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EVENTS IN SPRING 2018:
May 10, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm | Jerome Greene Hall 908
The Statistical Subject in the Age of Data
by Dominique Deprins | with Edouard Delruelle (commentator) and Bernard E. Harcourt (moderator)
How are quiet statisticians changing our world? Are they still taming chance, as Ian Hacking has contended? New decisional statistics are seeking less to discriminate people into categories (that create identity group constrains) than to extract, from massive data that collects the most anodyne things of our lives, a knowledge about our most private desires. What do Markov Chains, which allows Google to create a score that ranks the Internet’s every page, teach us about our data world and its rationality? What does the new correlations of the algorithms of the Machine Learning teach us about our desires? What does the Brownian movement, related to Markov Chains, tell us about our contemporary shape of chance? What becomes of subjectivity in the age of data when our desires are predicted in their objective reality by algorithms? How should we understand the “contagion” between a “machinical” functioning and the subjectivity in the age of data?
Retracing the powerful moments of the history of probabilities, the aim of this workshop is to show that the data world is freeing itself from the probabilistic world and, drawing from this analysis, to better pinpoint our data world. In particular, Michel Foucault and Ian Hacking have very well described the emergence and the conditions of possibility of the probabilistic world; man and language are consequently promoted in Western culture. A contemporary statistical subject emerges from this liberation, beyond – as well as below – links of probability and causality. It thus becomes necessary to figure out what is at stake now.
Professor Dominique Deprins is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School, more specifically, at the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought. She is a statistician and teaches Probabilities and Mathematical Statistics at the Université Saint-Louis, in Brussels, and the Université Catholique de Louvain, in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. She has been invited as a Visiting Scholar on the occasion of her sabbatical leave in the framework of the Digital Initiative launched by Professor Bernard E. Harcourt and Emeritus Professor F. Ewald, at Columbia Global Centers-Paris, in December 2016. After doing research on statistical modelling and stochastic calculus for finance, she is currently interested in an epistemological approach to the impact of contemporary statistical rationalities on our current subjectivities. In order to stimulate debate, this talk will present the main results of the book she is writing, a book that is still a work in progress.
Edouard Delruelle, Professor in Political Philosophy at f the University of Liège (Belgium); co-director of the Research Center « Matérialités de la politique. His areas of expertise are the French Thought (Lévi-Strauss, Foucault, Rancière, Lefort, Balibar, etc.,), and political and social theory: migrations, inequalities, Welfare State, with a focus on conflicts as core of democracy. Last book published: De l’homme et du citoyen. Une introduction à la philosophie politique, De Boeck, 2014.
This workshop is free and open to the public. Please register by emailing Anna Krauthamer at [email protected]. Lunch will be served.
April 25, 2018 | 6:30 - 8:30pm | The Heyman Center Common Room
Thomas Piketty: « Of Inequality in Europe »
Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.
Heyman Center Common Room at Columbia University
Join us for a debate around a conference by Thomas Piketty, « Of Inequality in Europe », given in Paris as part of the « An Idea of Europe » talk series organized by the Groupe d’Études Géopolitiques (ucide.eu). Thomas Piketty’s work has renewed the research field on capitalism and global inequalities. In a conversation moderated by Mathieu Roger-Lacan, Seyla Benhabib, Anu Bradford, Bernard E. Harcourt, Turkuler Isiksel and Adam Tooze will discuss these issues from different perspectives, focusing on the multi-leveled crises that the European continent is facing today.
The conversation will be moderated by Mathieu Roger-Lacan.
Presented by Groupe d’Études Géopolitiques and Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought. Co-sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities and Columbia European Institute.
We hope to see you at Common Room of the Heyman Center on Wednesday, April 25th.
Thomas Piketty’s conference can be watched live or in replay from Thursday, April 19th following this link. Excerpts of the conference will be screened at the debate on April 25th.This event is free and open to the public.
Workshop on The Disintegration of Europe and the Refugee Crisis
Organized by Seyla Benhabib
In cooperation with the Legal Theory Workshop,
The European Legal Studies Center
and the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Theory (CCCCT)
April 16th 2018, 4:15-6:30 pm
Columbia Law School, Case Lounge, 7th Floor
No other issue has torn the fragile fabric of contemporary Europe apart as much as the so-called ‘refugee crisis.’ Populist movements on the march from France to the Netherlands, from Hungary to Italy all see national sovereignty as threatened by alien others – be they refugees, migrants and asylum seekers. For the first time since the second World War, an anti-immigrant and nationalist party, the AfD (Alternative fűr Deutschland), has entered the German Parliament with nearly 13% of the vote.
Who is a refugee? Who qualifies for asylum and why? Who is an immigrant as distinguished from a third-country national?
These are categories of human persons constructed according to the logic of complicated international and regional human rights regimes. Governing the 27 countries of the European Union (excluding the UK) is the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the European Union under the adjudication of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ); 47 other states that are Council of Europe members, including Russia, Turkey, the Ukraine and others, are adherents to the European Convention on Human Rights, for the oversight of which the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) is responsible. Both courts accept the primary authority of the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its Protocol as binding.
The presence of these multiple legal regimes creates a complex tapestry against the background of which the claims of migrants, refugees and asylees are adjudicated. The purpose of our workshop will be to examine 1) these different rights regimes and their cooperative as well as conflicting adjudications, and 2) to throw light on the fundamental philosophical tensions between territoriality and human rights, sovereignty and respect for universal personhood.
Seyla Benhabib (Scholar in Residence, Columbia Law School, Spring 2018; Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Yale University)
Ayten Gűndogdu (Associate Professor of Political Science, Barnard College-Columbia University)
Paul Linden-Retek (Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow, Yale Law School; PhD Candidate, Dept. of Political Science, Yale University)
Dana Schmalz (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gőttingen)
Hirsi Jamaa and Others v. Italy (ECtHR)
Khlaifia and Others v. Italy (ECtHR)
M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece (ECtHR)
(read ECJ press release attached)
X and X v. Belgium (CJEU)
2016 - 2017 Seminar
The Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought and the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University are pleased to announce another 13/13 seminar series for 2016-2017. After a fascinating 2015-2016 series dedicated to Michel Foucault’s 13 Collège de France lectures (the full archive of Foucault 13/13 can now be watched here), we invite you to turn your attention this academic year to an exploration of critical thought in the wake of Friedrich Nietzsche. We propose a year-long series of seminars titled Nietzsche 13/13.
A broad range of contemporary critical thinkers in the 20th century drew inspiration from Nietzsche’s writings. Together, they developed a strand of critical thought that has influenced disciplines as varied as history, law, politics, anthropology, philology, and the theory of science. These twentieth century thinkers effectively forged a unique Nietzschean strand of contemporary critical thought, alongside but different from other critical strands represented by the Frankfurt School or Lacanian psychoanalytic theory.
This seminar series will proceed through a close reading of 13 contemporary critical thinkers who drew on and engaged Nietzsche’s thought and writings, including:
Martin Heidegger (Sept. 8, 2016)
Georges Bataille (Sept. 22, 2016)
Maurice Blanchot (Oct. 13, 2016)
Gilles Deleuze (Oct. 27, 2016)
Hannah Arendt (Nov. 10, 2016)
Aimé Césaire (Dec. 15, 2016)
Sarah Kofman (Jan. 5, 2017)
Frantz Fanon (Jan. 19, 2017)
Michel Foucault (Feb. 9, 2017)
Luce Irigaray (March 2, 2017)
Jacques Derrida (March 23, 2017)
Hélène Cixous (April 13, 2017)
Ali Shariati (April 27, 2017)
Each seminar will be led by world-renowned scholars and critical theorists in conversation with Columbia University faculty, and will focus on a particular text by each one of these 13 authors.
To explore the works of these 13 authors, the seminar series will bring to Columbia University a set of international scholars, including:
Emily Apter (New York University), Babette Babich (Fordham University), Alain Badiou (École normale supérieure, Paris), Seyla Benhabib (Yale University), Homi Bhabha (Harvard University), Rüdiger Bittner (Universität Bielefeld), Danielle Cohen-Levinas (University Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV), Penelope Deutscher (Northwestern University), François Ewald (Series Editor of Foucault’s Collège de France Lectures), Romuald Fonkoua (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Simona Forti (Università del Piemonte Orientale), Mathieu Frackowiak (CNRS), Denis Hollier (New York University), Alice Jardine (Harvard University), Daniele Lorenzini (Université Paris-Est Creteil), Keally McBride (University of San Francisco), Annelies Schulte Nordholt (Leiden University), Kelly Oliver (Vanderbilt University), Judith Revel (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre), Barbara Stiegler (Université Bordeaux Montaigne), Ann Stoler (The New School), Brandon Terry (Harvard University), Françoise Vergès (University of London), Anthony Vidler (Cooper Union), and Linda Zerilli (University of Chicago)
These critical thinkers will be in discussion with Columbia University faculty from a wide range of disciplines, including:
Etienne Balibar (Philosophy), Bruno Bosteels (Latin American and Iberian Cultures), Taylor Carmen (Philosophy), Patricia Daily (English and Comparative Literature), Souleymane Bachir Diagne (French and Philosophy), Bernard E. Harcourt (Law and Political Science), Marianne Hirsch (English), Reinhold Martin (Architecture), Rosalind Morris (Anthropology), John Rajchman (Art History), Anupama Rao (History), Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (University Professor), Michael Taussig (Anthropology), Nadia Urbinati (Political Science), Jesús R. Velasco (Latin American and Iberian Cultures), and Patricia Williams (Law).
The seminar series is organized and will be moderated by Bernard E. Harcourt, Daniele Lorenzini, and Jesús R. Velasco.
For additional information and logistics about Nietzsche 13/13,
please visit the website here:
The seminars will be offered to students and faculty from Columbia University and other New York universities (please do bring your university ID). If you are interested in attending, please inform us by sending an email to Anna Krauthamer at [email protected].
October 13-15, 2016
Organisation: Judith Revel & Emmanuel Alloa
13 octobre 2016 : Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (14h-18h30)
14 octobre 2016: Columbia Global Center, Reid Hall (9h15-13h15/15h-18h30)
15 octobre 2016: Columbia Global Center, Reid Hall (9h15-13h15)
Paris Ouest Nanterre : 200 avenue de la République, 92001 Nanterre (RER A Nanterre Université)
Columbia Global Center, Reid Hall, 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris (Métro Vavin)
Comment restituer à la pensée philosophique de Maurice Merleau-Ponty sa complexité? Comment reconstituer en particulier ce qui, autour d’enjeux essentiels – le rapport à l’histoire, l’idée de ce que peut être un événement, la difficile articulation entre « déjà-là du monde » et transformation politique, l’articulation entre déterminations historiques et puissance de l’activité humaine – ce que Merleau-Ponty apporta au débat de son époque, et ce qui, étrangement, ne fut pas – alors – saisi ?
Il s’agira de revenir à la fois sur l’activité d’éditorialiste politique de Maurice Merleau-Ponty au sein de la rédaction de la revue Les Temps Modernes, sur l’écho de sa pensée politique dans la rédaction de Socialisme ou barbarie (dont Claude Lefort, qui fut « le plus proche » de Merleau-Ponty au début des années 1950, était l’un des fondateurs), sur l’épisode complexe de sa rupture à la fois politique et philosophique avec Sartre, en 1953, et pour finir sur la publication des Aventures de la dialectique en 1955, elle-même prolongée en partie par certaines notations dans la très belle Préface de Signes, en 1960, pour comprendre comment, dans un dialogue souterrain avec Marx et les marxismes, émerge en réalité une étonnante hérésie marxienne : fortement teintée de réminiscences lukacsiennes, en rupture avec l’orthodoxie du temps, et recentrant en permanence son analyse sur trois lignes : la manière dont l’histoire peut être pensée à nouveaux frais, au croisement des lignes de détermination et de la transformation du monde ; ce que la subjectivité représente, à condition qu’on la saisisse comme un effet de la pratique politique et non comme sa condition de possibilité ; et enfin ce que la révolution peut être dès lors qu’on la comprend comme un processus de création continuée, ou comme un « déséquilibre créateur ».
Penser la digitalisation : le pouvoir à l’âge digital. Lire Exposed
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