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2014 Colloquium

The Contemporary

Friday, May 30th 2014

We will be hosting a one-day colloquium at Stanford University on Friday, May 30th.

Workshop Description

This colloquium is the final event of our year-long working group on 'The Contemporary." Our workshop examines the  “contemporary” with a focus on defining moments such as: 1945, 1973, 1989, and 2001. In recent years the concept of the contemporary has been taken up within limited disciplinary discourses and in the context of distinct geographical settings. The horizon of this workshop, however, is the global. We employ a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to the hybrid term “contemporary” as it intersects various fields and serves as a heuristic device to understand phenomena in politics, culture, and the arts. In this spirit, our colloquium brings together scholars from various fields and disciplines that all are grappling with questions such as 1. what is this thing we call "the contemporary," and how do traditional disciplinary methods need to adapt to new challenges faced by the unique cultural objects of the contemporary moment?

Speakers

Confirmed speakers include:

View speaker and contributor bios

Schedule

Titles with links to abstracts are given below.

8:45

9:00

Welcome Remarks

 

9:00

10:00

Pedro Erber

"Contemporaneity as Method"

10:00

10:15

Coffee break

 

10:15

11:15

Amy Elias

"The Contemporary, As Soon As Possible: Periodization vs. Relationality"

11:15

11:30

Coffee break

 

11:30

12:30

Phillip Wegner

“The Rising Fortunes of the Contemporary and the Challenge of Periodization"

12:30

1:30

Lunch (RSVP required)

 

1:30

2:30

Keren Omry

"A Geometry of Uncertainty: 9/11 and Culture of the Contemporary in a Digital Age"

2:30

3:30

Russell Berman

"Scholarship, Humanities, the Contemporary"

3:30

4:00

Break

 

4:00

5:30

Paul Rabinow (keynote; RSVP required)

"Contemporary Inquiry: Ecologies of Assemblages"

Funders

Stanford Department of Literatures, Cultures and Language

Stanford Department of Literatures, Cultures and Language Research Units

The Europe Center at Stanford

Stanford Humanities Center

CCSRE

Lacuna Stories

We are excited to be hosting the readings, video recordings, and bibliography for this colloquium on the digital humanities platform Lacuna Stories. For access to this site and to engage with the readings, speakers, and conversations this colloquium hosts, email coordinator Brian Johnsrud at johnsrud@stanford.edu.

 

Videos

Pedro Erber: Contemporaneity as Method;

Amy Elias: The Contemporary, As Soon As Possible: Periodization vs. Relationality

Phillip Wegner: The Rising Fortunes of the Contemporary and the Challenge of Periodization

Keren Omry: A Geometry of Uncertainty: 9/11 and Culture of the Contemporary in a Digital Age

Russell Berman: Scholarship, Humanities, the Contemporary

Paul Rabinow Keynote: Contemporary Inquiry: Ecologies of Assemblages

 

2014 Colloquium Speaker Bios

Fred Turner

Associate Professor of Communication

Russell Berman

Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies, Stanford University

Amy Elias

Professor of English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Pedro Erber

Assistant Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies, Cornell University

Keren Omry

Assistant Professor, American Studies, University of Haifa

Paul Rabinow

Professor of Medical & Sociocultural Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Phillip Wegner

Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar, University of Florida