Student-Faculty Theory Reading Group convening this week

The Student-Faculty Theory Reading Group will have its first meeting of the semester on Tuesday, September 23rd, from 11:00am – 12:00pm in Anderson 1006. The reading for the first meeting, Susan Buck-Morss’ “Democracy: An Unfinished Project”, has been distributed via the graduate student listserv. New and returning members are welcome to join the group for what is sure to be an engaging semester of thinking and discussion. Contact Colleen Kropp for more information.

 
“Democracy: An Unfinished Project” abstract:

This essay criticizes Ahmet Davutoğlu’s proposal that Islamic civilization complete the “unfinished project of modernity” (Jürgen Habermas), by challenging the concept of civilization itself. As scholars in multiple disciplines have demonstrated, civilizations are hybrid constructions that cannot be contained within a uniform conceptual frame, such as Islamic “authenticity.” The past is shared, and the present is as well. The Arab Spring demonstrates that modernity confronts political actors with similar problems, whatever their background. The essay addresses successive paradoxes within the unfinished project of democracy: the contradiction between free markets (capitalist inequality) and free societies (political equality), the hierarchical relationship between the people and their leaders (Jacques Ranciére’s Ignorant Schoolmaster is discussed), and the lack of democracy between nations within the present world order.

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TOMORROW (Thursday 9/18) – LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

The Temple MFA Creative Writing Program invites all members of the Temple English community to join them in welcoming writer, vocalist, and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs to campus tomorrow (Thursday, September 18) for an evening of poetry and conversation. The reading will begin at 6:00 p.m., at Temple Contemporary, the gallery at Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th St.  See the event flyer for more information.

This reading is the first in exciting lineup of poets and writers for the 2014-2015 Poets & Writers Series. The Poets & Writers Series is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, with the assistance of the Richard Moyer Fund. Each year a number of poets and fiction writers are invited to speak (usually on Thursdays) to members of both the Temple community and the local Philadelphia arts scene. Joining each invited writer is a writer from Temple’s graduate program in Creative Writing. Click here for more information and a full schedule of Poets & Writers series events.

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Conferences: GEA Professionalization Workshop, and CLA Conference funding

Attending a conference this fall? Be sure to attend the GEA’s first Professionalization Workshop of the fall semester, on Conferencing as a Graduate Student. In this panel discussion, current graduate students will offer feedback and best practices advice on selecting conferences to attend and apply to, composing successful abstracts and proposals, and optimizing one’s conference experience. See the event page for more information.

Could you benefit from financial assistance to attend a conference this fall? The College of Liberal Arts offers Graduate Student Travel Awards for graduate students who are presenting papers and representing Temple at professional conferences. Awards are typically limited to $300 for domestic travel and $500 for international travel.

Applications for the first round of funding are due to the CLA by October 1. (The CLA has four funding periods, with deadline dates of October 1, December 1, March 1, and June 1. Travel must occur on or after the funding round deadline, but before the next round of funding.)

Be sure to carefully follow the application instructions provided by the CLA. Many students in the Temple English department have been awarded this financial support in past years, so be sure to reach out to the GEA or your grad student community with questions and concerns.

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GEA Welcome Reception & Happy Hour

Welcome back, Temple Graduate English friends and scholars!

The GEA would like to welcome all incoming and continuing students to our first event of the Fall semester, a meeting and meet & greet for the incoming class of MFA, MA, and PhD students.

On Friday, August 22 at 3pm, we will convene in the Women’s Studies Lounge (Anderson Hall 8th floor) for a short, informal meeting, during which a small panel of graduate students will speak about the state of the department, and some need-to-know items about being a graduate student at Temple. We warmly welcome your presence along with any additional information you’re willing to provide.

After the meeting, we will reconvene for the first HAPPY HOUR of the fall semester at Prohibition Taproom (501 North 13th Street) at 5 p.m. Please keep in mind that the meeting (and the happy hour, of course) is relevant to all graduate students. We hope to see you there!

Along with an opportunity to meet the new class of graduate students, the meeting will also include a brief presentation of a project that has been evolving over the summer, which involves a newly crafted vision statement for the English department. This statement, along with several other practical ideas for shaping our department are products generated by the labor of a group of graduate students who have been working collaboratively for several months. While this group is not directly associated with the GEA, many of you received notice of, and/or participated in it. We are eager to share these ideas with those of you who could not attend the initial meeting over the summer, as well as with the incoming students.

As a final note, we’d like to thank those of you who have consistently contributed to and supported the GEA. We cannot stress how grateful we are for your attendance and participation at GEA events. Because of your support, we were able to have a very successful conference last fall, an excellent symposium in the spring, and several other great events. Over the past several years, members of the GEA and many other graduate students have been persistently striving to strengthen our grad community, since part of our strength lies in our numbers. We make up a significant portion of this department as both students and instructors; moreover, some of us devote a substantial part of our lives to this institution, and in many cases, when we leave, our accomplishments here at Temple follow us in our professional lives. With that in mind, we know there are many of you (ourselves included) who would like to see our department in a better state. Part of the GEA’s purpose is to act as an advocate for graduate students in this department—we are here to relate the state of the department to the graduate student body, and to convey the state of the student body to the department. Please let us know what we can do for you, and we hope you’ll continue to help us work to improve our department and our community.

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“Michel Foucault on Rene Magritte” lecture tomorrow

Join the Art History department tomorrow, May 1, for a guest lecture with art and visual culture historian Catherine Soussloff (UCSC). Professor Sousloff will be lecturing on French philosopher Michel Foucault’s engagement of art history and the works of surrealist painter Rene Magritte. The lecture will take place at 5:30pm in Tyler School of Art, room B004.

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Theory Reading Group Tomorrow, 4/22

The Theory Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, April 22, at 11:00 AM in Anderson 1006 to discuss a reading from Axel Honneth’s Pathologies of Reason: On the Legacy of Critical Theory.

The excerpt has been circulated via the Temple Graduate English listserv. Please contact Charlie Manis with any questions.

We welcome any and all comers!

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THIS FRIDAY: Celebrate Samuel R. Delany’s Performative Poetics

THE MOTION OF LIGHT
Celebrating Samuel R. Delany’s Performative Poetics
Friday April 11, 2:00 PM in the Arts Cafe
Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, University of Pennsylvania

Tributes to Delany to honor his contribution to Temple-Penn Poetics, with Fred Moten, Kenneth James, Terry Rowden, Holly Wilson, Ira Livingston, and Jena Osman with a special message from John Keene.

Organized by Charles Bernstein and Tracie Morris, who will host the event and toast the guest of honor. The celebration will begin with a screening of The Polymath or, The Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman, presented by the film maker, Fred Barney Taylor, and will conclude with a reading by Chip Delany. See full schedule below.

  • Schedule:
    2:00 – Screening of The Polymath or, The Life and Opinions of Samuel R.
    Delany, Gentleman
    3:30 – Kenneth James, Terry Rowden
    4:15 – Ira Livingston
    4:45 – Tracie Morris
    5:30 – Keynote Address by Fred Moten
    6:30 – Jena Osman, Sarah Micklem, and (in absentia) John Keene
    6:45 – Close Listening with Samuel Delany and Charles Bernstein
    7:15 – Samuel Delany Reading  
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GEA Happy Hour THIS FRIDAY in West Philly

The GEA is finally heading across the river for happy hour, this Friday, April 11th, at City Tap House (39th and Walnut). City Tap House is known city-wide for their happy hour specials and their great outdoor seating options, on two terraces with stone fire pits.

We will be meeting there at 5:00pm. From campus, via the Market-Frankford Line, City Tap House is three blocks south of the 40th Street stop.

 

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THIS WEDNESDAY: GEA Graduate Student Research Symposium

The GEA enthusiastically encourages our graduate student community to join us this Wednesday, April 9at the second annual Temple English Graduate Student Research Symposium

GEA Symposium 2014Feel free to attend for the entirety or for any part of the symposium, which will include a catered lunch, two panels, a coffee break, and a reception. See the event page for more information on the schedule and the papers being presented. We hope to see you all there!

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