• Hagar Kotef (Society of Fellows 2009-2012)
  • Murad Idris (Society of Fellows 2014-2015)
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated

"Empire By Its Other Names" aims to map the political formations of violence that organize and govern contemporary political life. Following Trump’s election, questions emerged about how to best typify this regime: Is it fascism, authoritarianism, or populism? A new or old form of white supremacy? The truth of American democracy, or its betrayal? The essence of neo-liberalism, or a backlash against it? On the other hand, do these questions presuppose a form of American exceptionalism, accounting for it by discounting its global contexts? And is the perplexity and urgency surrounding Trump not itself symptomatic of American exceptionalism? By thinking through some primary orders of violence, this conference will systematically place these questions and themes within a wider global history.

The workshop will be composed of five sessions, each dedicated to one order of violence: Colonization, White Supremacy, Capitalism, Barriers, and War. The second day will also feature a roundtable organized around a discussion of Frantz Fanon’s “On Violence”.

Participants: Nikhil Singh, Shatema Threadcraft, Hagar Kotef, Robbie Shilliam, Anne Norton, Massimiliano Tomba, Andrew Dilts, Nadia Abu El-Haj, Reinhold Martin, Murad Idris, Helen Kinsella, Rahul Rao, Audra Simpson, Pinar Kemerli, Robert Nichols, George Ciccariello-Maher


Friday, April 5, 2019

11:30-1:00: White Supremacy

Nikhil Singh (NYU), Shatema Threadcraft (Dartmouth College)

Chair: Robyn Marasco (Hunter College)


2:00-3:30 Colonization

Hagar Kotef (SOAS), Robbie Shilliam (Johns Hopkins University)

Chair: Chris Brown (Columbia University)

Coffee break

4:00-5:30 Capitalism

Anne Norton (University of Pennsylvania), Massimiliano Tomba (UC Santa Cruz)

Chair: Chris Florio (Columbia University)

Saturday, April 6, 2019

10:00-12:00: War

Nadia Abu El-Haj (Barnard College), Murad Idris (University of Virginia), Helen Kinsella (University of Minnesota)

Chair: Anne McNevin (New School for Social Research)


1:00-2:30: Barriers

Andrew Dilts (Loyola Marymount University), Reinhold Martin (Columbia University)

Chair: Maria Gonzalez Pendas (Columbia University)


3:00-5:00: "Resistance By Its Other Names" Discussion Open To The Public

Read and discuss Frantz Fanon’s “On Violence

Rahul Rao (SOAS), Audra Simpson (Columbia University), Pinar Kemerli (NYU), Robert Nichols (University of Minnesota), George Ciccariello-Maher (NYU)

Chair: Cristina Beltran (NYU)

5:00 Reception