This event will take place at Columbia University's Maison Francaise. If you are interested in attending, please send an email explaining your interest to Anna Krauthamer at firstname.lastname@example.org. This seminar will feature Banu Bargu of UC Santa Cruz, Karuna Mantena of Yale University, Uday Mehta of CUNY, Akeel Bilgrami of Columbia University, Bernard E. Harcourt, Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, and Jesus Rodriguez-Velasco, Chair of the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University. The seminars will be open to all.
The purpose of this seminar series is to explore various modalities of uprising, disobedience, inservitude, revolt, or other forms of political contestation. Instead of including them all under the name of “revolution”—a term that has become conceptually and historically fraught—the seminar will consider how specific experiences and discourses articulate new forms of upheaval or reformulate well-known ones. By focusing on this conceptual, historical and political problematic, we intend to shine a light on experiences and manifestations that take place at the local and at the global level, as well as at the subjective and the collective level. The idea is to articulate how critical political practice is expressed and understood today.