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May 5-6 | Fictions of History Critical Theory Conference

The Critical Theory Certificate Program and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY invite you to attend “Fictions of History: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Critical Theory.” The conference will take place May 5th-6th, 2017. Stephen Greenblatt will give the Keynote Lecture on May 5th at 6:30, and Mark Anderson, Daniel Kehlmann, and Judith Ryan will be featured in a Keynote Roundtable on W.G. Sebald on May 6th at 3:00.  (more…)

May 4 & 5 | Freedom: a Mellon-Sawyer Symposium

May 4, 2017 – The Graduate Center, CUNY, May 5, 2017 – New York Public Library, Schwartzman Building

In what ways does an engagement with the concept of FREEDOM complicate, if not trouble , our understanding of colonial histories, individualism, sovereignty, the public sphere, liberalism, nationalism, republicanism, contemporary and post-colonial politics? (more…)

April 21 | “American Identities on Land and at Sea” Conference

Friday, April 21st, 10:00am–5:30pm, Martin E. Segal Theatre

Landscape and seascape have been abiding interests in the history of American art, inspiring iconic national imagery and stimulating significant bodies of literature. Many studies have examined how landscape and marine painting encode American culture, politics, and philosophy, often promoting a monolithic notion of American identity. As histories of American art become more culturally and geographically expansive, taking into consideration the larger context of the Western Hemisphere and the transatlantic world, how can scholars reassess images of land and sea? Featuring papers by both established and emerging scholars, this conference explores the ways in which the reinterpretation of American landscape and marine art across media can challenge, subvert, and transform traditional conceptions of American identity.

Click here for the full schedule and more information.

 Cosponsored by The PhD Program in Art History’s Rewald Endowment, the Doctoral Students’ Council

Mar 30 | The Public and Publics Conference

Thursday, March 30th, 9:00am—6:00pm
Keynote: Don Mitchell, Uppsala University, Sweden
Martin E. Segal Theatre

How have scholars, activists, and artists apprehended their position in public life and their belonging in a collective? How can we make sense of the designation of public, as opposed to private, spaces, both literal and figurative? Through a series of moderated panels and a keynote lecture by the geographer Don Mitchell, this interdisciplinary, day-long conference explores the concept of the public, and the plural publics, as an analytical construct of particular importance in both scholarship and political life.

Featuring: Mike Owen Benediktsson, Claire Bishop, Joshua Brown, Amy Chazkel, Provost Joy Connolly, Misty Crooks, Vladimir Gurewich, Talha Issevenler, Setha Low, Sally Engle Merry, Don Mitchell, Carmen Rial, Cecilia Salvi, Kendra Sullivan, Cory Tamler, Dana Taplin, Clarence Taylor, Craig Willse, Eduardo Zimmermann.

For the full program and more information about this conference, visit the website here.

Cosponsored by Futures Initiative, Public Space Research Center, and the Center for Human Environments at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

May 8 | Teach@CUNY Day

On May 8th, 2017, the Teaching and Learning Center will be hosting the second Teach@CUNY Day. This event is scheduled for 9am-4pm on the Concourse Level of the Graduate Center. Teach@CUNY Day is open to the entire CUNY community, but we especially encourage attendance by students at the Graduate Center who are or who will be teaching in Fall 2017.


Mar 7-8 | “Art, Institutions, and Internationalism: 1933-1966” Conference

Please join us Tuesday, March 7th from 10:30am-8:00pm in the Martin E. Segal Theatre at The Graduate Center, CUNY for “Art, Institutions, and Internationalism: 1933-1966,” the first day of a two-day long conference addressing art and nation building during the transition from colonial to post-colonial statehood in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as socio-political changes in the Americas and Europe. Speakers include Lucia Allais, Claire Bishop, Katherine Carl, Chelsea Haines, Olga Ulloa Herrera, David Joselit, Naeem Mohaiemen, Chika Okeke-Agulu, Antonella Pelizzari, Gemma Sharpe, and more.


Feb 10 | “Emancipations, Reconstructions, Revolutions” Conference

Emancipations, Reconstructions, and Revolutions

African American Politics and U.S. History in the Long 19th Century

Friday, February 10, 2017, 10:30 am – 5 pm,
CUNY Graduate Center, 9100: Skylight Room
365 Fifth Ave, New York NY 10016

Emancipations, Reconstructions, and Revolutions gathers students of US politics and African-American life to consider collectively not whether but how, when, and with what lasting effects African Americans participated in the politics of the early, ante- and post-bellum republic. (more…)

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