Fall 2016: The 20th/21st Century Studies Workshop Series

The 20th/21st Century Studies Workshop Series for Fall 2016:

The aim of the monthly series is for us to come together informally around our largely independent research and works in progress: to learn about each other’s projects, give or get feedback, and build community through our interests. Presenters are doctoral students and candidates at the GC. All interested parties are welcome!

All interested parties are welcome!

Discussions range from media studies to transnational modernism with articles and dissertations:

Sept. 30 – Sarah Schwartz
Oct. 21 – Erin Garrow
Nov. 11 – Allison Douglass
Dec. 2 – Elizabeth Goetz, 1st part; Wei Wu, 2nd part

The series meets one Friday each month at 12.30, for 45 or 60 min. in Conference Room 5489* (Sept./Oct.) or the English Thesis Room.

Supported by the student-run DSC 20th Century Studies Group and organized through the English department 20th/21st Century Area Group.

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Sept. 9th, 2016: Jane Marcus Feminist University

Jane Marcus Feminist University is a day-long celebration of the life and scholarship of Jane Marcus organized by her former students.

Distinguished Professor of English at City College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, Jane Marcus was a radical scholar, mentor, and activist. Her seminal work established Virginia Woolf as a major canonical writer. Her scholarship laid the groundwork for feminist studies to become a mode of inquiry within the academy. Because of her advocacy and radicalism as a teacher, numerous individuals were able to gain rights and access to professional opportunities—particularly within academia—that had traditionally been unavailable to people of color, women, and members of the working class.

Jane Marcus Feminist University will feature a round table discussion on feminist pedagogy; breakout workshops on her scholarship; readings from her work and primary influences; and a plenary on her legacy. This unconventional conference will honor Jane’s intellectual bravery and her lasting impact on the lives of so many students.

Cosponsored by Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, the Phd Program in English, Global Studies Collective, Doctoral Students’ Council, the Twentieth Century Area Studies Group, and the Feminist Studies Group, the Women’s Studies Certificate Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY; The International Rebecca West Society, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, The Feminist Press, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Sandi Cooper, Michael Marcus, and Linda Camarasana.

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April 5th, 2016, at 6 pm – Jean Mills visit

Friday, April 5th, 6pm – 7:30pm in the English program Thesis Room, informal conversation with program alum Jean Mills (GC graduate) of John Jay.

Professionalization workshop: Discussion and questions covering student questions about the field of modernist studies, the profession as a whole, turning the dissertation into a book, her publication history and publishing advice, and questions about her work.

Organized by the Modernist Studies Reading Group.

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Spring 2016: The 20th/21st Century Studies Workshop Series

The 20th/21st Century Studies Workshop Series for Spring 2016:

The aim of the monthly series is for us to come together informally around our largely independent research and works in progress: to learn about each other’s projects, give or get feedback, and build community through our interests. Presenters are doctoral students and candidates at the GC. All interested parties are welcome!

Upcoming discussions range from museum collaboration to a conference paper in gestation, to different stages of dissertation work:

Feb. 26 – Zebulah Baldwin
Mar. 18 – Elizabeth Goetz
Apr. 1 – Michele Chinitz, 1st part; Stefano Morello, 2nd part
May 6 – Jason Nielsen, 1st part; Madison Priest, 2nd part

The  series meets one Friday each month at 12.30, for 45 or 60 min. in the English Thesis Room, room 4406. Midday refreshments provided. RSVP: not necessary but helpful for planning.

Supported by the student-run DSC 20th Century Studies Group and organized through the English department 20th/21st Century Area Group.

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09/11/15 – “Periodizing the Twentieth Century”

09/11/15, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, room 4406

Friday Forum: “Periodizing the Twentieth Century

How does literary criticism today periodize the twentieth century? How do scholars organize artifacts of the (relatively) recent past given their temporal proximity to the present? Does the twentieth century present unique challenges in this regard and thus require different approaches to periodization than do other eras? What are the advantages and drawbacks of grouping texts by era as opposed to place, genre, or other rubric? This panel brings together a range of scholars from the CUNY Graduate Center English Program to consider these and related pressing questions in contemporary literary criticism.

Speakers will include Ammiel Alcalay, Mary Ann Caws, Marc Dolan, Peter Hitchcock, and Hildegard Hoeller.

Organized by Aaron Botwick, Marissa Brostoff, Liz Goetz, & Madison Priest

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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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