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.
We bring together Stanford faculty, graduate students and visitors from different departments and methodological backgrounds, including philosophy, literature, history, law, anthropology, political science and cultural studies, in order to foster innovative approaches to examine the contemporary.