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.
Wave/Time/History A lunchtime talk series devoted to rethinking the concept of historical time through the figure of the wave, with speakers from legal theory, environmental studies, architectural theory, feminist and queer theory, classical reception studies, and the history of science.
Oct. 4: Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, "Waves in Space,The Spatiotemporal Movement of Spacial Justice" A tracing of three modes of time in relation to three concepts of law-space—matter, atmosphere, and spatial justice—drawing on post-Deleuzian work in new materialism (12:00pm, 210 Dickinson). [Wave/Time/History]
Nov. 8: Michael Marder, “Untimely Theses on Time, Energy, and Plant Growth” An inquiry into the paradoxes inherent in figuring time, moving in linear fashion from Hegel and Heidegger to the concept of energy and the heterogeneous durations of vegetal life (12:00pm, 203 Scheide Caldwell). [Wave/Time/History]
Nov. 14: Charles Ray, "Experimental Statues" Starting from the philosopher Trenton Merricks’ proposition that there are no statues, only atoms behaving statuewise, Charles Ray reflects on whether he is making sculptures that behave statuewise or statues that behave sculpturewise. (4:30pm, 010 East Pyne).
Nov. 15: Charles Ray, "Sculptural Decisions" Charles Ray will discuss in conversation with Hal Foster sculptural decisions generated by thinking sculpturally rather than thinking about sculpture. (12:00pm, Prospect House). Please RSVP to email@example.com
Dec. 6: Heather Love, "Making Contact with the Queer Past" Drawing on recent work in queer studies on temporality and history, Heather Love reflects on the confusions (self/other, subject/other) that can result from contact with the dead. (12:00pm, 202 Jones Hall) [Wave/Time/History]
Dec. 12: Forum on Intellectual Life in a Critical Time An open forum for students and faculty on challenges for the humanities after the election.
Feb. 14: Miriam Leonard, "Classics and Revolution" An inquiry into the play between novelty and repetition within the temporality of revolution, using Hannah Arendt and Karl Marx to read the figure of classical antiquity within the French Revolution. (12:00pm, 161 East Pyne) [Wave/Time/History]
Mar. 8: David Gissen, “Environmental Translations: Experiments in Writing Space, Environment, and Time” A presentation of recent writing experiments that explore the idea of “environmental translations” from architecture, conceptual literature, and studies in the science of perception. [Wave/Time/History]
Apr. 3: Philippe Descola, "Making Ontologies Visible: An Anthropological Perspective on Images" (Eberhard L. Faber Lecture, 4:30pm, Betts Auditorium)
Apr. 4: Jimena Canales, "Time Twisters: Laplace's, Maxwell's, and Einstein's Demon (1814-1924)" An exercise in thinking with the demons of modern science in an attempt not only to eradicate these imaginary imps but also to capture the insights their perverse viewpoints can offer. (12:00pm, 161 East Pyne) [Wave/Time/History]
"New Schools" A yearlong experiment in pedagogical practice that brings together contemporary art and contemporary scholarship. Five artists will collaborate in the classroom with Princeton faculty members to explore new approaches to university teaching.
February 11: "Walkthrough (Part II)" Walid Raad inquires into the impact of forms of extreme violence on bodies, minds, and culture via two of his acclaimed long-term art projects: “The Atlas Group” (1989-2004) and “Scratching on things I could disavow” (2007-present). (Walid Raad, 4:30pm, 010 East Pyne).
February 18: "How to Do the History of (New?) Materialism" A roundtable on contemporary materialisms vis-à-vis genealogies, paths not taken, and reanimated corpses, with Charles Wolfe (Ghent), Andrew Cole (English), Brooke Holmes (Classics), and Federico Marcon (East Asian/History). (12:00pm, 161 East Pyne).
February 26: "What History Could Have Been (2)" With Matthew Jesse Jackson, Jenny Perlin, John Tresch, Winnie Wong, and Soyoung Yoon. Communal exercises in conjectural historiography in the spirit of Borges and Vico. (2:00-6:00pm, Orozco Room, The New School)
March 22: A Parliament of Dreams. A workshop on “dream reconciliation,” in which participants undertake a series of exercises intended to help them enter imaginatively into one another’s dreams.
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.) (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. With Joshua Clover, John Jackson, David Levine, Andrew Ross, Winnie Wong. (1:00 PM, 300 Wallace Hall)
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. (1:30 PM McCormick 106)
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.
February 6: "Summertime" A gathering of the disciplines to listen, think, and talk about George Gershwin’s “Summertime” and its seventy-seven year history, with Daphne Brooks, Steve Mackey, Tracy K. Smith, and Michael Wood. With an open call for voiceovers.
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.