Friday, May 9th: Gentrifying the Congo: A Conversation with Artist Renzo Martin
Wednesday, February 5th: Academics Writing Fiction: Ruth Behar and Paul Stoller in Conversation
Friday, March 14th: “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey
Friday, April 25th: Globalizing Critical Theory: Symposium
Friday, April 4th: Critical Horizons: Beyond Marxism vs. Postcolonialism: A Symposium
Thursday, March 27th: Finding Something Different: Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Book launch and Discussion with Anthony Alessandrini
  • Friday, May 9th: Gentrifying the Congo: A Conversation with Artist Renzo Martin
  • Wednesday, February 5th: Academics Writing Fiction: Ruth Behar and Paul Stoller in Conversation
  • Friday, March 14th: “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey
  • Friday, April 25th: Globalizing Critical Theory: Symposium
  • Friday, April 4th: Critical Horizons: Beyond Marxism vs. Postcolonialism: A Symposium
  • Thursday, March 27th: Finding Something Different: Frantz Fanon and the Future of Cultural Politics: Book launch and Discussion with Anthony Alessandrini

2014–2015 Seminar: Humanity

The Committee begins with the observation that existing categories and analytic frameworks are inadequate to grasp the dynamics of our historical present. We are thus interested not only in questioning conventional assumptions in light of contemporary developments but also in the possibility of reclaiming, reworking, and refunctioning seemingly outmoded concepts in and for these times. [read more»]

CGSC Spring Program: “The Contemporaneity of Postcolonial Thinking?”

CGSC Spring Program: “The Contemporaneity of Postcolonial Thinking?” By Gary Wilder
Director, Committee on Globalization and Social Change During Paul Gilroy’s catalyzing visit the Graduate Center last semester, I was struck by how his intervention in The Black Atlantic twenty years ago continues to speak directly to so many current intellectual and political challenges. Following in the [read more»]

Friday, May 9th: Gentrifying the Congo: A Conversation with Artist Renzo Martin

May 09, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room
Renzo Martens is a controversial Dutch artist and filmmaker who in 2010 founded the Institute for Human Activities, an arts-based development program in Democratic Republic of Congo that brings together artists, thinkers and specialists. With a nod to precedents in cities like New York and Berlin, the Institute aims to turn art production into an engine of economic growth in [read more»]

Claire Bishop on Artist Dan Perjovschi’s Work at the CUNY CGSC

By Claire Bishop, Ph.D. Program in Art History, CUNY Graduate Center   Dan Perjovschi has been making lightning-fast, razor-sharp drawings since the early 1990s, in tandem with his ongoing work as a political cartoonist producing weekly drawings for Rivista 22 in Bucharest (named after the day Nicolai Ceasescu fled parliament by helicopter, on 22 December 1989). Born in [read more»]

Wednesday, February 5th: Academics Writing Fiction: Ruth Behar and Paul Stoller in Conversation

February 05, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room
Anthropologists Ruth Behar and Paul Stoller consider the possibilities and place of fiction within the social sciences, and reflect on the kinds of creative and experimental writing that they and other academics have engaged in. The panel will be moderated by Sujatha Fernandes, Associate Professor of Sociology at CUNY. [read more»]

Friday, March 14th: “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey

March 14, 2014 - March 27, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
CUNY Graduate Center, Room C198
A discussion of the Gezi Park protests, which erupted in Istanbul in late May 2013 with Anthony Alessandrini, Jay Cassano, Louis Fishman, Aslı Iğsız, Elif Sarı, Cihan Tekay, and Emrah Yildiz. The event coincides with the publication of “Resistance Everywhere”: The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey, (Jadaliyya/Tadween Publishing), a collection of essays intended as a pedagogical resource for those teaching and studying recent events in Turkey. [read more»]