre itself. They will be participatory and open-ended, and particularly oriented toward scholars and activists with only a passing familiarity with Lefebvre’s work but a passion for understanding and engaging in radical change.

6:00 pm

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Panel Discussion with Kandice Chuh, Lisa Duggan, Ann Pellegrini, Sarita Echavez See, and Alexandra Vazquez

Back by popular demand, this evening forum addresses the dilemmas and possibilities of women’s and gender studies in the contemporary corporate university, with an eye to intellectual and institutional alliances with other disciplines devoted to the study of intersectionality, such as queer studies, ethnic studies, and postcolonial studies. What are the challenges currently facing the fields of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies? You can see a video of the conversation held last fall at Barnard Center for Research on Women here. For more information contact the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at 212-992-9540 or email csgs@nyu.edu
Co-sponsored by the NYU Center the Study of Gender and Sexuality; Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, and by the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and the Revolutionizing American Studies Initiative at the CUNY Graduate Center.

March 7 Colloquium: Bernard Gendron, "Foucault’s 1968"

March 7 Colloquium: Bernard Gendron, “Foucault’s 1968”

2012 Colloquium Series New Research in Foucault Studies

NEW DATE: Bernard Gendron
“Foucault’s 1968”
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
7:30-9:30pm CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5409

New York, NY Gendron argues that Foucault’s turn to political militancy within a post-1968 horizon was the chief catalyst for redirecting his theoretical work between 1969 and 1974, leading to the publication of Discipline and Punish. Working with Foucault’s interviews–which he reads as political-theoretical, not biographical documents–Gendron traces Foucault’s political trajectory, looking closely at his attempts to wrest from Marxism an adequate interpretation of the May 1968 events.

We are delighted to invite you to join the discussion.
We will have wine and snacks. All are welcome.
Open to the public. Suggested donation: $8.

RSVPs are appreciated. Copies of the paper are available upon request. Email: foucaultsocietyorg@gmail.com For abstract and speaker bio, see below or go to our website: http://www.foucaultsociety.org

ABOUT THE TALK: Abstract: Foucault’s relation to May 1968 is crucial for understanding the transformation in his theory and practice in the years 1969-1974, leading to the publication of Discipline and Punish. This transformation is frequently interpreted as a transition from “archaeology” to “genealogy” resulting from Foucault’s discovery of basic flaws in his archaeological method. A closer analysis shows, however, that his turn to political militancy within a post-1968 horizon was the chief catalyst for halting and then redirecting his theoretical work. These reflections appear not in Foucault’s books and well-known articles, but in the many interviews he conducted in the early 1970s. In these texts, Foucault repeatedly shifts positions while trying both to make theoretical sense of his militant practices and to wrest from Marxism the proper interpretation of May 1968, until finally he arrives at the formulations that lead to Discipline and Punish. The formula, “from archaeology to genealogy,” taken as wholly methodological, explains little and indeed gives an oversimplified picture of that transformation.

Speaker Bio: Bernard Gendron is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he taught courses on Nietzsche, Foucault, Miles Davis, and the aesthetics of popular music, among others. He is the author of Technology and the Human Condition (St. Martins, 1976) and Between Montmartre and the Mudd Club: Popular Music and the Avant-Garde (University of Chicago, 2002). He now lives in New York and is working on a book, Downtown Sounds: The Experimental Music Scene in New York (1970-1990). The essay, “Foucault’s 1968,” is forthcoming in The Long 1968: Revisions and New Perspectives, eds., Jasmine Alinder, A. Aneesh, Daniel J. Sherman, and Ruud van Dijk (Indiana University Press, Spring 2013).