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Network Winter 2022

Where: San Juan, Puerto Rico


How should I prepare for travel to Puerto Rico?

Fully vaccinated travelers on domestic flights are required to upload an official vaccination card through the Travel Declaration Form portal. Full vaccination is defined as receiving all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that has been authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA-approved vaccinations that will be accepted include Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.

Regardless of vaccination status, those arriving on international flights are required to provide evidence of either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. If arriving without a test, you must upload either a PCR molecular or antigen COVID-19 test taken on the Island within 48 hours of arrival or receive a $300 fine and you must quarantine until results are received. If the uploaded result is negative, the quarantine is lifted. If the result is positive, the person must isolate and follow the local isolation protocol at their own expense. 

All travelers are encouraged to get tested 72 hours prior to travel to ensure the safety of all participants, regardless of vaccination status. 

I am seeking housing accommodations while participating in the Network Winter 2022 Program. What will housing look like for participants?

Participants seeking housing accommodations will be housed on the campus of the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. Sagrado has two on-campus residence halls, one for females and another for males. Participants seeking housing will be housed in double rooms equipped with beds, air conditioning, desks with chairs, closets, refrigerator and telephone for inbound calls. All visitors are asked to bring their own bedding, toiletries, and other personal items to make their stay comfortable. Participants are welcome to make their own lodging arrangements, at their own expense, if campus housing is not of interest. 

What are the expectations for participants living in the residence halls?

Visitors  are required to follow public health guidance, which includes wearing face coverings (except when in dorm room), practicing physical distancing, ensuring frequent hand washing, and limiting the size of social gatherings in small spaces.

Are dining services available to participants?

Dining services will be available for breakfast and lunch, though the format of service has changed to ensure physical distancing and minimize contact in the dining spaces. You may expect the same quality of food and notice more grab-and-go options. Breakfast and lunch will be served and available to those residing in the dorms and those commuting to campus. 

Will the laundry rooms be open?

Laundry rooms will be open and visitors are encouraged to follow capacity requirements and public health guidelines. Face coverings are required in the laundry room spaces.

Are visiting scholars allowed to have guests?

No. You are not permitted to have guests at the residence halls under no circumstance. Residence halls are restricted to building residents only. You are encouraged to socialize outdoors while practicing physical distancing. Any violation of this house rule, attempted or otherwise, will result in the immediate termination of your participation in the Program.

You may wish to visit the Discover Puerto Rico website where you can review travel guidelines, COVID-19 protocol measures, and information about Island activities including ground transportation, beach access, restaurants and attractions, and other topics of interest. If you have additional questions about participating in the Network Winter 2022 Program, please contact the Faculty Resource Network via email at FRN@nyu.edu.


The 2022 Network Winter seminars, which will be held from January 10-14, 2022 at the University of the Sacred Heart (Universidad del Sagrado Corazón) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will provide a comprehensive study of the power of the individual to affect change, 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.

Knowledge: A Critical Reflection on Modernity and its Certainties


About the Seminar:

Modernity gave rise to the idea of the rational human who knows and can wield knowledge to master self and their surroundings. Such thinking has been the cornerstone of imperial projects and colonial endeavors. It has also been the driving force of racial capitalism and the Anthropocene—and climate change. The violence unleashed by this conception of the human (who can know and master) and of the non-human (that can be unraveled and instrumentalized) has been catastrophic to the extent of threatening our collective survival. Yet, there are those who, grounded in traditions of being and thinking otherwise, have been posing urgent questions about how we humans relate to ourselves and others. Their efforts open space for disavowed ways of inhabiting this world and invite critical reflection on modernity and its certainties.

This seminar will employ a feminist, abolitionist and decolonial lens to look at the production, circulation and storage of knowledges central to the experience of modernity. It will begin with an exploration of how the human who knows and masters was imagined into existence. And as the week progresses, the conversation will delve into the following questions: what sort of knowledge has this modern human produced, circulated, and archived? What are some of the limits and consequences of knowing? What does it mean to refuse to render ourselves and others knowledgeable? And, particularly for scholars, should ethics guide our narrative practices? Overall, the goal of the seminar is to heed the call to think carefully about what we think we know and to denaturalize knowledge that has worked to dispossess, extract and destroy.


About the Convener:

Marie Cruz Soto, Ph.D. (she/her), is a clinical associate professor at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and her interests are in imperial/colonial processes of becoming (i.e., in the creation and naturalization of coloniality), and in those struggles to un-become upon which survival sometimes hinges (i.e., in the imagining of a different world). She is particularly interested in the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, and in how militarized colonialism has shaped the makings of the Viequense community. Her work explores how the long history of violent displacements and dispossessions in the island has ensured a vulnerable and unruly population. Her work consequently engages with the violence of militarized colonialism and with the proposals of anti-colonial and anti-militarism struggles. Cruz Soto is also a peace activist who has participated in Viequense community initiatives, in the organization New York Solidarity with Vieques and in transnational networks of solidarity against US military bases. As part of this work, she has, for example, given public lectures and participated as a petitioner in the United Nations Decolonization Hearings on Puerto Rico. At Gallatin, she teaches courses that delve into feminist and anti-colonial epistemologies, into the workings of the US Empire, into struggles to narrate the past and claim places, and into the formation of communities and the edification and transgression of boundaries. Dr. Cruz Soto earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in history from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Nations and Nationalism: Past and Present


About the Seminar:

Nationalism – and the organization of the globe into a patchwork of territorial nation-states, each with a unique social or cultural identity – is such a taken-for-granted feature of contemporary life that it is easy to forget that nations did not exist for most of human history. And yet, despite many predictions of nationalism’s imminent demise – Albert Einstein quipped famously that it was an “infantile disease” that humanity would eventually outgrow – nationalism remains perhaps as powerful an ideological force as ever, in the United States as elsewhere.

This seminar will examine a range of foundational questions about the emergence of nations and nationalism in world history: What is a nation, and how has national identity been cultivated, defined, and debated in different contexts? Why did nationalism emerge when it did? Who does nationalism benefit, and how do different social groups compete for control over national identity and ideology? The series will begin by offering an overview of the origins and spread of nationalism in the late-1700s and 1800s and conclude with some thoughts about the resurgence of nationalism in Great Britain and the United States in the 21st century. Along the way, we will consider a number of specific examples of nationalism from different regions around the world.


About the Convener:

Matthew H. Ellis, Ph.D. (he/his), is a historian specializing in the social, intellectual, and cultural history of the modern Middle East and North Africa. His first book, Desert Borderland: The Making of Modern Egypt and Libya (Stanford UP, 2018), charts the emergence and crystallization of Egypt and Libya as distinct territorial domains by examining the impact of various state-making projects on local experiences of place and belonging in the easternmost reaches of the Sahara Desert during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Matthew currently holds the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Chair in International Affairs and Middle East Studies at Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, NY, where he teaches a range of courses on modern Middle Eastern history and politics. He received his B.A. in history from Williams College, his M.Phil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford, and his Ph.D. from the Department of History at Princeton University.

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: Somatic Practices, Discussion Guidelines, and Community Dynamics


About the Seminar:

In this workshop, Hannah Bacon and Catherine Cabeen discuss the value and methodologies of Trauma-Informed Pedagogy. Combining somatic practices, discussion guidelines, and community dynamics, this experiential workshop will share approaches to teaching that can support students of all kinds who are grappling with personal and/or systemic trauma. In this workshop, participants will engage in a combination of reading discussions, embodied and somatic practices, and lectures or presentations on various contemporary topics and strategies in trauma studies and trauma-informed, pedagogical practices. These topics include but are not limited to:

  • Secondary or vicarious trauma
  • Reparative pedagogical models that focus on healing rather than discipline
  • Somatic and embodied practices for addressing and healing trauma
  • Framing discussions in ways that do not duplicate harm
  • Overview of the neurobiology of trauma
  • Systemic trauma
  • Strategies of care for teachers in holding space for trauma in the classroom
  • PTSD and the history of the psychological and medical profile of trauma


About the Conveners:

Hannah R. Bacon, Ph.D. (she/they), is the Ferraro Fellow in prison education and a visiting professor of public philosophy at Marymount Manhattan College (MMM). Her research takes place at the intersection of social and political philosophy, 19th and 20th-century continental philosophy, critical phenomenology of race, gender, and embodiment, carceral theory, and care and social ethics. Dr. Bacon holds a Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook and a master’s degree from The New School. At MMC, Bacon teaches classes at MMC’s Manhattan campus, as well as MMC’s two prison education programs at the Bedford Hills and Taconic correctional facilities. The aim of the post-doctoral fellowship is to build bridges between these campuses and higher education communities. Prison education is a crucial register of MMC’s educational identity and of Dr. Bacon’s work as a professor and philosophical thinker. Hannah Bacon’s current work is on social and political forms of systemic trauma and the ethical responsibility we have to others in terms of ongoing forms of traumatic harm.

Catherine Cabeen, MFA (she/her/they/them), is an associate professor of dance at Marymount Manhattan College, as well as an artist, based in New York City. She is a former member of the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Company (1997-2005) and was Jones’ assistant choreographer on the original production of Spring Awakening at the Atlantic Theater. She is also a former member of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Richard Move’s MoveOpolis!, and Pearl Lang Dance Theater. In Seattle, where Cabeen was based from 2006-2013, she performed as a guest artist with Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, and the Chamber Dance Company, as well as in her own work.

Cabeen directed Hyphen, an interdisciplinary performance group from 2009-2019. Hyphen received commissions from On the Boards, Spectrum Dance Theater, the American College Dance Festival NW, Bates Dance Festival, the Visa2Dance Festival in Dar Es Salaam, Alsarab Dance Troupe and the Lebanese American University in Byblos Lebanon, Moving People Dance Theater, Pig Iron Theater Company, Arc Dance Company, Lehua Dance Company, and the Cabiri, among others. The New York Times called Cabeen’s Hyphen, “highly kinetic, complex… visually exquisite,” and “beautifully performed.”

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