Other Interesting Events
December 2nd, 2016, at 4pm in the Jerome Greene Annex at Columbia Law School
Please join us for a discussion and reception surrounding Dialogues on the Bosphorus: A Broken Bridge, presented by Reset Doc and The Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought. To celebrate the release of Toward New Democratic Imaginaries: Istanbul Seminars on Islam, Culture and Politics, which collects almost a decade of dialogues and research 'on the Bosphorus,' panelists Kwame Anthony Appiah (New York University), Seyla Benhabib (Yale University), Giancarlo Bosetti, Ian Buruma (Bard College), Volker Kaul, and Charles Taylor (McGill University) will discuss, among other topics, how we might consider the place of Islam in politics in the wake of the Arab Spring. We invite you to a reception immediately following the panel.
Please RSVP to Cristina Sala (email@example.com) and Anna Krauthamer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
November 4, 2016, at 12:10pm in JGH 105
Incarceration and Health: How US Health Policy Contributes to Injustice in America
with Brad Brockmann, JD, Executive Director, Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, Brown University, Providence, RI
The nation’s epidemic of incarceration has adversely impacted millions of low income individuals, the vast majority of whom suffer from addiction, substance use disorders, and/or mental illness. Our failure historically to provide health care for the poor has resulted in a complex public health crisis in prisons and jails as well as in the marginalized communities that most prisoners come from and to which the vast majority will return. Come learn why failed criminal justice policies can be effectively addressed only in tandem with major changes to public health policies that continue to limit access to care and treatment for too many of our low-income neighbors.
October 14, 2016
Docile Individuals, an interdisciplinary conference co-hosted by The CCCCT, will begin on Friday, October 14.
In conditions of shrinking private liberty and growing public apathy and personal anomie, what is meaningful individuality? How is individual freedom to be thought fruitfully in the face of the threat of surveillance, by the state as well as private actors? What are origins of individual docility, and possible sources of resistance? This conference brings together scholars from various fields to examine in an interdisciplinary discussion the meaning of individuality and individual liberty in today’s society.
Friday, October 14
Location: Jerome Green Annex, Columbia Law School
4.30- 5pm Introduction
5 - 6.30pm Keynote speech: “Tyranny and the Fate of Democratic Individuality”
George Kateb(Princeton University)
Saturday, October 15
Location: The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, 2nd Floor Common Room
9- 9.30am Breakfast
9.30-11am Panel 1: Market, Privacy, and Docility
Alex Zakaras (University of Vermont)
“Depoliticizing the Market: Nature and Providence in Early American Political Thought”
Helen Nissenbaum (New York University)
“Can Use Regulation Replace Privacy in a Free Society?”
11-11.30am Coffee break
11.30- 1pm Panel 2: Social Surveillance & Individual Freedom
Nancy Rosenblum (Harvard University)
“Minding Our Own Business, Minding Our Neighbors”
Luise Papcke (Columbia University)
“Individuality in the Age of Marketed Surveillance”
2.30- 4pm Panel 3: Docility and Resistance
Nancy Hirschmann (University of Pennsylvania)
“Docile Body, Docile Will: A Feminist Disability Perspective”
Bernard Harcourt (Columbia University/ Institute for Advanced Study)
“Rethinking Docility in the Digital Age: A Postmortem”
4 – 5.30pm Closing Remarks
July 11, 2016
DEATH PENALTY – global trends and national pathways
6:00 - 7:30 pm
EU Delegation, 666 Third Avenue, 31st floor
There will be consecutive interpretation from French to English. Seating is limited.
H.E. Mr. João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador of the European Union to the United Nations
H.E. Mr. Sidiki Kaba, Minister of Justice of Senegal
Mr. Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights
Mr. Ivan Šimonović, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights
Mr. Bernard E. Harcourt, Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, Columbia University
In 1945, eight countries had abolished the death penalty. In 1978, that number had increased to 16. Today the vast majority of countries have either abolished the death penalty or established moratoriums. As of December 2015, over 140 countries, or more than 2/3 of all States, were abolitionist in law or practice.
In our discussion, we want to look at how the world has been moving away from the death penalty and what the global outlook might be. What national pathways exist to ending the death penalty? What role do moratoriums and national debates play on the way to abolition? Is this trend sustainable in the longterm or can it be reversed? These are some of the issues we aim to discuss with our distinguished speakers and members of the audience during this interactive session hosted at the European Union Delegation.
Please join us for the first edition of the EU@UNTalks series on Human Rights; a platform for interactive discussions on topics on the global human rights agenda, taking in experiences from different corners of the world. EU@UNTalks is part of the year-long #EU4HumanRights campaign.
June 17, 2016
Foucault, political life and history: a discussion group
Convenors: Colin Gordon and Patrick Joyce
London School of Economics: Parish Hall room, Sheffield Street (PAR on this map).
Agenda for Workshop
AM session 11:00-13:15
David Edgerton (KCL London): ‘Between Liberalism and Neo-Liberalism: Keynesianism, Beveridgeism and the Golden Age of British Social Democracy’
Respondent: Nick Taylor (Warwick)
2015-16 Series retrospect: themes and insights: Colin Gordon, Patrick Joyce + discussion.
PM Session 13:45-16:00
Adam Tooze (Columbia): 'The end of "the economy"? The 2008 financial crisis from a foucauldian perspective'
Respondent (tbc): S M Amadae (MIT, Helsinki)
Series prospect: ideas/requests/proposal - agenda for our 2016-17 workshops and conference.
June 12-18, 2016
In each seminar, the three-hour morning sessions are devoted to critical reflection on and discussions around the seminar’s topical focus. The afternoon workshops Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are devoted to presentations of and critical exchanges around each Fellow’s current research. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, the entire cohort of Fellows meet jointly for a Public Forum, where they discuss themes that cut across their common concerns and help shape the design of ICSI.
The online application for ICSI’s 2016 session opens September 1, 2015 and closes December 1, 2015. Applicants will be notified with admissions decisions by the end of January. If accepted, a $100 deposit is due by February 15, 2016, with the balance due by April 15, 2016. In the spirit of encouraging a diverse set of attendees from around the world, reduced tuition and travel grants are available for participants whose universities are not able to provide funds for travel abroad. Tuition includes the weeklong seminar (including 5 Master Classes and 5 Workshops), one public lecture by each of the three faculty, one communal lunch, and the opening and closing receptions. Tuition does NOT cover travel, housing, or food. Housing is available at The New School at reduced rates.
For more information, visit: www.criticalsocialinquiry.org/apply
The Institute For Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI)
New School For Social Research
6 E 16Th St, 9th Fl. New York, NY, 10003
April 25, 2016
The Rhythms of Psychiatric Power: Foucault from the Slums of Delhi
A talk by Veena Das (The Johns Hopkins University)
4:10 pm - 6:15 pm
Knox Hall, Room 208, 606 West 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont
Veena Das is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University. Before joining Johns Hopkins, she taught at the Delhi School of Economics for many years and held a joint appointment at the New School for Social Research from 1997- 2000. Das has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Chicago, Heidelberg, Harvard, and Paris, as well as the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris. Her research covers a range of fields: the question of how ethnography generates concepts; how we might treat philosophical and literary traditions from India and other regions as generative of theoretical and practical understanding of the world; how to render the texture and contours of everyday life; and the way that the everyday and the event are joined together in the making of the normal and the critical. Das’s most recent books are Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary (2007); Affliction: Health, Disease, Poverty (2015); and three co-edited volumes, The Ground Between: Anthropologists Engage Philosophy (2014), Living and Dying in the Contemporary World: A Compendium (2015) and Politics of the Urban Poor (forthcoming).
April 22, 2016
Police Actions and Citizen Mobilization in Democratic Societies
8:00 am - 5:15 pm
Yale University, ISPS Center for the Study of Inequality (Room A002), 77 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT
View the schedule and register here.
Why do governments sometimes authorize heavy-handed police actions against individual citizens and against organized groups and movements, but at other times restrain from brutal tactics? Are police forces institutions unto themselves or agents of broader political and social forces? In the digital age, acts of police aggression are more readily captured on cell phone cameras and diffused through social media. In some instances – from Ferguson, Missouri to Gezi Park, Istanbul – the consequences are explosive responses. But sometimes they are not. Why does civil society react in response to police attacks in some circumstances, while seemingly being unmoved in others?
A group of social science faculty are convening a conference at Yale University on Friday, April 22, 2016 which will bring together scholars of the U.S. and other regions of the world to address these and related questions. The conference will feature a series of workshops in which scholars will present their work-in-progress organized around the following themes:
- Theorizing the Police as Political Actors
- Police Repression: Targets and Tactics
- Popular Responses to Police Actions: Protest
- Popular Responses to Police Actions: Beyond Protest
- What are the Broader Political Effects of Police-Motivated Movements?
The central purposes of the conference are to engage in an informed discussion of topics of pressing public concern, as well as to forge a dialogue between scholars who study police violence and citizen mobilization in the United States and those who study these same issues in other countries.
The workshops will be geared mainly toward faculty and graduate students at Yale, mostly (though not exclusively) in the social sciences. Advance registration is required.
This conference is being sponsored by the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies, the Yale Center for the Study of American Politics, the Yale Law School Justice Collaboratory, and the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale.
April 21, 2016
Strategies to Promote HIV Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Columbia School of Social Work, Room CO3
This seminar is free. Register here.
Frederick L. Altice, MD
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health
Director of Clinical and Community Research
Yale University School of Medicine and School of Public Health
Dr. Altice is board-certified in both Infectious Diseases and Addiction Medicine. His research interests are focused on the interface between infectious diseases including HIV, tuberculosis, and viral hepatitis, and substance use disorders. He has been at the forefront of integrating medication-assisted therapies such as methadone, buprenorphine, and extended-release naltrexone into managing co-morbid conditions. In recent years, he has increasingly become involved in implementation science to find improved ways to disseminate research and ensure that evidence-based practices are implemented using best practices.
April 16, 2016
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, in Manhattan
The 10th Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair will be held on Sat., April 16, 2016, at Judson Memorial Church, continuing a tradition that began with our first event in 2007. The book fair will once again bring publishers, designers, writers, artists, musicians, and activists from all over North America and many other parts of the world to this historic location in Greenwich Village—the neighborhood that is one of the birthplaces of the anarchist movement in the US.
The NYC Anarchist Book Fair is free to the public. It provides a safe space for activists to meet and organize and where the anarcho-curious can learn about a movement against capitalism and the State that is central to many of the most important political and cultural currents of our time. Besides exhibits by anarchist publishers, artisans, and organizers, the book fair will feature panels and workshops on a wide range of topics, from anarchist history, theory, and politics to economics, culture, social movements, and art.
Tablers: For prices and to reserve a table, please email us at email@example.com.
Workshops, speakers, and panelists: To propose topics and speakers, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application forms for panels, talks, skillshares, and other presentations available at http://anarchistbookfair.net/.
Remember, diversity is important to us: we are committed to promoting voices typically underrepresented at mainstream and activist conferences alike, whether for reasons of race, ethnicity,gender, sexuality, age, income, or ability.
For more information about the 2016 New York City Anarchist Book Fair, please email email@example.com. Details including participating tablers and times of panels, workshops, and other events will be posted at http://anarchistbookfair.net.
April 15-16, 2016
Post-Colonialism, Critical Theory, and Democracy
Friday, April 15, 2016: Columbia University, Lindsay Rogers Room, 7th Floor, IAB, 420 West 118th Street
Saturday, April 16, 2016: The New School, Wolff Conference Room, 6 East 16th Street
April 8, 2016
Carl Schmitt in History and Theory
2:00 - 6:00 pm
The New School for Social Research, 80 Fifth Avenue, Room 529
April 6, 2016
Visiocracy and Grammatology of Images: Making Images of the A-Visible
Princeton University, 209 Schelde Caldwell House
April 5-6, 2016
Breaking Broken Windows
6:00 - 9:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue (at 34th Street)
Food will be provided between 5-6pm on both days and childcare is available. Please direct any of your friends or colleagues that may interested in coming to register at the Eventbrite page as soon as possible because we expect seats will fill up fast. They can register for one of both days but each person must register for each day separately.
The opening panel on the first day of the conference, Tuesday April 5th at 6:15pm, will include Professors Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Bernard Harcourt, Pete White from the Los Angeles Community Action Network (via Skype), Tania Mattos from Queens Neighborhoods United and a representative of Picture The Homeless. There will also be a screening of excerpts from the 2006 movie Giuliani Time, as well as a presentation and analysis on 'community policing.'
Day two will bring a discussion on the shared aims and differences between abolition and community control of police. It will include speakers from some of the coalition groups who are doing important work in Brooklyn and the Bronx. It will include independent journalists and media makers on the media's role in the politics around policing. Finally it will end with an important conversation with Brooklyn College's Prof. Alex Vitale on redirecting resources towards non-police alternatives and highlight campaigns like the Safety Beyond Policing campaign and BYP100's Agenda to Build Black Futures which propose divesting from police as a real solution.
February 4, 2016
Privacy and Exposure in the Digital Age
Bernard E. Harcourt
92 Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Digital technology is breaking down whatever boundaries still exist between the state, the market and the private realm.
We are not scandalized by this, however; we crave exposure and knowingly surrender privacy and anonymity in order to
access everything all the time. Bernard Harcourt, a professor of law at Columbia University, offers a powerful critique of what he calls the expository society, revealing just how un-free we are becoming, how little we seem to care — and how much courage it will require to disobey.
Buy tickets here.
January 29-30, 2016
Ideology: A Philosophy Conference
Featuring Linda Zerilli and Bob Gooding-Williams. Email Sarah Braasch or Yuan Yuan with any questions.
December 4-6, 2015
In the age of algorithms, surveillance has exceeded the boundaries of centralized government control to permeate every part of our lives and transform our collective sensorium. As vast communication networks spread over the world, intensive data gathering accelerates the abstraction of human life to feed the market's ever-expanding appetite. Mass surveillance, then, is not simply the mark of a rogue security state but underpins a much larger technological and economic complex set to radically reconfigure human interactions as the separation between organic and inorganic matter becomes ever more blurry.
As surveillance comes to saturate our life-worlds, we find ourselves in need of an expanded conceptual apparatus able to grasp it in its immense complexity. To this end, the Goethe-Institut New York is pleased to present Images of Surveillance: The Politics, Economics, and Aesthetics of Surveillance Societies, an interdisciplinary symposium bringing together artists, scholars, writers, activists, politicians, and others to reflect on surveillance beyond the dichotomies that have come to shape public discourse on the topic in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations. Resolutely multiform, Images of Surveillance will combine lectures, panel discussions, artist talks and presentations, as well as several performances and a video installation, to explore the topic in its various political, economic, and aesthetic dimensions and open new avenues to think about surveillance in the 21st century.
At the heart of Images of Surveillance is the recognition that surveillance as object of study is far too complex to be grasped from any single point of view and thus requires us to combine multiple perspectives into a fuller picture of what surveillance might be. Such an approach rejects both disciplinary boundaries and post-modern indeterminacy in favor of a concerted effort to create overlaps and conceptual chains across a wide variety of practices and discourses.
Jacob Appelbaum, Armen Avanessian, Roger Berkowitz, Big Art Group, Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, Ulf Buermeyer, Jimena Canales, Simon Critchley, Simon Denny, Diedrich Diederichsen, Bernard Harcourt, Dietmar Kammerer, Chris Kondek & Christiane Kühl, Korpys/Löffler, David Lyon, Uday Mehta, Evgeny Morozov, Trevor Paglen, Alessandra Renzi, Marcus Steinweg, Nils Zurawski
Images of Surveillance: The Politics, Economics, and Aesthetics of Surveillance kicks off Sensitive Data, a long-term international project that aims to advance international, interdisciplinary, and theoretical discourse and artistic exploration on and around surveillance and data capitalism. The event series will continue through 2017 including a variety of public programs in New York, Munich, and Berlin. The Goethe-Institut’s partners are Germany’s Federal Agency for Civic Education, Münchner Kammerspiele, and Bard College, among others.
December 4-5, 2015
Joyce Mitchell Cook
The Joyce Mitchell Cook Conference will be hosted by the Yale Philosophy Department in December 2015. Mark your calendars!
Please feel free to contact the Joyce Mitchell Cook Conference Assistants, Sarah Braasch or Yuan Yuan with any questions or concerns.
November 20, 2015
"The Standpoint of Reproduction: Questions for Contemporary Materialist Thought"
New York University, Jurow Hall
What, we ask, is “reproduction”? What is it today, that is, nearly fifty years after Althusser’s tight provocation? The mediations to which the concept has been subjected are numerous, and of extraordinary importance: “reproduction” changes with the dramatic shifts in technology of the past decades; with the prevalence of finance capitalism; with the consolidation of women’s rights and redefinitions of the “family” in other than heteronormative terms due to queer and feminist theoretical interventions; with shifts in the technologies of assisted reproduction, and with the configuration of the scene of biological reproduction according to economistic, non-, and anti-economistic paradigms. To speak of reproduction, and a fortiori to seek to adopt its “standpoint,” requires both an interrogation of the relations governing the reproduction of material bodies as well as an investigation of the relationship between “social,” “technical” and “natural” modes of reproduction. What are the mechanisms, social, technical, organic, ideological, mediating the reproduction of material bodies (with regard both to labor-power and to affective labor)? And in what way do they shape the said relationship between “social” and “natural” modes of reproduction?
But the matter of reproduction also raises questions of a more general, philosophical scope. Reproduction, according to Althusser, is a necessary function of social formations and at the same time that which has, not only to ensure, but in the first place to make possible, their existence. Its function and its effect are, in a sense, one and the same—or, to adopt the Althusserian idiom, the function of reproduction is, always already, an effect of its effect. To give precedence to reproduction in the analysis of—“material” as well as “discursive”—production in effect raises decisive questions related to the specific mode of causation and the particular temporality that its primacy would imply. In turn, such questions, “abstract” though they may be, presumably would have altogether concrete implications for historical and sociopolitical analysis. In that vein, it might be asked, for instance, in what ways and to what extent might the analysis of reproduction in its specific manifestations—in, for example, ethical, aesthetic, biopolitical, or juridical practices—contribute to the conceptualization of “the standpoint of reproduction” as a theoretical paradigm? And, more broadly, to what extent, or under what specific circumstances, might the dynamics of reproduction, whether in crisis or in stasis, entail not only the replication of the same but also the production of new and different relations?
November 13, 2015
"Framing Detroit: Technocratic Rule, Structural Adjustment, Neoliberal Transformation"
Hunter College, CUNY, Roosevelt House 304
Jamie Peck is Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia. He is author of Fast policy: experimental statecraft at the thresholds of neoliberalism (2015, with Nik Theodore), Constructions of neoliberal reason (2010), Contesting neoliberalism: urban frontiers (2007, coedited with Helga Leitner & Eric Sheppard), Politics and practice in economic geography (2007, coedited with Adam Tickell, Eric Sheppard & Trevor Barnes), Workfare states (2001), Work-place: the social regulation of labor markets (1996), and the Wiley-Blackwell companion to economic geography (2012, coedited with Trevor Barnes & Eric Sheppard). He has been a Guggenheim Fellow. His current research is concerned with the sociology of global outsourcing, the politics of labor in the American South, and the political economy of urban restructuring. He is also is currently Managing Editor for Environment & Planning A.
This presentation explores some of the implications of the crisis of crisis management in Detroit, the symbolic home of metropolitan failure in the United States and now the staging ground for a new round of urban-renaissance narratives. While Detroit can be seen as a critical case of post-2008 “austerity urbanism,” it is necessary to position the city’s recent bankruptcy as part of an extended historical and multiscalar process. Detroit’s plight reflects the corrosive logic of the devolved, neoliberal form of fiscal federalism, and as such represents much more than a local event. Dominant narrations of “bankrupt Detroit,” however, have told a different story—and never innocently. They localize and endogenize the causes of the crisis; they displace both the blame for and the burdens of adjustment; and they redistribute the associated costs onto the socioeconomically marginalized. This speaks to the ways in which a banking crisis has been translated into a state crisis, an urban crisis, and a social crisis, as well as to the ongoing financialization of the American urban system. The rise of financialized urban governance, Detroit-style, has been associated with technocratic hardening, with the naturalization of structural adjustment, with deepening democratic deficits, and with the production of new sites, stakes, and silences in urban politics.
November 3, 2015
Brown University, List Art Building, Room 120
Bernard Harcourt (Columbia Law School) and Naomi Murakawa (Princeton) present rival narratives about mass incarceration in America. In The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order , Harcourt shows the interdependence of contract enforcements in global markets and punitive authority. InThe First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America, by contrast, Murakawa traces prison growth to liberal campaigns and progressive legislation. Together, Murakawa and Harcourt offer fresh ideas about into the political, economic and ethical dimensions of mass incarceration.
October 15-16, 2015
Why Privacy Matters
Bard College, Olin Hall
What is lost when the dark recesses of the heart are exposed to the light of public censure? Love grows in secret and loyalty trumps formal rules of fairness. We all transgress taboos and even a few laws. Yet, when we are forced to police private urges and actions by public standards, our belief in public morality appears hypocritical. Distrusting ourselves, we trust no one, which is the source of cynicism of political life. It is amidst a sense that privacy is being lost and we are powerless to resist that loss that the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College will host our 8th Annual Conference, “Why Privacy Matters” Our conference will consider the following questions:
Does our loss of control over our data impact our inner lives?
Is freedom possible in world without privacy?
When indiscretions are knowable, who will have the courage to enter public life?
Can we hold government and business accountable for their use of private data?
Why is government becoming more secret as individuals embrace transparency?
Do we have a meaningful right to be left alone?
Above all, we want to ask: How can a right to privacy and a meaningful private life exist today?
October 1-3, 2015
Critical Theory Roundtable
Yale University, New Haven, CT
October 1 at 5:00: Opening Roundtable
October 2 at 5:00: Keynote Address
Dr. Peter Gordon, Amabel B. James Professor of History at Harvard University, will be the keynote speaker for this year's conference. Dr. James Tully, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Law, Indigenous Governance and Philosophy at University of Victoria, will also be delivering a lecture in conjunction with the History Department on October 1st.
September 18, 2015
IRAAS Common Room
The Center for Race, Philosophy, and Social Justice will be hosting Tommie Shelby for a workshop on his paper "Richard Wright: Realizing the Promise of the West." Tommie will begin with a brief overview of the argument of the paper and Josef Sorett will follow with a brief comment. We will then open the floor to discussion.
May 8, 2015
Foucault and the Legacy of the Prisons Information Group (GIP)
DePaul University, Richardson Library 115, 2350 N. Kenmore, Chicago, IL 60614
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Scholars Symposium
Kevin Thompson (DePaul University), Bernard Harcourt (Columbia University), Nicolas Drolc (Nancy), Lisa Guenther (Vanderbilt University), Perry Zurn (DePaul University)
Sur les toits (2014, French with English subtitles)
Detailed program here. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kevin Thompson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 28, 2015
Prediction, Bias, and Control: Big Data Machines
Jerome Greene, Room 104
6:30 - 8:30 PM
This seminar will explore the growing importance of big data to economic activity, and the effect of this shift on personal freedom and systems of social discrimination and control.
Frank Pasquale (University of Maryland School of Law)
Virginia Eubanks (SUNY Albany, Women's Studies)
Bernard Harcourt (Columbia Law School)
Genia Gokhmark, J.D. Candidate '15, Columbia Law School
A live-stream will be available during the event, and a recording will be uploaded after the seminar.
April 26, 2015
The Laws of Fashion: Between Transgression and Compliance
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 55 5th Avenue
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
What does it mean when a prime minister refuses to wear a tie at high level political meetings, when the president’s wife does not cover her head while visiting a Muslim country, when a group of women stages political protest by undressing in public or when a religious person living in a secular country insists on his or her right to cover his or her body in a way that goes against the customs of that country?
The way we cover (or don’t cover) our bodies has always been highly regulated in society. Various societies establish written and unwritten laws in regard to fashion. Often transgression of these codes involves punishment and exclusion from the group. Fashion, however, has also been a form of revolt – a way a group starts disobeying the laws or a way an individual with his or her subversive clothing show opposition to the dominant ideology.
The conference will look at the way fashion plays the role of transgression and compliance. On top of looking at the laws of fashion in politics and religion, it will also question gender stereotypes and the power of the fashion industry in cementing or subverting dominant ideologies.
The speakers at the conference come from the field of law, cultural studies, feminism, religious studies and psychoanalysis.
April 23 - April 24, 2015
Description Across the Disciplines
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall (4/23) & Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center (4/24)
Participants in "Description Across the Disciplines" will consider the relation between description and other modes of engaging with objects of analysis, such as interpretation, evaluation, argument, and critique.
While description has proven to be contentious in literary studies and critical theory, it constitutes a central and prized aspect of scholarly practice in fields such as anthropology, musicology, and art history and has remained so despite critiques of objectivity and the “view from nowhere.” How have practices of description—from ethnography to ekphrasis—shifted in light of changing views of the role of the observer, scholarly ethics, and epistemology? What protocols are involved in describing people, texts, images, musical scores, and material artifacts?
Questions of description have been taken up recently within several disciplines; we hope to expand these conversations by offering a comparative perspective. The conference brings together presenters from history, anthropology, psychology, art history, and literary studies alongside curators and artists working in different genres, such as observational documentary and graphic memoir, for whom description represents a crucial aspect of their practice.
April 20, 2015
Legitimation Crisis? On the Political Contradictions of Financialized Capitalism
Case Lounge, Jerome Greene Hall
Please join the Legal Theory Workshop and Professor Nancy Fraser of The New School. An e-copy of the paper is only available upon request via email@example.com.
April 16, 2015
The Fate of Social Science in a Black Box Society
411 Fayerweather Hall, Columbia University
A “big data revolution” is afoot in the social sciences. Increasing in volume, variety, and velocity, multiple new sources of data are tempting objects for inquiry.
Caution is warranted. Both state and trade secrecy impose severe limits on the availability and use of sources, making some results unreproducible. Leading firms have an agenda, which researchers can unwittingly advance when they focus inquiry on data which executives have decided are innocuous enough to be disclosed.
A diverse coalition of watchdog groups, archivists, open data activists, and public interest attorneys are now working to assure a more balanced and representative set of “raw materials” for analysis. The critical and emancipatory potentials of big data-driven social science depend on the success of their efforts.
April 15, 2015
Rethinking Research Methods
Vera Institute of Justice, 233 Broadway, 12th Floor
Join us April 15, when Professor Bernard Harcourt will explore the status of research methods in criminal justice, investigate the relationship between research and public policy, and discuss future directions.
April 10 and 11, 2015
Fifth Annual Radical Democracy Conference
The New School for Social Research, New York City
Keynote: Michael Hardt
Professor of Literature and Italian Studies at Duke University
Call for Papers
Paper and Paper Abstracts Deadline: January 25, 2015
Full Papers Deadline: March 1, 2015
The Department of Politics at the New School for Social Research is sponsoring the Fifth AnnualRadical Democracy Conference – a graduate student conference with keynote speaker Michael Hardt (Professor of Literature and Italian Studies, Duke University). In light of the myriad of potentially transformative developments and challenges to the status quo around the world – emergence of Occupy Wall Street, Arab Spring, protests in Gezi, Ferguson, Hong Kong, etc. – now more than ever we seek to explore the meanings of radical democracy beyond its frequent confinement to the realm of political science and move toward an interdisciplinary praxis.
Building on the success of our previous conferences, this year we seek to include and specifically encourage abstracts that employ and explore de/postcolonial; anthropological; historical; aesthetic and visual; gender; and political economic as lenses for understanding radical democracy. In addition, we invite abstracts engaging with the work of theorists such as Arendt, Badiou, Balibar, Chakravarti, Castoriadis, Fanon, Hardt, Mouffe, Nancy, Negri, Rancière and Spivak, among others, as well as abstracts on any theme pertaining to the history, meaning, development, practical application or critique of radical democracy.
For individual paper proposals, please submit a short abstract (max. 400 words) that includes institutional affiliation, academic level and contact information. Complete panel proposals with up to four papers are strongly encouraged. Please submit your paper or panel abstracts by January 25, 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Full conference papers are due by March 1, 2015.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
· De/postcolonial democratic struggles and thought
· Positionalities of race, class, gender, ability, sexuality, ethnicity
· The body as the sphere of both the domination of the state and emancipation for the subject
· Radical commons and democratic space
· Palestine and the move toward statehood
· Indigenous democratic movements
· Ethnography and anthropology of radical democracy
· Sub and post-national democratic practices
· Historical and empirical studies of radical democracy
· Activist and prefigurative politics
· Artivism and creative tactical media towards expansive politics
· New media and public bodies in movement
· Crowdsourced politics
· Implications and influences of technology within radical movements
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Crisis and Critique
An interdisciplinary, graduate student conference hosted by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
Columbia University, New York
9:00-6:30, Casa Hispanica
Keynote Speaker: CESARE CASARINO
Professor and Chair of the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota
Keynote Lecture Title: “BEYOND CRITIQUE: SPINOZA, GRAMSCI, BERGSON”
What are the links between methods of critique today and moments of historical and disciplinary crisis?
Languages of critique often arise at moments of simultaneous semantic and material vulnerability. Words coined in times of crisis are often themselves symptoms of the disturbances they explicate. Distress produces language, and our language is likewise fraught with distress. This Conference is an occasion to reflect upon the artillery of concepts and techniques that our respective disciplines today offer us, as scholars, in the practice of critique. Disciplines always have their crises; they are likewise compelled to respond to crises. In our training, we inherit grammars premised on abstraction—when are they faulty, when do they support us, and when do they break down?
Featuring a variety of presenters and respondents from a broad range of disciplinary fields, we will attempt to articulate the requirements and limits for a method of critique that belongs to this second decade of the 21st century.
With panel moderators:
Gayatri Spivak (University Professor, ICLS Founding Director)
Reinhold Martin (Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation)
Nadia Urbinati (Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies, Department of Political Science)
The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society; Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Department of English & Comparative Literature; Department of Germanic Languages
Department of Italian; Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures; Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies; Department of Slavic Languages; Centre for Contemporary Critical Thought; Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Department of Art History and Archaeology; The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture.
Friday, February 27-Saturday, February 28, 2015
Maude Fife Auditorium, Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley
Over the past two decades neoliberalism and biopolitics have emerged as essential terms for critical theorists of all stripes attempting to analyze ongoing transformations in social and political life. As both objects of study and frames for analysis, neoliberalism and biopolitics have served as key ciphers for those attempting to appreciate the novelty of contemporary political rationalities, forms of social control, technological developments, and economic orders. This conference aims to produce a conversation among major thinkers currently working to develop and problematize these two concepts. Envisioned as a dialogue among diverse theorists, we hope to extend the discussion across disciplinary lines by bringing together scholars from both the humanities and social sciences.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Haiti, Historical Memory, and New Narratives
12:15pm: The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room
What is the stuff of history? Who writes it, who is allowed to speak in it - and in what language? And where is the place of stories, memories, metaphors, conflicts, translations, and mistranslations in historiography? How can asking these questions help us understand not only the historical process but the ways in which historical narrative shapes the present? Heyman Center Public Humanities Fellow Mary Grace Albanese will speak on a nascent oral history project that aims to gather, publish, and translate Haitian and Haitian-American narratives. The talk will focus particularly on the role of oral history in a Kreyol-French-English linguistic context and, more broadly, on the challenge of translation to the historian.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Readings and Discussion with Claudia Rankine, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Messiah
6:15pm at The Shapiro Center, Davis Auditorium
Award-winning Poet and author of Citizen, finalist for this year’s National Book Award and Professor of English, Pomona College
Award-winning Poet and Activist and Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh
Poet, Emcee, Youth Activist and Three-time winner at The Apollo
Award-winning Poet and Poetry Editor of Boston Review and Associate Professor of the Writing Program, Columbia University
An evening of justice poetry featuring Claudia Rankine, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Messiah Ramkissoon. Poets read from their new and published works related to issues of justice and discuss the events and experiences that inspired them. Monica Miller, Associate Professor of English at Barnard College, opens the event, and a moderated discussion, led by Columbia School of the Arts professor and poet Timothy Donnelly, and questions from the audience follow the readings.
Event is free and open to the public.
Seating is limited: first come, first seated.
Monday, February 2, 2015
Procreating, Parenting, and Ghetto Poverty
Workshop with Tommie Shelby
- Discussion session from 12:10 - 1:00pm in JGH 908 (lunch will be served)
- Afternoon talk from 4:15 - 5:45pm in Case Lounge, JGH 701
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Monuments, Monumentality, Monumentalization
W.J.T. Mitchell and Michael Taussig
November 14-16, 2014
Digital Labor: Sweatshops, Picket Lines, Barricades
The New School
This conference brings together designers, labor organizers, theorists, social entrepreneurs, historians, legal scholars, independent researchers, artists, and the perspectives from the workers themselves, to discuss emerging forms of mutual aid and solidarity.
Register and read more here.