University Spaces, Academic Bodies, NYU, April 4

University Spaces, Academic Bodies: New Approaches to the Corporate University
April 4th, 2008, 09:30am-07:00pm
NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
41 E. 11th St, 7th Floor Gallery Space
American Studies Program Graduate Student Conference

The University Spaces, Academic Bodies Conference seeks to examine the ways in which new business-based models for higher education are changing the roles that bodies marked as “different” are asked to fulfill, and the spaces in which we labor. How are current changes in the university affecting us, and how can scholars engage new learning strategies and embodied practices in defiance of dominant corporate logics? Join us as we discuss these issues in relation to higher education in the United States and around the world.
9:30 Breakfast and Welcoming Remarks

10:00 – 11:30 Roundtable: Transnational Developments and Implications of the Corporate University

Speakers: Awam Ampka (Drama, Film Studies and Africana Studies, Tisch), David Ludden (Dept. of History), Sofian Merabet (Near Eastern Studies), and Andrew Ross (Dept. of Social and Cultural Analysis)
Moderator: Richard Kim (American Studies PhD candidate, editor at The Nation)

11:45 – 1:00 Panel I: University Spaces
Speakers: Anjanette M. Chan Tack (UChicago), Gokce Gunel (Cornell), Seth Silberman (NYU)

Break for Lunch

2:30 – 3:45 Panel II: Academic Bodies
Speakers: Lezlie Frye (NYU), Rachel O’Connell (NYU), Sujay Pandit (NYU)

Robert McRuer is an Associate Professor of English at The George Washington University, where he teaches diasbility studies, queer theory, and cultural studies. Heis author of Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (NYU, 2006). His current work focuses on disability, neoliberalism, globalization, and counter-globalization.

5:30 – 7:00 Wine and Cheese Reception

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