The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton (IHUM) is a home for new experiments in an ancient enterprise. In collaboration with the departments, IHUM offers a joint Ph.D.; sponsors courses, often team-taught, that are open to all graduate students at the University; and hosts an annual conference, regular workshops, and interdisciplinary reading groups. Our courses and events explore the widening possibilities for humanistic study in a young millennium, reaching out to the arts and sciences and testing the conventions of intellectual exchange.
This site offers information on our programs and an accumulating archive of our experiments.
The faculty and graduate students of the Spring ’15 course HUM 599 “Experience”, travelled to Ljubljana, Slovenia in August to participate in the Ljubljana Graphic Art Biennial. Students were invited to stage their work at this annual international event.
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. With Joshua Clover, John Jackson, David Levine, Andrew Ross, Winnie Wong.
April 2: The Aesthetics of Mathematics. Reviel Netz (Stanford) will consider mathematics as a form of writing, its style and its aesthetic dimensions. Examples 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. 106 McCormick, 1:30 to 4:00.
February 6-7: The Aesthetics of Information An afternoon symposium and an exhibition on 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.