Architecture/Art History PhD Forum

The Architecture/Art History PhD Forum is not a public lecture, but a focused, seminar discussion. Regrettably, it can only be open to PhD students of the GSAPP, PhD students in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, and recently graduated Core and Mellon Fellows.

An informal collaboration between the PhD programs of the Department of Art History and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia, the forum provides an opportunity for PhD students to discuss the work of prominent academics and theorists from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Invited speakers will briefly present on their work, focusing in part on a pre-circulated article or book chapter, from the standpoint of "method"—how they defined the questions to be addressed, in what manner they approached them, by what means they determined their critical stakes—before opening the floor to questions and general discussion from the seminar participants. These informal, but focused, seminars will provide an opportunity to discuss the production of intellectual material in ways that will inflect, inform, and inspire students' own work.

Students wishing to attend should rsvp to the organizers:
For Art History: Branden W. Joseph ()
For GSAPP: Reinhold Martin ()

Please rsvp with the word "forum" in the subject line of the e-mail message. Students who have rsvp'd will receive electronic copy of the material that will serve as focus of the discussion.

Spring 2014

Friday, January 31, 4-6 p.m.
PhD Forum with Devin Fore

Friday, February 14, 2-4 p.m.
PhD Forum with Arvind Rajagopal

Friday, March 7, time TBA
PhD Forum with Susan Buck-Morss

First Forum Speaker

Friday, October 8, 2010, 2-4 p.m.
Étienne Balibar
The Judith Lee Stronach Center

Étienne Balibar is one of the most important and subtle contemporary philosophers and theorists working today. His books include Reading Capital (with Louis Althusser); Race, Nation, Class (with Immanuel Wallerstein); The Philosophy of Marx; Spinoza and Politics; Politics and the Other Scene; and We, the People of Europe?: Reflections on Transnational Citizenship. Much of Balibar's current work considers issues of universalism and difference in the context of contemporary globalism, European citizenship, borders, identity, emancipation, violence, and racism.