Department of Social Science & Cultural Studies - Fall 2013 Speakers Series Schedule

9:42 PM

Chiara Bottici
Assistant Professor Philosophy, New School for Social Research
October 1st
Title of Talk: "Imaginal Politics"
Dekalb 208 Seminar Room

Bio: Chiara Bottici is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. She is the author of Imaginal Politics, forthcoming from New Directions in Critical Theory Series at Columbia University Press, which explores the link between our capacity to produce images and politics in the current predicament. She also wrote A Philosophy of Political Myth, published by Cambridge University Press in 2007; and Uomini e stati. Percorsi di un'analogia (ETS, 2004), which was translated into English as Men and States (Palgrave, 2009). She is also co-author, with Benoit Challand, of Imagining Europe: Myth, Memory, Identity (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and The Myth of the Clash of Civilizations (Routledge, 2010). With Benoit Challand, she also co-edited a collection of essays entitled The Politics of Imagination (Routledge, 2011).

Sam Moyn
Professor of History, Columbia University
October 15th
Title of Talk: "Thinking about Human Rights History"
5:30 pm
Dekalb 208 Seminar Room

Bio: Samuel Moyn teaches history at Columbia University. His most recent book is "The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History' (Harvard, 2010).

Claudio Lomnitz
Cambell Family Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University
November 5th
Title of Talk: "On the origin of the so-called Mexican Race"
5:30 pm
Dekalb 208 Seminar Room

Bio: Claudio Lomnitz works on culture and politics in Mexico and the Americas. His books include include Evolución de una sociedad rural (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1982); Exits from the Labyrinth: Culture and Ideology in Mexican National Space (University of California Press, 1992); Modernidad Indiana: nación y mediación en México (Planeta, 1999); Deep Mexico, Silent Mexico: An Anthropology of Nationalism (University of Minnesota Press, 2001); Death and the Idea of Mexico (Zone Books, 2005); El antisemitismo y la ideología de la Revolución Mexicana (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2010) and, with Friedrich Katz, Una conversación sobre México, su revolución y su historia (Edicioines Era, 2011). His most recent book, The Return of Comrade Ricardo Flores Magón is currently in press with Zone Books.

Lomnitz is also the author of a number of journalistic essays, and writes a bi-monthly column for the Mexico City newspaper La Jornada. He also wrote an historical play that received Mexico’s National Drama Award. Lomnitz served a 6-year term as editor of the journal Public Culture, and is currently co-editor of the books series Umbrales published by Fondo de Cultura Económica. Claudio Lomnitz is the Campbell Family Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and was a Fellow at the Wissenchaftskolleg zu Berlin for 2011-12.

Susie Linfield
Director of Cultural Reporting and Criticism at the
Aurthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University
Title of Talk: "What is the Image We're Looking For? Depictions of Race and Class in American Journalism and Photojournalism"
November, 21st
5:00 pm
Engineering Building Room 307

Susie Linfield is the author of The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism and has been translated into Italian and Turkish. She is an associate professor in the journalism department at New York University, where she directs the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program. Linfield writes about politics and culture for an array of publications including the Nation, the Washington Post Book World, Aperture, Dissent, the New Republic, the Boston Review, and Guernica.

John Rajchman
Adjunct Professor of Theory and Criticism, 20th Century Art and Philosophy
Columbia University
Title of Talk: "What is a Creative Act?"
December 3rd
5:00 pm
Dekalb Seminar Room 208

Bio:  John Rajchman is an Adjunct Professor and Director of Modern Art M.A. Programs in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. He has previously taught at Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Collège International de Philosophie in Paris, and The Cooper Union, among others.

He is a Contributing Editor for Artforum and is on the board of Critical Space.  Prof. Rajchman's works include: Michel Foucault: The Freedom of Philosophy (1985); Post-analytic Philosophy (1985) editor with Cornel West; Philosophical Events: Essays of the '80s (1991); Truth and Eros, Foucault, Lacan and the Question of Ethics (1991); The Identity in Question (1995) editor; Constructions (Writing Architecture) (1998); The Deleuze Connections (2000); Rendre la terre légère (2005); French Philosophy Since 1945: Problems, Concepts, Inventions (2011) editor with Etienne Balibar.

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