Spring 2015 – Area Studies Group Activity

02/16/15 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm – Friday Forum, room 4406 – “Teaching CUNY at CUNY: Engaging with CUNY Histories and Archives” (co-sponsor)

02/23/15 – 2:00 pm – 4:00pm – Modernist Studies Reading Group meeting to discuss Layne Parish Craig’s When Sex Changed: Birth Control Politics and Literature between the World Wars

03/06/215 – All day – English Student Association conference “Trance” (co-sponsor)

 

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02/16/15 – “Teaching CUNY at CUNY: Engaging with CUNY Histories and Archives”

The Twentieth Century Area Studies Group is co-sponsor of the “Teaching CUNY at CUNY event” – From the Center for Humanities website:

Join scholars, historians, and activists at the Graduate Center for an ongoing conversation about the intersections of pedagogy, poetics, and activism at CUNY. In particular, this panel will map relationships between CUNY’s past and its present in the context of Graduate Center students’ research and teaching at the CUNY colleges. How can we think alongside our students about the kinds of spaces for learning and writing that have been created and challenged by administrators, activist students and faculty? What does teaching the work of CUNY writer-educators such as David Henderson, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, and Adrienne Rich, who were present during key moments of change, open up for us today? This event is motivated by a desire to gather resources and strategies to build on CUNY’s legacy of anti-oppressive education, even as it has been and continues to be threatened.
Cosponsored by the PhD Program in English and Twentieth Century Area Studies Group.
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Fall 2014 – Area Studies Group Activity

09/12/14 – 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Modernist Studies Reading Group meeting

10/22/14 – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Modernist Studies Reading Group – Catherine Keyser’s Playing Smart: New York Women Writers and Modern Magazine Culture

11/19/14 – 9:30 am – 12:00 pm – Trip to New York Historical Society – orientation to the New York Historical Society Archives on Wednesday, November 19th at 9:30am (arrival at 9:10am). Trip will focus on documents from 1900-1930 in NYC. (From Liz Goetz – please send requests for other areas or interests, Madison has submitted a request regarding their WW1 documents.

 

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Spring 2014 – Area Studies Group Activity

An active semester! – Trip to NYPL, Modernists Studies Reading Group meetings, workshop on abstracts, and guest speakers

03/04/14 – 5:00 pm – 7:00pm – Group visit to the Berg Collection at the NYPL, where Dr. Isaac Gewirtz will be giving us a tour of the collection’s holdings from modernist authors.

03/07/14 – 11:30 am – 1:00pm – Modernist Studies Reading Group meeting discussing Modernist Reading Group meeting – Heather Love’s “Feeling Backward”  (prior to Heather Love’s 4pm Friday Forum talk in 4406 – “Ecologies of Deviance: Autism, Impersonal Sex, and the Observational Social Sciences”

03/14/14 – 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Meeting of Area Group with students and faculty to discuss possibly faculty membership; courses; and possible speakers

04/04/14 – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – Workshop on abstracts for Modernist Studies Association

04/15/14 – 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Modernist Studies Group meeting with Adam McKible (John Jay)

05/21/14  – 4:30pm  – 6:30pm – Modernist Studies end of semester meeting

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FAll 2013 – Area Studies Group Activity and D.H. Lawrence Sons & Lovers Conference

Series of meetings and workshops for a Modernist Studies Reading Group; Sons & Lovers conference on 9/24/13

9/13/13 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Planning meeting for volunteers for Sons & Lovers conference on 9/24/13

9/24/13 – The Centenary Conference for D.H. Lawrence’s Sons & Lovers – Keynote Speakers: Maria DiBattista and Colm Tóibín

10/4/13 – 12:00pm – 1:30pm – Modernist Studies Reading Group meeting planning meeting

10/25/13 – 2:45pm – 4:00pm – Modernist Studies Reading Group meeting – Sarah Cole’s Modernism and Violence

11/22/13 – 2:45pm – 4:00pm – Modernist Studies Reading Group meeting – Rita Felski’s The Gender of Modernity

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Spring 2013 – Area Studies Group Activity

Series of reading group meetings and workshops for a Modernist Studies Reading Group –

2/13/13, 2:00pm – 3:30pm – Modernist Studies Reading Group planning meeting

2/27/13, 4:00pm – 5:30pm – Workshop on abstracts for Modernist Studies Association

3/20/13: 4:00pm – 6:00pm –  Modernist Studies Reading Group meeting

4/17/13: 4:00pm – 6:00pm – Modernist Studies Reading Group meeting

5/23/13: 4:00pm – 6:00pm – Modernist Studies Reading Group planning meeting

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Friday, October 26th, 4-6 pm, Room 4406, Jed Esty (University of Pennsylvania) – “Occidentalism Revisited: Conrad, Nabokov, and the Pornography of the West”

Twentieth Century studies field related talk – 10/26 Friday Forum:

Friday, October 26, 2012
4:00 PM, Room 4406

 Professor Jed Esty

University of Pennsylvania

Occidentalism Revisited: Conrad, Nabokov, and the Pornography of the West

Despite Nabokov’s root-and-branch rejection of any serious comparison between himself and Conrad (“I differ from Joseph Conradically”), the two writers share an unusual distinction as modern masters of English style for whom English was a third language. More to the point, both left the absolutist political worlds of greater Russia in order to discover the democratic West — Conrad as a mariner-gentleman drydocked in the heart of the British empire, Nabokov as a puckish Old World aesthete marooned in Eisenhower’s America. In this paper, I read The Secret Agent (1907) and Lolita (1955) as resonant parables of a continental agent burrowing into the folds of the so-called open society and exposing its points of ideological vulnerability. Conrad’s Verloc and Nabokov’s Humbert prey on and parody the domestic security of the English/American family, victimizing women and children, but also exposing the fetish of youth as it perversely defines the political, commercial, and sexual freedoms of two twentieth-century liberal superpowers.

Reception to Follow

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Friday, September 14th, 2-4pm, Room 5409 – Joe Cleary (Yale) – London Bridge is Falling Down: Irish and American Modernisms, Empire, and World Literature

 

The CUNY Graduate Center 20th/21st-Century Area Studies Group Speaker Series Fall 2012

 Joe Cleary

London Bridge is Falling Down: Irish and American Modernisms, Empire, and World Literature

Friday, September 14th

CUNY Graduate Center

Room 5409

2-4pm

 All are welcome

 Joe Cleary is a Visiting Professor at Yale University and a Professor in English at NUI Maynooth. He was educated in NUI Maynooth and in Columbia University, New York, where he studied with Edward W. Said. He is the author of Literature, Partition and the Nation-State: Culture and Conflict in Ireland, Israel and Palestine (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Outrageous Fortune: Capital and Culture in Modern Ireland (Dublin: Field Day Publications, 2007). He has co-edited (with Claire Connolly) The Cambridge Companion to Modern Irish Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), and (with Michael de Nie) a special issue of Éire-Ireland on ‘Empire Studies’ (Summer 2007).

 

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