Power, Collective Struggle, and the Poetic Imagination

Mon, Oct 1, 2018, 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM
The Skylight Room (9100)

Join us for the launch of three timely books, Building Power From Below: Chilean Workers Take on Walmart by Carolina Bank Muñoz, Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling by Sujatha Fernandes, and Landia by Celina Su, that look at the joy and poetry of collective struggles. Panning through the voices of Chilean Walmart workers, Afghan women writers, West Indian domestic workers in New York, and Burmese refugee children in northwestern Thailand, these books explore what it means to tell one’s story, the value and peril of symbolic power, and the poetry at the heart of social struggles in the contemporary world. Authors will discuss themes from their books, followed by a Q & A with the audience.

Co-sponsored by Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC); the Center for Place, Culture and Politics; the PhD Program in Sociology; Gittell Urban Studies Collective; and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

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2018 CUNY Adjunct Incubator Project

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 production and circulation of knowledge by CUNY adjuncts, this platform promotes the crucial work of part-time faculty across CUNY community and senior college campuses.

Learn more about the program here.

CUNY Adjunct Grant-Funded Projects & Scholarship 

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. These projects range from addressing the needs and amplifying the successes of CUNY student-parents, to writing and performing new musical compositions for 3D-printed instruments, to photo-documentation of the erasure of Kurdish language from Kurdistan/Turkey, to food provision mapping that elucidates eating habits, access, and food inequities, and many more projects taking the form of concerts, dance, music, workshops, books, film, performance, classes, independent scholarship, and events. Read more about these grant-funded projects and the vital research and work by these outstanding CUNY adjuncts:

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The Long View chronicles the efforts of Oakland’s students, educators, organizers, parents, and community members to create lasting solutions to the systemic inequities in the city’s public school system. The film unfolds over the course of a three-year community effort to come together and create change in schools and in the district as a whole.

6:30 pm refreshments in Room 4202
7:00-9:00 film screening Martin Segal Theater

Remarks following the film by Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director,
New York State Alliance for Quality Education (AQE)
and conversation with film’s director

Co-sponsored by the Ph.D. Programs in Urban Education, Critical Psychology,
the Public Science Project, the URBAN Research Network,
the Center for Advanced Study in Education and the Gittell Collective
Foundation support from:
The Stuart Foundation, The C.S. Mott Foundation, The Panta Rhea Foundation, The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, The California Endowment, The Hewlett Foundation, The Ruth Mott Foundation

Book Launch for Celina Su’s Landia featuring Youmna Chlala, Caroline Crumpacker, Paolo Javier, Cindi Katz, & Alissa Quart

Thu, Apr 26, 2018, 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM
The James Gallery

Join us for the book launch of Celina Su’s debut poetry collection Landia, which questions spatial practices, architecture and cities as they relate to language, the visual, and literature, featuring Caroline Crumpacker, Paolo Javier, Cindi Katz, Alissa Quart, and special guest Youmna Chlala, whose first collection The Paper Camera (Litmus Press) is forthcoming. Both Su and Chlala’s new books intersect with their artistic and academic practices in multiple ways along the lines of race, translation, movement, and displacement. In Landia (Belladonna* Series), Celina Su excavates literal and figurative borderlands—redrawn boundaries, architectural palimpsests, underground transport systems—to reckon with the historical and cultural forces that shape our cities and our intimate lives.

Co-sponsored by Belladonna* Series, Litmus Press, The James Gallery, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, the Gittell Collective, The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.


Place and Displacement – Towards Building and Sustaining Just Communities

The URBAN 2018 Conference will convene university scholars, community organizers, educators, activists and artists to connect, share stories, and develop practices and strategies for supporting communities in rapidly-changing cities and outlying areas across the US. Disruptions such as school closures, immigration enforcement, mass incarceration, gentrification, and environmental racism are cumulatively displacing low-income communities and communities of Color. The overlapping nature of these issues call for intersectional approaches that draw upon the expertise of youth and community organizers, educators, and university researchers working in equitable partnerships, consistent with the tradition of community-based participatory research.

The Conference brings together members of URBAN from across the country to discuss their efforts to build and sustain research partnerships that address these issues. The Conference will take place from May 17-19, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Critical Participatory Action Research Pre-Conference on Thursday, May 17).

For more information about this year’s Conference, please contact Vanessa Roberts, Conference Coordinator (vanessa.roberts@colorado.edu).

Registration: Please make sure to register for the conference by April 15th: https://edu.z2systems.com/np/clients/edu/eventRegistration.jsp?event=2623&

Travel & Lodging: The Denver International Airport is the closest airport and boasts numerous ground transportation options. Please refer to the  URBAN Conference 2018_Lodging Options document for more information on the hotel discounts we have secured and recommended neighborhoods for those who might prefer room-share or alternative accommodations.

Conference Program: URBAN conference draft agenda – 4/27/18


In an increasingly unstable and precarious world in which systems of government have yielded to systems of neoliberal governance– without stable jobs, stable climates, stable borders, or clear lines between public and private sectors– it behooves us to reassert our “the right to research” and perhaps go further. We hope, then, to examine radical possibilities, and speculate on what else might be possible, to contest today’s dominant social imaginaries. Activists themselves, alongside scholars, have made urgent calls for critical research that helps laborers, undocumented immigrants, indebted students, and others to revamp campaigns that have traditionally targeted governmental policies— but must now tackle a complex web of decentralized private-public partnerships, multinational corporations, in solidarity with those who are geographically far, but fighting the same struggles. Both activists and scholars have also made repeated calls for access to and ownership of data, to make sure that those who are talked about have the skills and means to talk back, to watch the watchers and to interpret the research themselves.

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Gittell Post-doctoral Fellowship

The Marilyn J. Gittell Visiting Professorship/ Post-doctoral Fellowship, established in honor of the late Political Science Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center, is a position for a social science Ph.D. working on areas that concerned Marilyn Gittell, especially research focused on cities, urban politics, public policy, democratic and civic engagement, social movements, citizenship and governance, and community practices, both domestically and abroad. Review of applications by the search committee will begin on January 15th, 2016.

For more information, and to apply, please go to http://cuny.jobs/ and search for “Gittell” or job ID 14079.

Gittell Collective Reception

Please join us for the GITTELL COLLECTIVE RECEPTION Wednesday, December 9th at 6 pm, in room 6304.01. The reception celebrates the inaugural Gittell Fellows, and three dissertation fellows will discuss their projects:

Erika Iverson (Political Science)
Managing Migrants: A Comparative Study of the Effects of Migration Management Practices on Refugees in Kenya and Undocumented Immigrants in the United States

Malav Kanuga (Anthropology)
When We Demand Our Share of This World: The Right to the Indian City and the People’s Plan

Wen Liu (Psychology)
Queer Asian Diaspora: Immigration, Citizenship, and Transnational Politics

Ben Teresa, the Gittell post-doctoral fellow, will give a featured talk:

THE NEW TENEMENT LANDLORD?  Financialization and Shifting Geographies of Investment, State Power, and Political Struggle in New York City

Reception to follow