Events

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The 13/13 Seminars

For Abolition 13/13, click here.
For Critique 13/13, click here.
For Praxis 13/13, click here.
For Uprising 13/13, click here.
For Nietzsche 13/13, click here.
For Foucault 13/13, click here.

Other Events for the 2020-2021 Academic Year 

Étienne Balibar's Complete Works

Thursday, September 17, 1:00-2:30 PM

A discussion with Étienne Balibar, Emmanuelle Saada, and Bernard Harcourt, moderated by Souleymane Bachir Diagne

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The first two volumes of Oeuvres complètes by French philosopher Étienne Balibar were recently published by La Découverte as Histoire interminable. D'un siècle l'autre. Ecrits I and Passions du concepts. Epistémologie, théologie et politique. Ecrits II. Étienne Balibar's friends and colleagues at Columbia University Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Emmanuelle Saada, and Bernard Harcourt, engage in a dialogue with him and reflect together on the importance and influence of his oeuvre, not only in philosophical thought, but in disciplines ranging from history to sociology to political science, and in public discourse. This first discussion will focus on Balibar's writings, and will be followed by a second conversation on September 24

Etienne Balibar teaches at Columbia ever Fall semester. He is Professor Emeritus of moral and political philosophy at Université de PariX — Nanterre and Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. He has published widely in the areas of epistemology, Marxist philosophy, and moral and political philosophy in general.

Emmanuelle Saada is Professor of French and of History, and Director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies at Columbia. Bernard Harcourt is the Isidore and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Columbia. Souleymane Bachir Diagne is the Director of the Institute of African Studies, Professor of French and of Philosophy at Columbia.

This event is presented by the Columbia Maison Française. It is co-sponsored by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia Global Centers | Paris, the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, the European Institute, and the Alliance Program.

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In times past, we celebrated the publication of a book with a book launch and a party—with champagne, tributes, and toasts. But these are not normal times. These times call for critical praxis, not book parties.

In lieu of a book launch for the publication of Critique & Praxis (Columbia 2020), please join us for a protest ride for #BlackLivesMatter. Please join us as we ride together with the Street Riders NYC on Saturday, September 19, 2020.

Let's plan on meeting at 3:00pm at Frederick Douglass Circle at 110th/Cathedral Parkway. The Street Riders NYC usually depart at 4pm from a location announced only shortly before the ride. So meeting at Frederick Douglass Circle at 3pm should allow us ample time to get there together. But do RSVP here, and we will have more information closer to the time!

For upcoming events on Critique & Praxis, click here.

In solidarity, in protest, together — critique & praxis!

— Bernard E. Harcourt

20/20 Vision in a Time of Crisis

Thursday, September 24, 1:00-2:30 PM

A conversation with Etienne Balibar, Adam Tooze, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Emmanuelle Saada, moderated by Bernard Harcourt

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The Covid-19 pandemic and public health crisis; economic collapse; waves of anti-racist protests; threats to democracy and rising authoritarianism in the U.S. and elsewhere, all against a backdrop of an ever-worsening climate crisis... How can we make sense of the current moment in history? Bernard Harcourt engages Etienne Balibar, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Adam Tooze, and Emmanuelle Saada in a wide-ranging discussion about these destabilizing developments that bring into focus fundamental fault lines in the world today.

Etienne Balibar teaches at Columbia every Fall semester. He is Professor Emeritus of moral and political philosophy at Université de Paris X – Nanterre and Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine. Emmanuelle Saada is Professor of French and of History, and Director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies at Columbia. Adam Tooze is the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History at Columbia. Souleymane Bachir Diagne is the Director of the Institute of African Studies, Professor of French and of Philosophy at Columbia. Bernard Harcourt is the Isidore and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Columbia.

This event is presented by the Columbia Maison Française. It is co-sponsored by the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia Global Centers | Paris, the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, the European Institute, and the Alliance Program.

Rights: Critique & Praxis 

Keynote Address at "Ressourcen der Rechtskritik: Methodische Reflexion und kritische Praxis"

August 26, 2020 @ 12pm EST

This event will be held online. Please email kamue@uni-bremen.de to register.

Please join Professor Bernard E. Harcourt for his keynote address, "Rights: Critique & Praxis," at 12pm EDT. The keynote will be in English.

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This event is organized by Dana Schmalz and Jörn Reinhardt and hosted by World of Contradictions at Universität Bremen. 

Illusions and Ignorance: A Critique with Renata Salecl and Bernard E. Harcourt

Monday, October 12, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EDT/7:00 PM BST

This event will be held online. Register here.

Speakers: Renata Salecl, professor at the School of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London; senior researcher at the Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Bernard E. Harcourt, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; Founding Director, Columbia University Center for Contemporary Critical Thought.

Do we live in a post-truth era or have we always thrived on ignorance and illusions? In this conversation, two leading critical thinkers, Renata Salecl, author of A Passion for Ignorance: What We Choose Not to Know and Why (2020), and Bernard E. Harcourt, author of Critique & Praxis: A Critical Philosophy of Illusions, Values, and Action (2020), reflect on the important role of belief and denial in contemporary Western society.

This event is hosted by The Philosopher, the official journal of The Philosophical Society of England.