Humanities Events at NYU | March 26 – April 8, 2018

A selection of upcoming events at NYU within the humanities


Thinking Beyond the Market: Housing Alternatives from the People

March 28, 6:30 PM
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, NYU Gallatin, 1 Washington Place, New York, NY

Unaffordable and precarious housing has become the new normal, as America’s protracted housing crisis continues to deepen. Has the time come to think beyond the market? How viable are bottom-up, non-market alternatives like Community Land Trusts and Tenement Syndicates? The Urban Democracy Lab is proud to host a panel discussion that takes up the question, featuring scholars and activists at the forefront of that very discussion while celebrating the release of Right To The City’s report, “Community Over Commodities,” and the UDL’s background report, “Under One Roof.”

Hosted by the Urban Democracy Lab. 


Cities of the Future: Youmna Chlala, Sesshu Foster, Renee Gladman & Ken Chen Cajal

March 28, 7:00 PM
112 W. 27th Street, Suite 600

Three experimental writers of color investigate the vision of the city through books that merge visual art with poetry and prose. Sesshu Foster’s eagerly anticipated City of the Future rebels against the gentrification of Chicano/Asian East LA through poems, letters, drawings, and postcards: Douglas Kearney calls it “elegiac, documentarian, furious and fun as hell”! A visual artist exhibited at Performa, ArtDubai, and Art In General, Youmna Chlala imagines language as the vehicle that records memory—the recollections of love, loss and longing that traverse cities and the migration from Beirut—in her new poetry collection The Paper Camera. In the Ravicka novels by Renee Gladman, a linguist-traveler explores the invented city-state of Ravicka, a Wittgensteinian urban landscape with its own gestural language, poetic architecture, and inexplicable physics. Moderated by Asian American Writers’ Workshop Executive Director Ken Chen.

Co-presented by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, and Kaya Press.


Vicarious Media: Kpop, Mukbang, and Consuming Consumption

April 5, 6:00 PM
Michelson Theater, 721 Broadway, Sixth Floor

This talk addresses the proliferation of online vlogs that enact the spectacle of consumption in relation to ostensibly global popular culture. Professor Michelle Cho (McGill University) considers reaction videos—videos in which viewers record reactions to other online videos, in a chain of serial reactions—as a signal case of a genre of media practice that she calls “vicarious media.” Professor Cho argues that the category of vicarious media provides a heuristic for understanding Kpop fandoms and the modes of affective transmission that govern fan sociality. She will focus specifically on two types of vicarious media: video reactions to Kpop idols and the mukbang or broadcast eating video, another subgenre of reaction video’s documented acts of consumption. She seeks to analyze South Korean popular entertainment media that endeavor to be maximally “spreadable,” and the ways in which such self-nominated “global” cultures can help us to reflect on the changing relationship between media consumption, publicity, and everyday life.

Presented by the NYU Department of Cinema Studies. Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.


Skirball Talks: Eckhart Tolle “Awakening Consciousness in Higher Education”

April 2, 6:30 PM
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

Please join the NYU Office of Global Spiritual Life and the Eckhart Tolle Foundation for a night of spiritual teaching and discussion with Eckhart Tolle.

Reka Prasad, Assistant Director of MindfulNYU and the NYU Office of Global Spiritual Life, will facilitate a Q&A.

Co-sponsored by The NYU Office of Global Spiritual Life and the Eckhart Tolle Foundation. 


We Are Irreplaceable: A Night of Film & Poetry by Emerging Artists of Color

March 30 2018, 6:30 PM
A/P/A Institute, 8 Washington Mews

Join us for an evening of cinema and poetry from the Asian, Caribbean, and African diasporas. The program will begin with poetry from Giselle Buchanan, Jess X. Snow, Rami Karim, and Terrance Daye, and continue with a screening of short films by current Tisch Graduate Film students of color: Sontenish Myers, Prashanth Kamalakanthan, Jess X. Snow, and Terrance Daye. We’ll end with a discussion about how film and poetry can open a portal to a world in which communities of color are seen, held, and healed.

Presented by the Tisch Graduate Film Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Community-Building. Sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Graduate Film Program in the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.


War & Coolness: A Between-Shows Skirball Salon

April 3, 7:00 PM
NYU Performance Studies, 721 Broadway, 6th Floor

Gob Squad’s War and Peace and Teatro La Re-Sentida’s La Dictadura de lo Cool have their New York premieres at NYU Skirball on consecutive weekends, for a mini-festival of international contemporary theatre. Join us for an informal discussion of both shows: their approaches to translation and adaptation; multimedia and the importance of being spectacular; and more. Consider it a digestif for Gob Squad (performances March 29-31) and an apéritif for Teatro La Re-Sentida (April 6-7).

Hosted by the Department of Performance Studies.


Specters of Kant, They Say

March 29-30, 9:00 AM
La Maison Française NYU, 16 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003

Haunting has been the name—the signature, writing, event—of Immanuel Kant in 20th-century France. Impetus to many commentaries, controversies, and indeed to the emergence of singular thoughts, the French reception of Kant’s texts has not been simple or straightforward. Yet, unlike a certain “French Hegel” (or “Marx,” or “Nietzsche,” or “Freud,” or “Heidegger”), the (his)stories of Kant’s French specter/s remain to be written. This bilingual workshop/conference explores Kant’s traces in the work of Jacques Lacan, Georges Canguilhem, Jean-Paul Sartre, Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-François Lyotard, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida, seeking to track the relations of each of these thinkers and writers with Kant’s thinking, and to recall the promise of their Kantian apparitions.

Sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature


Image courtesy of  the Urban Democracy Lab event page