IHUM's sponsors and co-sponsors events that experiment in the ways the disciplines can talk together. We invite thinkers from across the intellectual landscape to imagine occasions that reinvent the traditional humanistic questions, while tweaking, transforming, occasionally forsaking the academic conventions of lecture and seminar. Our wager is that innovative interdisciplinary work emerges from challenges of representation as well as conception, output as well as input. Past events are documented in our archive in the hope that they may provide ideas and impetus for further explorations.
Wave/Time/History A lunchtime talk series devoted to rethinking the concept of historical time through the figure of the wave, with speakers from legal theory, environmental studies, architectural theory, feminist and queer theory, classical reception studies, and the history of science.
Oct. 4: Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, "Waves in Space,The Spatiotemporal Movement of Spacial Justice" A tracing of three modes of time in relation to three concepts of law-space—matter, atmosphere, and spatial justice—drawing on post-Deleuzian work in new materialism (12:00pm, 210 Dickinson).
Nov. 8: Michael Marder, “Untimely Theses on Time, Energy, and Plant Growth” An inquiry into the paradoxes inherent in figuring time, moving in linear fashion from Hegel and Heidegger to the concept of energy and the heterogeneous durations of vegetal life (12:00pm, 203 Scheide Caldwell).
Nov. 14: Charles Ray: "Experimental Statues" Starting from the philosopher Trenton Merricks’ proposition that there are no statues, only atoms behaving statuewise, Charles Ray reflects on whether he is making sculptures that behave statuewise or statues that behave sculpturewise. (4:30pm, 010 East Pyne).
Dec. 6: Heather Love, "Making Contact with the Queer Past" Drawing on recent work in queer studies on temporality and history, Heather Love reflects on the confusions (self/other, subject/other) that can result from contact with the dead. (12:00pm, 202 Jones Hall) [Wave/Time/History]
Dec. 12: Forum on Intellectual Life in a Critical Time An open forum for students and faculty on challenges for the humanities after the election.
Feb. 14: Miriam Leonard, "Classics and Revolution" An inquiry into play between novelty and repetition within the temporality of revolution, using Hannah Arendt and Karl Marx to read the figure of classical antiquity within the French Revolution. (12:00pm, 161 East Pyne) [Wave/Time/History]
Wed. March 8: David Gissen, “Environmental Translations: Experiments in Writing Space, Environment, and Time” (12:00pm, Prospect Library) [Wave/Time/History]