This Friday we will host the final event in our Interdisciplinary Talk Series, David Forgacs: What Are Disciplines and Do We Still Need Them?
In Professor Forgacs’ own words:
to study painting, photography and filmmaking but instead I won a
scholarship to study literature. I got interested in history and media
sociology but I ended up in Italy doing a PhD in philosophy and
political theory. I never really settled down in any one of these
fields and I have continued to zigzag between them for over thirty
years. However, this kind of mobility can have costs as well as
benefits. In my talk I will ask what disciplines are, how they came to
be constituted, how they get reproduced and how their boundaries are
defended and challenged. I will ask whether, in the humanities,
teachers, researchers and students still need disciplines. Lastly, I
will show some examples of my recent work bringing together the study
of photography and social theory and ask where one might choose to
place it on an imaginary disciplinary map.