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Professor Alan Itkin awarded a Center for the Humanities Grant-in-Aid

Draper is thrilled to announce that our own Professor Alan Itkin was recently awarded a Center for the Humanities Grant-in-Aid to support the publication of his book, Underworlds of Memory: W.G. Sebald’s Epic Journeys Through the Past.

Professor Itkin’s book explores the afterlife of classical epic poetry in the works of the late twentieth-century German writer W. G. Sebald and the German-Jewish post-Holocaust writers who influenced him.  The book argues that classical epics are self-reflexive monuments of cultural memory, that is they help to commemorate a culture’s common history while asking their audience to reflect on this shared form of memory and the role literature plays in it.  Its central thesis is that Sebald uses epic tropes to frame his literary works as “modern epics,” that is as similar self-reflexive monuments of cultural memory, but ones suited to the traumatic and complex events of the modern era.

Congratulations!

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Call For Papers: Religion Interruptus: The Affects of Sex, Politics, and Bodies Graduate Student Conference, Syracuse University February 27-March 1

The Religion Graduate Organization at Syracuse University is proud to announce our 2015 Graduate Conference “Religion Interruptus: The Affects of Sex, Politics, and Bodies” featuring Keynote speaker Lynne Huffer. The conference will be held February 27 through March 1 at Syracuse University.

Call for Papers Deadline: Jan 10th, 2015

The Religion Graduate Organization invites you to submit paper and panel proposals to the semi-annual Religion Graduate Conference, Religion Interruptus: The Affects of Sex, Politics, and Bodies. This conference aims at actively encouraging interdisciplinary ways to view and examine the related encounters of sex, religion, politics, and bodies. Specifically, this conference aims to think about what occurs, and why, when religion seems to “interrupt” or “impose” upon the broader philosophical and theoretical discourses relating to bodies, politics, and sex. We invite both M.A. and Ph.D. students to submit abstracts from a variety of thematic and theoretical backgrounds.

Keynote: Lynne Huffer, Emory University

We particularly invite papers on the following themes:

  • The methodological impact of Michel Foucault when dealing with sex, religion, affect, bodies, or materiality
  • Affect theory and its relationship to sex, bodies, and religion
  • How religion and sex are portrayed in visual media and culture, and the resulting political effects
  • How political thought is changed and reimagined through discourses of sex, bodies, emotions, and affects
  • When religion seems to interrupt and impose upon broader theoretical discourses
  • Religion disrupting sex
  • Sex disrupting religion.
  • BDSM
  • Religious Experience
  • Queer theory and religion
  • Queer theory and ecology
  • Eco-theology
  • Feminism
  • Gender
  • Politics
  • Social Science

Abstracts are welcomed from a variety of fields and disciplines, including but not limited to:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Art and Visual Culture
  • Cultural Studies
  • English
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Queer Studies
  • Religion
  • Sex and Sexuality Studies
  • Sociology
  • Theology

Panel submissions are greatly encouraged.

A panel should consist of 3 papers

ideally a panel should include scholars from more than one institution

We are especially looking for 1-2 panels on Are the Lips a Grave? and Mad For Foucault.

Panel or paper proposals should contain the following items:

  • A one-page abstract (350 words for papers; 500 words for panels) describing the nature of the paper or panel. No names or institutional information should appear on the abstract to facilitate a blind selection process.
  • Current CV for the participant(s).
  • Cover page which includes the name(s), institution(s), and contact information for participant(s)
  • For panel proposals, identity the primary contact person for the panel.
  • Submit all materials to SUReligionConference@gmail.com

Abstracts, comments, and questions may be sent to SUReligionConference@gmail.com.

A copy of the call for papers and additional information may be found at: http://religionconference.syr.edu/

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!

Reminder! Anamesa Editorial Meeting Tonight, Wed 9/11

Hello Draperites!
Just a reminder that we are holding the first Anamesa Editorial Meeting tonight in the Draper Map Room at 8:30pm.
Please join us if you are a returning editor and wish to work on the journal again this year, or if you are new and would like to find out more about what being involved entails. We’ll introduce the new additions to our senior staff, go over the semester calendar, and share a few snacks and bottles of wine.
If you would like to submit a work of Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction or Art to the journal, the deadline for this semester isMonday, October 7. Please email any submissions to anamesa.journal@gmail.com. For more specific submission information, please visit http://anamesajournal.wordpress.com.
We hope to see you tonight!
Best,
The Anamesa Editorial Team

Draper Alum Roy Schwartz published in the Jerusalem Post

Greetings Draperites,
 
Our very own Roy Schwartz has recently published an op-ed in the Jerusalem Post, based on his thesis Is Superman Circumcised? The Jewish Heroic Figure from the Bible to Comics.
 
 
Roy also took second place for presenting his thesis at last year’s Threesis Challenge.
 
Well done, Roy!