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Great New Books in the Humanities: Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ: German Romanticism between Leibniz and Marx

Date: September 13, 2016

Join us for a conversation about Leif Weatherby's recent book, Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ: German Romanticism between Leibniz and Marx from Fordham University Press.

Around 1800, German romanticism developed a philosophy this study calls "Romantic organology." Scientific and philosophical notions of biological function and speculative thought converged to form the discourse that Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ reconstructs-a metaphysics meant to theorize, and ultimately alter, the structure of a politically and scientifically destabilized world.

Leif Weatherby
Assistant Professor of German
New York University

Rüdiger Campe
Professor Germanic Language and Literature
Yale University

Oliver Simons
Associate Professor of German
Columbia University

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Environmental Humanities Series: Human Futures

Date: September 23, 2016

Where are we headed as a discipline and as a species? Ursula K. Heise and Robert Nixon between them have written on issues of globalization, environmental justice, extinction, and the relevance of the humanities in helping us to understand unfathomable concepts of a scale and depth unknown to humans in previous epochs. This will be a lively discussion by leading voices in the environmental humanities, moderated by NYU's Una Chaudhuri, and will address the relevance of the environmental humanities to universities and to the public. This event is cosponsored by the Environmental Studies Department, the English Department and the Animal Studies Initiative.

Ursula Heise
Professor of English at UCLA, faculty member of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES)

Robert Nixon
Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment
Professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute

Moderator:

Una Chaudhuri
Collegiate Professor & Professor of English, Drama, and Environmental Studies, New York University

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Distracted Reading: Acts of Attention in the age of the Internet

Date: September 27, 2016

Central to the humanities is the theorization and practice of modes of attention (to cultural artifacts, and to other aspects of the world). Indeed, many of us devote much time to finding ways to redirect our students’ attention away from the distractions of their electronic gadgets. But what if we consider how their distributed focus might model new acts of attention and new ways of reading: how might we rethink pedagogy and/or our own research methods in an era of hyper-connectivity? This event is cosponsored by the NYU FAS Office of Educational Technology.

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Environmental Humanities Series: Sparks of Life: Electricity, Animality, and Film

Date: October 6, 2016

“Sparks of Life: Electricity, Animality, and Film" A Lecture by Anat Pick. From cinema to electroshock therapy to the electric chair, electricity has always exuded ambivalent powers as both animator and killer. Focusing on the story of the condemned Topsy in Thomas Edison’s Electrocuting and Elephant (1903), this talk explores the intersections of electrical and political power in the age of visual spectacle. This event is cosponsored by the Department of Environmental Studies, the Department of Cinema Studies and the Animal Studies Initiative.

Anat Pick
Professor of Film, Queen Mary's College, University of London, UK

Moderator:
Una Chaudhuri
Professor of English, Drama, and Environmental Studies

Event Location:
NYU Center for the Humanities
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States