CUNY Gittell Public Scholar Book Writing Workshop 2023

The CUNY Gittell Collective is launching its first Public Scholar Workshop Program. It aims to provide CUNY faculty with the support and feedback infrastructures to write and publish great first books. We acknowledge that the resources provided by book workshops– negotiated deadlines, peer camaraderie and accountability, and feedback from field/subfield experts and esteemed interlocutors– are often informally distributed, inaccessible or intimidating for scholars from historically marginalized communities, or codified and available at only certain well-resourced universities. Up to three awardees will receive support to organize a virtual book workshop in summer 2023.

A $2,000 award will be used to provide four expert reviewers an honorarium for their participation in the workshops. This workshop aims to help CUNY faculty in political science, sociology, anthropology, urban studies, and related disciplines to advance book manuscripts.

We especially encourage applications from scholars who book projects focus on issues related to cities, social justice, community participation and development, political engagement and social movements, and democratic governance, both domestically and abroad, and/or those that draw upon some aspect of community-based research and related methodologies, with the aim of combining knowledge and action for policy or social change. This program was inspired by the American Political Science Association’s Minority-Serving Institution Virtual Book Workshop project run as a partnership between John Jay College-CUNY, Howard University, and the University of Maryland, developed by Professors. Niambi Carter (UMD) and Heath Brown (JJC CUNY). This version is sponsored by the Gittell Urban Studies Collective at the CUNY Graduate Center, co-led by Drs. Celina Su and Heath Brown, and co-coordinated/organized by Dr. Kahina Meziant ( 


This workshop is designed for CUNY-affiliated faculty, whether full-time or part-time, who can share a completed draft of a first book manuscript by May 1, 2023. While applications from junior faculty (tenure-track or adjunct) will be prioritized, applications from senior faculty will also be considered if applicants 1. Wish to workshop their first book and 2. Agree to participate in a facilitated discussion mentoring junior faculty in the program. 

Timeline of meetings

Awardees will meet as a cohort, to share plans for their respective book projects, in late January 2023. A second potential meeting may take place around spring break; this meeting would be an opportunity for awardees to share a portion of an introduction or a book proposal and to receive some feedback. Awardees will meet with 4 reviewers in a virtual workshop to receive feedback on their book manuscript in June 2023.

Application deadline

11:59 pm on Monday, January 16, 2023. The application form is available here:

Talk: “Tourism as an Anchor for Urban Neoliberalization”

Earth and Environmental Sciences Doctoral Program Presents

Dr. Jaime Jover, Gittell Postodoctoral Fellow

For decades, economic growth in Lisbon and Seville-the third and fifth largest cities in the Iberian Peninsula-has been sustained by tourism development. When Covid-19 interrupted global mobilities, both cities’ profound dependency on tourism became evident. Instead of sparking reflection on alternatives, the pandemic reinforced a sense that tourism is the only way out of the crisis. The lecture will highlight the impacts of tourism on housing markets and unpack tourism-oriented local and regional governance in Lisbon and Seville, focusing on city strategies and urban planning in the years before and during Covid-19. A final argument centers on how tourism solidifies class structures. The goal is to question tourism as an accumulation strategy that exploits urban cultures and ask, ultimately, whether tourism can exist beyond capitalism.

April 14, 2022 4:15-6:15 p.m.

Skylight Room, 9100

The Graduate Center, CUNY

This presentation will also be accessible on Zoom. See below for Zoom Link.  

Topic: Colloquium with Dr. Jaime Jover
Time: April 14, 2022 04:10 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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2022 Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival

Fri, Mar 18, 2022 – Sun, Mar 20, 2022
Kaufman Music Center, Merkin Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

About the 2022 Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival

Started in 2020, the Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival is a platform for the performance and discussion of the complex and unique contributions of Ukrainian composers to contemporary music. Through three separate concert programs and academic discussion with scholars and musicians, the festival engages the intersection of new music, contemporary events and the culture of Ukraine.

Join us for this year’s festival which will journey through the ancient Ukrainian landscape, mythologies of nature and centuries of agrarian life, to the modern city, exploring Ukraine’s diverse landscapes as we contemplate the role of music in our planet’s past, present and future.

Ukraine in 2022: UCMF Statement

While the war effort is of paramount importance, it is also crucial that Ukrainian culture does not disappear. It is the lie that Ukraine has no culture of its own that forms the basis of Vladimir Putin’s claim that Ukraine is not a proper country, a lie that has put the people of Ukraine in grave danger. UCMF 2022 will take place despite the challenges, aiming to showcase Ukrainian artists and music in a time when these matter most. So it more important than ever to give Ukrainian art and artists an international voice. Any and all acts of solidarity with Ukraine are crucial; we encourage you to support Ukrainian artists in any way you can. We are offering three performances by contemporary Ukrainian composers and artists in NYC. We invite you to join us and discover incredible music from Ukraine. Click here or below to get tickets and attend.


Forest Song | Лісова Пісня

Friday, March 18, 2022 at 7:00 PM. Kaufman Music Center, Merkin Hall

Photo credit: Maryna Prykhodko

Ivan Nebesnyy, Air Music 1/Wind Music

Zoltan Almashi, The echo from hitting the trunk of a dry mountain spruce in Rytsarka Hurna village

Anastasia Belitska, Rusalochka

Ostap Manulyak, Trees


Alla Zahaykevych, Nord/Ouest

Join us in the forest to explore a powerful source of Ukrainian traditions and mythologies. Named after Lesia Ukrainka’s poetic play, this concert reveals contemporary composers’ preoccupation with the natural world and the myths that have grown from the mysterious settings of Ukrainian forests in the North. Mixing instruments and voices with electronics, we present varied realizations of life in the woodlands. The concert culminates with Alla Zahaykevych’s sonic journey through the Polissya region, a site of feral, mystical lands, increasingly depleted since the Chornobyl nuclear disaster of 1986.

Performers include Ekmeles vocal ensemble, James Baker, Itay Lantner, Isabel Lepant Gleicher, Alice Teyssier, Laura Cocks, Gleb Kanasevich, Stella Saliei, Margarita Rovenskaya, Lindsey Eckenroth, Sean Statser and Iryna Klymenko and Serhiy Okhrimchuk of Drevo.

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In the Field | Ой у Полі

Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 8pm. Kaufman Music Center, Merkin Hall

Photo credit: Maryna Prykhodko

Zoltan Almashi, Carpathian Song

Yevhen Stankovych, Morning Music

Myroslav Skoryk, Hutsul Triptych


Improvisations and pieces by String Air Synthesis (duo SAS)

Many Ukrainian folk songs describing the facets of agrarian life begin with the “In the field…” (“Oy, u poli…”). Our second concert explores music inspired by the folk culture that accompanied centuries of rural existence. Works influenced by the Carpathian region and the traditions of the Hutsuls, an ethnographic group of Ukrainian pastoral highlanders, are are juxtaposed with the music of duo SAS, who transform elements of the same sonic world with wholly different results. Their program will include composed pieces in microtonal and even temperament for Kharkiv-style bandura and flute, with the use of extended techniques, synthesized and electronically processed sounds.

Performers include Shelest Piano Duo, Solomiya Ivakhiv, Quynh Nyugen, Sabina Torosjan, Ira Khonen Temple, and duo SAS.

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Anthropocene | Антропоцен

Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 3pm. Kaufman Music Center, Merkin Hall

Photo credit: Maryna Prykhodko

Alexey Shmurak, Greenland


Roman Grygoriv and Illia Razumeiko, Chornobyldorf Partita

Our final concert interrogates the destructive consequences of human exploitation of the Earth, moving from the land as a site of magic and abundance to one of damage and devastation. Alexey Shmurak’s Greenland sheds a reflective light on the erosion of the Arctic, while the Chornobyldorf Partita by Roman Grygoriv and Illia Razumeiko imagines life in a post-apocalyptic world.

Performers include Steven Beck

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Click here or below to see the full list of composers.


Click here or below to see the full list of performers.

Click here for the official 2022 Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival website and more information, including performers, composers, video recordings, photos, past events, media, partners and more. The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY and the CUNY Adjunct Incubator with the Gittell Urban Studies Collective are proud co-partners and supporters of the Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival organized by Leah Bastone.

Read “Surveying Ukraine’s Musical Landscape: 2020 to 2022” in anticipation of the 2022 Festival from organizer and creative director Leah Batstone who offers an update on Ukraine’s musical landscape since the inaugural Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival in 2020.

Photo from Kyiv Symphony Orchestra Facebook page

For further context read “Constructing a National Canon: Ukraine’s Musical Landscape after the Revolution of Dignity,” reflections from organizer Leah Batstone after the 2020 festival about how changes in contemporary Ukrainian politics and culture are reflected in the music of Ukraine, in the wake of the 2014 Revolution of Dignity.


The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY and the CUNY Adjunct Incubator with the Gittell Urban Studies Collective are proud co-partners and supporters of the Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival organized by Leah Bastone (Hunter College, CUNY).

Statement from the organizer: “As a musicologist, my research is rooted in intersections of music and politics. I am  interested in music’s response to political change and its role in mediating philosophical ideas, particularly its relationship to Leftist discourses, the history of socialism in the 20th century, and challenges to narratives of hegemonic cultures. The Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival grew out of a project I conducted examining how musical programming had changed in Ukraine following the 2014 Revolution of Dignity. It has continued to serve as a site to investigate the newest music and composers from Ukraine as well as to examine their works as part of a longer history of Europe’s largest country. The geopolitical circumstances coinciding with this year’s festival make the need to highlight the anti-imperial narratives of Ukrainian music even more relevant and urgent.”


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 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

Graduate Research Fellows, Fall 2015

It’s the first day of school at the Graduate Center, and the Gittell Collective is pleased to announce our Graduate Research Fellows of Fall 2015.

Graduate Research Fellowships are made possible by the Gittell Chair Endowment, facilitating the opportunity to engage in research in urban issues and community engagement with the mentorship and collaboration of a faculty member. The research and activities leading to both academic publications and enhanced public policies and community practice.

Please follow the links to learn more about each of our fellows and the exciting work they are doing!

Courtney Frantz, Sarah Kostecki, Jack Norton, Hamad Sindhi, Alexandra Sullivan

Gittell Junior Faculty Fellows 2015

We are thrilled to announce the 2015 Gittell Junior Faculty Fellows:

Madeline Fox, Leigh Graham, Lawrence Johnson, Prathibha Kanakamedala, Yung-Yi Diana Pan, Brian Rosa, and Naomi Schiller

The Gittell Junior Faculty Fellowships, made possible by the Gittel Chair endowment, provides support for scholarly activities for tenure-track faculty on the CUNY campuses, so that faculty interested in urban issues and community engagement may have resources to engage in research and activities leading to both academic publications and enhanced public policies and community practice.

The program focuses on the social sciences working on areas that concerned Marilyn Gittell, with an emphasis on cities, urban politics, public policy, democratic and civic engagement, social movements, citizenship and governance, or community practices, broadly conceived, both domestically and abroad.

Follow the links above for more information on our Junior Faculty Fellows and the exciting work they are doing.