When Humanities Falter: Frictions, Detours, Translations
A conference organized by Franco Baldasso, Mar Gómez Glez, and Juan Sebastian de Vivo
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
20 Cooper Square, 5th floor
The humanities are, at their core, a means to define what it means to be human, both as a conceptual framework and as practice. Whether Cicero's studia humanitatis, Macchiavelli's "ancient courts of ancient men," or today's university programs in the liberal arts, the humanities create an ideal to be achieved through the selective cultivation and development of ourselves. The humanities, however, are not meant to create one type of person, but to develop the faculties through which individuals define—and shape—their place in the world. The plurality of possible modes of being, each resulting from an education in the humanities, in turn must allow for the possibility of ‘faltering.’ The violence that marked the twentieth century, for example, was perpetrated by the very nations whose ideal of humanistic education—of the cultivated individual—should have disallowed this violence; from war to revolution to colonization, the project of the humanities stands in stark contrast to the atrocities perpetrated through the long twentieth century.
In this conference we explore the humanities in these moments of tension and rupture, in order to re-conceptualize its place in an increasingly globalized world. Three sessions and a keynote address explore different aspects of the humanities:
The Humanities and Personhood, with a talk by Georgina Dópico-Black (NYU); respondents include Jacques Lezra (NYU), Katharina Piechocki (Pace).
Globalization and Translations, with a talk by Martin Scherzinger (NYU); respondents include Kevin Fellezs (Columbia), Jane Tylus (NYU).
The Humanities and Violence, with a talk by Federico Finchelstein (New School); respondents include Franco Baldasso (NYU), Mark Sanders (NYU).
The keynote address will be delivered by Jeff Dolven (Princeton).
1:00 Introductory Remarks: Jane Tylus (NYU), Ilya Kliger (NYU)
1:15 Panel I: THE HUMANITIES AND PERSONHOOD
Speaker: Georgina Dópico-Black (NYU)
Respondents: Jacques Lezra (NYU), Katharina Piechocki (Pace)
2:30 Panel II: GLOBALIZATION AND TRANSLATIONS
Speaker: Martin Scherzinger (NYU)
Respondents: Kevin Fellezs (Columbia), Jane Tylus (NYU)
3:45 Coffee break
4:00 Panel III: HUMANITIES AND VIOLENCE
Speaker: Federico Finchelstein (New School)
Respondents: Franco Baldasso (NYU), Mark Sanders (NYU)
5:15 Coffee break
5:30 Keynote Address: Jeff Dolven (Princeton)
7:15 Closing Remarks: Aisha Khan (NYU)
7:30 General Reception
Download the poster here.