Networked New York

On 9 March 2012, please join us at 19 University Place for a day-long conference exploring ideas about and experiences of networks and networking in the cultural history of New York. Over the next month, conference organizers Blevin Shelnutt and Ann Abrams, Ph.D. students in English at NYU, will serve as guest bloggers here in anticipation of the day’s events. The conference is open to the public.

From the organizers:

Networked New York examines relations among writers and artists who commune and clash in New York City, whether physical New York (the city’s buildings, streetscapes), digital New York (its blogs, websites, tweets), or institutional New York (its archives, museums). Our goal is to foster conversation about artistic and intellectual coteries in New York – past and present – and to think about the influence of these communities on the cultural production the city generates as well as on the city itself.

The conference begins with panels of graduate students and faculty from several disciplinary backgrounds, including sociology, film studies, history, and American literature. Presenters will examine a variety of topics, such as the still-standing structure on Broadway that was America’s first bohemian bar and a favorite hang-out of Walt Whitman’s, the representation of Coney Island as a domestic space in Jewish American fiction of the 1960s, and the digital mapping of relationships among contemporary artists, writers, and composers associated with Yaddo, an artists’ colony in upstate New York.

In the afternoon, the conference’s keynote address will be given by Marvin Taylor, director of the Fales Library & Special Collections at NYU, where he founded the Downtown Collection. We end the day with a panel of New York bloggers, who will consider the specific concerns that digital landscapes bring to bear on networking, collaboration, and publication in the city today.

Networked New York is hosted by the English Department, the Project on New York Writing, the Colloquium in American Literature and Culture, and the Workshop in Archival Practice at NYU.

Check back soon for more details. Visit the conference site for the complete program and list of participants.

Image by Eric Fischer, downloaded from Flickr: “Red dots are locations of Flickr pictures. Blue dots are locations of Twitter tweets. White dots are locations that have been posted to both.”

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