Dear NYC DH colleagues,
Please find below info on two graduate courses this Spring 2021 at NYU.
Description & Flyers attached. I’m happy to field any questions.
1. Virtual Practitioner-In-Residence Workshop: “Unravelling Collections & Practices: Rights, Materialities & Photographic Agency at the Arab Image Foundation (AIF)
2. NYU Course: Digital Methodologies in Middle Eastern Studies
The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies Spring 2021 Virtual Practitioner-In-Residence Workshop <https://tracking.vocus.io/mlink?id=9626cd3d-c9b9-4093-9575-05411a635c31&url=https://as.nyu.edu/neareaststudies/practitioners-in-residence/S21-PIR-AIF.html>, “Unravelling Collections & Practices: Rights, Materialities & Photographic Agency at the Arab Image Foundation (AIF) <https://tracking.vocus.io/mlink?id=9626cd3d-c9b9-4093-9575-05411a635c31&url=http://arabimagefoundation.com/>.
In the context of a world that is increasingly challenged by wars, ongoing conditions of coloniality, financialization and environmental destruction, all of which bring about new forms of migration, displacement, dispossession and transition, this seminar for the NYU Kevorkian Spring 2021 Practitioner-in-Residence will investigate the ways in which an archive can function as a space for renegotiating the distribution of agency, imagine forms of custodianship, and addressing questions around rights.
The spring sessions are conceived in three parts, which will be articulated through lectures, practice-based workshops, and public events. The workshops will be led by three members of the current Board of Directors of the AIF: Vartan Avakian, <https://tracking.vocus.io/mlink?id=9626cd3d-c9b9-4093-9575-05411a635c31&url=https://www.vartanavakian.com/>Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh <https://tracking.vocus.io/mlink?id=9626cd3d-c9b9-4093-9575-05411a635c31&url=https://www.bard.edu/mfa/bios/index.php?id=9577060> and Kristine Khouri. <https://tracking.vocus.io/mlink?id=9626cd3d-c9b9-4093-9575-05411a635c31&url=https://www.apollo-magazine.com/kristine-khouri-apollo-40-under-40-middle-east-the-thinkers/>
As a group, the PIR will question how collective work practices and horizontal governance – combined with critical documentation procedures – as well as creative ways of engaging with collections, can contribute to rethinking society in Lebanon today – and how these issues resonate beyond borders.
Across the spring semester each Practitioner will bring collections, some from the AIF, into the workshop sessions. Participants will learn, explore, and generate new knowledge by working on these collections.
Students are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible, as space is limited. You can sign up for 1-4 credits or audit. Deadline to sign up is February 1, 2021. To learn more and to register, please check our website here <https://tracking.vocus.io/mlink?id=9626cd3d-c9b9-4093-9575-05411a635c31&url=bit.ly/S21-PIR-AIF>.
Digital Methodologies in Middle Eastern Studies (NYU COURSE: NEST-GA 3002 | 4 units | Class#: 21361)
This course is a broad survey of artistic, academic, and activist production of digital material over the last 15 year in the Middle East – as well as workshops that introduce and problematize certain “Digital Humanities” tools and methods to students. The course will explore the landscape of changing production and dissemination of research in the region, while also addressing how graduate students can think digitally in their own work. The course is made up of 4 modules:
I: “Digital Directions of Middle Eastern Studies;”
II: “Maps, Space, and Visualizing Place;”
III: “Archive Fever: Historical Documents and Images;”
IV: “Digital StoryTelling: Text/Image/Sound/Video.”
Each module has regional platforms and projects which motivate & will guide our study.
Full course syllabus here <https://digitalmethodologies.com/> Dec 20th 2020
Director of Graduate Studies & Faculty Fellow
Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
New York University
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