Practicing Translation, Translating Politics

Practicing Translation, Translating Politics


April 04, 2019 - April 05, 2019    
All Day


CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10016

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Thursday April 4th, 2019 | 4:30 to 6:30pm
Skylight Room

Book discussion of Open to Reason: Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with the Western Tradition (Columbia University Press, 2018), featuring Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Columbia University) in conversation with Susan Buck-Morss (The Graduate Center) and R.A. Judy (University of Pittsburgh). Reception to follow.

Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 10:30am to 6:15pm
Skylight Room

Symposium featuring presentations by Sadia Abbas (Rutgers-Newark), Gavin Arnall (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Fadi Bardawil (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Brent Hayes Edwards (Columbia University), Kaiama L. Glover (Barnard College, Columbia University), Ethan Kleinberg (Wesleyan University), and Lydia Liu (Columbia University). Reception to follow.

These events will be live-streamed and recorded.

This symposium will mark the end of an academic year in which the Committee on Globalization and Social Change has engaged the issue of “Translation.” Taking a broad view of the topic, we have treated translation as a practice and process of carrying across, of thinking and acting across various types of boundaries, whether real, reified, or imagined. We are especially interested in the profound challenges, generative possibilities, and unanticipated outcomes that follow attempts to pursue, discover, or fashion connections across singular, incommensurable, and untranslatable domains. At a time when so many planetary predicaments require translocal responses and alternatives, the politics of translation – the peril and promise of carrying across – emerges as an especially timely issue. We hope that this gathering of scholars working in different fields and world areas from various theoretical perspectives will help us to think together about the entwined political, ethical, and aesthetic aspects of translation today.


10:15am: Opening Remarks, Gary Wilder (The Graduate Center)

10:30–12pm: Session I
Sadia Abbas,  “Form, Taxonomy, “Transcreation”
Ethan Kleinberg, “Hebrew into Greek: Emmanuel Levinas’s Talmudic Lectures as the Promise and Peril of Translation”
Moderated by Susan Buck-Morss (The Graduate Center)

12:15–1:45pm: Session II
Gavin Arnall, “Marxism as Translation”
Fadi Bardawil, “Re-Thinking the Arabization of Marxism”
Moderated by Anthony Alessandrini (The Graduate Center)

3–4:30pm | Session III
Kaiama L. Glover,  “Blackness’ in French: On Translation, Haiti, and the Matter of Race”
Brent Hayes Edwards, “Diasporic Literature and the Task of the Black Translator”
Moderated by Duncan Faherty (The Graduate Center)

4:45–5:30: Session IV
Lydia Liu, “Inaugurating Translations”
Moderated by David Joselit (The Graduate Center)

5:30–6:30pm: Closing Roundtable Discussion

Practicing Translation, Translating Politics
Date: April 04, 2019 - April 05, 2019
Time: All Day

Location: CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room
Address: 365 Fifth Avenue, New York 10016 (View Map)