Books in the Humanities Now

The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe: Brittleness, Integration, Medicine, and the Great War

Date: February 19, 2019

The injuries suffered by soldiers during WWI were as varied as they were brutal. How could the human body suffer and often absorb such disparate traumas? Why might the same wound lead one soldier to die but allow another to recover?

In The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe, Stefanos Geroulanos (Professor of History, NYU) and Todd Meyers (Associate Professor of Anthropology, NYU Shanghai) uncover a fascinating story of how medical scientists came to conceptualize the body as an integrated yet brittle whole. Responding to the harrowing experience of the Great War, the medical community sought conceptual frameworks to understand bodily shock, brain injury, and the vast differences in patient responses they occasioned. Geroulanos and Meyers carefully trace how this emerging constellation of ideas became essential for thinking about integration, individuality, fragility, and collapse far beyond medicine: in fields as diverse as anthropology, political economy, psychoanalysis, and cybernetics.

Join us for an in-depth discussion with the authors and other featured panelists analyzing the various themes and stories surrounding these ideas. Featuring:

Emily Martin
Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, NYU

Samuel Moyn
Professor of Law and History, Yale University

With an introduction by Dr. Katherine E. Fleming, NYU Provost.

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


Publishing the Avant-Garde: International Perspectives on Art and Magazines

Date: February 5, 2019

Bringing together a group of scholars working at the intersection of printed matter and visual culture this panel will ask, how does the periodical help us tell cultural histories across geographies? To frame this conversation, Lori Cole (NYU) and Meghan Forbes (MoMA), along with invited panelists Amin Alsaden (independent curator), Olubukola Gbadegesin (St. Louis University), and Naomi Kuromiya (Columbia University), will introduce a range of magazines produced and distributed in disparate contexts: Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central Europe, and Latin America. Through a series of case studies, the panel aims to build a framework for examining magazines as a mode of circulation and exhibition of artwork. Together we will consider what periodicals and other printed ephemera have been left out of cultural histories—both in print and through contemporary collection and exhibition practices—and how new research can address these gaps.

Featuring:

Amin Alsaden
“Publishing Resistance: Agency and Exchanges in Post-WWII Baghdad”

Olubukola Gbadegesin
“The Yoruba Photoplay Series: Photographs, Popular Arts, and Print Culture in Lagos”

Naomi Kuromiya
“Circulating Exhibitions: the Display of Artwork in the Japanese Calligraphy Periodical Bokubi (1951-1960)”

Moderated by Lori Cole (Clinical Associate Professor & Associate Director of XE: Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement, NYU) and Meghan Forbes (Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives Fellow for Central and Eastern Europe at The Museum of Modern Art in New York & a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge, NYU).

Co-sponsored by XE: Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, and the Institute for Public Knowledge.

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


Elements of a Philosophy of Technology

Date: January 29, 2019

Ernst Kapp’s 1877 Elements of a Philosophy of Technology is nothing less than the emergence of early elements of a cybernetic paradigm. Join us to celebrate a new 2018 edition of this book, translated into English for the first time.

Leif Weatherby (Associate Professor of German, NYU), Jeffrey Kirkwood (Assistant Professor of Art History, Binghamton University) will be joined by Lisa Gitelman (Professor of English and Media, Culture, and Communications, NYU) and John Durham Peters (María Rosa Menocal Professor of English and of Film & Media Studies, Yale University) to discuss this 1877 treatise that coined the phrase “philosophy of technology".

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


Julius Rosenwald: Repairing the World

Date: November 13, 2018

Julius Rosenwald (1862–1932) rose from modest means as the son of a peddler to meteoric wealth at the helm of Sears, Roebuck. Yet his most important legacy stands not upon his business acumen but on the pioneering changes he introduced to the practice of philanthropy. In this biography, Hasia Diner explores Rosenwald's attitudes toward his own wealth and his distinct ideas about philanthropy, positing an intimate connection between his Jewish consciousness and his involvement with African Americans. The book shines light on his belief in the importance of giving in the present to make an impact on the future, and on his encouragement of beneficiaries to become partners in community institutions and projects.

Join us as we examine how Rosenwald's compassion and wisdom transformed the practice of philanthropy itself.

Featuring Hasia Diner (Author, Paul & Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History and Director of the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at New York University) and Robert Cohen (Professor of Social Studies Education and History, NYU).

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


The Postcolonial Contemporary: Political Imaginaries for the Global Present

Date: October 30, 2018

In twelve essays that draw from a number of disciplines—history, anthropology, literature, geography, indigenous studies— and regional locations (the Black Atlantic, South Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Australia, Argentina) The Postcolonial Contemporary (Fordham UP, 2018) seeks to move beyond the habitual oppositions that have often characterized the field: universal vs. particular; Marxism vs. postcolonialism; politics vs. culture. The essays reckon with new and persisting postcolonial predicaments, doing so under four interrelated analytics: postcolonial temporality; deprovincializing the global south; beyond Marxism versus postcolonial studies; and postcolonial spatiality and new political imaginaries.

Join us to celebrate this new volume and to reflect on the project with the book's editors, Jini Kim Watson and Gary Wilder, and several contributors.

Featuring:

Jini Kim Watson
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, NYU

Gary Wilder
Professor of Anthropology and History, CUNY Graduate Center

Anthony Alessandrini
Professor of English and Middle Eastern Studies, Kingsborough Community College & CUNY Graduate Center

Laurie Lambert
Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, Fordham University

Sadia Abbas
Associate Professor of English, Rutgers Newark

Moderated by Crystal Parikh, Professor of English and Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU.

Co-sponsored by The NYU Postcolonial, Race and Diaspora Studies Colloquium.

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