Humanities Initiative News


April 3-5, ATISA VII: The Seventh Biennial Conference of the American Translation and Interpreting Studies Association

ATISA VII: The Seventh Biennial Conference of the American Translation and Interpreting Studies Association will be held on April 3-5, 2014.  The keynote speaker is Mona Baker of the University of Manchester who will speak on The Prefigurative Politics of Translation and Interpreting in Place-Based and Global Movements of Protest.

This event is co-sponsored by The Office of the Provost of NYU, The Dean of the College of Arts and Science of NYU and The Dean of SCPS of NYU. The Friday and Saturday sessions will be at the Woolworth Building. Download the full conference program:


Humanities Ambassadors host a Forum on the Future of the Humanities

On Friday, February 21st, the Humanities Ambassadors hosted a panel of three distinguished speakers for our kickoff event in a series of public gatherings that we will organize throughout the semester. The Forum on the Future of the Humanities, which took place at Kimmel Center, welcomed Dwai Banerjee, J.M. DeLeon, and Dania Hueckmann who spoke about their dissertation topics and how those projects have benefitted from their experiences with the humanities.

Dania Hueckmann discussed the interdisciplinary aspects of her work and her experiences with multiple departments and schools of thought until she reached the topic of revenge and its political, social, and cultural implications. Dwai Banerjee focused on how the humanities benefit doctors in making ethical decisions and assist them with understanding their patients, as well as help to explain things that don’t answer to biology or technology. J.M. DeLeon spoke of the necessity of self-indulgence as it relates to the arts and the value it brings to diversity of thought and multi-dimensional human experience. The forum then opened up to a lively Q&A session in which we discussed the challenges that we’ve all faced in our studies of the humanities and the ways that we can potentially navigate those obstacles in the future. We talked about the dynamic nature of the humanities especially in transcending academia, the value of interdisciplinary pursuits, as well as our visions for the transformation of the humanities in the future.

The Humanities Ambassadors thanks Dania, Dwai, and J.M. for joining us and for sharing such interesting and enlightening ideas. Please stay tuned for details about our next event which we will be hosting in mid-March.


Call for Applicants for the 2014-2015 Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship

The Humanities Initiative and the New York Council for the Humanities announce the call for applicants for the 2014-2015 Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship.

The Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship was developed in partnership by The Humanities Initiative and the New York Council for the Humanities to bring humanities scholarship into the public realm, encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere, develop scholars’ skills for doing public work, and strengthen the public humanities community in New York State. The year-long Fellowship will involve a combination of training in the methods and approaches of public scholarship and work by the Fellow to explore the public dimensions of their own scholarship in partnership with a community organization serving public audiences.

Read more and apply today.


Great New Books in the Humanities: Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism: An Archive by Hala Halim


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“To read Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism is to learn,” panelist Mark Sanders commented, “both as the author instructs and by the reader’s own formation.”

In this lively discussion of Hala Halim’s  recent book, Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism: An Archive (2013) panelists explored themes such as cosmopolitanism and class, eurocentrism, colonial subalternity, and the universalism of Alexandria.  Zachary Lockman posed a question about the strong foreign presence of Alexandria in the Egyptian context and both Helga Tawil-Souri and Karen Van Dyck commented on the impressive archive that Hala Halim has created with this book, contemplating the aesthetics of this archive and its foundational properties. Panelists raised questions about how issues of multilingualism and translation impact the poetry of Cavafy explored in the book.  The book asks the following questions: Was Alexandria ever cosmopolitan? And if it was, is it possible to think of such a thing as Alexandrian cosmopolitanism?  Is there something sui generis about Alexandria’s cosmopolitanism? When, by whom, and why was its cosmopolitanism construed as exemplary?