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Fall Conference

October 15-16, 2010
A.D. White House, Cornell University

Global Aesthetics: Intersecting Culture, Theory, Practice

Friday, October 15

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • Timothy Murray, Director, Society for the Humanities
  • Durba Ghosh, Chair, Humanities Council
  • Peter Jemison, Artist & Manager, Ganondagan Historic Site, Seneca Nation, Welcome, Heron Clan, Seneca Nation of Indians

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

  • Iftikhar Dadi, Art/History of Art, Cornell, Art Between Global Media and the Urban Subaltern
  • Yao Jui-Chung, Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, Mirage - Discussed Public Property in Taiwan

10:45 a.m. Featured Speaker

  • Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director, Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany, Entanglement: Notes Toward Documenta (13)

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

  • Grace Quintanilla, Director, Pedro Meyer Foudnation, Mexico City, Mexico, Familiar/Memorable
  • Jolene Rickard, Society for the Humanities/Art, History of Art, American Indian Program, Cornell, Performing Indigeneity at the Venice and Sidney Biennale: Rebecca Belmore, James Luna and Skeena Reece

2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

  • Kay Dickinson, Society for the Humanities, Media & Communications, Goldsmiths College, University of London, Red and Green Stars in Broad Daylight: Syrian-Soviet Journeys through Cinema
  • Sharon Willis, Art History, Visual & Cultural Studies, Univeristy of Rochester, Lost Objects: The Museum of Cinema

3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

  • Andrew McGraw, Society for the Humanities/Music, University of Richmond, Quasi-Collaboration and the Poetics of Pedophilia in Bang on a Can's "House in Bali" (2010)
  • Salah Hassan, History of Art and Africana Studies, Cornell, Contemporary "Islamic" Art: Western Curatorial Practices of Representation Post-9/11

5:15 p.m. Plenary Speaker

  • Bruno Bosteels, Society for the Humanities/Romance Studies, Cornell, Global Aesthetics and Its Discontents

Saturday, October 16

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

  • Akinwumi Adesokan, Comparative Literature, Indiana Univeristy, Ousmane Sembene: Disalienating Modernity
  • Jennifer Bajorek, Society for the Humanities/Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, Photography of the Governed: Photo-Graphic Reason and the Theory of the African State

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Shin-Yi Yang, Curator, Beautiful Asset Management, Beijing, China, Why Chinese Art Still Needs Realism
  • Sui Jianguo, Sculpture, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, A Chinese Sculptor's Story

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

  • Brenda Croft, Indigenous Art, Culture & Design, University of South Australia, Sight/Site Lines: Seeing Beyond the Surface
  • Tejumola Olaniyan, English, University of Madison, Wisconsin, On Postcolonial Urban Garrison Architecture

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

  • Gregg Lambert, Director, Central New York Humanitie Corridor, The Baroque Tsunami: An Incident-Analysis of Neo-Baroque Form
  • Yukiko Shikata, Director, Media Art Consortium, Japan Agency for Cultural Affiars, Tokyo, Japan, Invisible Dynamics: World as Interaction Process

4:45 - 6:00 p.m. Roundtable

  • Naoki Sakai, Asian Studies and Comparative Literature
  • Karen Pinkus, Romance Studies and Comparative Literature
  • Patricia Zimmerman, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival/Cinema, Photography & Media Arts, Ithaca College

Co-sponsored by The Humanist Foundation, Rose Goldsen Lecture Series, Deparmtent of Art, Institute for Comparative Modernities, Diacritics, Central New York Humanities Corridor

Rose Goldsen Lecture Series

Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

Alexander R. Galloway
Media, Culture & Communication, New York University

Are Some Things Unrepresentable?

Alexander R. Galloway is an author and programmer. He is a founding member of the software collective RSG and the creator of the Carnivore and Kriegspiel projects. The New York Times has described his practice as "conceptually sharp, visually compelling and completely attuned to the political moment." Galloway is the author of Protocol: How Control Exists After Decentralization (MIT, 2004), Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture (Minnesota, 2006), and most recently The Exploit: A Theory of Networks (Minnesota, 2007), cowritten wtih Eugene Thacker.

Also: Thursday, March 3, 2011, 11:00 a.m. - 1:25 p.m.
CIT Lab, Tjaden Hall Room 221

The Tinker Factory
A hands-on workshop with Alexander Galloway and Project Carnivore

Co-sponsored by Central New York Humanities Corridor and the Society for the Humanities Digital Humanities Initiative

Capital Poetics Symposium

March 4, 2011
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

Capital Poetics: Poetry and the Economic Turn

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Introduction

  • Joshua Clover

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Value Theories

  • Bruno Bosteels
  • Anna Kornbluh
  • Jasper Bernes

1:15 - 2:30 p.m. Specters & Marks

  • Juliana Spahr
  • Timothy Kreiner
  • Jonathan Monroe

2"45 - 4:00 p.m. Crisis & Inferno

  • Geoffrey Gilbert
  • Tatiana Sverjensky
  • Christopher Nealon

4:500 - 5:00 p.m. Roundtable

  • Annie McClanahan
  • Jennifer Bajorek

Public Lecture: Étienne Balibar

March 17, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
Lewis Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall

Étienne Balibar
Université de Paris X, University of California, Irvine

Civic Universalism and Its Internal Exclusions

Etienne Bali bar is Professor Emeritus of moral and political philosophy at Universite de Paris X, Nanterre and Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He has published widely in the area of Marxist philosophy and moral and political philosophy in general. His many works include Reading Capiral (with Louis Althusser, Pierre Macherey, Jacques Ranciere, Roger Establet, and F. Maspero) (1965); Spinoza and Politics (1985); Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities (1991); The Philosophy of Marx (1995); Politics and the Other Scene (2002); and We, People of Europe? Reflections on Transnational Citizenship (2003). He was a visiting professor at Columbia University last fall where he offered a seminar on "Civic Universalism and Anthropological Differences." 

Co-sponsored by the French Studies Program

Video Art Conference

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Kroch Library and A.D. White House

Video Art: Practice, History, and Archive

The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art collaborates with the Mellon Central New York Humanities Corridor and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF: Ithaca College) to stage a celebration of two new large video art archives that have been donated to the Goldsen Archive: "Elayne Zalis Video Studies ARchive" and "ETC: Experimental Television Center Archives."

1:15 p.m. Welcoming Remarks

  • Timothy Murray, Director, Society for the Humanities and Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell Library
  • Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian
    • Elaine Engst, Director, Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell Library

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Archiving the Video Archive

  • Elayne Zalis and Timothy Murray in conversation, History of the Zalis Archive
  • Sherry Miller Hocking, ETC, and Patricia Zimmerman, Co-Curator, FLEFF, History of ETC

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Video Art: Practice in and through the Finger Lakes

  • Chair: Renate Ferro, Department of Art
  • Philip Mallory Jones, Media Artist, Co-Founder and Director, Ithaca Video Projects (1971-85)
  • Barbara Lattanzi, Interactive Art, Alfred University

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Plenary Lecture

  • Anne-Marie Duguet, University of Paris 1 (Sorbonne), Anarchives: Project and Process

Sponsored by The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Society for the Humanities, Mellon Central New York Humanities Corridor, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), The Tinker Factory

Annual Invitational Lecture

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
Barnes Hall Auditorium

Roberto Sierra
Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Composition, Department of Music, Cornell University

Robert Schumann and the Caribbean: Analytical View and Performance of Sch. for Piano Four Hands by Roberto Sierra
With pianists Miri Yampolsky and Xak Bjerken

Future of the Humanities Lecture

Wednesday, April 27, 4:30 p.m.
Kaufmann Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall

Pauline Yu
President, American Council of Learned Societies

The Future of the Humanities

Pauline Yu became pre$ident of the ACLS in July 2003, having served as dean of humanities in the College of Letters and Science at UCLA and professor of East Asian languages and cultures from 1994-2003. Prior to that appointment, she was founding chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature at UC-Irvine (1989-1994) and on the faculty of Columbia University (1985-89) and the University of Minnesota (1976-85). 

She is the author or editor of five books and dozens of articles on classical Chinese poetry, literary theory, comparative poetics, and issues in the humanities, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the ACLS, and the NEH. She was awarded the William Riley Parker Prize for best PMLA article of 2007. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an elected member of the American Philosophical Society and Committee of 100.