Archive for December, 2008

Joshua Fishman, The Birth and Death of European Languages of Literacy?, December 11, 10am-noon, Columbia

December 8, 2008

Harrison White and Corinne Kirchner, co-organizers of the Workshop on
Meaning: Language and Socio-cultural Processes, are pleased to present
a talk by Joshua Fishman (Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Yeshiva
University and Visiting Professor of Education and Linguistics at
Stanford University, NYU, and CUNY Graduate Center) on Thursday
12/11/08, 10am-noon, in room 801 IAB, Columbia University.

Professor Fishman will present ?A Preview of a Book-in-preparation:
The Birth and Death of European Languages of Literacy?.

All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Visit ISERP website for more Workshop information.

RSVP to:
Anna Zamora (aez2104@columbia)
Project Coordinator

(Circulate the attached notice).

Ken Wark, Situationist International, December 11

December 8, 2008

Thursday Night 12.11.08 — McKenzie Wark — Talk/Discussion —
50 Years of Recuperation: The Situationist International 1957-2008

16 Beaver Group
16 Beaver Street
Fourth Floor
New York, NY 10004

The Situationist International (1957-1972) bequeathed many key concepts
to us, including psychogeography, the dérive, unitary urbanism, and of
course the society of the spectacle. It also spawned at least one major
work of critical and utopian architecture in Constant’s New Babylon. But
rather than treat these as seductive historical curiosities, or as
precursors to more “acceptable” notions, McKenzie Wark asks what might
survive the recuperation of the Situationists and act as pointers to new
practices. Rather than attempting to make an unbearable totality
“sustainable,” perhaps we might pick up the thread of those who dared
to negate this world as a whole and imagine it anew.

McKenzie Wark is the author, among other things, of A Hacker Manifesto
(Harvard UP 2004), Gamer Theory (Harvard 2007) and most recently 50
Years of Recuperation of the Situationist International (Princeton
2008). He is the chair of Culture & Media Studies at Eugene Lang College
the New School for Liberal Studies.

By Subway:
4,5 Bowling Green
R,W Whitehall
1,2 Wall Street
J,M Broad Street
A,C Broadway

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This event is free and open to the public

Dec 12, 12-2pm, Jack Balkin, The Constitution in the National Surveillance State, Columbia Communications Colloquium

December 7, 2008

Jack Balkin (Yale), Professor at Yale Law School and Director of the Information Society Project that it hosts, will speak this Friday, 12-2pm, at Columbia’s Communications Colloquium series. The title is:

“The Constitution in the National Surveillance State”

The event is free and open to the public, and will take place in room 801 in the International Affairs Building.

Call for Papers for the 7th Chinese Internet Research Conference

December 2, 2008

Call for Papers for the 7th Chinese Internet Research Conference

The Chinese Internet and Civil Society: Civic Engagement, Deliberation
and Culture

“The Guilt of Humanity: Terrorism and the Possibility of a Global Politics”, talk at Columbia

December 2, 2008

The Center for International History is delighted to invite you to
attend its fourth speaker event of the semester this upcoming Friday.

Columbia University


announces a talk by


“The Guilt of Humanity: Terrorism and the Possibility of a Global Politics”

Friday, December 5th, 2008
10.00 A.M. — 12.30 P.M
513 Fayerweather Hall


Please send your RSVP to Omar Sarwar ( if you plan
to attend. We look forward to seeing you on Friday morning!

CALL FOR PAPERS — American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS) Annual Conference, New York City, May 7-10, 2009

December 2, 2008

CALL FOR PAPERS — American Association for Italian Studies (AAIS) Annual Conference, New York City, May 7-10, 2009


Italian cinema has offered many poignant and compelling depictions of mental illness, an often silenced and stigmatized reality that fuses the personal with the social: from Germania Anno Zero and Europa 51, through I Pugni in Tasca, to La Stanza del Figlio and Respiro.

This session intends to discuss research both on the accuracy of the cinematic portrayal of mental illness and on the role film plays in shaping people’s very perception of mental illness. Sociological, psychological, and original perspectives are particularly welcome.

Submit a 300 word abstract plus references for a 20 min. paper by January 2, 2009; include your affiliation and contact information.

Organizer: Alessandra Seggi, The New School, (SeggA328[at]newschool[dot]