The Center for the Humanities' CUNY Adjunct Incubator, co-sponsored by the Gittell Urban Studies Collective, is a framework for supporting the significant scholarly, creative, and pedagogical work of adjuncts teaching in the humanities and humanistic social sciences across CUNY. Providing social, logistical, financial, and professional support for the creation and circulation of knowledge by CUNY adjuncts, this platform promotes the crucial work of part-time faculty across the CUNY community and senior college campuses. In 2018, the CUNY Adjunct Incubator awarded grants to 13 CUNY adjuncts from 6 CUNY colleges to develop a wide range of deeply impactful public and applied projects in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Read more about their vital work below:




Emily Hotez (Psychology, Hunter College, CUNY)

Enhancing CUNY-Wide Capacity to Promote the Success of Student-Parents

This project seeks to develop institutional and pedagogical policies and practices aimed at better serving the needs of student-parents at CUNY. Click here for more information about this project.  




Aaron Botwick and Gabrielle Kappes (English, Lehman College, CUNY)

Creating a Literary Commons: Engaging Students in Digital Archives

This project is designed to enable students to better grasp the relationships between literature, culture, and history by drawing connections between the digital archives of 18th- through 20th-century literature and aspects of the current digital communications revolution. Click here for more information about this project. 



Harry Stafylakis (Music, City College of New York, CUNY)

Innovating Technology In Art: Developing Contemporary Music for 3D-Printed Instruments

This public research project explores the use of a 3D-printed string octet and orchestra for the creation of a new musical composition, Singularity, 2018. Click here for more information about this project.  




Demet Arpacik (Middle and High School Education, Lehman College, CUNY)

Visual Documentation of the Clearance of Kurdish Language from the Linguistic Landscape of Kurdistan/Turkey The goal of this project is to gather visual data via photography to document the changing linguistic landscape of several Kurdish cities in the Kurdistan region of Turkey—Diyarbakır, Batman, Şırnak, Mardin—during this particularly turbulent time. Click here for more information about this project.




Angelika Winner (Earth Science and Geography, Lehman College/Hunter College, CUNY)

Ethnography of Food Provisioning in Newark, NJ: Food Practices, Health Status, Social Identities, and Place of Residency

This project is an ethnographic study of food provisioning practices in Newark, NJ, seeking to develop an intersectional and dynamic understanding of food environments, eating habits, access, and their entanglements with food inequities. Click here for more information about this project.  





Jason Fox
(Film & Media, Hunter College, CUNY)

The Right to the Image: Syrian Film Collective Abounaddara’s Emergency Cinema

This project is a collection of essays that offers a critical introduction to the groundbreaking videos and activism of Abounaddara, the anonymous Syrian film collective, framing the ethical, political, and aesthetic insights of their work within the transformative effects of new digital technologies in war reporting and social justice campaigns. Click here for more information about this project.  





Nia Love
(Drama, Theatre & Dance, Queens College, CUNY)

g1(host): lostatsea

This project is an unfolding of the term “ghost,” which grapples with what it means to live within conditions shaped by the “afterlife” of slavery. The project will take the form of a four-part performance installation, which is driven by this fundamental query: what remains of the Middle Passage as force, gesture, and affect? Click here for more information about this project.  





Corinna Mullin
(Political Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY)

Securitizing Resistance in Gafsa: Stratified Vulnerability and Surplus Labor Accumulation

This project builds upon the multi-method qualitative research Mullin has conducted in Tunisia over the past six years on the colonial origins, architecture, and imperial imbrications of Tunisia’s security state. Click here for more information about this project. 




Maria Grewe
and Mark Alpert (English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY)

Successful Lessons: Best Practices by Adjuncts in Literature & Composition/Rhetoric

This project is a three-part pedagogy workshop series led by composition/rhetoric and literature adjunct faculty in the English Department at John Jay College, CUNY to provide a forum for and foster collaboration between adjunct faculty. Click here for more information about this project.  





Pamela A. Proscia
(Education, Hunter College, CUNY)

The Musical Seeds Project: Intersections of Ecology, Music, and Dance

This project is a series of educational events that seek to expand the ways in which we think about growing and harvesting plant life through the perspectives of cross-cultural communities. Click here for more information about this project.  





James Myer
(Mathematics, Queens College, CUNY)

Bridging Mathematics and Computer Science

This project is a series of events and workshops bringing together faculty from the Mathematics and Computer Science departments at Queens College, CUNY to discuss interdisciplinary approaches to computer science and mathematics by putting them in conversation around mutual relevance. Click here for more information about this project.  



The CUNY Adjunct Incubator Advisory Committee is comprised of: Ujju Aggarwal, Celina Su, Kendra Sullivan, and Mary N. Taylor. 

The CUNY Adjunct Incubator is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Gittell Urban Studies Collective at the Graduate Center, CUNY. The Center for the Humanities thanks the Sylvia Klatzkin Steinig Fund for their generous support.

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