Digital Lethargy: Book Talk with Tung-Hui Hu

The listlessness experienced under digital capitalism, explored through works by contemporary artists, writers, and performers.Poet and digital media scholar Tung-Hui Hu discusses his latest release Digital Lethargy: Dispatches from an Age of Disconnection. Hu describes digital lethargy as the exhaustion, disappointment, and listlessness experienced under digital capitalism. This condition, Hu argues, permeates our lives under digital capitalism, whether we are “users,” who are what they click, or racialized workers in Asia and the Global South. Far from being a state of apathy, however, lethargy may hold the potential for social change.Digital Lethargy: Dispatches from an Age of Disconnection by Tung-Hui…

2022 Digital Humanities Showcase

The broad, interdisciplinary field of Digital Humanities includes computationally engaged research and pedagogy, digital publication, and humanistic interrogation of technology. Featuring five faculty-led projects as well as ten graduate student projects, this showcase collectively represents the impressive range of current DH research at NYU. Featuring Seed Grant Recipients: Ahmed Ansari, Elaine Ayers, Tega Brain, Andrew Spielman, Maria Cabrera Arus, Lauren Kehoe, Jacob Remes, and Ellen Noonan DH Graduate Student Fellows: Hadas Binyamini, Nuala Caomhanach, Lynn Chenel, Fatma Deniz, Ayami Hatanaka, Antonio Musto, Allegra Rosenberg, Helen Stec, Oscar Stuhler, Ryan Zohar Moderated by Jojo Karlin, Digital Scholarship Specialist, Digital Scholarship Services, NYU Libraries This…

Visual Lawfare

Mayaan Amir (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) on lawfare and evidential imagery at the service of military objectives One of the central factors shaping today’s armed conflicts is what is known as lawfare—“the use of law as a weapon of war” (Dunlap, 2001: 2). This presentation zeroes in on the role visual material plays in lawfare. Visual lawfare involves diverse kinds of still images and video footage which are deployed to justify (or condemn) a broad spectrum of military operations. These include pre- and post-war justifications, which affect the function of visual material in the constant tug-of-war over meaning. Drawing…

Jumpstart Your Summer Writing

In this action-oriented zoom session we discuss how to kick-off your writing project! From setting attainable plans to approaching editors, panelists will provide practical tips and advice on achieving your summer writing goals. Featuring Pamela Newkirk (Professor of Journalism) Pamela Newkirk, PhD, is a journalist, professor, author and multi-disciplinary scholar whose work examines contemporary and historical depictions of African Americans in popular culture. Her latest book Diversity Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business, exposes the decades-old practices and attitudes that have made diversity a lucrative business while they fail to realize diversity. The book was included on TIME magazine’s…

Humanities+ | Collaborative Research

In the spring of 2022 the Center for the Humanities will offer two workshops on collaborating across the humanities disciplines and beyond. The first event will explore collaborative teaching (April 6) and the second will look at collaborative research (April 20). Collaboration is highly rewarding, often resulting in the development of new areas of expertise and methods. Barriers and hierarchies can also be broken down by working with colleagues and students with diverse expertise, and yet collaborative teaching and research are unusual in the humanities. What are the benefits of collaborating? What are the challenges? Join us for a discussion…

Let the Record Show | William Olander: Curator, Critic, Activist

Visual AIDS, the NYU Center for the Humanities, and NYU Libraries invite you to a discussion about the visionary curator William Olander About this event Visual AIDS, the NYU Center for the Humanities, and NYU Libraries invite you to a panel discussion about the visionary curator William Olander (1950–1989) in celebration of Visual AIDS’s recent publication, DUETS: Julie Ault & David Deitcher in Conversation on William Olander. Participants include Julie Ault, Susan E. Cahan, David Deitcher, Hugh Ryan, Susan Siegfried, and Bruce Yonemoto. William Olander giving a gallery talk for the exhibition Fake: A Meditation on Authenticity at the New…

Humanities+ | Collaborative Teaching

In the spring of 2022 the Center for the Humanities will offer two workshops on collaborating across the humanities disciplines and beyond. The first event will explore collaborative teaching (April 6) and the second will look at collaborative research (April 20). Collaboration is highly rewarding, often resulting in the development of new areas of expertise and methods. Barriers and hierarchies can also be broken down by working with colleagues and students with diverse expertise, and yet collaborative teaching and research are unusual in the humanities. What are the benefits of collaborating? What are the challenges? Join us for a discussion…

Digital Theory Lab presents: Surplus Data

The Digital Theory Lab presents the new issue of Critical Inquiry, “Surplus Data"Surplus Data co-edited by Lab members Jeffrey Kirkwood and Leif Weatherby with Orit Halpern and Patrick Jagoda. Lab members David Bering-Porter, Matthew Handelman and Brian Justie will also present their articles, alongside contributors Alexander Galloway, Luciana Parisi, and Sarah Pourciau

The Trials of Orpheus: Book Launch & Discussion

Mann's The Trials of Orpheus, investigates how 16th century writers draw on the Orpheus myth to conceptualize the occult power of eloquenceIn ancient Greek mythology, the lyrical songs of Orpheus charmed the gods, and compelled animals, rocks, and trees to obey his commands. This mythic power inspired Renaissance philosophers --they wanted to know: How do words produce action? Join Jenny Mann as she sheds light on the power of eloquence, its effects on English art and science, and her forthcoming release The Trials of Orpheus: Poetry, Science, and the Early Modern Sublime alongside an esteemed panel of scholars. Featuring Jenny C.…

God, Sex, and Politics in the Work of Leonard Cohen

Author Marcia Pally and Psychologist Carol Gilligan discuss the legacy of singer-songwriter Leonard CohenOn the fifth anniversary of the death of the iconic Leonard Cohen, author of “Hallelujah” and many other works, Marcia Pally’s new study explores Cohen’s thoughtscape through 60 years of song, poetry, and novels. Cohen understood humanity as a relational being, indeed as covenantal, and despaired at our breaches of the relationships we need in both our personal and political lives. Psychologist Carol Gilligan’s work over half a century has explored our relationship to relationship, our iterations of need and withdrawal--and its personal and political consequences. Gilligan…

Dancing a Holistic Life

Susan Koff & John-Mario Sevilla explore the framework of dance and dance education. Dance and dance education is found in all aspects of our lives; however, it is most noted when in a formal context. Susan Koff, author of Dance Education: A Redefinition, alongside dancer and choreographer John-Mario Sevilla will explore the interweaving of dance education in informal, non-formal and formal contexts, creating a connected, holistic life. Dance Education: A Redefinition by Susan Koff, Bloomsbury Publishing The Center for the Humanities is committed to making our events as accessible as possible to everyone, including (but not limited to) those with…

Dirty Works: Book Launch & Discussion

Join Brett Gary and Jon Zimmerman as they discuss the legal fight for sexual expression and inquiry in post-modern America. Brett Gary’s Dirty Works: Obscenity on Trial in America’s First Sexual Revolution is a rich account of 1920s to 1950s New York City, starring an eclectic mix of icons like James Joyce, Margaret Sanger, and Alfred Kinsey―all led by an unsung hero of free expression and reproductive rights: Morris L. Ernst. Join Brett Gary (NYU) and Jon Zimmerman (University of Pennsylvania) as they discuss the legal and cultural legacy set forth by Ernst in his steadfast battle against the censorship…