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NYU Libraries Grad Student Research Breakfast & 2014 GIS Day

We invite you to join us for two special events: a research breakfast for graduate students and our 3rd annual GIS Day.

Graduate Student Research Breakfast on November 20th
Come have breakfast, talk with our librarians about your project, and take care of those lingering research to-do list items. We’ll have specialists from across the disciplines who can help get you (re)oriented to our resources, get you started with citation management tools, and help you get the most out of our collections and services. This informal event lasts for two hours, and you can come and go as you like during that time.

Thursday, November 20, 10:00am-12:00noon
Bobst Library 10th-floor Graduate Research Exchange (northwest corner)
To RSVP, go to http://library.nyu.edu/grads
GIS Day @ NYU on November 19th
Join us for the 3rd annual GIS Day @ NYU. The aim of GIS Day is to continue to build and nurture NYU’s GIS community by bringing attention to the GIS resources at NYU, raise awareness of the value of using GIS tools, and showcase the exciting GIS and spatial research being conducted here at NYU.

Wednesday, November 19, 1:00-5:00pm
Bobst Library, 5th floor
To RSVP, click here.
We look forward to seeing you at one or both events!

The NYU Libraries Graduate Student Working Group

October 16 | Derrida and the Hauntology of Media | New York University

Artifactualities: Derrida and the Hauntology of Media

Thursday October 16, 2014 | 4:00-8:00 PM

239 Greene Street, NY 10003, 8th floor | New York University 

Hosted by the NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication; and the NYU Department of English


Everything Burns (Tout Brûle)

Gil Anidjar, Professor, Department of Religion, Columbia University

What kind of an event, what kind of machine, is the Holocaust? What figure, what medium is ash or before it fire? What are these for Derrida? Among the “controversies” surrounding Derrida and deconstruction (“media”), and for overdetermined reasons, few have matched the contradictory intensity of Nazism and the Holocaust. Is deconstruction a “Jewish science” emerging out of post-Holocaust concerns (ashes), or is it a “left Heideggerianism” all too forgiving of Nazi proclivities (“Spirit in Flame”)? What kinds of questions are these? What archive burns through them? What remains? What remains of Derrida’s Holocaust?

Shibboleth:  Policing by Ear and Forensic Listening in Projects by Laurence Abu Hamdan

Emily, Apter, Professor, Professor, Department of French, Comparative Literature, NYU

The Jordanian artist Laurence Abu Hamdan engages the politics of the broken “oral contract.”  In projects that investigate the juridical uses of “forensic listening,” he activates the concept of “shibboleth” so important to Derrida in his analysis of the poetry of Paul Celan. Shibboleths are select words whose pronunciation gives away the identity of a person or group. Consisting of inflections, catchwords, expressions, or marks of dialect, they become serviceable as aural biopolitical signatures as well as examples of what the French philosopher Grégoire Chamayou refers to as predatory, “cynegetic” power. Drawing on Derrida’s writings on shibboleth and technologies of the ear, this paper will consider cases in which targeted populations – migrants, the unemployed, political suspects, the racially profiled – have their language subjected to forensic analysis to authenticate their claims to asylum or the right to safe passage across checkpoints.



Geoffrey Bennington, Professor of Modern French Thought, Emory University

“Archivio” explores the relationship between what Derrida calls “archiviolence” in Of Grammatology and what he calls the “archiviolithic” in Archive Fever. With particular attention to the proper names Freud and Foucault, I suggest that Derrida’s thinking in this respect calls for a quite radical revision of dominant ways of thinking about archives, libraries, and the discipline of intellectual history.


Juliet Fleming, Associate Professor, Department of English, NYU

Late in his career Derrida began to worry an issue that does not appear as such in Grammatology, but without which there could be no complete theory of writing. The issue can be phrased as a question: when it comes to writing where is (and what is meant by) on? This talk will track Derrida’s unresolved pursuit of this question and demonstrate its consequence within a field — bibliography – that has largely forgotten that biblion originally meant not ‘book’ or ‘work’ but a support for writing.

Faces and Frames of Government: Aenigma, Imago, Lex

Peter Goodrich, Professor of Law, Director, Program in Law and Humanities, Cardozo School of Law

Returning to 1968, annus mirabilis, this divagation draws one of its scintilla from Of Grammatology and the latent theme of a generalized writing. Attaching myself to the contropiano where the letter becomes an image, the syllable a figure I will hint, by means of a history of common law effigies, at the fate of Monsieur Deconstruction in partibus infidelium, in the anglophone world.

Panel Discussion:  Derrida’s Desistance, Inherence, and Inheritance

Gil Anidjar, Emily Apter, Geoffrey Bennington, Allen Feldman, Juliet Fleming, Alex Galloway, Peter Goodrich, Ben Kafka


NYU Human Rights Fellowship – $5,000 Award!

Dear Student,

We are pleased to announce a very exciting opportunity for NYU students studying international human rights, broadly defined. The Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights will provide several selected NYU students with $5,000 each for extended internships or research projects to be conducted in Summer 2015.

Students will propose their own Summer projects. These should be affiliated with organizations that position themselves as working in a human rights framework and have the capacity to host students and incorporate them in the substantive aspects of their work. The host organization should also have the administrative capacity to assist students with the logistics of their stay in the country. The projects will be uncredited and, normally, unpaid.  It is anticipated that the fellowship will allow students to contribute to the organization’s work while gaining experience in the human rights field in ways that complement their academic trajectories at NYU.

We take a broad and interdisciplinary approach to human rights and are open to diverse types of engagements and locales. The following are examples of the kind of projects that would qualify:

–Working on-site with a rural community group in Kenya seeking to ensure access to potable water

–Interning with a museum in Santiago to create an archive of material related to human rights memorials in the region

–Building a website for an organization in Delhi on an international campaign to advance affordable access to anti-retrovirals

–Interning at an NGO in Washington, D.C., that investigates and publicizes human rights abuses related to the War on Terror

–Working with a Roma organization in France to raise awareness of anti-discrimination laws

–Conducting research with an academic team at a Mexican university studying how farmers’ cooperatives practice sustainable agriculture to advance food security

–Working with an environmental group in Abuja to address corporate accountability for oil spills in the Niger Delta

–Working with a theater company in Johannesburg on a play about women and the truth commission in South Africa

–Interning with the United Nations in Geneva on development policy and indigenous communities

The Fellowship Program entails a year-long commitment that involves the following:

I. Spring 2015

Fellows are required to attend and participate actively in a 0-credit biweekly seminar. Fellows must also enroll in a related 2-credit independent study with a faculty mentor (their adviser or another NYU faculty member) in which they explore some aspect of their intended project.

II. Summer 2015

Fellows must commit 9-12 weeks of full-time work on the project. If the project is located abroad, this means living on-site for 9-12 weeks. Fellows must write and publish at least four blog posts about their experiences.

III. Fall 2015

Fellows must present their work to the NYU community at the group’s annual Human Rights Symposium. This will involve a substantial 10- to 12-page paper and / or a panel presentation.


The program is open to all undergraduate students in degree-granting programs at NYU and to master’s students at Gallatin, Wagner, Tisch, Steinhardt, the Global Institute of Public Health and the Graduate School of Arts & Science. All Fellows must plan to be in residence in NYU Washington Square in Spring 2015, and undergraduate fellows must plan to graduate no earlier than January 2016.

Students selected to be Fellows must commit to participate in all elements of the program as outlined above, including the seminar, independent study, blog posts and final report and presentation.



Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 3.


Application Process

Propose a viable human rights-related project with a specific organization that has agreed to host you as a Fellow; propose a related independent study project for Spring 2015.

See the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights Application form for specific instructions and requirements.

You can find the application here:



Interested students should plan to attend one of the following Information Sessions, all of which will take place in the Gallatin Building, 1 Washington Place:

Tuesday, Sept. 30,  11-Noon, Rm. 801

Friday, Oct. 3,  2-3 pm, Rm. 401

Friday, Oct. 10, 2:30-3:30 pm, Rm. 401


Also, meet the 2014 Human Rights Fellows at the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights Symposium:

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 5:30-7 p.m., with reception to follow

NYU School of Law, D’Agostino Hall

108 West 3rd St.


Prof. Vasuki Nesiah is the academic director of the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights; Assistant Dean Patrick McCreery is the group’s administrative director.

For more information, visit www.gallatin.nyu.edu/humanrightsfellowship or contact Gallatin’s Office of Global Programs at: gallatin.global@nyu.edu

Interview with Lisa Darms, Curator of Radical Art at Bobst

Lisa Darms is a curator of radical art. She is the Senior Archivist at the Fales Library & Special Collections at NYU and founder of the acclaimed Riot Grrrl Collection.
She is also teaching The Historian and Visual Record this semester, a crosslist between Draper and the History department.
In an interview with MIXED MEDIA, Darms discusses the wonders of David Wojnarowicz’s journals and the fine lines  between artworks and archival documents.

September 22|Genocide Denial in North American Popular Culture

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