Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Tell-Tale Eighteen: An Investigation

Researcher Christopher Clarke gives a precise account of his scholarly detective work into multiple archives of Muriel Rukeyser's writing, as he looks for the key to missing pages of her translations of Arthur Rimbaud, shedding new light on the history of American translations of his work.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Party Games with VHS Archives

Prof. Alexandra Juhasz reflects on the ongoing activities of the VHS Archives working group and how best to "care.share for digital and other fragile objects of and for the community who made or needs them." As the group creates a website and digital tool for working with this material among a group, they suggest that this work should be a party. In this post, Juhasz offers some ideas for "party games" for engaging community archives.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Metaphors of Dis-Ease, Collaborating with Artist Mariam Ghani

In this post, GC PhD student Harry Blain discusses his experience working with a team of eight researchers to help collect material for Dis-Ease, an essay film by Mariam Ghani, focused on how metaphors of illness have changed over time and how the discourses around disease shape their treatment. This project appeared in the exhibition, Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis at the Museum of the City of New York as part of the Wellcome Trust's Contagious Cities project.

Monday, November 26, 2018

State violence and labor resistance: the 2008 Gafsa mining basin uprising and its afterlives

Corinna Mullin discusses her Adjunct Incubator research project Securitizing Resistance in Gafsa: Stratified Vulnerability and Surplus Labor Accumulation. In this post, she details her research, searching for archival traces of the ways in which Tunisia's 2008 Gafsa mining basin uprising was depicted in the media, how it prefigured the more well-known 2010-2011 Tunisian revolt, and what this event reveals about the role of violence in law-making and the security state's repression of popular resistance.

Friday, October 26, 2018

A Dialogue on Teaching (Failure) (Love) (Performance): ‘What We Are Part Of…’

GC PhD students and CUNY writing instructors Daisy Atterbury and Maxine Krenzel discuss their collaborative teaching initiative, inspired by poet Adrienne Rich's teaching materials “What We Are Part Of: Teaching at CUNY, 1968-1974.” They asked students to design their "dream courses" for students in one another's classes at Brooklyn College and Queens College. In this dialogue, they talk about the subtleties and the stakes of collaboration, what did or did not work in the process of student-to-student exchange, and what it means for teaching materials to have an archival life separate from that of student work.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

ASL and Deaf Privilege

Author Sara Nović shares thoughts on the day-long workshop and evening of performances and discussion, Publishing American Sign Language Poetry. In this short piece, she discusses various ideas raised about how ASL poetry might be published, critical questions that emerged from the day's conversation about ASL's relationship to written and spoken languages, and the particular expressivity of ASL.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Debt is Exhausting

In this post, writer Jamara Wakefield asks: How do we get people to talk about the oppressive nature of debt when there is so much stigma and shame attached to owing? Providing a survey of the workings of debt and its consequences, Wakefield advocates and models a form of resistance that is rooted in intersectional organizing and open dialogue. This piece was co-commissioned and co-published by the performance venue JACK, located in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, as an extension of their series Reparations365, in collaboration with Digital Humanities Fellow Jaime Shearn Coan.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Good Morning Whiteness

In this lyrical essay, Aisha "Li" Cousins reworks the song that Billie Holiday made famous, "Good Morning Heartache," into a mantra for the day-to-day experience of encountering whiteness in the realm of non-profit arts organizations. This piece was commissioned and co-published by the performance venue JACK, located in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, as an extension of their series Reparations365, in collaboration with Digital Humanities Fellow Jaime Shearn Coan.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Affirmation and Community Engagement: Working with The Laundromat Project

Independent study student and recent CUNY BA program graduate Lauren Capellan details her experience working with the Laundromat Project's Kelly Street Initiative, while reflecting on the vital work supported by NEA funding; the work of artist Walter Cruz, who was Kelly Street's first artist-in-residence; and the food justice work of the Kelly Street Garden.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

​The Work(s) of the VHS Archives Working Group​

Scholar and VHS Archives working group founder Alexandra Juhasz recaps the manifold activities of the VHS Archives working group over the last year including the development of a digital platform prototype for ethical research of small collections of video, the concerns and ideas raised in meetings and writing by the working group members around everything from when to keep a public video private to how to work with archives that don't exist, except in memory. She also provides a preview of the group's activities for the 2018-2019 school year.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

"Not Corrective. Not Correct." Talking at the Boundaries

In this post, Teaching Fellow Daisy Atterbury unpacks how notions of "right thinking" and practices of correction are deployed in teaching writing and literature. By thinking through the work of David Antin, Reggie Watts, Renee Gladman, Donte Collins, Nicole B. Wallack, Amy Wan, Toni Jensen, and Camonghne Felix, she proposes poetry as a means of teaching writing otherwise, while considering how the concept of literacy creates and denies access, produces and withholds citizenship, and authorizes or negates. And how teaching writing means rethinking (and feeling for) "presence."

Friday, August 10, 2018

Crucial Circulations: VHS and Queer AIDS Archives

Digital Publics Fellow Jaime Shearn Coan shares thoughts from two meetings of the VHS Archives working group, framing questions of access to archival material, its often simultaneously private and public meanings, and how it is situated within the lives and communities it springs from. He also discusses the lack of available material he encountered in his research project on Assotto Saint, the need for equity in terms of whose lives and stories are preserved through archives, the notion of "degralescence" and the dilemma posed by the wealth of material captured on VHS in need of preservation, as well as how archives can be reanimated in contemporary contexts.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Reimagining Identities: Art and Literature in Dominican Republic, Haiti, and their Diasporas

Graduate Center PhD student Tie Jojima provides an overview of the "Art and Literature in Contemporary Dominican Republic, Haiti, and their Diasporas" conference on questions including how to represent Dominican and Haitian identities in their commonalities and differences, how everyday objects might provide an alternative lens for perceiving national identities and lived realities, how borders are constructed, and how to curate work across the shared and divergent experiences of Haiti's and DR's diasporas.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Professional Development Pipeline

GC PhD student and Mellon Seminar Teaching Fellow Karen Okigbo shares the inspiration for and her approach to her project "Professional Development Pipeline," which seeks to offer undergraduate students role models for how to translate classroom learning into long-term career trajectories.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Ethnography of Food Provisioning Practices in Newark, NJ

As part of a research project supported by the CUNY Adjunct Incubator, Graduate Center PhD candidate Angelika Winner outlines the thinking and methods behind her ethnographic study of food provisioning practices in Newark, NJ. Taking a critical approach to the dominant narrative that links the notion of food deserts with obesity rates, Winner seeks to develop an intersectional and dynamic understanding of food environments, eating habits, access, and their entanglements with food inequities.

Monday, July 16, 2018

The In-Between Space: Grappling with Reparations as a Model Minority

“So how does the South Asian community participate in Reparations?” Theater maker, producer, and organizer Meropi Peponides takes on the subject of reparations, often discussed in black and white terms, from a South Asian positionality, recounting personal and collective histories along the way, from her own start working with the Watts Village Theatre Company to the racialized effects of immigration politicies like the 1965 Hart Celler Act. She offers concrete steps towards building South Asian-Black solidarities. This piece was commissioned and co-published by the performance venue JACK, located in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, as an extension of their series Reparations365, in collaboration with Digital Humanities Fellow Jaime Shearn Coan.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Sweet Dreams

Poet, writer, and performer Pamela Sneed shares thoughts on her experience visiting Daisy Atterbury's writing class at Queens College as part of AiR Project: Artists in Residence, Artists in Resistance. In this post, she touches on Annie Lennox and Grace Jones, her own recent memoir Sweet Dreams, identifying with characters in popular films, and finding self-esteem as a Black lesbian.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Learning Through the Portrayal of Sylvia Rivera

In this post, artist Jimena Lucero discusses the legacies of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, the ongoing urgency of trans POC liberation, and the process of portraying Rivera in a staged reading of Casey Llewellyn's play O, Earth!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Medical Landscapes, Birthday Suits & Memory in Denim

In this third report-back on the VHS Archives Working Group, Rhea Tepp, a Queens College graduate student in Media Studies, zinemaker/organizer, and performer, narrates her entry into the VHS Archives Working Group as a person in precarious relationship to both academia and institutional archives. By turns narrating family history, synthesizing presentations made by Helena Shaskevich and Kat Roberts, and commenting on the format of the working group, Repp ultimately considers the value in coming together to exchange personal archives.