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PIIRS Conferences and Workshops

PIIRS provides funding and administrative support for conferences and workshops in international studies that are organized by Princeton faculty and held on the Princeton campus. The PIIRS Conference Fund  will provide up to $18,000 toward the projected costs of PIIRS-sponsored conferences and workshops, as well as staff support for conference organizers. The PIIRS director also provides smaller sums (in the range of $1,000-$5,000) to faculty as a conference cosponsor. There is no restriction on subject matter as long as the meeting engages international studies (specifically, the human dimensions of issues in global, comparative or regional perspective). PIIRS does not fund meetings simply because they involve participants from abroad.

The following are PIIRS-supported conferences scheduled for this year or supported by PIIRS in the recent past.

FALL 2014

SEPTEMBER 12-13, 2014

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Symposium - Globalization and the Social Sciences
Sep. 12 (300 Wallace Hall) | Sep. 13 (219 Aaron Burr Hall)

Directors: Jeremy Adelman, Princeton; Olivier Bouin, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme-Paris; Michel Wieworka, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme-Paris

How have global processes and global histories shaped the social sciences? While social scientists have thought a great deal about globalization, few how asked how the scales and depth of interdependence between societies have shaped the models and techniques – the cognitive styles – of the social sciences. This symposium aims to discuss the past, present and future of the social sciences from an international perspective. With hubs in Princeton and the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme-Paris, we plan to explore how new global scales remap disciplinary inquiry. This event will likely evolve into a working group and yield an anthology of future-oriented essays that chart alternative pathways for social science research.

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Co-sponsored by PIIRS and the University Center for Human Values.

OCTOBER 9-11, 2014

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Symposium - Unpacking Derrida's Library: Secrets of the Archive
Oct. 9,  3 to 6 p.m. | Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. | Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
101 McCormick Hall

No registration required. 

Directors: Eduardo Cadava, Princeton; Avital Ronell, NYU

The symposium was created to honor the tenth anniversary of the death of French-Algerian philosopher, Jacques Derrida. Participants will explore the ways in which Derrida’s writings helped transform our understanding of a range of disciplines and areas in the humanities, including philosophy, literature, art and art history, music, architecture, anthropology, cultural studies, gender studies, law, psychoanalysis and human rights. The symposium will bring together philosophers, literary critics and theorists from Algeria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Scotland, New Zealand and the United States to think about the multiple legacies his work has left.

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October 16-18, 2014

Zoopoétique: L’Animal en Littérature Française

André Benhaïm (Princeton University)
Anne Simon (CNRS / EHESS, Paris) 

“Zoopoetics” can be defined as the study of the literary representation of the animal’s modes of being. In this conference, European and American scholars will reach beyond literature to engage in a dialogue with other disciplines (ethology, ethics, philosophy...) more commonly associated with Animal Studies. Stemming from the scholarly activities of the international research program “Animots” (hosted by the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche, Paris), this colloquium thus aims at asserting the legitimacy of animality in literary studies.

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Deadlines for Proposals

September 30
January 17
April 15