Department Calendar

April 2019

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Denise Cruz on "The Philippine Fashion System: Rethinking Global Capitalism”

Denise Cruz on "The Philippine Fashion System: Rethinking Global Capitalism”

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Columbia University Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, New York, NY 10027
Event Category: 
Talks

Presentation abstract: 

This talk explores the contemporary world of couture in Manila in order to reconsider the relationship between fashion, globalization, and time. Given that “made in the Philippines” has long been synonymous with inexpensive labor, what does it mean to identify Filipino couture—elite, custom-made clothing—as both an object of high fashion and as a cultural practice? In Manila hundreds of working designers regularly create bespoke, made-to-order clothing designed in consultation with a client and executed in-house. While global North consumers might think of Asian fashion in terms of speed (“fast fashion,” or clothing quickly reproduced in large quantities, such as Forever 21), Filipino couture centers on a slow, intimate process crafted by the designer, client, and laborer. Building upon recent theories that have revealed globalization as marked by friction, mess, and “stickiness” rather than fast and seamless flows, I document and analyze Manila couture as a case study in the global work of sustaining, a form of fraught persistence that is both a symptom of the city’s class hierarchy and a method of resistance.

Please note:
We will convene at 6:00pm for dinner, and 7:10pm for the talk. The University Seminars Office requires the rapporteur to collect the payment for dinner ($30 per a person; checks only). If you would like to attend, please make sure to RSVP to the seminar rapporteur, Nwakego Nwasike (nin2108@columbia.edu).

It is necessary to RSVP even if you are attending the talk only, since rooms are assigned based on the expected number of attendees.

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04/02/2019 - 7:00pm
 
 
"Shakespeare in Translation?" An Event with John McWhorter and James Shapiro

"Shakespeare in Translation?" An Event with John McWhorter and James Shapiro

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Held Lecture Hall (304 Barnard Hall)
Event Category: 
Talks

Apr 4 -- King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe and the Center for American Studies will be presenting a conversation between Professors John McWhorter and James Shapiro on the issue of adapting Shakespeare into modern English.  
 
To complement the conversation, KCST actors will perform four Shakespeare scenes adapted to various degreesfrom totally unchanged to completely translated. The professors will discuss these performances and their views on the virtues and limitations of translation before taking questions from the audience. 
 
The event will run from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Held Lecture Hall (304 Barnard Hall). Tickets are free and available through this link or in person at the TIC: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10392273.
A wait list will open at 6:30 for those unable to reserve tickets.
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04/04/2019 - 7:00pm
 
Art, Theft, and Restitution: A Roundtable with Ariella Azoulay, Souleymane Bachir Diagne and Brian Wallis. Moderated by Professors Marianne Hirsch and Andreas Huyssen

Art, Theft, and Restitution: A Roundtable with Ariella Azoulay, Souleymane Bachir Diagne and Brian Wallis. Moderated by Professors Marianne Hirsch and Andreas Huyssen

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 3:00pm
Location: 
Maison Française, East Gallery, Buell Hall
Event Category: 
Talks

Please don't forget to RSVP below,
 
Event location: Maison Française, East Gallery, Buell Hall
 
The pivotal Savoy/Sarr report calls for thousands of artworks currently in French museums to be returned to the West African communities from which they were stolen. Museums and collections across the world are currently examining their histories. This roundtable will discuss implications and next steps with Ariella Azoulay (Professor of Modern Culture and Media Studies, and Comparative Literature, Brown University), Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Professor of French and Philosophy, and Director of the Institute for African Studies, Columbia University) and Brian Wallis (Curator, The Walther Collection), moderated by Marianne Hirsch and Andreas Huyssen.
This event is co-sponsored by the University Seminar on Cultural Memory, Columbia Center for the Study of Social Difference and Maison Française.
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Humanities Faculty Salon with Joseph Albernaz

Humanities Faculty Salon with Joseph Albernaz

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 5:00pm
Location: 
Butler Library, room 523
Event Category: 
Talks

Please join Division of Humanities Dean Sarah Cole to welcome Joseph Albernaz, one of our newest faculty members in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. The New Humanities Faculty Salons are an opportunity to meet new Humanities Division faculty during the current academic year. They will share their current research, opening conversations across the wider Humanities community.  All interested faculty and graduate students are welcome.

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Baidik Bhattacharya, "Formations of the Literary: Colonial Histories and Critical Methods”

Baidik Bhattacharya, "Formations of the Literary: Colonial Histories and Critical Methods”

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Heyman Center Common Room, Columbia University
Event Category: 
Talks

Global Cultural Studies

Presents a Public Lecture

 “Formations of the Literary: Colonial Histories and Critical Methods.”

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BAIDIK BHATTACHARYA

Associate Professor

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies

Delhi, India

AT

6:30pm, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

MODERATED BY

BRENT EDWARDS

Professor of English, Columbia University 

Director of Graduate Studies,

Institute for Comparative Literature & Society

HEYMAN CENTER COMMON ROOM

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04/16/2019 - 6:30pm
 
 
Daniel Wright, "Bad Logic: Reasoning about Desire in the Victorian Novel"

Daniel Wright, "Bad Logic: Reasoning about Desire in the Victorian Novel"

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 4:00pm
Location: 
754 Schermerhorn Extension
Event Category: 
Talks

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Elena Vogman (Free University of Berlin), "Dance of Values: Sergei Eisenstein's Capital Project"

Elena Vogman (Free University of Berlin), "Dance of Values: Sergei Eisenstein's Capital Project"

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:00pm
Location: 
214 Pupin Hall, Columbia University
Event Category: 
Talks

Eisenstein’s adaptation of Karl Marx’s Capital (1927–1928) is a phantom in a double sense: although never realized, it has nonetheless haunted the imagination of many filmmakers, historians, and writers to the present day (most recently Alexander Kluge). Furthermore, its first public ‘materialization’ in 1974—a ten-page fragment of the director’s work diaries—was marked by what remained absent: Eisenstein’s images and working materials. Dance of Values aims to conjure the phantom of Capital once again—only this time on the basis of the full scope of Capital’s archival body. This “visual instruction in the dialectical method,” as Eisenstein himself called it, comprises over 500 pages of notes, drawings, press clippings, expression diagrams, plans for articles, negatives from October, theoretical reflections and extensive quotations.  

The talk explores the internal formal necessity underlying Eisenstein’s choices in Capital, arguing that its visual complexity as well as its epistemic efficacy reside precisely within the state of its material: the dance of heterogeneous themes and disparate fragments, a non-linear, provisory, and non-articulated flow. Sequences from archival materials will serve not as mere illustrations, but as visual arguments of their own, leading to a more concrete understanding of Eisenstein’s stakes in Capital: a visual theorization of value. A close reading of Eisenstein’s archive allows not only for the reconstruction of morphological elements present in Marx’s theory of value, but also for the theorization of a crisis of political representation that extends to the present day. Employing an unambiguously morphological procedure, Eisenstein’s montage sequences produce a kind of surplus value entirely their own: a semiotic excess that stirs the materials and represented bodies into a dance analogous to Marx’s “dance” of “petrified conditions.” It is in this polymorphic and “diffuse” language—associated with the stream of consciousness of Joyce’s Ulysses—that Eisenstein saw the strongest critical and affective potential for the future cinema.

Elena Vogman is an author, independent curator and postdoctoral fellow in the research project “Rhythm and Projection” at the Free University of Berlin. She specializes on the history and theory of cinema and media, with a particular emphasis on forms of visual thinking, practices of montage and the relations between literature, ethnology, art and science. She wrote her dissertation on the concept of sensuous thinking in Sergei Eisenstein’s theory project Method. Her first book Sinnliches Denken: Eisensteins exzentrische Methode has been published by diaphanes (2018). Her next book, Dance of Values: Eisenstein’s Capital Project reconstructs Eisenstein’s theory of value, analyzing how Marx’s Critique of Political Economy appears in the visual form of montage.

https://harriman.columbia.edu/event/dance-values-sergei-eisensteins-capital-project

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04/30/2019 - 6:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
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