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Political Concepts at Brown:
A Critical Lexicon in the Making

November 15-16, 2013
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street



This conference will introduce to the Brown community – and invite Brown's scholars into - a project launched three years ago in New York, with colleagues from the New School, Columbia, New York University, as well as Wits University (Johannesburg) and the Minerva Humanities Center at Tel Aviv University.

The project's goal is to serve as a platform for revising, inventing, and experimenting with concepts while exploring the political dimension of their use and dissemination. The project's participants operate under the assumption that our era urgently needs a revised political lexicon that would help us better understand the world in which we live and act, and that the humanities at large can and should contribute toward such a revision. In the past, some of the participants revised key political concepts while others showed the political work done by terms and common nouns that are not usually considered "political."

Scholars from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences are invited to re-think and re-articulate concepts they are working with or to construct new ones that seem necessary for their work. They are asked not to be content with a concept's history or actual usage but also consider the way that concept works for them, beyond or even against what it actually does in prevalent discourse, to the point of creating a new concept or taking another out of circulation.

Conference schedule

The photo gallery for this event


Speakers and Topics:

 

Ariella Azoulay
Comparative Literature/Modern Culture and Media
Brown University
Human Rights

 

 

 

Étienne Balibar
Comparative Literature/Departments of French and Italian
University of California/Irvine
Exploitation

 

 

Nathaniel Berman
Cogut Center for the Humanities
Brown University
Demonization

 

 

 

Eduardo Cadava
English
Princeton University
Trees

 

 

 

 

Federico Finchelstein
History
The New School
Populism

 

 

 

Bonnie Honig
Modern Culture and Media
Brown University
Resilience

 

 

 

 

Andreas Kalyvas
Political Science
The New School
Statelessness

 

 

 

 

A. Kiarina Kordela
German Studies
Macalester College
Horror

 

 

 

 

 

Jacques Lezra
Comparative Literature
New York University
Like

 

 

 

Kevin McLaughlin
English
Brown University
Raison d'État

 

 

 

Elias Muhanna
Comparative Literature
Brown University
Vernacular

 

 

 

 

Adi Ophir
Cogut Center for the Humanities
Brown University
and
Minerva Humanities Center
University of Tel Aviv
Concept (ii)

 

 

 

 

Linda Quiquivix
Cogut Center for the Humanities
Brown University
Map

 

 

 

 

Ellen Rooney
Modern Culture and Media
Brown University
Reading