Marina Sitrin: Societies in Movement or Politics as Usual?
Symposium: Thinking Through Tradition, Politics, and Violence
Public Presentation — How to Build the House of Taswir?: About the (Public) Transformation of Dreams, Letters and Things
Seminar / Atlas Session — How to Build an Altas of the House?: Experimenting with Epistemic Architecture(s)
James Baldwin’s Afro-Optimism
“The Passages of Walter Benjamin” film screening and discussion
  • Marina Sitrin: Societies in Movement or Politics as Usual?
  • Symposium: Thinking Through Tradition, Politics, and Violence
  • Public Presentation — How to Build the House of Taswir?: About the (Public) Transformation of Dreams, Letters and Things
  • Seminar / Atlas Session — How to Build an Altas of the House?: Experimenting with Epistemic Architecture(s)
  • James Baldwin’s Afro-Optimism
  • “The Passages of Walter Benjamin” film screening and discussion

Marina Sitrin: Societies in Movement or Politics as Usual?

May 21, 2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Room 5109
Marina Sitrin will open a discussion on how we might understand many of the struggles that have been taking place around the world over the past few years – with a particular focus on Greece and Argentina, where she has spent time. Using the concept of societies in movement rather than social movements, the discussion will focus on those movements [read more»]

Symposium: Thinking Through Tradition, Politics, and Violence

April 24, 2015
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room
Friday, April 24th | 1–7pm | Skylight Room Featuring Talal Asad (The Graduate Center, CUNY) in conversation with Veena Das (Johns Hopkins University) and Wael Hallaq (Columbia University) about Asad’s essay “Thinking about Tradition, Religion and Politics in Egypt Today” and a talk by Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University): “Interpreting Non-Violence.”  Reception to Follow. This event is co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology. Tentative Event Schedule Part I: 1 [read more»]

Public Presentation — How to Build the House of Taswir?: About the (Public) Transformation of Dreams, Letters and Things

March 17, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room
Tuesday, March 17th | 6–8pm | Skylight Room First in [Walter Benjamin] mini-series, Thinking Constellations:
A public presentation by A.S. Bruckstein Çoruh, thinker, writer, curator, architect of the House of Taswir and the Taswir Atlas. This event will be followed by a seminar / atlas session on [read more»]

James Baldwin’s Afro-Optimism

March 19, 2015
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Room 5109
Thursday, March 19th | 4:30–6:30pm | Room 5109 John E. Drabinski is Professor of Black Studies at Amherst College. In addition to authoring three books, including most recently Levinas and the Postcolonial: Race, Nation, Other (Edinburgh), he has written over three dozen articles in French philosophy and Africana theory, and has edited book and journal issues on Fanon, Godard, Levinas, Glissant, and the [read more»]

“The Passages of Walter Benjamin” film screening and discussion

March 30, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room
Monday, March 30th | 6-8pm | Skylight Room A film screening followed by lecture and discussion with director Judith Wechsler and Susan Buck-Morss (The Graduate Center, CUNY). THE PASSAGES OF WALTER BENJAMIN. A documentary film. 55 min. 2014.
The Paris Arcades, known as Passages in French, were a principal focus of renowned literary and cultural critic Walter Benjamin. From 1927-1940 he worked on his study: “My book, [read more»]

Symposium: The Enlightenment and its Other Trajectories

April 22, 2015
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Graduate Center, Room 5109
Wednesday, April 22nd | 10am–5:30pm | Room 5307 A full day of discussions featuring Banu Bargu (The New School), Akeel Bilgrami (Columbia University), Massimiliano Tomba (The Graduate Center, CUNY), Uday Mehta (The Graduate Center, CUNY), Anne Norton (University of Pennsylvania), Marnia Lazreg (Hunter College), Uday Metha (The Graduate Center, CUNY) and Sanjay Reddy (The New School). Reception to follow. Co-sponsored by [read more»]

Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World by Gary Wilder (Book Launch)

February 24, 2015
6:00 pm
Room 9204, The Graduate Center, CUNY
"Freedom Time" is astonishing in its originality, breadth of learning, rhetorical power, interdisciplinary reach, and theoretical sophistication. It thoroughly transforms our understanding of the dialogues and disputations that made up the 'Black' / French encounter. With this work, Gary Wilder establishes himself as one of the most compelling and powerful voices in French and Francophone critical studies. Achille Mbembe, author of "On the Postcolony" [read more»]

Sadia Abbas on “How Injury Travels”

February 27, 2015
4:15 pm
Room C415A, The Graduate Center, CUNY
February 27 | 4:15–6:15pm | Room C415A Sadia Abbas  (Rutgers University) explores responses to the colonial construction of religious subjects in South Asia. Undertaken in an effort to manage colonized populations, this construction is captured and continued by the postcolonial state, the most well-known example of which is Pakistan’s blasphemy law. Intricate contestations of religious iconography of the state and of [read more»]