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The Road to Gloro: Max Talmey and the Einsteinian Language

Dec 1, 2014  ·  12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication
Translation Lunch Series
Michael Gordin, Princeton University

Opening Reception: "In Transit in the City"

Dec 1, 2014  ·  5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Inspired by the philosophy of 19th century French photographer, Nadar, the photographs in this exhibit are the work of Princeton students who participated in the PIIRS Global Seminar on "Modern Greek Literature and Photography," held in the summer of 2014.

The Return (Andrei Zvyagintsev, 2003)

Dec 1, 2014  ·  7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

Slavic Film Series
Screening Childhood: Children in Eurasian Cinema

Sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Cultures and the Program of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928

Dec 2, 2014  ·  12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

PIIRS Director's Book Forum
Stephen Kotkin, History and WWS

In Stalin, Stephen Kotkin offers a biography that is equal to this shrewd, sociopathic, charismatic dictator in all his dimensions. The character of Stalin emerges as both astute and blinkered, cynical and true believing, people oriented and vicious, canny enough to see through people but prone to nonsensical beliefs. Kotkin describes a man inclined to despotism who could be utterly charming, a pragmatic ideologue, a leader who obsessed over slights, yet was a precocious geostrategic thinker and who also made egregious strategic blunders.

Protests in Brazil, 2013

Dec 2, 2014  ·  12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

Program in Latin American Studies
Marcelo Ridenti, UNICAMP, Brazil

Ibn Taymiyya as a Philosopher in Contemporary Islamic Discourses

Dec 2, 2014  ·  12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia
Prof. Dr. Georges Tamer, Chair of Oriental Philology and Islamic Studies, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Books, Goods and Guns: The Political Returns of Colonialism

Dec 3, 2014  ·  8:00 a.m. 8:50 a.m.

Program in African Studies
Indaba
Joan Ricart-Huguet, Ph.D. Candidate, Politics

The rise of a new Judaism in Latin America

Dec 3, 2014  ·  12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

Program in Latin American Studies
Graciela Mochofsky

Global Diffusion

Dec 3, 2014  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

John Meyer, Stanford University
Fung Global Fellows Program Lecture Series

The Minor Ways Have Their Reason -- Discourses on Divination in Chinese Tradition

Dec 3, 2014  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

East Asian Studies Program
10th Annual F.W. Mote Memorial Lecture

Michael Lackner, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Do Weberian Bureaucracies Lead to Markets or Vice Versa?

Dec 3, 2014  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

PIIRS Project on Democracy and Development
Lecture Series
Yuen Yuen Ang, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Do Weberian bureaucracies lead to capitalist markets or does market expansion enable the creation of these bureaucracies? Departing from standard linear approaches to development, I argue that markets and bureaucratic forms necessarily interact and coevolve. By mapping the coevolution of investment promotion practices and state-led growth among Chinese local states over the reform era, my analysis reveals a multi-stage causal path. Early growth was propelled by non-specialized and personalized bureaucratic practices, actions that would normally be perceived as inefficient and corrupt. However, at an advanced growth stage, when quality is prioritized over quantity growth, markets are complemented by specialized and impersonal methods of investment promotion. My analysis questions the common assumption that Weberian standards of “good” bureaucracies are universally best—it argues, instead, that specific bureaucratic traits that support markets actually depends on the objectives of development, resources available, and constraints faced.

Senior Thesis Colloquium

Dec 3, 2014  ·  5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Program in African Studies
Senior Thesis Colloquium
Daniel Rubenstein, Princeton University

** Certificate seniors only **

Workshop, "America, Liberalism, and Empire"

Dec 5, 2014  ·  1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

PIIRS Research Community, "Empires: Domination, Collaboration, and Resistance"

Culture Clash: On the Perils of (Mis)Translation in Israel/Palestine

Dec 8, 2014  ·  12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication
Translation Lunch Series
Lital Levy, Princeton University

Roads to Koktebel (Boris Khlebnikov, Aleksey Popogrebsky, 2003)

Dec 8, 2014  ·  7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

Slavic Film Series
Screening Childhood: Children in Eurasian Cinema

Sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Cultures and the Program of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Acts of Union and Disunion

Dec 9, 2014  ·  12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

PIIRS Director's Book Forum
Linda Colley, History

Political unions are under pressure. The Soviet Union has unraveled. The government of the United States appears dysfunctional. The European Union is increasingly unpopular. Now Linda Colley examines an older political union in growing difficulty – the United Kingdom. She analyzes the successive acts of union that linked England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. She also explores some projected unions that have failed, such as the repeated attempts to unite Britain and America. Drawing on art, literature, politics, music, architecture and landscape – and on international comparisons – she unpicks some of the identity stories deployed in the making of the UK.

“The Dumbarton Oaks Tunic: A Sartorial Statement of Inca Imperial Power”

Dec 9, 2014  ·  12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

Program in Latin American Studies
Andrew Hamilton, Council of the Humanities

Red Flags or Silver Linings? Crisis (In)Stability in the East China Sea and China's and Japan's New National Security Councils

Dec 9, 2014  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program of the Woodrow Wilson School

Adam Liff - CWP Fellow

An Open Discussion on Ghana and Africa Rising

Dec 10, 2014  ·  8:00 a.m. 8:50 a.m.

Program in African Studies
Indaba
Carolyn Rouse, Princeton University

From the Spring of Nations to the Arab Spring: Building Better Typologies of Regime Diffusion

Dec 10, 2014  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Seva Gunitsky, Fung Global Fellow, Princeton University / University of Toronto
Fung Global Fellows Program Lecture Series

Ukraine Crisis: What it Means for the West

Feb 2, 2015  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Cyril Black International Book Forum

Speaker:
Andrew Wilson, European Council on Foreign Relations
Discussants:
Mark Beissinger, Politics Department, Princeton University
Stephen Kotkin, History Department, Princeton University

The Great Indoors: Paradoxes of Inwardness among Mongolian and Danish Protestants

Feb 5, 2015  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Morten Pedersen, University of Copenhagen

Object of the Atlantic: Concrete Aesthetics in Cuba, Brazil, and Spain

Feb 10, 2015  ·  12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m.

PIIRS Director's Book Forum
Rachel Price, Spanish and Portuguese

Rachel Price’s The Object of the Atlantic is a wide-ranging study of the transition from a concern with sovereignty to a concern with things in Iberian Atlantic literature and art produced between 1868 and 1968. She uncovers the surprising ways that concrete aesthetics from Cuba, Brazil, and Spain drew not only on global forms of constructivism but also on a history of empire, slavery and media technologies from the Atlantic world.

Senior Thesis Colloquium

Feb 10, 2015  ·  5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Program in African Studies
Senior Thesis Colloquium
Daniel Rubenstein, Princeton University

** Certificate seniors only **

Discrimination on the Basis of Citizenship

Feb 11, 2015  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

PIIRS Project on Democracy and Development
Lecture Series
Charles Kurzman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

TBD

Feb 25, 2015  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

PIIRS Project on Democracy and Development
Lecture Series
Rachel Beatty Riedl, Northwestern University
Cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Distributive Conflict and the Transition to Democratic Rule

Mar 4, 2015  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

PIIRS Project on Democracy and Development
Lecture Series
Robert Kaufman, Rutgers University
Cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

TBD

Mar 30, 2015  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

PIIRS Project on Democracy and Development
Lecture Series
Florencia Torche, New York University
Cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

TBD

Apr 8, 2015  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

PIIRS Project on Democracy and Development
Lecture Series
Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University
Cosponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

AALIMS - Oxford Conference on Political Economy of Islam and Muslim Societies

May 15, 2015  ·  12:00 p.m.11:45 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center and the PIIRS Workshop on Arab Political Development

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