Fall 2015

Thursday Lecture Series are open to Columbia faculty, students, and guests. Special Events are open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Special Events

Foucault 13/13: Lessons on the Will to Know (1970-1971)

  • James Faubion, Professor of Anthropology, Rice University
  • Nancy Luxon, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota

The Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought and the Columbia Society of Fellows, with the support of the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures and the Hispanic Institute, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Maison Française, are delighted to host 13 seminars on the 13 courses extending over the full 2015-2016 academic year at Columbia University. The seminar series will be open to all Columbia faculty, fellows, and students. >>

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Should Humanists use Information Visualizations?

  • Johanna Drucker, Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Most of the forms and protocols of information visualization come from disciplines outside the humanities. The basic principles of empirical and quantitative methods on which visualizations and the construction of data depend are antithetical to the interpretative methods of the humanities. >>

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Keywords in Sound: A Roundtable Discussion

Editors and contributors will discuss Keywords in Sound, edited by David Novak and Matt Sakakeeny (Duke University Press, 2015), a collection of twenty entries by leading scholars in the field of sound studies. >>

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Foucault 13/13: Penal Theories and Institutions (1971–1972)

  • Etienne Balibar, Visiting Professor of French and Romance Philology, Columbia University
  • François Ewald, Professor Emeritus, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers

The Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought and the Columbia Society of Fellows, with the support of the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures and the Hispanic Institute, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Maison Française, are delighted to host 13 seminars on the 13 courses extending over the full 2015-2016 academic year at Columbia University. The seminar series will be open to all Columbia faculty, fellows, and students.  >>

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Foucault 13/13: The Punitive Society (1972–1973)

  • Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science, Princeton University
  • Axel Honneth, Jack C. Weinstein Professor of the Humanities , Columbia University
  • Nadia Urbinati, Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies, Columbia University

The Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought and the Columbia Society of Fellows, with the support of the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures and the Hispanic Institute, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Maison Française, are delighted to host 13 seminars on the 13 courses extending over the full 2015-2016 academic year at Columbia University. The seminar series will be open to all Columbia faculty, fellows, and students.  >>

Special Events

Foucault 13/13: Psychiatric Power (1973–1974)

  • Bernard E.  Harcourt, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Director, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, Columbia University
  • Linda Zerilli, Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
  • Anna Lvovsky, Academic Fellow, Columbia Law School

The Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought and the Columbia Society of Fellows, with the support of the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures and the Hispanic Institute, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Maison Française, are delighted to host 13 seminars on the 13 courses extending over the full 2015-2016 academic year at Columbia University. The seminar series will be open to all Columbia faculty, fellows, and students >>

Special Events

Undocumented: Conversation with Dan-el Padilla Peralta

  • Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Assistant Professor of Classics, Princeton University
  • Hidetaka Hirota, Lecturer in History and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University
  • Philip Kasinitz, Presidential Professor of Sociology, Graduate Center and Hunter College of the City University of New York
  • Mae M. Ngai, Professor of History and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies, Columbia University
  • Marta Tienda, Maurice P. During ’22 Professor of Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

In the summer of 2015, Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a current postdoctoral fellow in the Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities, published his memoir, Undocumented: A  Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League. In this event, Dan-el Padilla Peralta discusses his memoir and experiences with three distinguished scholars of American immigration. General Q&A will follow a panel discussion by the four scholars. >>

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Foucault 13/13: Abnormal (1974–1975)

  • Bernard E.  Harcourt, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Director, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, Columbia University

The Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought and the Columbia Society of Fellows, with the support of the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures and the Hispanic Institute, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Maison Française, are delighted to host 13 seminars on the 13 courses extending over the full 2015-2016 academic year at Columbia University. The seminar series will be open to all Columbia faculty, fellows, and students. >>

Special Events

Foucault 13/13: Society Must Be Defended (1975–1976)

  • Bernard E.  Harcourt, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Director, Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, Columbia University
  • Ann Stoler, Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies, The New School for Social Research
  • Partha Chatterjee, Professor of Anthropology and MESAAS, Columbia University
  • Robert Gooding-Williams, M. Moran Weston/Black Alumni Council Professor of African-American Studies, Columbia University

The Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought and the Columbia Society of Fellows, with the support of the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures and the Hispanic Institute, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Maison Française, are delighted to host 13 seminars on the 13 courses extending over the full 2015-2016 academic year at Columbia University. The seminar series will be open to all Columbia faculty, fellows, and students.  >>

Special Events

Foucault 13/13: Security, Territory, Population (1977–1978)

The Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought and the Columbia Society of Fellows, with the support of the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures and the Hispanic Institute, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the Maison Française, are delighted to host 13 seminars on the 13 courses extending over the full 2015-2016 academic year at Columbia University. The seminar series will be open to all Columbia faculty, fellows, and students.  >>