Great New Books in the Humanities

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 and Todd Meyers 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. Panelists TBA.

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


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

Date: February 5, 2019

How does the periodical help us to tell cultural histories at the local and global level? What roles has the periodical played historically in circulating art, and how has this affected our histories of art and its display and transmission?

This panel gathers together curators, archivists, literary and art historians to assess the state of global periodical studies and its intersection with art history, to develop a framework for examining magazines as a mode of circulation and exhibition of artwork across national boundaries, both historically and today.

Panelists will be announced shortly.

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. Kapp applies the theory of organ projection to various areas of the material world—the axe externalizes the arm, the telegraphic system the neural network—studying the human body and its relationship with the world that surrounds it.

Join us to celebrate the launch of the book with its newest editors, Leif Weatherby (Associate Professor Of German, NYU) and Jeffrey Kirkwood (Professor of Art History, Binghamton University), and other featured panelists to discuss the 1877 treatise that coined the phrase "philosophy of technology," which appeared in late 2018 in English for the first time. Featuring:

Lisa Gitelman
Professor of Media and English, NYU

John Durham Peters
María Rosa Menocal Professor of English and of Film & Media Studies, Yale University

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