Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought
The CCCCT nourishes, explores, encourages, and supports critical re-examination of the received wisdom of our time. The center is a joint project of the Columbia Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Columbia Law School.
Conference on Disobedience
May 29, 2017 from 9:30am - 6:30pm
From the Civil Rights Movement via Occupy and Black Lives Matter to the recent anti-Trump protests and refugee activism, disobedience is an essential part of our history and present. At the same time, however, disobedience has remained theoretically and politically contested. In light of the increasingly global reach of economic, social, and political interactions and problems, the focus of disobedience has also started to shift, leading to increasingly transnational forms of activism that do not fit the established state-centered model and challenge dominant views on the definition, justification, and role of disobedience. At the same time, digitalization and the rise of the ‘expository society’ create new challenges for the organization and dynamic of disobedience, raising conceptual and political issues that cannot be addressed by the dominant offline-¬centered conceptual frameworks. At this workshop, a diverse group of political and legal theorists, philosophers, and social scientists will address these challenges and rethink the category of disobedience (civil or otherwise).
Revolution and Contemporary Forms of Critique:
Toward Revolution 13/13
June 1, 2017 from 10h - 16h
This colloquium will constitute a prolegomenon to the seminar series “Revolution 13/13” that will run at the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought (and to the reading group that will be organized at the Columbia Global Centers in Paris) during the academic year 2017-2018. The goal will be to begin to engage a multidisciplinary and polyphonic conversation at the intersection of philosophy, of political science and law, of legal history and the social sciences and humanities, on the concept and on the practices of revolution and social change, or more broadly on the different forms that critique and political resistance can take and have taken in the contemporary world (from hunger strikes to insurgencies, disobedience, and other forms of resistance at Occupy Wall Street, during the Arab Spring, at the Dakota Access Pipeline, with #BlackLivesMatter or Anonymous). In large part, this colloquium will be a massive brainstorming and occupation of its own.
April 13-14: Corrupt Data from The CCCCT's Digital Initiative
Visit the CCCCT's Facebook Page to watch the April 14 Livestream beginning at 12:15pm.
Recording of April 13, 2017, with Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Tamsin Shaw, Cathy O'Neil, Michael Harris, and Bernard Harcourt
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2016-2017 Academic Year:
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Yale University's Seyla Benhabib will continue as Senior Scholar at the CCCCT for the Fall 2016.
Daniele Lorenzini is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, attaché to the Columbia Global Center–Paris.
2015-2016 Academic Year:
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Linda Zerilli hosted the center's fall 2015 seminar, "The Idea of Critical Political Theory," on October 19-23, 2015.
Yale University's Seyla Benhabib will be in residence at the CCCCT for the spring 2016 semester.
2014-2015 Academic Year:
Photo credit: Domenico Aronica
A fall workshop on lectures of Michel Foucault featured François Ewald, who served as Foucault’s assistant and editor. Read about his experiences and watch his talks.
W.J.T. Mitchell, University of Chicago professor, co-taught a spring seminar at Columbia Law School titled “Spectacle and Surveillance.” Learn more about Mitchell and view his work.
The Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought hosted a spring seminar with Renata Salecl. Listen to her recent TED Talk and explore her scholarly achievements.