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Network Winter 2020

Where: San Juan, Puerto Rico

When: January 13-17, 2020

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The 2020 Network Winter seminars, which will be held from January 13-17, 2020 at the University of the Sacred Heart (Universidad del Sagrado Corazón) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will provide a comprehensive study of Journeys, examining this theme from various disciplinary perspectives. The schedule will include plenary sessions where each seminar convener will present an overview of their seminar topic to the entire group of program participants.

Identities in Motion: The Lived Experience and Theoretical Journeys of Caribbean Diasporas


About the Seminar:

This seminar approaches the theme of “journeys” through an interdisciplinary exploration of identities in motion, specifically, the conceptualization and experience of diaspora among Caribbean peoples. As both a theoretical concept and a way of life, diasporas have shaped the development of the Caribbean region as we know it today: the ways it has been interpreted, and the ways that it is lived by those who reside inside, outside, and across its fluid space.  In fact, many scholars argue that the Caribbean and diaspora are synonymous, each defining and substantiating the other. The premise of this seminar is that Caribbean diasporas are simultaneously local and global, and that the past lives in the present.  Our exploration of the diasporic identities that belong to and shape this part of the world will focus on the contemporary era, but we will also consider foundational historical processes. Each day of the seminar we will look in depth at a key aspect of diasporic identities in motion. These will include such topics as labor, social inequality, cuisine, and the arts. We will build on what we know about Caribbean diasporas and share our ideas about teaching about diasporas and the problems, issues, and identities they engender. Our goal is to sharpen our sense of the particularities that distinguish the territories, histories, and cultures in the Caribbean region, and to identify commonalities that may bind them together.


About the Convener:

Aisha Khan is associate professor in the department of anthropology and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Trinidad, Honduras, Guyana, and Haiti, and has published widely on Asian and African diasporas, religion, race, and creolization. Her books include Islam and the Americas (2015), Callaloo Nation: Metaphors of Race and Religious Identity Among South Asians in Trinidad (2004), Empirical Futures: Anthropologists and Historians Engage the Work of Sidney W. Mintz (with G. Baca and S. Palmie, 2009), and Women Anthropologists: Biographical Sketches (with U. Gacs, J. McIntyre, and R.Weinberg, 1989, Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award winner).

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Journeys are Stories: Plots, Mobility, and Life Writing


About the Seminar:

This seminar explores the relation between storytelling and movement, introducing participants to diverse concepts, methods and tools for place-based learning in urban and spatial humanities.  Taking inspiration from cross-disciplinary disciplines of cultural geography (Benjamin, De Certeau, Solnit, Davis, etc.), this course seeks to apply critical and creative perspectives to the crafting of personal narrative and the representation of mobility through critical and creative perspectives. Readings and discussions during the seminar’s morning sessions will feature a diverse selection of short fiction and nonfiction about urban migrations, including stories, poetry, and life-writing (including personal journals, diaries, autobiographies, and social media), using freely-available online resources.  Afternoon sessions of the seminar will feature pedagogy fieldwork, guiding participants through a series of exercises in place-based pedagogy and project-based collaboration.  Through journeys both physical and virtual, we will model tactics of discovery, documentation, and narration of urban space, and acquire hands-on practice in using GIS technologies for the navigation, analysis, and publication of diverse formats of literary, historical, and visual data.


About the Conveners:

Thomas Augst is associate professor in the NYU Department of English. His research analyzes institutions, practices and media of American literary history, in relation to questions about ethics and self-cultivation, the organization of knowledge, and the cultural politics of identity. He is the author of The Clerk’s Tale: Young Men and Moral Life in Nineteenth-Century America.  With Kenneth Carpenter, he is coeditor of Institutions of Reading: The Social Life of Libraries in the United States.  With Gordon Hutner, he is coeditor of a 2017 special issue of American Literary History on “Archives.”  He earned his doctorate from Harvard University, and has received research fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities. He is project director of NewYorkScapes (newyorkscapes.org), a networked research community dedicated to place-based learning and project-based discovery in the urban and spatial humanities.

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The Entrepreneur’s Journey


About the Seminar:

The study and teaching of entrepreneurship is a growing component in the curriculum of business schools today. While most MBA and undergraduate programs have a good idea about what to teach future managers of large corporations, the study and teaching of entrepreneurship is still evolving. Starting and managing a small, fast-growing company demands a set of skills different from those that are necessary for success in large companies. And many of the characteristics common to entrepreneurs—multi-functional skills, risk-taking, independence, the ability to explore contrary points of view—are not necessarily valued the same way in larger organizations.  An entrepreneur’s journey—from venture idea to start-up to growth to exit is unique.  This seminar will trace that journey, examining the topics typically covered in entrepreneurship classes with discussions focused on ways to make that content valuable and applicable for current or would be entrepreneurs.

Topics will include:

  1. Venture idea
  2. Writing a business plan
  3. Sources of capital (financing) for start-up ventures
  4. Designing the business model
  5. Optimal organizational structures
  6. Identifying target markets and populations
  7. Developing a communication plan

This will be a highly interactive program combining lectures, discussions and case studies. The only requirements for the participants are a willingness to think and participate. A sense of humor would also be greatly appreciated.


About the Convener:

Jeffrey A. Carr, Clinical Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, has been on the faculty of New York University Stern School of Business for 26 years where he teaches marketing, competitive strategy and entrepreneurship in the MBA, EMBA and undergraduate programs. In 1998 he was selected for the Stern/Citibank Teacher of the Year Award, received the NYU Stern Teaching Excellence Award in 2011 and was named the Stern Faculty of the Year in 2012. From 2007-2012 Professor Carr was the Executive Director of the NYU Stern Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation which offers one-on-one mentoring and coaching to NYU student, alumni and faculty entrepreneurs through the Venture Mentor Network along with other services for the start-up community. He was recently named Director of the NYU Stern Fashion Lab, the central hub of academic and co-curricular activities in the fashion and luxury space, building and growing connections between students, faculty and the fashion and luxury industries.

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