Curiosity and Method: April 9, 2011
A symposium celebrating the fortieth issue, and tenth anniversary, of Cabinet magazine, a fellow traveler with IHUM along paths among and athwart the disciplines. The occasion was one for thinking both retrospectively and prospectively about some keywords that have framed Cabinet's project since its inception. Those themes included amateurism, curiosity, pranks, the ordinary, deception, attention, the ethics of listening, and more. This all-day symposium gathered a diverse group of writers and thinkers to help sift through these keywords, and to ask questions about Cabinet’s successes and failures. The speakers were: Anthony Grafton on pranks and games, Simon Critchley on fiction and deception, Marina Warner on pleasure, Jeff Dolven on the ordinary, Margaret Wertheim on the amateur, Lorraine Daston on attention, Daniel Rosenberg on listening, Leland de la Durantaye on citation and originality, Justin E. H. Smith on the politics of curiosity, and Barbara M. Benedict on collecting.