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Participate in a Study on Humanities Research!

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering is conducting a survey about how humanities professionals use online databases. We would like to know how digital resources might be changing the method and substance of humanistic inquiry, and how well they suit the needs of researchers. We are looking for NYU graduate students in the humanities, 18 years of age or older, who are willing to provide candid responses to an online survey about their research. Please use the following link to launch the survey here: NYU Polytechnic Humanities Research Survey.
This link will expire in 15 days. As a reward for participation, after completing the survey you will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $50 gift cards to Amazon.com. After we analyze the survey results, we will ask a small group of respondents if they are willing to participate in a 90-minute, in-person follow-up study. Each person who is selected for this portion of the study and chooses to participate will be compensated with a $150 gift card.

This survey is part of a research project being conducted by NYU faculty members. All information entered into the survey will be analyzed anonymously. NYU Net IDs will be retained only for purposes of contacting selected respondents for further paid participation in an organized research activity. We seek to eventually publish the research, and may quote anonymously from your survey responses. We also may use our findings to create a new humanities digital resource.


Fwd: Conference Announcement

The NYU French graduate student association cordially invites you to attend this year’s annual graduate conference entitled “Center, Periphery, Constellation: Relationality in French Studies” that will take place this Saturday, April 12th at La Maison française. 
The full program can be found at http://centerperiphery2014.weebly.com. Our own Professor Stephane Gerson will be doing the welcome address and we have the honor of welcoming Professor Effie Rentzou of Princeton University as our keynote speaker, in addition to a variety of panelists from around the world. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday
The NYU French Graduate Student Association

Panel Discussion: FRANCO BASAGLIA and the CRITIQUE OF THE MENTAL ASYLUM IN ITALY (Mon. Apr. 14, 6:00pm)


Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò  


Panel Discussion 

Franco Basaglia

and the Critique of the 
Mental Asylum in Italy

Photo: Luciano D’Alessandro. Patients in Materdomini Psychiatric Hospital, Nocera Superiore (Salerno)(1967)


John Foot, University of Bristol
Camille Robcis, Cornell University


From the early 1960s there was a growing movement in Italy against the practice of confining people designated as mentally ill within institutions known as manicomi (mental asylums). One of the most vociferous and controversial figures in this movement was Franco Basaglia (1924-1980). In this specially convened panel discussion, held in the 90th anniversary year of Basaglia’s birth, three scholars will look at the history of this movement, which would result in Italy in the eventual closure of all non-penal mental asylums, and at the wider international context in which it took place. John Foot (University of Bristol) will analyse the theoretical and practical features of the movement from 1961 to the Law 180 of 1978 (the so-called “legge Basaglia”), which initiated the closure of all asylums. He will look at the movement’s geographical and institutional spread and the role of politicians, publishers and the mass media in bringing about change within and outside the asylum system. Camille Robcis (Cornell University) will add a comparative context by looking at the movement after the Second World War of institutional psychotherapy in France, which advocated a radical restructuring of the asylum in an attempt to rethink and reform psychiatric care and was an important point of reference for the Italian movement. David Forgacs (NYU) will moderate the discussion and will consider some of the ways in which photographers and filmmakers looked at asylums and the people in them.



For the program and more information, click here.

Monday, April 14

Heyman Center Events of Interest to Draperites

The Heyman Center at Columbia has some events coming up that might be of interest to Draperites: an evening with poet Jorie Graham; a conference on history and psychoanalysis, and a conference on modern capitalism and the humanities, to name a few. Check these and other events out at: http://heymancenter.org/events/

April 1st : Nurith Aviv, Yael Feldman & Avital Ronell


NYU French Department & La Maison Française

cordially invite you to the US premiere of



a film by Nurith Aviv

(in French & Hebrew with English subtitles, 64 min , 2013)


followed by a discussion

with Prof. Yael Feldman

and Prof. Avital Ronell


Tuesday, April 1st6-8 pm

19 University Place, 1st floor auditorium


Following the screening of AnnouncementsNurith Aviv will discuss her film with Prof. Yael Feldman (Abraham Katsh Professor of Hebrew Culture at the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies; Affiliate Professor of Comparative Literature, NYU) and Prof. Avital Ronell (University Professor of the Humanities, NYU; Jacques Derrida Professor of Philosophy and Media, European Graduate School). The roundtable will be moderated by Raphael Sigal (Ph.D. student, French, NYU).


The movie

Announcements paints the portraits of seven women reflecting on the same theme. Their starting point is the announcement to Hagar, Sarah and Mary as in the Old Testament, the New Testament and the Koran. Their thoughts spread out and weave a new web, drawing strands from their associations and interpretations of these texts. And by talking about their own history, their personal myths, they work up to subjects such as the birth of image in the Christian world or that of poetry in ancient Greece. Announcements is a film about the movement of thought, the power of words, the secret of the voice, and the seduction of the image. It stars Barbara Cassin, Marie Gautheron, Ruth Miriam HaCohen Pinczower, Marie José Mondzain, Haviva Pedaya, Sarah Stern and Rola Younes.


The director

Nurith Aviv, born in Tel Aviv and living in Paris, is the first woman to be director of photography in France. She shot over a hundred fiction and documentary films, with directors such as Agnès Varda, Amos Gitai, René Allio, Jacques Doillon and others. As a director, she made 10 documentary films that have been unanimously saluted by the press. Among them she directed a trilogy on language: From language to language (2004), Spoken language, sacred language (2008), Translating (2011). Over the past ten years, the screening of her films have been followed by interventions of leading intellectuals, such as Hélène Cixous, Julia Kristeva, Michel Deguy, Pierre Pachet, Jacques Roubaud, Marcel Bénabou, Sylvie Germain, and many others. In 2009, Aviv received the Edouard Glissant Prize in recognition to the importance of her work.



PLEASE RSVP AT rs3215@nyu.edu