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New Literature from Europe: Saturday’s events still open, Friday SOLD OUT

New Literature from Europe 2014

Crossing Borders: 
Europe Through the Lens of Time

The opening of the New Literature from Europe festival onFriday night is SOLD OUT, but you still have the chance to register for Saturday’s events!


The 11th edition of the New Literature from Europe festival will present nine of the most exciting voices in European Literature today, along with by some of America’s top writers and critics. Come on a European journey through the lens of time that takes us on a murder mystery in France, to Italy on the brink of collapse during the end of the Second World War, to a love story in Germany, and asylum in Austria. Artistic decisions turn to a matter of life and death in the Czech Republic and survival skills are pushed to the limit inGerman-occupied Poland’s Warsaw Ghetto. Go back in time to life in a Hungarian village, and visit Bulgaria in the aftermath of the collapse of communism, before ending our journey in Romania, during the reign of a totalitarian regime.


This year’s festival will include the presentation of the annual Polish government Found in Translation Award to Philip Boehm, for his translation of Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall.


Saturday, Dec 6


2:00 – “Love in a Time of War”

Philip Boehm will discuss Chasing the King of Hearts with authors Susanne Scholl (Austria) and Nicol Ljubic (Germany), moderated by American author and critic Loraine Adams. Click here to register.


4:00 – “True Grit – Beating the Odds”

American author Ian Buruma will host “True Grit – Beating the Odds” with Julia Deck (France), Janos Hay (Hungary) and Davide Longo (Italy). Click here to register.


6:00 – “Buried Secrets,” followed by FiT Award Ceremony and closing reception

Acclaimed American writer Siri Hustvedt will host Magdalena Platzova (Czech Republic), Lucian Dan Teodorovici (Romania) and Georgi Tenev (Bulgaria). Next, Grzgorz Gauden, director of the Polish Book Institute, will present the Found in Translation Award to Philip Boehm, a reception to close the 2014 NLE Festival.To attend, please register for the final panel here.


Please note RSVPs are required and those who have not registered will not be admitted.

The festival is organized by the New York branches of the Austrian Cultural Forum, Czech Center, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Goethe-Institut, Balassi Institute, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Polish Cultural Institute New York, Romanian Cultural Institute, and Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, within the framework of EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture), in collaboration with Asymptote, Trafika Europe, Literalab, B O D Y and Words Without Borders. 


Saturday, Dec 6

Panel discussions


2:00 pm – 3:30 pm 

Love in a Time of War

Featuring Philip Boehm, 2014 Recipient of the annual Found in Translation Award



4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

True Grit – Beating the Odds



6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Buried Secrets


7:35 pm

Presentation of the Found in Translation Award toPhilip Boehm

by Grzegorz Gauden, director of the Polish Book Institute


7:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Wine and Cheese Reception and Closing Remarks



Austrian Cultural 

Forum New York
11 East 52nd St, NYC


Free admission. 

Registration required.


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Literary Cultures Professor Alan Itkin Featured in The Germanic Review

The latest issue of The Germanic Review is out, and it contains a special section on the writer Jean Améry guest-edited by our Literary Cultures professor, Alan Itkin.  The section includes an introduction and article on Améry written by Itkin. The special section is based in part on a panel at NYU’s Deutsches Haus in 2012.

The full text is available here. Enjoy!

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.

A Talk Presented by NYU’s Romanticist Reading Group, 4/18

The NYU Department of English  
The Romanticist Reading Group of NYU 


“Modern Nature; or, Imagination Revisited”

Anahid J. Nersessian (Presenter, Columbia English and Comparative Literature)

Maureen N. McLane (Respondent, NYU Department of English)

20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor Flex Space
Wednesday, April 18th
6 – 8 pm

**Snacks and wine will be served**
“This talk suggests some new possibilities for ecological critique by revisiting the familiar, gently antiquated concept of the Romantic imagination. Through readings of William Cowper, Dorothy Wordsworth, and the late-Romantic artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman, I propose a return to literary and aesthetic questions about how we imagine, represent, and make sensible phenomena which are intermittently or not at all available to the senses.” 
– Anahid J. Nersessian

CFP: The Crisis of the Book: Worlds of Opportunity, Worlds of Change (Reed College, Due 6/1)

The Crisis of the Book: 
Worlds of Opportunity, Worlds of Change

October 18–20, 2012
Portland, Oregon
Hosted by the Reed College 
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program

call for papers/presentations
2012 annual conference
In the current electronic age, a few keystrokes will deliver vast amounts of information instantly and allow us to communicate with a wide audience indiscriminately. In this changing landscape, what is the role of the printed book as transmitter of knowledge and as material object? Revolutions in technology throughout history have changed the way we receive and process information, even the way we think about ideas. From scroll to codex, printing press to computer screen, just as familiar modes of communication disappear, new possibilities and opportunities take their place. This interdisciplinary conference will place the transformation in print culture in a historical framework, and will reflect upon the changing nature of text delivery and the experience of reading. 
How is knowledge produced? What role does the text play as cultural, material, and sacred object? How do we “read” historically, culturally, popularly, and what is the future of the practice of reading? What is the place of the modern library in the electronic age? How does the new field of media studies reflect evolving social contexts?  How do we “see” graphic novels or navigate through hypertext fiction? What questions concerning copyright and intellectual property does the digital age raise? 
The 2012 AGLSP Annual Conference invites papers addressing how knowledge and ideas are produced and disseminated. In this context, we welcome a broader definition of “text” to include electronic, film, pictorial, etc. Special consideration will be given to submissions which address the integration of this theme into Liberal Studies curricula and classes.
Paper presentation should be 20 minutes long with an additional 5 to 10 minutes for questions. Please submit a one to two page abstract electronically to Barbara Amen (bamen@reed.edu), MALS director at Reed College, by June 1. (Be sure to write “AGLSP Submission” in the subject line.) Also, please include multi-media requirements, although we encourage presenters to give judicious consideration to the effective use of PowerPoint. Additional conference information at aglsp.org