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.

December 1

9:15 pm – 11:10 am
Moderator: Amanda Anderson, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and English and Director of the Cogut Institute for the Humanities, Brown University
Trump — Joan Wallach Scott, Professor Emerita of Intellectual and Cultural History, Institute for Advanced Studies
Impunity — Zahid R. Chaudhary, Associate Professor of English, Princeton University

11:30 am – 1:10 pm
Moderator: Ann Stoler, Willy Brandt Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and History, The New School
Migrant — Lisa Lowe, Distinguished Professor of English and Humanities and Director of the Center for the Humanities, Tufts University
Hegemony — Brian Meeks, Professor and Chair of Africana Studies, Brown University

3:00 pm – 4:40 pm
Moderator: Elizabeth Weed, Professor Emerita of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Brown University
Academic Freedom — Akeel Bilgrami, Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
Academy — Beshara Doumani, Joukowsky Family Professor of Moddern Middle East History and Director of Middle East Studies, Brown University

5:00 pm – 6:40 pm
Moderator: Leela Gandhi, John Hawkes Professor of the Humanities and English, Brown University
Disruption — Benjamin Parker, Assistant Professor of English, Brown University
Disobedience — B. Anthony Bogues, Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory and Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University

December 2

9:30 am – 11:10 am
Moderator: Rebecca Schneider, Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Brown University
Authenticity – Wendy Chun, Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University
Transparency – Sara Guindani, researcher, Collège d'études mondiales, Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme

11:30 am – 1:10 pm
Moderator: Timothy Bewes, Professor of English, Brown University
Reading – John Cayley, Professor of Literary Arts, Brown University
Television – Lynne Joyrich, Professor and Chair of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University

2:40 pm – 4:20 pm
Moderator: Lingzhen Wang, Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, Brown University
Love – Nick Mirzoeff, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
Wildness – Jack Halberstam, Visiting Professor of Gender Studies and English, Columbia University

4:40 pm – 6:20 pm
Moderator: Susan Buck-Morss, Distinguished Professor of Political Sciences, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Uchronia – Claire Brault, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science, Brown University
Water, Françoise Vergès, Chair of Global South(s), Collège d'études mondiales, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'homme, and Visiting Professor, Cogut Institute for the Humanities, Brown University

Past Editions at Brown