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Draper Student Maria Slautina on Attending the Fifth Biennial French Graduate Conference “Authority and Authorship” at Johns Hopkins University

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In October I attended the Fifth Biennial French Graduate Conference “Authority and Authorship” at Johns Hopkins University. My background in medieval French literature and authorship lead me to an interest in global medievalism, and as a result, in global comparative literature. It can be very illuminating to explore how people with different backgrounds and histories deal with the same problems. In the paper I presented, I looked into how Russian author Andrei Makine and Japanese author Akira Mizubayashi resolve problems of authority while writing in French, a foreign language for both. I wanted to understand what lead them each to chose French as their adopted language, and how this choice then influenced their voice as authors.

Though this research fits within the field of literature, it’s also close to the art history project that I have been developing during my studies at Draper. I’m exploring the notion of creativity in the context of contemporary societies in flux. How much relevance is there today for the idea of national arts, music and literature? How do we define an artist who is born in one country, grows up in another, and is creatively active in a third? How does the act of moving abroad or traveling between different places influence creativity? Finally, what does travel do to previously conventional perspectives? Do people start to create because of the experience of migration, perhaps as a way to deal with discomfort or anxiety? Or are they inspired by new acquaintances? How do the new forms of creativity influence actual art spaces and museums?

At the conference I was pleased to find myself in a thriving community of young scholars from around the world. Canadian, French, Australian and American graduate students and researchers came together for fascinating discussions about authorship, translation and the figure of the author in a wide range of disciplines.

“Histories of the Alphabet”: Johanna Drucker at Fales Library, Tomorrow at 6pm

New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections presents the 2015 Fales Lecture“Histories of the Alphabet” by Johanna Drucker on April 1, 2015 at 6:00pm at the Fales Library, 70 Washington Square South, Third Floor, New York, NY 10012. [Subways A,C,E, B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street]. A reception will follow Drucker’s talk.

In its many forms and variations, the alphabet has been in continuous and widespread use for more than three millennia. Conceptions of its origin, development, identity, and diffusion have embodied models of history as varied in method as they are in belief. This presentation examines ways this rich field of materials might inform humanistic scholarship at the intersection of traditional approaches (historiographical, textual, graphical, archaeological) and those making use of digital tools and platforms while reflecting on a media technology that undergirds global networks of communication.

  • WHO & WHAT: The 2015 Fales Lecture and NYU English Department’s First Wednesday Event Lecture: “Histories of the Alphabet” by Johanna Drucker;  Reception to follow.
  • WHEN & WHERE:  April 1, 2015 at 6:00p, Fales Library, 3rd floor, Elmer Holme Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South (at LaGuardia Place). [Subways A,C,E, B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street].

Space is limited; the public should please rsvp.bobst[at]nyu.edu, specifying the event.

Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She is internationally known for her work in the history of graphic design, typography, experimental poetry, fine art, and digital humanities. In addition, she has a reputation as a book artist, and her limited edition works are in special collections and libraries worldwide. Her most recent titles include SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing (Chicago, 2009), and Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide (Pearson, 2008).

The 2015 Fales Lecture and NYU English Department’s First Wednesday Event is sponsored by the NYU Fales Library and Special Collections, and the NYU English Department.

About Fales Library and Special Collections:

The Fales Library, comprising nearly 355,000 volumes and over 10,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, houses the Fales Collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature, the Downtown Collection, the Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection and the general special collections of the NYU Libraries. The Fales Collection was given to NYU in 1957 by DeCoursey Fales in memory of his father, Haliburton Fales. It is especially strong in English literature from the middle of the 18th century to the present, documenting developments in the novel. The Downtown Collection, founded in 1993, documents the downtown New York art, performance, and literary scenes from 1975 to the present and is extremely rich in archival holdings, including extensive film and video.  The goal of the Downtown Collection is to comprehensively collect the full range of artistic practices and output of the Downtown scene, regardless of format.  This research collection, built on a documentary strategy, supports the research of students and scholars who are interested in the intersection of the contemporary arts with other forms of cultural and artistic expression.

The NYU Division of Libraries holds over 4 million volumes and comprises of five libraries in Manhattan and one each in Brooklyn, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai,. Its flagship, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library on Washington Square, receives 2.6 million visits annually. Around the world the Libraries offers access to more than 1.2 million electronic journals, books, and databases. For more information about the NYU Libraries, please visit http://library.nyu.edu

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Annette Gordon-Reed at the Diana Center 3/24 -Without Cover of the Law: Writing the History of Enslaved Women

Annette Gordon-Reed
Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 PM
Event Oval, Diana Center
Barnard College
3009 Broadway @ 117th St.

Drawing on her work about slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, luminary legal historian Annette Gordon-Reed will discuss the way law influences the portrayal of enslaved women and their families. Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, and a Professor of History at Harvard University. She received the 2008 National Book Award and the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. She is also the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy, among other titles. Her honors include the National Humanities Medal, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. This year’s lecture is in honor of Barnard Professor of History (and longtime BCRW Advisory Board member), Herbert Sloan, author of Principle and Interest: Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Debt.

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Talk tomorrow, 12/9: “Flesh or Stone? Michelangelo’s Statue of Lorenzo in the Medici-Chapel”

Flesh or Stone? Michelangelo’s Statue of Lorenzo in the Medici-Chapel

Tuesday, December 9th, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU

Deutsches Haus at NYU and NYU’s German Department present a talk by Professor Luca Giuliani on Flesh or Stone? Michelangelo’s Statue of Lorenzo in the Medici-Chapel.

Michelangelo’s seated statue of Lorenzo de’ Medici created for the nobleman’s grave in the Sagrestia Nuova of San Lorenzo supports its left elbow on an object that scholars generally call a casket. Closer inspection however reveals that it depicts neither a casket nor any other object of use; it is quite simply a carefully smoothed ashlar block decorated with a mask. This detail has consequences for the way Michelangelo transformed his material, stone, into a subject of his art. Stone as a subject, in turn, directs our attention on the artistic production of the work. Although Michelangelo completed this particular statue, it thus leads to a better understanding of all the sculptures he left unfinished – a phenomenon that struck his contemporaries as a conspicuous characteristic of his art and that since then has provided the occasion for a wide range of interpretations.

Luca Giuliani was born in Florence. He studied Greek and Roman archaeology, Social anthropology and Italian literature in Basel and Munich, taking his Ph.D. in Basel (1975) and his „Habilitation“ in Heidelberg (1984). For more than ten years he has been a curator in the Antikenmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. In 1992 he moved from museum to university, teaching first in Freiburg and then at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich. Since 2007 he is Rector of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin – Institute of Advanced Study and Professor for Greek and Roman Archaeology at the Humboldt Universität, Berlin (1998-2007). His research has concerned Greek sculpture, Attic and Apulian vase-painting, Roman portraiture and Roman sarcophagi as well as the history of classical studies. His most recent publication in English is Image and Myth: A History of Pictorial Narration in Greek Art (Chicago 2013).

Events at Deutsches Haus are free of charge. If you would like to attend this event, please send us an email to deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. Space at Deutsches Haus is limited; please arrive ten minutes prior to the event. Thank you!
This talk will be conducted in English.

Luca Giuliani’s talk on Flesh or Stone? Michelangelo’s Statue of Lorenzo in the Medici-Chapel is sponsored by DAAD, the NYU German Department, and Deutsches Haus at NYU.

Photographer Theresa Ganz coming to Draper Thursday September 11

Please join the “Contested Images” class next Thursday, September 11th at 7:15 pm at 25 West 4th St. room C-5 for the first of three visiting artist talks, featuring Theresa Ganz.

Below is an image of Theresa Ganz’ work and you can see further examples of her textured, complex photographs, hand-cut photo collages, and installations at http://www.theresaganz.com Feel free to contact lori.cole[at]nyu.edu with any questions about the talk.

Theresa Ganz was born in New York City in 1980. She earned her BA from Vassar College in Film and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in Photography. She works in photo-based collage and installation. Her work has shown nationally and internationally at, among others, The Datz Museum of Art in Korea, the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, The Bell Gallery at Brown University and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin and at various commercial spaces in New York and San Francisco.Her work has also been featured in print publications including Mousse Magazine, Outpost Journal and Magazine Gitz. She is a founding member and director at Regina Rex in Brooklyn. She currently resides in Providence, RI where she is faculty at Brown University.

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