Tag Archives: Humanities


Feb 16 – Imagining Illness: Pulitzer Prize Winners on Truth and Fact in Narrative

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Calling all Writers, Philosophers, Artists, Photographers and Historians!

Calling all Writers, Philosophers, Artists, Photographers and Historians!

The NYU Humanities Ambassadors are producing our first publication showcasing student work and reflections from Humanities professionals-in-the-field. Our mission is to strengthen the voice and identity of undergraduate Humanities students, with a focus on exploring how a Humanities education can prepare students for diverse career paths.

We need your help to develop this publication – this is your chance to let your voice be heard! To have your work considered, submit a response to the following prompt:

How do the Humanities connect with your identity as a student, or as a burgeoning professional in your field?

We are seeking essays, stories, poetry, photography, film, audio recordings, and everything in-between (or beyond).

Contact Alex Taylor (amt535@nyu.edu) or Thomas Collins (tc1288@nyu.edu) with any questions.

Submission Deadline: February 16, 2015


2015-16 Humanities Initiative Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship

in Partnership with the New York Council for the Humanities


The Humanities Initiative at New York University and the New York Council for the Humanities announce the call for applications for the 2015-16 Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship.

The Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship was developed in partnership by the Humanities Initiative at NYU and the New York Council for the Humanities to bring humanities scholarship into the public realm, to encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere, to develop skills for doing so, and to strengthen the public humanities community in New York State. The yearlong Fellowship will provide training in the methods and approaches of public scholarship and will support the exploration of the public dimensions of the Fellow’s own scholarship in partnership with a community organization that serves public audiences.

Click here to learn more about this fellowship.

Draper Talk Tonight, 11/14: What Are Disciplines and Do We Still Need Them?

This Friday we will host the final event in our Interdisciplinary Talk Series, David Forgacs: What Are Disciplines and Do We Still Need Them? 

In Professor Forgacs’ own words: 

I am thought of as an academic who moves between disciplines. I wanted
to study painting, photography and filmmaking but instead I won a
scholarship to study literature. I got interested in history and media
sociology but I ended up in Italy doing a PhD in philosophy and
political theory. I never really settled down in any one of these
fields and I have continued to zigzag between them for over thirty
years. However, this kind of mobility can have costs as well as
benefits. In my talk I will ask what disciplines are, how they came to
be constituted, how they get reproduced and how their boundaries are
defended and challenged. I will ask whether, in the humanities,
teachers, researchers and students still need disciplines. Lastly, I
will show some examples of my recent work bringing together the study
of photography and social theory and ask where one might choose to
place it on an imaginary disciplinary map.
6:00 PM
14 University Place
Refreshments will be served
Last Friday’s talk with David Hoover was a huge success! Here are some photos from the event:
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Call for Papers: Endings. 2014 Stony Brook CAT Department Graduate Conference

Call for Papers: 2014 Stony Brook CAT Department Graduate Conference
New York, NY
Stony Brook Manhattan
Friday, November 21, 2014

History is punctuated by endings: the end of shared certainties, the abandonment of shared practices, and death. Endings can be dramatic and spectacular: the imagined apocalypse brought about by nuclear war, global pandemic, zombie hordes, or the brimstone of God’s wrath. Similarly, we are surrounded by endings in our lives. Endings can be quiet and quotidian: films end, books end, and seminars end. As scholars, these endings are not true endings, but beginnings, because endings are horizons of experience, process, and development, the organic or evolutionary transition to a new way of being. After the end is when we begin our work, for we can only respond after something has ended. We turn off the TV. We close the book. And we begin to write.

This is also true when the endings are not literal. In the same way that we can only begin to work after something ends, it is after the end that we discover new ways of speaking, creating, and being. We speak about post-modernism and post-colonialism and post-humanism, implying that what came before has ended and we have moved on. We theorize the end of the world. We explore both the negative horizon and the productive potential of endings. This is where we invite you to take up the conversation. The graduate students of the Cultural Analysis and Theory Department at Stony Brook University invite proposals for a 2014 conference around the theme of “endings.” What happens after the end? Are endings terrifying possibilities, or are they opportunities for growth?

Possible topics include (but are not limited to) discussions on:

  • Literal endings (including the apocalypse or after)
  • “Post” designations or the ending of a time period
  • Literary forms and their endings
  • The end of discursive and/or epistemological forms
  • Any other social and cultural phenomenon that emphasize the products and practices whose lives were cut short but nevertheless are historical moments constitutive of the present.

Papers will be 20 minutes in length and will be delivered as a part of a three-person panel.

After all presenters, there will be 20 minutes for questions and discussion. Please submit abstracts to catgradconf@gmail.com by July 15th. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and include four keywords. We also welcome panel proposals.

The conference will include panels with discussion, a keynote speaker, and a number of other events including an artist exhibition. It will be followed by a reception in the city (location TBA).