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Emma Heaney Speaking at CSGS February 10!

Draper Faculty Fellow Emma Heaney will be giving a lecture on Tuesday, February 10 at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality:

Half-Sisters, Radical Queens, Lesbian Separatists, & Non-Men: Second Wave Trans Feminism

a lecture by Emma Heaney

February 10, Tuesday
6:30 to 8 pm

Emma Heaney, Draper Program, New York University

Respondent: Margaux L. Kristjansson, Anthropology, Columbia University

This talk moves off from archival documents of trans feminist political thought and struggle in the 1970s to suggest how trans feminist thought and practice — both “then and now” — can clarify two points that stalled 1970s feminist projects: (1) how can we be liberated “as women” when it is precisely the historical content of “woman” we seek to escape, and (2) can woman operate as a political category when women’s experiences are so vastly different according to race, class, and cis versus trans experience? Rather than a queer transcendence of the term “woman,” trans feminism of the 70s and today teaches that the violent enforcement of womanhood on cis women and the violent prohibition of this identity from male assigned at birth people are the twinned processes that produce the revolutionary collectivity that fights back against misogynist violence.

Humanities Initiative Conference Room
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

This event is free & open to the public. Venue is wheelchair accessible.

For more information about this event, please contact the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at 212-992-9540 or csgs(at)nyu.edu.

Comp Lit Major’s Choice lecture with POET Ariana Reines – NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 29

Dear Students and Faculty,

You are invited to the Comp Lit Undergraduate Major’s Choice Lecture with Ariana Reines! This is part of the annual Major’s Choice lecture series organized by Comp Lit undergrads.


Comp Lit Undergraduate Major’s Choice Lecture with Ariana Reines 

Monday, 4/29/2013
6pm to 8pm 
5 Washington Place 
Room 101

The Comp Lit Undergraduate Major’s Choice Lecture is an annual event open to the public organized by Comp Lit students–presenting topics in literature, critical theory, philosophy, and writing. Previous speakers include Judith Butler, Laurence Rickels, and Gayatri Spivak.


About Ariana Reines: (from poetryfoundation.org)

Born in Salem, Massachusetts, poet, playwright, and translator Ariana Reines earned a BA from Barnard College, and completed graduate work at both Columbia University and the European Graduate School, where she studied literature, performance, and philosophy. Her books of poetry include The Cow (2006), which won the Alberta Prize from Fence Books; Coeur de Lion (2007); and Mercury (2011). Her poems have been anthologized in Against Expression (2011) and Gurlesque (2010). Known for her interest in bodily experience, the occult, new media, and the possibilities of the long or book-length form, Reines has been described as “one of the crucial voices of her generation” by Michael Silverblatt on NPR’s Bookworm. At once personal, Romantic, slippery, and extreme, Reines’s poetry investigates and overturns lyric conventions. Of her own work, she admitted in an interview with HTML Giant: “My best writing seems to have to be forced from me by some other force but that force has to be one whose power I agree to serve.”

Reines’s first play Telephone (2009) was performed at the Cherry Lane Theater and received two Obie Awards. A re-imagining of its second act was featured as part of the Guggenheim’s Works+Process series in 2009, and the script was published in Play: A Journal of Plays in 2010. Reines’s translations include a version of Baudelaire’s My Heart Laid Bare (2009); Jean-Luc Hennig’s The Little Black Book of Griselidis Real: Days and Nights of an Anarchist Whore(2009); and Tiqqun’s Preliminary Materials Toward a Theory of the Young-Girl (2012). 

Reines has taught at Columbia University and the European Graduate School, and was the Roberta C. Holloway Lecturer in Poetry at the University of California-Berkeley in 2009, the youngest poet to ever hold that position. She has traveled to Haiti multiple times as part of the on-going relief efforts there. 

Best Regards,

Tycho Horan, Willis Plummer, and Lindsay Zackeroff

CFP – "Global Lives" Conference at SBU Manhattan, with Keynote by NYU’s Una Chaudhuri

Call for Papers [Deadline: June 1, 2012]
3rd Annual Graduate Student Conference
Stony Brook University, The State University of New York
Cultural Analysis and Theory Department
Stony Brook Manhattan
October 13th, 2012
Keynote Lecture to be delivered by:
Una Chaudhuri
“Global Lives”
The rapid changes currently experienced in the different spheres of contemporary life are loosely addressed by the term “globalization.”
How do we theorize these changes? And perhaps more importantly, while these changes are often considered a global phenomenon, are they not also shaped by a set of discourses? This calls for a reconsideration of key terms such as “domination” and “hegemony”, as well as of the various intellectual/cultural positions associated with them. In particular, we aim to reconsider the cultural sphere as a globalized phenomenon in which cultural products circulate on a worldwide scale, and as a sphere where “global” experiences are articulated.

The conference will attempt to explore some of the many aspects of this globalized view of culture, as well as other aspects of global lives, economical, political or other. We seek to engage scholars from a wide range of disciplines to bring together the different theories and perspectives of globalization in order to articulate the diverse experiences of living in a globalized world.
Topics include but are not limited to:
        Transnational cinema and global film industry
        New media and transnational communication networks
        Mass media and global culture industry
        Transnational literature(s)
        Colonialism and postcolonial theory (empire, diaspora, exile, migration)
        Emerging discourses of globalization, academic and popular
        Globalization as historical process
        Global material culture
        Circulation of capital, goods, and people
        Labor and work life on a global scale
        Travel and tourism
        Cultural Geography and Cartography
        Educational Responses to a Global Culture
        Popular movements and the various shapes of resistance
        Ecology on a worldwide scale
        National identities
        Military, defense, homeland security and warfare studies
Submission and acceptance to the conference is based on blind peer review of a 250-300 word abstract. Panels and non-traditional presentations will also be considered. Graduate students interested in submitting should email an abstract, paper title, 2-3 sentence bio, affiliation and contact information to catgradconf@gmail.com by June 1, 2012.Presenters will be informed by August 1, 2012.
Conference Website:

Spivak Lecture, April 5 @ NYU

You’re cordially invited to the…
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
“Comparative Literature and the Subaltern”
Thursday, APRIL 5th
Silver Center, Room 703  –  6:30-8:30pm

Poetics & Theory Dirk Quadflieg Seminar & Lecture Postponed

The Quadflieg seminar originally scheduled for this Monday, March 5, has been postponed until March 19. The Quadflieg lecture originally scheduled for March 8th has been postponed until March 20.

There are also a few other changes in our original P&T Feb-April event schedule. Please see changes in GREEN below.

Also: Don’t forget the Anachronic Shakespeare conference this Saturday!


February, March and April 2012

The following events are sponsored by the Poetics and Theory Program — with financial and moral support from the Department of Comparative Literature.

· Tuesday, February 14 4-6:00pm Shira Wolosky

Hebrew University

Lecture: “Transcendence and Poetics: Levinas and Robert Frost”

19 University Place, Great Room (1st floor)

· Friday, February 24th – Saturday, February 25th

Conference: Anachronic Shakespeare

100 Washington Square East/Silver Center, Jurow Hall (1st floor)

See http://complit.as.nyu.edu/page/events for program details.

· Saturday, March 3rd


“Flirtations: Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction”

19 University Place, Great Room (1st floor) All day

See http://complit.as.nyu.edu/page/events for program details.

· Monday, March 19th 6:30-8:30pm SEMINAR with Dirk Quadflieg

Goethe University & Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Philosophy, Columbia University

“Reification: Lukacs and Honneth” (readings TBA)

19 University Place, room 223

NOTE: Seating is limited! Come early!

· Tuesday, March 20th 4-6:00pm LECTURE with Dirk Quadflieg “Reification”

19 University Place, Great Room

· Monday, March 26th 6-8:00pm Kiarina Kordela

Macalester College

Seminar: “Spinoza’s Resistence” (readings TBA)

19 University Place, Great Room (1st floor)

· Monday, April 2nd 6-8:00pm Katrin Trüstedt

University of Erfurt

Lecture: “Translation, Transference and Sublation in The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare – Hegel – Derrida”

19 University Place, Great Room (1st floor)