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.) (101 McCormick Hall)
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. (1:00 PM, 300 Wallace Hall)
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. (4:30 PM McCormick 106)
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. (1:30 PM, McCormick 106)
November 18-22: This situation A work by Tino Sehgal, which brings together interpreters and visitors in a conversation, at once choreographed and spontaneous, about such questions as the aesthetics of existence and the movement from a society of lack to one of abundance.
November 21: Art and School With Asad Raza and a panel of scholars, critics, and current interpreters, a discussion of the place of This situation—its intellectual curiosities and its aesthetic principles—as alternative pedagogy in the context of the university.
February 6-7: The Aesthetics of Information An afternoon symposium on new techniques and technologies of intellectual exchange: the experiences they offer, the experiences they represent, the experiences they displace; beauty in all, its costs and benefits.
May 3: The Secret Life of Plants An embassy to the second kingdom, in which we ask what we are to the plants, and the plants to us, with the help of scholars, artists, gardeners, and cooks. Presented in a pop-up exhibition and a one-day symposium.
December 12: The 24-Hour Book. A symposium on the reception of Brian Dillon's 24-Hour Book, featuring contributors to a new collection of (very) recent essays in response. An experiment in the radical compression of culture.
April 5: Pay Attention! Shigehisa Kuriyama will consider questions of tension and attention in view of the new technologies of scholarship, when text is fused with image and sound, and readers are as likely to swipe screens as turn pages. A talk and practicum.
April 19: Our Literal Speed. OLS is a performance project combining collective activity, self-reflexive examinations of the art world’s public life, and a concern for art’s movement through institutional and technological mediation.
April 25: Manifesto Slam! Three-minute manifesti on matters of urgency, from members of the graduate and faculty communities. Judges Martin Puchner and Simon Critchley. A summit of our convictions, with reflections on the form.