Archive for August, 2011

New Museum Digital Archive

August 30, 2011

For anyone interested in the cutting-edge work of NYC’s New Museum of Contemporary Art, it is now possible to access much of their holdings online! The New Museum Digital Archive presently contains 6000+ exhibition images and descriptions, publications, and public program chronology culled from the Museum’s 24-year history.

The site also includes a database of 3700 people and places associated with the Museum. If you would like to search the archive, there is a search box in the top right corner of every page associated with the site. The archive is a work in progress, and new material is constantly added by the Museum’s staff.

Zine Reading: Chella Quint “Zine Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon”

August 25, 2011

I just learned today that there’s going to be a zine reading today at Bluestockings with Chella Quint, Jenna Freedman, and James M. Parker. I unfortunately can’t attend, but figured I’d blog about it, as the event looks really awesome. Here’s the description from the event’s Facebook page:

From her 4th grade construction-paper and paper-fastener-bound school report on Benjamin Franklin to the latest issue of “Adventures in Menstruating,” join Chella Quint and friends for some comedy readings that attempt to explore the why’s and the how’s of having grown up writing zines. Quint is a comedy writer and performer living in Sheffield, England, but is originally from New York. Her newest zines are “Adventures in Menstruating #6″ (deconstructing feminine hygiene advertising with wit, irony and brute force) and “The Venns” (introducing the world to the great British pub quiz in a spoof research paper using charts, graphs, diagrams and theories). Jenna Freedman is the author of “Lower East Side Librarian” and Wrangler in Chief of the Barnard Library Zine Collection. James M. Parker, an NYC-based writer with delusions of grandeur, will be reading from his chapbook, “Spinning the Cube.”

New York State Digital Collections

August 23, 2011

I lived in New England for 22 years and eventually will again one day, but for now I live in New York, and as such want to share as many resources showcasing the state’s rich history as possible! The New York State Digital Collections offers site visitors online access to materials held by 3 government institutions: New York State Archives, New York State Museum, and New York State Library.

At the Digital Collections website, you can either search the images by keyword if you know exactly what you’re looking for, or browse the collections. There are 8 main collections, including Business & Labor, People, Groups, & Cultures, and Environment & Landscape. I was particularly interested in a collection called Factory Investigating Commission 1911-1912. It’s pretty exciting to me that despite the fact that I live hours away from Albany and have never been, I can still have access to many of the state’s historical documents!

Masculinity, Complex

August 22, 2011

Continuing its long tradition of offering NYC residents free access to cutting-edge gender and feminist studies programs, the CUNY Graduate Center will be hosting a conference called “Masculinity, Complex” on October 21-22. Unlike most conferences, this one doesn’t cost anything– all you need to do is RSVP to rsvp@masculinitycomplex.com.

The conference’s website states that it “sets out to reflect on the history of masculinity as it became perplexed via psychoanalytic and cultural discourses.” The amazing roster of presenters include Jessica Benjamin, Justin Bond, Nancy Chodorow, and Dean Spade.

Dolores’ List of CFPs

August 16, 2011

This post is for anyone out there either looking to publish papers in Library and Information Science journals or get tips on writing, publishing, and presenting. Dolores’ List of CFPs (call for papers) primarily lists library journals looking for authors, but also occasionally includes publications in subjects such as Women’s/Gender Studies and Adult Education.

 

LGBT Religious Archives Network

August 12, 2011

Anyone interested in LGBT religious movements will want to check out the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry’s website LGBT Religious Archives Network (LGBT-RAN). Based out of Berkley, CA, LGBT-RAN is a virtual archive that offers a wide range of free research materials including oral histories of movement activists, a profiles gallery featuring people seeking justice for LGBT individuals in religion, and an impressive collections catalog listing related research collections all over the world.

To give you a better idea of the project’s vision, their mission statement reads:

LGBT-RAN coordinates and supports the identification, collection and preservation of personal papers and organizational records from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender religious movements. To encourage scholarly research and historical study of these important movements for social change, LGBT-RAN disseminates information about these records and provides and facilitates access to them, using digital technology when possible.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s Summer Health Series

August 3, 2011

I just learned about this three-part event series at Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) yesterday on Facebook.  According to the SRLP event description, the series is “focused on creating safe spaces for low income people and/or people of color who are transgender, gender non-conforming or intersex.”

The first conversation will be held on August 10th from 6-8PM and will cover emergency rooms, the second is on September 14th from 6-8PM and will focuses on detention health care (or lack thereof), and the final conversation will take place on October 12th from 6-8PM and will discuss peoples’ experiences at community health centers.


The event is located at 147 W 24th Street, 5th Floor and is free of charge. SRLP will be providing both Metrocards and food, and the conversations will be spoken in Spanish and English.

New York  loves you, SRLP!

PQDT Open

August 2, 2011

It can be hard to locate dissertations and theses online free of charge. Happily, the database ProQuest now offers an open access service called PQDT Open, a site where anyone can search for and download free dissertations and theses. Users can search by date, author, title, school, adviser, and/or keyword.

I conducted a date range search to find out how many dissertations/theses are currently in PQDT’s holdings-  currently it appears to be close to 9000, and can only grow from here!