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Six-Week Seminars

Eduardo Cadava (Professor of English, Princeton University)
Seminar: Genealogies of Memory and Perception: Literature and Photography

Peter Gordon (Amabel B. James Professor in History; Faculty Affiliate, Department of Germanic Languages; Faculty Affiliate, Department of Philosophy, Harvard University)
Seminar: Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory

Heather Love (Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania)
Seminar: Reading the Social World: Observation, Description, Interpretation

Tracy McNulty (Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Cornell University)
Seminar: Intersubjective Acts: Psychoanalysis and Politics


Veena Das (Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology and Adjunct Professor of Humanities, Johns Hopkins University)
Mini-Seminar: Ordinary Ethics and Its Critics

Bernard E. Harcourt (Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Political Science, Columbia University; Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought; Directeur d’études, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
Mini-Seminar: Toward a Critical Practice

Samuel Moyn (Professor of Law and History, Yale University)
Mini-Seminar: American War

Avital Ronell (University Professor of the Humanities; Professor of German, Comparative Literature, and English; Director of Poetics & Theory, New York University)
Mini-Seminar: Trauma Zone – Falling Apart in Literature & Philosophy


Six-Week Seminars

Emily Apter (Professor of French and Comparative Literature; Chair, Department of Comparative Literature, New York University)
Seminar: Thinking in Untranslatables: Revisiting the Gender/Genre Problem

Faisal Devji (Reader in History and Fellow of St. Anthony’s College, University of Oxford)
Seminar: Humanity

Michael Puett (Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History, Department of Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Chair of the Committee of the Study of Religion, Harvard University
Seminar: Rethinking Religion: Cosmopolitan and Comparative Perspectives

Carolyn Rouse (Professor and Chair of Anthropology and Director of the Program in African Studies, Princeton University)
Seminar: The Case Against Reparations: A Radical Rethinking of Social Justice in the 21st Century


Philippe Descola (Chair, Anthropology of Nature, Collège de France; Director of Studies, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)
Mini-Seminar: Ontological Pluralism as Anthropological Critique

Shoshana Felman (Robert Woodruff Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and French, Emory University; Thomas E. Donnelly Professor Emerita of French and Comparative Literature, Yale University)
Mini-Seminar: Literature and Vulnerability

Avishai Margalit (Schulman Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; former George F. Kennan Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University)
Mini-Seminar: Just and Unjust Wars

Anthony Vidler (Professor of Architecture, Cooper Union; Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of
Architectural History, Yale University)
Mini-Seminar: The Smooth and the Rough: Surfaces Psychological and Architectural from Adrian Stokes to Rem Koolhaas


Six-Week Seminars

Branka Arsić (Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University)
Material Life: Vitalism From Spinoza to Deleuze

Warren Breckman (Rose Family Endowed Term Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania)
The Machiavellian Moment of Radical Democracy

W. J. T. Mitchell (Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor, English and Art History, University of Chicago; Editor, Critical Inquiry)
Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media, and Visual Culture

Renata Salecl (Senior Researcher, Institute of Criminology at Faculty of Law, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Professor at School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London)
The Right to Ignorance: Psychoanalysis and Secrets in Times of Surveillance


Sandra L. Bermann (Cotsen Professor fo the Humanities and Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University)
Comparative Literature Meets Translation Theory

Sharon Cameron (William R. Kenan Professor of English, Emerita, Johns Hopkins University)
Tolstoy, Bresson, and the Ground of the Ethical

Matthew Engelke (Professor of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science)
Africa and the Secular

Diana Sorensen (Dean of Arts and Humanities and James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University)
Geographic Imaginaries for the 21st Century: Mobility, Materiality, and the Production of Knowledge


Six-Week Seminars

Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Professor of French and Philosophy, and Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University)
Scenes of Translation

Eli Friedlander (Laura Schwarz-Kipp Professor of Modern Philosophy, Tel Aviv University)
On Affinity: Nature, Language, and Love

Marie-José Mondzain (Director of Studies, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris)
Imaging Operations: From a Zone of Disorder to a Field of Freedom

Sari Nusseibeh (Professor of Philosophy and Former President of Al-Quds University, Jerusalem)
The Story of Reason in Islam


Anita L. Allen (Vice Provost for Faculty, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law, and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania)
Privacy Law, Values, and Cultural Evolution

Gwenaëlle Aubry (Researcher, Centre Jean Pépin (CNRS-Paris Villejuif) and Associate, Centre International d’Étude de la Philosophie Française (ENS-Paris Rue d’Ulm)
From Potentiality to Omnipotence: Some Groundwork for an Archeology Power

Peter E. Gordon (Amabel B. James Professor of History and Faculty Affiliate, Department of Philosophy, Harvard University)
Metaphysics at the Moment of its Fall

Michal Grover-Friedlander (Professor of Musicology, Tel Aviv University)
Impossible Voices of Opera


Six-Week Seminars

Simon Critchley (Hans Jonas Professor in Philosophy, New School for Social Research)
Tragedy As Philosophy

Mark B. N. Hansen (Professor, Program in Literature, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Duke University)
Media Between Data and Experience

Sianne Ngai (Professor of English, Stanford University)
The Contemporary

Annelise Riles (Jack G. Clarke ’52 Professor of Law in Far East Legal Studies, Professor of Anthropology, and Director, Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, Cornell University)
Theorizing the Gift: Law, Markets, Love


Leela Gandhi (John Hawkes Professor of Humanities and English, Brown University)
Moral Imperfection: An Ethics for Democracy

Ursula K. Heise (Professor, Department of English/Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles)
BioCities: Urban Ecology and the Cultural Imagination

Christopher Newfield (Professor of Literature and American Studies, English Department, University of California, Santa Barbara)
Critical Theory and the Post-Capitalist University

Tricia Rose (Director, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, and Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University)
Black Popular Culture in the Age of Color-Blindness and Mass Cultural Commodification


Six-Week Seminars

Ian Baucom (Director, Franklin Humanities Institute and Professor of English, Duke University)
Postcolonial Studies in the Era of the Anthropocene

Jane Bennett (Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University)
A Political Ecology of Things

Michael Bérubé (Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University)
Narrative, Intellectual Disability, and the Boundaries of the Human

Julia Reinhard Lupton (Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine)
Dwelling | Telling | Selling: Contemporary Design Topographies


Akeel Bilgrami (Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy and Global Thought, Columbia University)
Agency, Alienation, and the Democratic Mentality

Rita Felski (William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English, University of Virginia)
Critique and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion

Catherine Malabou (Professor at the Center For Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University)
Emotional Life in a Neurobiological Age: On Wonder

Achille Mbembe (Research Professor in History and Politics, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)
Fanon and the Subject of Emancipation


Six-Week Seminars

John Brenkman (Distinguished Professor, English and Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center and Baruch College)
Philosophy of the Passions, Rhetorics of Affect

Ania Loomba (Catherine Bryson Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature, South Asian Studies and Women’s Studies, University of Pennsylvania)
Feminisms and Postcolonialities

Amy Villarejo (Professor of Film and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Cornell University)
Queer Technics

Hent de Vries (Russ Family Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University)
Miracles, Events, Effects


Lauren Berlant (George M. Pullman Professor of English, University of Chicago)
Affects of the Commons

Ray Brassier (Associate Professor of Philosophy, American University of Beirut)
Reason and Unreason, Life and Unlife

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Albert Guérard Professor in Literature, Stanford University)
Stimmung of Latency: Cultural Moods after 1945

Rei Terada (Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Critical Theory Emphasis, University of California, Irvine)
Revolution-Restoration, 1814–


Six-Week Seminars

Victoria Kahn (Katherine Bixby Hotchkis Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley)
Early Modern/Post Modern: Political Theology, Secularism, Literature

Webb Keane (Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan)
Rethinking Ethics: Cognitive and Ethnographic Approaches

Robert Pippin (Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in and Chair of The John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought and Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago) and David Wellbery (LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor, Germanic Studies, Comparative Literature, Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago)
Theorizing Modernism: Philosophy and Criticism

Kathryn Bond Stockton (Professor of English and Director of Gender Studies, University of Utah)
Sexuality and Childhood in a Global Frame: Queer Theory and Beyond


Seyla Benhabib (Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Yale University)
Cosmopolitanism after Kant

Brent Hayes Edwards (Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Jazz Studies, Columbia University)
Archives and Counter-Archives

Roberto Esposito (Vice-Director and Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, Italian Institute for Human Sciences)
Person and Human Life

Amy Hollywood (Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies, Harvard Divinity School)
Enthusiasm and Critique


Six-Week Seminars

Timothy Brennan (Professor of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, and English, University of Minnesota)
Conformism, Antagonism, Critique: On the Post-Political Turn

Bonnie Honig (Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor, Political Science, Northwestern University and Senior Research Professor, American Bar Foundation, Chicago)
Antigone in Contexts: Humanism and the Challenges of Democratic Theory

Saba Mahmood (Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley)
Politics of Religious Difference

Timothy Murray (Director, Society for the Humanities; Curator, The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art; Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Cornell University)
Digital Discourse: Theory, Art, Archive


Stanley Fish (Davidson-Kahn Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities, Florida International University)
Academic Freedom

Saidiya Hartman (Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies, Columbia University)
Narratives of Dispossession

Katherine Hayles (Professor of Literature and Information Science, Information Studies, Duke University)
How We Think: The Transforming Power of Digital Technologies

Michael Warner (Seymour H. Knox Professor of English and American Studies, Yale University)
Sex and Secularity


Six-Week Seminars

Simon During (Professor of English, Johns Hopkins University)
Conservatism, Religion, History

Geoff Eley (Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Fascism, Modernity, Politics, Aesthetics

Leela Gandhi (Professor of English, University of Chicago)
On Anticolonial Metaphysics

Michael Steinberg (Director, Cogut Center for the Humanities; Barnaby Conrad and Mary Critchfield Keeney Professor of History and Professor of Music, Brown University)

Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg
(Associate Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature; Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Brown University)
Voice, Representation, Ideology


Wai Chee Dimock (William Lampson Professor of English and American Studies, Yale University)
Kin and Kind: Genres and Media as a World Wide Web

Dominick LaCapra (Bowmar Professor of Humanistic Studies, Cornell University)
Figurations of Trauma, the Sacred, and the Sublime

Brian Massumi (Professor of Communication Studies, University of Montreal)
The Critique of Pure Feeling

Susan Stewart (Annan Professor of English, Princeton University)
The Freedom of the Poet


Six-Week Seminars

J. M. Bernstein (University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, New School for Social Research)
Torture and Dignity

Carolyn J. Dean (Professor of History and Modern Culture and Media, Brown University)
On Disbelief, Exaggeration, and the ‘Victim’ in Contemporary Cultural Discourses

Elizabeth A. Povinelli (Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Columbia University)
Recognition, Camouflage, Espionage

Haun Saussy (Bird White Housum Professor of Comparative Literature, Yale University)


Homi K. Bhabha (Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Department of English, Harvard University; Director of the Humanities Center at Harvard)
Political Theoretical Displacements: Sovereignty, Autonomy, Ethics

Judith Butler (Maxine Elliot Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley)
Hannah Arendt and Responsibility

Gerald Early (Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in the English Department, Director of the Center for the Humanities and Director for the Center for Joint Projects at Washington University)
Jazz: The Rise and Fall of Modern Popular Music

Hal Foster (Townsend Martin Class of 1916 Professor and Chair of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University)
Bathetic, Brutal, Banal


Six-week Seminars

Eric Cheyfitz (Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters, Cornell University)
What Is A Just Society?  Native American Philosophies and the Limits of Capitalism’s Imagination

Marjorie Levinson (F. L. Huetwell Professor, Department of English, University of Michigan)
Spinoza’s Enlightenment and Rethinking the Romantic Turn

Bruce Robbins (Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University)
Transnational Culture: Theory and Practice

Ann Laura Stoler (Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies, New School for Social Research)
The Logos and Pathos of Empire: Durabilities of Matter and Mind


Daniel Boyarin (Hermann P. And Sophia Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture, Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley)
Powers of Dialogue: Plato, Thucydides and the Talmud

William Connolly (Krieger-Eisenhower Professor, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University)
Capitalism and Christianity

Martha Nussbaum (Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago)
Religion and Political Equality

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University)
Ethical Implications of Gramsci’s Educational Theory


Six-Week Seminars

Amanda Anderson (Caroline Donovan Professor of English Literature, Johns Hopkins University)
Literary Theory/Political Theory

Brent Hayes Edwards (Department of English, Rutgers University)
Black Intellectuals

Eric Santner (Philip and Ida Romberg Professor of Modern Germanic Studies, University of Chicago)
On Creaturely Life

Ella Shohat (Professor, New York University) and Robert Stam (University Professor, New York University)
Travelling Debates in Translation: Eurocentrism, Multiculturalism, and Postcoloniality


Judith Butler (Maxine Elliot Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley)
Violence and Critique

Geoffrey Hartman (Sterling Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar, English and Comparative Literature, Yale University)
Poetry and Divinity in Contest

Stephen G. Nichols (James M. Beall Professor of French and Humanities, Johns Hopkins University)
Spectacles of Counterrevolution: France in 1804 and 1824

Haiping Yan (Professor of Critical Studies, School of Theatre, Film, and Television, University of California, Los Angeles; Zijiang Professor of the Arts and Humanistic Studies, East China University, Shanghai, China)
On Theatricality


Six-week Seminars

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Albert Guérard Professor of Literature, Departments of Comparative Literature, French and Italian, Stanford University)
Production of Presence – On the Limits of Meaning in Cultural Objects and their Analysis

Elizabeth Grosz (Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University)
Time and Becoming: Darwin, Nietzsche, Bergson, Deleuze

Toril Moi (James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, Duke University)
The Fate of the Body under Skepticism: Wittgenstein, Cavell, Literature, Film

Robert J.C. Young (Professor of Englisih and Critical Theory, University of Oxford, Wadham College)
The Theory and Politics of Cultural Translation


Homi Bhabha (Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and American Literature and Chair of the Program in History and Literature, Harvard University)
Citizens and Subalterns: Global Measures and The Role of Minorities

Joan Scott (Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study)
French Universalism in Crisis

Hortense Spillers (Frederick J. Whiton Professor of English, Cornell University)
The Problem of Black Culture

Catharine Stimpson (Dean and University Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University)
Loving Gertrude Stein


Six-week seminars

Srinivas Aravamudan & Ranjana Khanna (Duke University)
Permanent War: Sovereignty and Empire, Subjectivity and Masculinity      

Maryse Condé (Columbia University)
Literary Cannibalism: A Caribbean Strategy for Survival

Richard Schechner (New York University)
Ritual, Play, and Performance

Michael Warner (Rutgers University)
Secularism and Antisecularisim


Seyla Benhabib (Yale University)
Between Hospitality and Sovereignty: Kant, Arendt, Schmitt and Derrida

Biodun Jeyifo (Cornell University)
Cultural Modernity and Comparative Postcolonial Studies: English, Anthropology, Philosophy

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia University)
Is Levinas ‘use-less’?

Richard Weisberg (Cardozo Law School, Yeshiva University)
Law and Literature: Towards a Hermeneutics of Earthly Justice


Six-week seminars

Mieke Bal (University of Amsterdam)
The Anthropomorphic Imagination

Etienne Balibar (Université de Nanterre, France)
Racism Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Problems of Definition and Resistance

Tom Conley (Harvard University)
Spatial Practices of French Critical Theory

Mary Jacobus (Cambridge University, England)
Psychoanalysis and Literary Criticism: Affects and Their Vicissitudes


Ernst van Alphen (Leiden University)
Thinking Visually: The Contribution of Images to Contemporary Thought 

Wai Chee Dimock (Yale University)
American Literature and Planetary Time

Satya P. Mohanty (Cornell University)
Identity, Multiculturalism, and Internationalism: Rethinking the Issues

Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago)
Beyond the Social Contract: Capabilities and Social Justice


Six-week seminars

Manthia Diawara (New York University)
Cultural Studies and the Black Diaspora

Sander Gilman (University of Illinois, Chicago)
Body Matters

Vincent Pecora (University of California, Los Angeles)
Modernity and Theory of Religion

Doris Sommer (Harvard University)
Bilingual Games


Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley)
Ethical Violence

Stanley Fish (University of Illinois, Chicago)
There’s No Such Thing as an Orientation toward Understanding: A Critique of Habermas

Naoki Sakai (Cornell University)
The Dislocation of the West and the Humanities

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia University)
Political Fictions


Six-week seminars

Perry Anderson (University of California, Los Angeles)
Globalization: Mega-Narrative or Myth?

Susan Buck-Morss (Cornell University)
Aesthetics After Art

Diana Fuss (Princeton University)
The Senses: A Critical Genealogy

Fredric Jameson (Duke University)
Walter Benjamin’s “Arcades Project”


Geoffrey Hartman (Yale University)
Reflections on Authenticity in the Age of Simulacra

Deirdre McCloskey (University of Illinois, Chicago)
Bourgeois Virtue

Stephen Nichols (Johns Hopkins University)
On Laughter

Jacques Rancière (University of Paris VIII)
Aesthetics and Politics: Rethinking the Link


Six-week seminars

David Carroll (University of California, Irvine)
Contested Memory: The Limits of Historical Representation and the Right to Fiction

Rey Chow (Brown University)
Mimeticism and Cross-Ethnic Representation

Peter Novick (University of Chicago)
The Holocaust as History, as Memory, and as Myth

David Wellbery (Johns Hopkins University)
Observation, Form, Difference: Interdisciplinary Paradigms for Literary Study


Etienne Balibar (University of Paris X)
‘Possessive Individualism’ Revisited (An Issue in Philosophical Anthropology)

Suzanne Gearhart (University of California, Irvine)
Freud in Algeria: Psychoanalysis and the Interiorization of Culture

Allen Grossman (Johns Hopkins University)
Biblical Creation, Greek Poetics, and the Logic of Judgement


Six-week seminars

Benedict Anderson (Cornell University)
Late Nationalism

Seyla Benhabib (Harvard University)
Democracy’s Others: Problems of Political Membership in the Global Era

Lani Guinier (Harvard Law School)
Critical Perspectives on the Law: Issues of Race and Gender

Fredric Jameson (Duke University)
Allegory and Dialectic


Houston Baker (University of Pennsylvania)
Performing Blackness: Who Speaks for Black Modernism in America

Natalie Davis (University of Toronto)
Rethinking Cultural Mixture

Stanley Fish (University of Illinois, Chicago)
Rhetoric, Politics, Law: The Endless Quarrel

Dominick LaCapra (Cornell University)
Holocoaust Testimonies: Listening to the Victim’s Voice


Six-week seminars

Michael Fried (Johns Hopkins University)
Classics of Art Criticism: Diderot, Baudelaire, Fry, Greenberg

Catherine Gallagher (University of California, Berkeley)

Patricia Parker (Stanford University)
Shakespeare Uncontained?

Hayden White (University Of California, Santa Cruz)
Theory of the Text


Etienne Balibar (University of Paris X)
Spectres of Violence

Marianne Hirsch (Dartmouth College)

Martin Jay (University of California, Berkeley)
The Vicissitudes of ‘Experience’


Six-week seminars

Walter Benn Michaels (Johns Hopkins University)
Posthistoricism, 1966-1996

Toril Moi (Duke University)
Sex, Gender, and the Body: Phenomenological and Psychoanalytical Perspectives

Jacqueline Rose (University of London)
Psychoanalysis and Modern Culture

Joan Scott (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
History and Theory


Roger Chartier (EHESS)
The Text and the Voice: Genre, Performances, and Audience in the Early Modern Period

Jonathan Culler (Cornell University)
Literary Theory and the Lyric

Martin Stone (Duke University)
Wittgenstein, Interpretation, and Legal Theory