A conference and roundtable discussion on the connections between international borders and social boundaries in the contemporary world with a keynote address by Nina Bernstein of the New York Times on “Outlaw Generation: A Crackdown and its Consequences for Children in Illegal Immigrant Families in the United States”
Free and open to the public
Clive van den Berg has designed and curated many of South Africa's most significant heritage installations: the Women's Gaol & Prison #4 at Constitution Hill, the Worker's Museum, the Kimberley Legislature, and Freedom Park. His studio art practice has similarly explored issues of memory and memorialization in the face of silence and forgetfulness. In this lecture, he presents his own work, and meditates on the possibility of giving form to what escapes the order and the authority of the page in a nation whose diverse histories have rarely been given voice.
This paper examines the affective circuits that animate images of disturbing events, looking in particular at the politics of pity and compassion. Focussing mainly on an image of famine in the Sudan, incorporated into a video installation by Alfredo Jaar, it analyses the complex of positive and negative affects aroused by the documentary image, and the way in which these are exposed and
From Gogol's short story of a body divided against itself, and the archive of Stalin's purges, comes William Kentridge's magical restaging of Shostakovich's opera, 'The Nose.' Kentridge, one of the world's foremost artists, is joined by opera scholar and dramaturgue David Levin to discuss his visual investigation of anarchism and anomie, power and its excesses.
CCASD Visiting Fellow and Associate Professor of History and Women's Studies (Duke)
"Family Touches: Black Germans and the Sight and Sense of Race"
Renée Green, artist, filmmaker, writer and Dean of Graduate programs at San Francisco Art Institute, visited Columbia on 2/26 for a screening of her film "Endless Dreams and Water Between" at 4:30pm in 612 Schermerhorn. A short reception was held at the conclusion of the film, from 5:30-6pm. Green delivered a public lecture, followed by a conversation with Eduardo Cadava (Princeton University).
Seminar Discussion with Ayse Parla on "The Inclusive Exclusion of Turkish Immigrants from Bulgaria"
A one-day conference that brought together scholars, artists and cultural institutions to explore the practical and conceptual challenges posed by 'live' practices and embodied repertoires to conventional understandings of the archive and archival practice. Invited participants included George Lewis, Tavia Nyong’o, Jean Howard, Elin Diamond, Diamela Eltit, Anna Deveare Smith, Lois Weaver (Split Britches), Reverend Billy, Ozzie Rodriguez (La MaMa E.T.C.), Mary Marshall Clark, Marvin Taylor
Who's Afraid of Shari'a?: A Conversation about “War, Law and Humanitarian Intervention"October 2, 2008
Who's Afraid of Shari'a?: A Conversation about "War, Law and Humanitarian Intervention" with Naz Modirzadeh (Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, Harvard School of Public Health) and Mahmood Mamdani (Columbia University). Moderated by Katherine Franke (Columbia Law School). Thursday, October 2nd, 4:10-6pm, 754 Schermerhorn Extension. Reception to follow.
Image: Humanitarian intervention in Afghanistan as spectacle. Carnivale in Rio de Janeiros, BBC News in Pictures 2007.