Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Check Out Upcoming Events from NYU's Humanities Initiative

NYU's Humanities Initiative hosts a variety of panels and events throughout the year which may be of interest to you. A few of the upcoming events are listed below, but you can also find more information on their website, here: http://www.humanitiesinitiative.org/


Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy
September 16, 2010

20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

A book launch for Kathleen Fitzpatrick on the occasion of the launch of The New Everyday Website and the Digital Humanities Working Research Group, and the publication of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (MediaCommons Press 2010)

Reception to follow.

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College. She is spending this year as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication and as an honorary fellow of the Humanities Initiative at NYU.

Co-sponsored by Media Commons/The New Everyday, The Humanities Initiative & The Digital Humanities Working Research Group, NYU Press, NYU Libraries, and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.

Food Politics
September 22, 2010

20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

A book launch for Marion Nestle to celebrate the new edition of Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (University of California Press 2010)

Reception to follow.

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at New York University and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. A prolific author, her most recent books include Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine, Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat, and What to Eat: An Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Savvy Food Choices and Good Eating.

The Politics and Poetics of Refugees
September 23-25, 2010
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

This three day symposium will draw together academics and practitioners working on refugee-related issues to explore how crisis, sovereignty, representation and culture intersect in the figure of the refugee. By highlighting the social agency, political activism, and cultural expressions that refugees enact, we hope to trouble conventional representations of the regugee as the fearful subject, bereft of speech, for a more robust sense of the political aspirations of these subjects.

Co-sponsored by the The Institute for Public Knowledge, the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, the Department of English, the Department of Anthropology, the Anglophone Project, and the Office of the Dean for Humanities.

For more information, including a conference program, please visit refugeesymposium2010.blogspot.com.

Fanaticism: The Uses of An Idea
September 28, 2010

20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

A lecture by Alberto Toscano, exploring the critical role fanaticism plays in forming modern politics and the liberal state, and undermining the idea that liberalism and fanaticism are irrevocably opposed.

Reception to follow.

Alberto Toscano is a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of The Theatre of Production, translator of Alain Badiou's The Century and Logics of Worlds and co-editor of Alain Badiou's Theoretical Writings and On Beckett. His most recent book, Fanaticism: The Uses of an Idea, is published by Verso.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Media, Culture and Communication.

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