Monthly Archives: November 2016

Come Join ! Monday December 5th- very rare screening of BIM (dir. Hugh A. Robertson, 1974) – presented by Ian Harnarine and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro !

BIM (dir. Hugh A. Robertson, 1974), 104 min – presented by Ian Harnarine and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
WHEN:Monday 5 December 2016, 6:45pm
WHERE: 721 Broadway, Room 674 [at Waverly Place]
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Those in the know may know about Bim, but very few of them have seen Bim. Imagine that The Godfather hooked up with The Harder They Come in early-1970s Trinidad. The bastard child would be Bim – the film that Hugh Robertson (who edited Midnight Cowboy) made on this island in the southern Caribbean in 1974. Working in a country with little support for filmmakers, Robertson created a fierce piece of cinema whose style evokes the American New Wave, but whose rhythms and whose story – Bim charts the rise and fall of an Indo-Trinidadian man who gets into a life of crime, only to end up in politics and as part of his island’s movement for Independence – are 100% Trini.
There are said to be only two prints of the film surviving. And a few scratchy DVD copies made from film-to-VHS dirty-transfers. Yet what still remains is a landmark of Caribbean film: a raw vision off Trinidad’s Indo-Caribbean culture that doubles as a vital portrait of how conflicts over identity – in a New World nation that V.S. Naipaul infamously dubbed “a half-made society” – play out on the ground.
IAN HARNARINE teaches at NYU’s Graduate Film School and the Department of Physics. His film Doubles With Slight Pepper, Executive Produced by Spike Lee, won the Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian Academy Award.
JOSHUA JELLY-SCHAPIRO is the author of Island People: The Caribbean and the World, and the co-editor, with Rebecca Solnit, of Nonstop Metropolis. He is a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge.

Cybernetics and the Human Sciences: December 2-3 at NYU Remarque Institute !

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Cybernetics and the Human Sciences

December 2-3, 2016

New York University

Remarque Institute Seminar Room

53 Washington Square South, elevator to 3E, 324

Put together by Leif Weatherby and Stefanos Geroulanos.

A recent wave of publications confirms that the legacy of the interdisciplinary movement that Norbert Wiener dubbed “cybernetics” is being reevaluated. The summary judgment appears to be that the various groups associated with early computing, cognitive science, and management strategies, form one essential history of the present. From mainframes to category-frameworks, cybernetics is everywhere in our material and intellectual worlds. This conference seeks to bring together many of the scholars responsible for its renewed historiographical and philosophical presence, and to provide a forum in which we can explore the significant intersections between cybernetics and the human sciences. Part of our concern is to reconsider the unfolding and normalization of the language of cybernetics as the technological realities it produced came to fulfill its mission; another part is to ask about the effects of cybernetics on governance and politics—the ways in which the human sciences mediated the promise, involved even in the very name of cybernetics as a science, of a reorganization of the political. The twentieth century was a cybernetic century, and the twenty-first must cope with its legacy. From Wiener’s (and Walter Grey’s) novels to the literary theories of the Stuttgart School and the legacy of cybernetics in science fiction (Herbert, Dick); from the experiments with governmental design to those of computer aesthetics in architecture and urban planning; from the attempts of its own luminaries to account for an ethical kind of ‘control’ to its key yet still understudied role in developing the language of poststructuralism—cybernetics saturates the human sciences and calls for a critical investigation of this underpinning of our research. We conceive of this as an ongoing project, one to which you have all already contributed in essential ways. This conference will bring together the proponents of this ongoing reevaluation of cybernetics with specific focus on its historical and present interactions with the humanities and the social sciences.

Please RSVP to[at]


9:00-10:30 Session 1 (following Welcome and Introduction)

Ronald R. Kline (Cornell University, Science and Technology Studies)

Why the Disunity of Cybernetics Matters to the History of the Human Sciences in the

United States

Luciana Parisi (Goldsmiths, University of London, Centre for Cultural Studies)

Cybernetic Thinking: the Aesthetic and Logic of Prediction in Ontopower.

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 Session 2

Diana West (European University at St.Petersburg, Science and Technology Studies)

From Cybernetic City to Smart City: Perfect Data in Contemporary Russian Urbanism

Jacob Krell (Cornell University, History)

Technocracy, Contingency, Complexity: The Language of Cybernetics and the Politics of

Epistemology in France after 1968

13:30-15:00 Session 3

David Bates (University of California-Berkeley, Rhetoric)

A Concept of the Political for the Cybernetic Age

Nicolas Guilhot (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Social and Political Science)

Cybernetics, International Relations, and Political Decision-Making

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break

15:30-17:00 Session 4

Isabel Gabel (University of Chicago, Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of


Biology, Structure, History: Cybernetics and Transdisciplinarity in France

Stefanos Geroulanos (New York University, History)

Cybernetics and Death by Voodoo


9:30-11:00 Session 1

Mara Mills (New York University, Media, Culture and Communication)

Assembling Cybernetics: Mass Production and Quality Control

Bernard Geoghegan (Coventry University, Media and Communications)

The Family as Machine: Cybernetic Kinship in Postwar America

11:00-12:30 Session 2

Danielle Carr (Columbia University, Anthropology)

The Image of Man: U.S. Cold War Humanism and the Bioethical Reaction Against

Intracerebral Brain Implants, 1950-1980

Leif Weatherby (New York University, German)

Hegel 2.0

Amazing Opportunity -> Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2017 !

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize seeks to discover
talented young writers on contemporary art, with the winner receiving
£1,000 and the opportunity to publish a review of a contemporary art
exhibition in The Burlington Magazine.

Since its founding in 1903, The Burlington Magazine has always
considered the art of the present to be as worthy of study as the art
of the past. The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize advances our
commitment to the study of contemporary art by encouraging aspiring
young writers to critically engage with its forms and concepts. The
Prize promotes clear, concise and well-structured writing that is able
to navigate sophisticated ideas without recourse to over-complex

The deadline for submissions is Monday 27th February 2017

£1,000 Prize

Each contender will be offered a digital subscription to the Magazine
at a specially reduced price, providing unlimited access to the
Magazine’s archive as well as all the latest articles and reviews.

The winner of the Prize will be announced in May 2017

About the Judges

Julia Peyton-Jones is the former Director of the Serpentine Galleries,
London (1991–2016). During her twenty-five year tenure she managed
their transformation into an internationally recognised venue for
contemporary art. In 2000 she pioneered the Galleries’ annual Pavilion
commission, which became an international barometer for experiment in
architecture. Peyton-Jones also oversaw the Galleries’ major renovation
in 1998 and expansion with the opening of the Serpentine Sackler
Gallery in 2013. Having been trained as a painter at the Royal College
of Art (1975–78), Peyton-Jones worked as an artist for ten years before
joining London’s Hayward Gallery as a curator (1988–91). She was
awarded an OBE in 2003 and a DBE in 2016.

Martin Caiger-Smith has been Head of the MA Programme Curating the Art
Museum at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, since 2007. Prior to
this he served as Curator (1991–96), Head of Exhibitions (1996–2005)
and Acting Director (2005/06) at the Hayward Gallery, London. The many
exhibitions he curated and organised there include The Epic and the
Everyday: Contemporary Photographic Art (1994) and major retrospectives
devoted to Anish Kapoor (1998), Roy Lichtenstein (2004) and Dan Flavin
(2006). He continues to curate exhibitions, advise on curatorial
programmes and write on contemporary art, photography and exhibitions
for a range of publications. He is currently working on a monograph on
Antony Gormley, to be published by Rizzoli, New York.

Submission Requirements

Contenders – who must be no older than 35 years of age and have
published no more than 6 exhibition reviews – should submit one
unpublished review of a contemporary art exhibition, no more than 1000
words in length with up to three low-resolution images. ‘Contemporary’
is defined as art produced since 2000. The submitted review must be
written in English (although the art considered may be international)
and emailed as a Word document, clearly stating the name, age, country
of residence and occupation of the writer, to

For more information please visit or contact
Lisa Stein at editorial[at]

Tonight !! The Spanish Civil War & the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: 80 Years Later

unnamed-1.jpgCommemorating the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War

Join us for “The Spanish Civil War and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: 80 Years Later,” a discussion with William Loren Katz and Josephine Nelson Yurek.

The event will take place on Tuesday, November 29 (6:00 PM) at the Tamiment Library, home of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. A reception with wine and cheese will follow. This event is sponsored by the Frederic Ewen Center.

Willam Loren Katz is the co-author of The Lincoln Brigade: A Picture History(WPF & Stock, 3rd edition, 2013). Katz, a highly-acclaimed author of forty books on American history, and Marc Crawford twice traveled to post-Franco Spain (1986, 1988) with veterans of the racially-integrated Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Using interviews with veterans and rare photos, this Third updated edition carries the Brigades’ heroic struggle for civil rights, and peace and against U.S. interventions abroad into the 21st century.

Josephine Nelson Yurek is a member of the Board of Governors of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, and is active in the “Friends and Family of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.” Her father, Steve Nelson, was a volunteer in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. She retired as a New York City school administrator.

Copies of The Lincoln Brigade: A Picture History will be available for purchase.

RSVP: email[at] with guest name(s) & title of event.

This Thursday ! Lydia Walker – Politics of Plaint

Cold War Seminar: Lydia Walker on “Politics of Plaint”

For the final seminar of the fall semester, Lydia Walker (Agnese N. Haury Dissertation Fellow) will discuss a project connected to her dissertation States-in-Waiting: Nationalism, Internationalism, Decolonization on Thursday, December 1. Frederick Cooper (NYU) will comment.

The seminar will take place from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Tamiment Library conference room on the tenth floor of the Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South. A reception with wine and cheese will follow the Q & A session. This seminar is sponsored by the Center for the United States and the Cold War.

RSVP: email[at] with guest name(s) & title of event.