Political Concepts at Brown: A Critical Lexicon in the Making

The goal of Political Concepts is to serve as a platform for revising, inventing, and experimenting with concepts while exploring the political dimension of their use and dissemination. 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.”

Political Concepts: The Trump Edition

December 1–2, 2017
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street

The 2017–2018 conference will be dedicated to analyzing and contesting the transformation of the American political system under the presidency of Donald Trump. 

Speakers include:  Akeel Bilgrami, Columbia University ("Academic Freedom"); Anthony Bogues,  Brown University ("Disobedience"); Claire Brault, Brown University ("Uchronia"); John Cayley,  Brown University ("Reading"); Wendy Chun, Brown University ("Authenticity"); Zahid R. Chaudhary, Princeton University ("Impunit"); Beshara Doumani, Brown University ("Academy"); Sara Guindani, Collège d'études mondiales, Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme ("Transparency"); Jack Halberstam, Columbia ("Wildness"); Lynne Joyrich, Brown University ("Television"); Lisa Lowe,  Tufts University ("Migrant"); Brian Meeks, Brown University ("Hegemony"); Nicholas Mirzoeff,  New York University ("Love"); Ben Parker, Brown University ("Disruption"); Joan Scott, Institute of Advance Studies ("Trump"); and Françoise Vergès, Collège d'études mondiales, Fondation Maison de sciences de l’homme, and the Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown University ("Water").

Past Editions at Brown