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.
October 9-11: Unpacking Derrida's Library. An international conference on the legacy of Jacques Derrida, ten years after his death. (In conjunction with the IHUM fall graduate seminar taught by Eduardo Cadava and Avital Ronell.)
November 14: Trust. A symposium on the question of trust, from bonds of love and friendship, to law and contract, to the background assumptions of civil society and technological mastery or dependence. With Joshua Clover, John Jackson, Andrew Ross, Winnie Wong.
April 2: The Aesthetics of Mathematics. Reviel Netz (Stanford) will consider mathematical writing as a form of writing, characterized by its style and by its aesthetic dimensions. Examples primarily from the seminal era of mathematical writing, ancient Greek geometry.
May 21: What History Could Have Been. Exercises in conjectural historiography, with Carla Nappi, University of British Columbia; Dominic Pettman, The New School; Lytle Shaw, New York University; Justin E. H. Smith, Université Paris Diderot. 106 McCormick, 1:30 to 4:00.