Spring 2016

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

Special Events

Visible Hands: Markets and the Making of American Art

The ‘invisible hand’ of the market, an idea first coined by enlightenment philosopher Adam Smith, has become a fundamental principle for advocates of free market capitalism. Smith’s famous turn of phrase disembodies the sensations of sight and touch, but by restoring their primacy in this workshop’s title, his metaphor acquires new possibilities for tracing the influence of the market on works of art. Far from neutral or natural creations, markets – like artworks – are forms that are always composed and manipulated according to the interests of their makers. This event brings together papers that explore the role of the market in the circulation and exchange of American art, and its visual and theoretical impact on the work of art itself. >>

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Foucault 13/13:The Birth of Biopolitics (1978–1979)

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 Government of the Living (1979–1980)

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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Material Encounters: Surface Tension, Screen Space

What is the place of materiality in our visual age of rapidly changing materials and media? How is it fashioned in the arts or manifested in virtual forms?  Professor Giuliana Bruno, the Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, will discuss these elements in her talk based on the her latest research and book, Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media (University of Chicago Press, 2014). >>

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Foucault 13/13: Subjectivity and Truth (1980–1981)

  • Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley
  • Katherine Franke, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Director, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia University
  • Stathis Gourgouris, Professor , 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.  >>

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Foucault 13/13: The Hermeneutics of the Subject (1981–1982)

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 Government of Self and Others (1982–1983)

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 Courage of Truth (1983-1984)

  • Gayatri Spivak, University Professor, 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.  >>

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Ice Cubed Keynote: John Luther Adams and Barry Lopez in Conversation

Stark, icebound landscapes have long proved fruitful and generative subjects for artists who have inhabited them. How have the violence and serenity of such extreme places found their way into artistic expression, whether sonic or literary? In an age of rapid global warming, when does an artist become an activist? John Luther Adams, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Become Ocean, and Barry Lopez, author of the National Book Award-winning Arctic Dreams, reflect on these and other themes in this special event. >>

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Art and the Monetary

From Manet’s single asparagus painted for a 200-franc overpayment to Duchamp’s Teeth's Loan & Trust check drawn for his dentist, the potential equivalence of art and money has been postulated as both generative and problematic. This one-day symposium considers intersections of the artistic and monetary worlds, examining the mutual concern for consumption, valuation, circulation, materiality, authenticity, and imitation that emerged from both artistic and economic spheres.  >>

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Science & Capitalism: Entangled Histories - Workshop for the 2018 Volume of Osiris

The histories of science and capitalism have always been bound up together. As far back as the 17th century, if not before, precise and detailed empirical knowledge has been valued by those seeking commercial gain. It is therefore no surprise that modern scholars have taken a keen interest in tracing the connections between the production of natural knowledge and development of commercial networks, between matters of fact and matters of exchange. >>