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Public Forum Series: Sandy, Climate Change, and the Future of New York City

The Institute for Public Knowledge is organizing a Public Forum Series on Sandy, Climate Change and the Future of New York City with the Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment. The aim of this series is to engage scholars across New York University to think broadly about Superstorm Sandy, climate change, and the future of our city. All events in the series are free and open to the public, and feature scholars from NYU departments including Environmental Studies; Urban Planning; Sociology; Photography; Media, Culture, and Communication; Interactive Telecommunications; and Metropolitan Studies. The series is building off the conversation started at an IPK public forum in December 2012.

April 22, 5PM Housing and Hurricane Sandy
Vicki Been & Ingrid Gould Ellen
20 Cooper Square

April 26, 6PM Technology, Art, and Disaster
Jacques Servin & Marina Zurkow
20 Cooper Square

May 1, 6PM Rethinking Homeland Security for the Age of Climate Extremes
Eric Klinenberg & Harvey Molotch
20 Cooper Square

May 8, 6PM Occupy Sandy and Emerging Forms of Social Organization
Nick Mirzoeff, Michael Ralph, Andrew Ross & the Superstorm Research Lab
20 Cooper Square

May 13, 6PM Photography and Climate Change
Mark Bussell, Fred Ritchin & Joseph Rodriguez
100 Washington Square East

May 14, 7:30PM Infrastructure
Mitchell Joachim, Constantine Kontokostan & Rae Zimmerman
238 Thompson Street

The Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK) brings theoretically serious scholarship to bear on major public issues. Located at NYU, it nurtures collaboration among social researchers in New York and around the world. It builds bridges between university-based researchers and organizations pursuing practical action.

NYU’s Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment is a new University-wide effort to advance interdisciplinary and international research and teaching on cities and the urban environment.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Forum on Forms of Seeing (Extended to May 23)


New York University
Forum on Forms of Seeing
Spring 2012
The Graduate School of Arts and Science and the Institute of Fine Arts are pleased to invite nominations and applications for a specialized interdisciplinary forum for graduate students whose work addresses modes of visual representation and their products. Focused on the ways in which cultures give form to visual experience, the Forum on Forms of Seeing aims to bring together students from a wide range of graduate programs. Applications are encouraged from students who have strong historical and/or theoretical interests in images and visuality in the broadest sense, and who wish to become closely familiar with other disciplines concerned with visual representation.

Foucault Society April 12 Colloquium: Kelsey Borrowman, "Plasticization, Necrophilia, Foucault"

Kelsey Borrowman

“Plasticization as Necrophilia:
Death, Decomposition and the Inorganic in Foucault”

Thursday, April 12, 2012


CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5409
New York, NY

Open to the public.

Suggested donation: $5

Wine and light dessert will be served.

RSVPs are appreciated. Email: foucaultsocietyorg@gmail.com

For abstract and speaker bio, see below or go to our website: www.foucaultsociety.org


Throughout his work, Foucault wrestles with the notion of biopolitics, which can be defined broadly as the politics of and over life. This essay investigates the politics of death within life, specifically concerning the concept of plasticization, in order to illuminate contemporary society’s desire for an inorganic “body.” I root the discussion within The Birth of the Clinic and Foucault’s analysis of the development of a new concept of “death.” Just as we understand life as permeable by death, I propose that the dying or decomposing body, a remnant of the living body, is death permeated by life. I expand Susan Bordo’s discussion of plasticization to include not only forms of body modification like plastic surgery, but also the broader societal pressure to “look young.” I propose that plasticity–an obsession with the non-decomposing, un-aging body–is, by definition, necrophilia. In the paper’s final section, I turn to the implications of my argument for biopolitics. Should we view plasticization as part of a technology of governing bodies? Connecting Foucault and Bordo, I argue that it is through plasticization as necrophilia that the sovereign regains a “right” to life and death. As a consequence, we see that death is not the last remaining region of freedom from the sovereign. Plasticization entails new techniques of power and makes already established techniques more prominent and invasive. Following Bordo, who addresses claims that the feminine body is not of political concern, I show the extent to which plasticization is political by illuminating how our obsession with the “dead” body has given the sovereign a new “right” over life.

Speaker Bio:

Kelsey Borrowman is a Master of Arts candidate in the Philosophy & Arts program at Stony Brook University. She has presented versions of her paper, “Plasticization as Necrophilia,” at the Foucault Circle annual conference in Buffalo, NY; the NY Society for Women in Philosophy workshop (SWIPshop) in NYC; and the Radical Foucault conference at University of East London.

DSO Forum (with Pizza) This Friday, 2/17, Noon – 2:00 PM

Hey everyone,

The D.S.O. Forum is back this semester. We’ll have our first meeting this Friday, the 17th from high noon ’til 2pm in the Map room.

There will be free pizza!

This week we’d like to talk about the presidential election. So if you’d like, bring an article or editorial loosely pertaining to American politics to discuss. If you don’t feel like talking politics that’s fine too. Just come, eat, and hang out; it’s very casual!

Here’s a couple of articles Valentine and I at the D.S.O. thought were worth discussing… Eurozone leaders ‘call of Greece crisis talks’ and Repulsive Progressive Hypocrisy, by Glenn Greenwald.

And If you wouldn’t mind, please RSVP at dsonyu@gmail.com (so we know how much pizza to buy).

See you on Friday!
Draper Student Organization

Humanities Initiative: October Events

Grant-Writing for Graduate Students in the Humanities:
A Panel Discussion

Wed. October 12, 2011

20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

Join us to discuss how to identify grant opportunities and how to prepare a successful proposal for project and research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Speakers include: Professors
Emily Martin (Anthropology), Ara Merjian (Italian), Helen Nissenbaum (Media, Culture, and Communication), and Guy Ortolano (History), and doctoral candidates Maggie Popkin (IFA) andReynolds Richter (History). Dean Lauren Benton (Dean for Humanities, FAS) will moderate. This event is co-sponsored by the NYU Humanities Initiative, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the FAS Office of the Dean for Humanities.

RSVPs are required. To reserve your place, please visit: http://bitly.com/grantwriting_panel_nyuhi.

A reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Michael Stoller

The Place of American Libraries Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Wed. October 19, 2011

20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

From the tiny, little-used collections that accompanied the classical curriculum of early 19th century American colleges to the closed-stack libraries that first supported graduate research to the burgeoning open-stack repositories of the Cold War era and the digital gateways of the 21st century,
Dr. Michael Stoller (Director of Collections and Research Services, NYU’s Division of Libraries) discusses the ways that academic libraries have grown and evolved to meet the changing needs of this country’s research universities. Stoller took his PhD in medieval history at Columbia University and has written extensively about the importance of collaboration between scholars and librarians in shaping the library of the 21st century.

RSVPs are required. To reserve your place, please visit: http://bitly.com/michael_stoller.

A reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public.