“Capital”, November 10-12, 2016

In the age of globalization of capital markets, attention to Marx’s seminal text might seem counter-intuitive. Yet in recent years, sales of Marx’s Capital have skyrocketed as the foundations of our global capitalist system have faltered, and many of the most acute analyses of our current economic straits have been delivered by economists and critics with a decidedly Marxist philosophical bent. In light of this flurry of interest in Marx and Marxism, this seminar proposes to re-examine Capital and the scholarship that has followed from it, with a particular eye to the ways in which Capital offers a unique window onto our present economic circumstances. This seminar intends to expand upon the themes developed in the “Capital in the 21st Century” seminar from 2016.
Speakers will include Michael Dawson (Political Science and the Center for Race, Politics, and Culture), Gary Herrigel (Political Science), Moishe Postone (History), and more!

“Film and Philosophy”, January 26-28, 2017

Film and philosophy are often understood as two fields divided both by their interests and audiences. For a great many philosophers and scholars of cinema, however, the study of philosophy and the study of film are much more closely related than we might think—philosophy has long been a key resource for the study of film, while much of what we regard as classic cinema is increasingly treated as a kind of philosophy in its own right. This seminar considers the relationship between film and philosophy, with special focus on the pitfalls and promise of interdisciplinary dialogue between the fields. How has philosophy informed the study of film? Film the study of philosophy? Is the relationship between them a purely contingent one? Or is there something about the nature of cinema that makes it a particularly rich archive of philosophical thought?
Speakers will include Robert Pippin (Philosophy), James Conant (Philosophy), Daniel Morgan (Cinema and Media Studies), and more!

“Experiencing the City”,  April 27-29, 2017    April 6-8, 2017

Our speakers will lead us through explorations of the dialectical relationship between urban center and urbanite, between the built environment and the human, through time and space. This seminar explores the changing logics that inform our experience of cities as well as the logics evident in the design objectives of urban planners across the globe.  What, for instance, informed the layout of 19th-century Venice and early 20th-century Chicago? How have those spaces been transformed in the years since? What differences can we delineate between how a Renaissance-era subject experienced her city, in contrast with the experiences and practices of a 21st-century Italian – and how might their experiences be similar? How do people make and remake their cities as they go about the business of everyday life? By examining the way cities are created, used, experienced, and remade the seminar hopes to come to a better sense of how cities are encountered and transformed around the world today.
Speakers will include Niall Atkinson (Department of Art History); Michael Conzen (Professor of Geography, Committee on Geographical Studies); and Jennifer Scappettone (Department of English), and more!