Archive for February, 2008

lecture at NYU: Baudrillard´s Homage to Foucault

February 3, 2008

Thursday, February 7 – 7:00 p.m.
NYU Maison Française

Professor of French Literature and Philosophy, Columbia University;
founder, Semiotext(e)

Lecture – “Baudrillard´s Homage to Foucault”

lecture at columbia: From Prophesy to Sobriety: On Walter Benjamin’s Early Media Theory

February 3, 2008
From: Institute for Comparative Literature and Society [<]
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 2:22 PM
Subject: Lecture at Columbia University Thursday, February 14th

The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia

University cordially invites you to a lecture Thursday, February 14th
at 6:00PM. This open event will take place in Low Library, Faculty
Room at Columbia University.
***Samuel Weber, Northwestern University***
* “From Prophesy to Sobriety: On Walter Benjamin’s Early Media Theory *
Walter Benjamin has proved to be one of the most influential thinkers
of the “new” media. He was, however, trained as a philosopher and
literary critic. Far from impeding him in developing his later
theories, his training in the “old” media set the stage for his path-
breaking insights into the “new” media.
In this talk, Professor Weber examines an early text in which he
elaborates a notion of “medium” that provides a transition from “old”
to “new” media, whereby “old” and “new” emerge as more intimately
connected than is often supposed. Understood in this manner,
Benjamin’s move from old to new media could have
significant implications for the ways in which both are studied and
taught today.
thanks to Phil Kay for the info

digital studio

February 1, 2008

robbie mcclintock of teachers college/columbia univeristy is organizing a ‘digital studio‘ that could turn out to be of interest for many of us.

new sociological imagination series at the new school

February 1, 2008

the new school continues to arrange sessions in their ‘new sociological imagination’ series, though they keep not advertising. so here is a little inside information courtesy amy stuart (thanks amy). both steven shapin, patricia clough, and richard sennett should be interesting for communications people.

rest is below, now with titles.

George Steinmetz     12/3     “The Historical Sociology of Historical Sociology”
Elizabeth Bernstein   1/24   “‘Bounded Authenticity’ and the Commerce of Sex”
Dominick LaCapra    2/7     “Witnessing, Trauma, and the Sublime”
Simon Critchley          2/21     “Violent thoughts about Slavoj Zizek”
Steven Shapin            3/13     “Science and the Modern World”
Patricia Clough           4/10      “Affect and Method: Toward a Theory of  the Social”
Viviana Zelizer            4/17      “Caring Everywhere”
Richard Sennett          4/24      “The Craftsman”
Michael Burawoy       4/30       “The Struggle for Public Sociology: a Bourdieusian Approach”
Diane Vaughan           5/1