Tag Archives: Conference

Apr. 11th CGT Conference – “Mobilities in Cities: From Visible to Invisible”

Friday, April 11th, 2014
10:00AM – 6:00PM
Columbia University 
The fifth annual conference on cities and modern urban realities will bring together scholars from architecture, civil engineering, sociology, and other disciplines, with practitioners, whose work addresses the acute issues of urban life. In particular focus will be the subject of mobilities, including visible ones like cars, bikes, walking and crowds, as well as invisible ones like digital networks. 
  • Diana Barco, Chair of Curatorial Committee, Bogotá Urban Interactions
  • Assaf Biderman, Associate Director, SENSEable City Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Adam Greenfield, Founder and Managing Director, Urbanscale and Senior Urban Fellow, LSE Cities
  • Hiroo Ichikawa, Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Governance Studies, Meiji University
  • Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute
  • Eric J. Miller, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Director, Transportation Research Institute, University of Toronto
  • Xuefei Ren, Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Urban Studies, Michigan State University
  • Claire Roberge, Researcher, Urbanizing Technology: The Mobility Complex
  • Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor Sociology and Co-Chair, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University
  • Doris Tarchópulos, Curator and Director of Research Project, Bogotá Urban Interactions
  • John Urry, Author of Societies beyond Oil: Oil Dregs and Social Futures (Zed 2013) and Offshoring(Polity 2014)
Free and open to the public. No registration necessary. First come, first seated. 
Sponsored by the Committee on Global Thought and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University.
Organized by Saskia Sassen, Co-chair of the Committee on Global Thought.
This conference is part of a larger project on Urbanizing Technology supported by the Audi Urban Future Initiative.
For more information on this and other events, please visit cgt.columbia.edu
Inline image

unCOMMON Salon: Kristen Highland’s “The Bookstore in 19th Century New York City” 4/2 @ 6pm, Bobst Library

 The Bookstore in Nineteenth-Century New York City 

A talk by Kristen Highland

Wednesday, April 2nd from 6:00 – 7:30pm 
Bobst Library, 5th Floor West,  Media Viewing Center          


The romantic image of the independent bookstore—haven of book lovers, cultural bulwark, and literary playground—obscures the historical reality of selling books—the rapid turnover, looming bottom lines, and peripatetic stores. Yet bookstores have always been more than the sales tallies or even the books lining the shelves. This talk examines the social and cultural life of bookstores in New York City from 1820 to 1860. Using GIS technology to map bookstore locations and movements, Highland traces the retail landscape of a growing bookselling center and presents select case studies to explore how the physical spaces and marketing strategies of nineteenth-century retail booksellers helped shape the definition and familiar form of today’s bookstores. An understudied component of literary history, the retail bookstore participated in the lively and varied cultural life of antebellum New York City. In the shadow of today’s escalating panic over the future of the brick-and-mortar store, it is critical to explore the past of the bookstore. 

Kristen Doyle Highland is a PhD candidate in the English Department at NYU. Her dissertation project focuses on the social and cultural life of antebellum New York City bookstores, and broader research interests include book history, spatial humanities, and early American culture. She is a graduate coordinator of NEWYORKSCAPES, a graduate-faculty research collaborative on cultural geography and humanities scholarship at the Humanities Initiative.

 Light refreshments will be served. 


Impression & Object Conference – March 28 – Graduate Center, CUNY

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Join us on Friday, March 28 at the Graduate Center, CUNY for our third annual Critical Theory Conference, hosted by the Department of Comparative Literature, with Keynote talk by Professor Joshua Landy of Stanford University. For complete conference program and more, visit us at http://impressionobjectconference.wordpress.com and at https://www.facebook.com/events/607345432680455 . 
Inline image 1

Foucault Society: Feb 21-22: Origins of Truth: Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know

Winter Conference 


We are pleased to invite you to  


Origins of Truth:

Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know


a conference presented by  


The Foucault Society

and the

 Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University



Friday, February 21 — Saturday, February 22, 2014



Stony Brook Manhattan

387 Park Avenue South

Entrance: 101-113 East 27th Street

New York, NY 10016


Keynote Address:

“The Will to Know”

Todd May, Clemson University 


Guest Speaker:

Eduardo Mendieta, Stony Brook University


Michel Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1970-1971–the first of his annual courses–set an agenda for his intellectual journey of the 1970s and 1980s. Now published in English translation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), the Lectures open up new directions for research into power, knowledge and the “formation of discourses.”  This conference gathers a group of emerging and established scholars to offer new perspectives on the sources, themes and intellectual, historical or political contexts of Lectures on the Will to Know. What are the multiple ways that “truth” and “origins” are developed in Foucault’s work?  How do philosophy and history intersect in this text?   What is “will” in a Foucaultian context and how can we think of “the will to know” without reinstalling sovereign subjectivity?  How do Foucault’s encounters with Aristotle, Nietzsche, Deleuzeindeed, with the possibility of an origin of Western knowledge–complicate our understanding of his genealogical approach?


Please join us for two days of productive conversation with an international group of emerging and established scholars.


To register for the conference, please visit our

Eventbrite page.


For more information:




Call for Papers 

We still have space for a few additional papers. In order to fill some gaps in our coverage of the Lectures on the Will to Know, we are especially interested in papers which offer feminist, queer or critical race perspectives.


If you are working on Lectures on the Will to Know and would like to present your research–either as a full paper or as part of a more informal roundtable discussion–please send a 500 word proposal to foucaultsocietyorg@gmail.com.


Please also email us if you would like to serve as a moderator for a panel or paper presentation.


We can accept new proposals on a rolling basis until February 14. 



About the Foucault Society:

The Foucault Society is an independent, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the critical study of the ideas of Michel Foucault (1926-1984).  All of our events are open to the public. We welcome new participants who have an interest in Foucault’s work and its impact on diverse areas of inquiry, including critical social theory, philosophy, politics, history, culture, gender/sexuality studies, and the arts.


Twitter:  @foucaultsociety

E-mail: foucaultsocietyorg@gmail.com

CFP Deadline Extended: CUNY Graduate Center Department of Comparative Literature

Deadline Extended: Abstracts for the Impression & Object critical theory conference, hosted by the Department of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York, are now due on Friday, February 14. For more information, please visit http://impressionobjectconference.wordpress.com 


Impression and Object

A Conference on Critical Theory

Keynote Speaker: Joshua Landy (Stanford University)


All experiences are moral experiences, even in the realm of sense perception. – Nietzsche, The Gay Science


The students of the Department of Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center present the third annual interdisciplinary conference on literary and critical theory to be held Friday, March 28, 2014. This conference is being given in celebration of the launch of the CUNY Graduate Center’s Certificate for Critical Theory, dedicated to the study of literary and critical theory.

This conference aims to explore and interrogate questions regarding the effects of conceptualizations of Mind, from the psychological to the metaphysical, on perception, expression, and selfhood. Specifically, it will focus on cognitive interactions between subject and object and aesthetic representations of these interactions, as well as the influence that these questions, interactions, and representations have had on literary and critical theory.

We invite papers from all disciplines centering upon any individual theorist, period, or school of critical theory that explore questions of perception, reasoning, and its ethics and aesthetics, as well as the effects that these have on self-fashioning, especially as they pertain to literary and critical theory. We welcome comparisons of various theoretical approaches, including, but not limited to, literary theory, psychoanalysis, philosophy, gender studies, psychology, and political theory. Some of the questions this conference seeks to answer include, but are not limited to:

  • How does reading and/or the experience of aesthetics affect us, whether morally, interpersonally, politically, or relating to questions of self-awareness, etc.?

  • How has the representation of mind changed throughout history and across disciplines?

  • In what ways does art inform our own experience of our minds and the way we perceive the minds of others? Is selfhood a product of aesthetic experience? What are the problems inherent in theoretical frameworks that present it as such?

  • How do specific processes of cognition, such as pattern recognition or memory recall, relate to creative processes, such as metaphor or prolepsis?

  • What are the consequences of different perceptions of mind between cultures? How have conceptualizations of mind informed relations of power in imperialist and post-colonial cultures?

  • In attributing certain beliefs and thoughts to others, how do we shape our perceptions of reality and ourselves? What happens when we doubt or lack faith in these attributions?

  • How does the interpretative impulse affect one’s experiences of art and literature?

  • How does mind govern space, and space govern mind?

  • How have conceptualizations of so-called mental disturbances (schizophrenia, hysteria, etc.) influenced critical methodologies?


Please submit a 300-word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by February 14, 2014 (Extended Deadline) to GCCompLitConf@gmail.com. Proposals should include the title of the paper, presenter’s name, institutional and departmental affiliation, and any technology requests. We also welcome panel proposals of three to four papers.


This conference is co-sponsored by:

The Writers’ Institute, The Doctoral Students’ Council, and the Office of the Provost