Cosponsors
  • Maison Française
  • College International de Philosophie
  • Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

This conference on “Thinking with Balibar” will explore the influence of Etienne Balibar's work, not paying tribute to Étienne Balibar per se, but showing how certain concepts, arguments, and methods that he applies in his work can be and are being used by scholars in different fields working on crucial issues of our time. The conference will thus be inspired by his work instead of being on is work. It marks the third and last year of Étienne Balibar's stint as a Visiting Professor at Columbia in the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and Department of French. He will also be speaking at the conference.

This conference follows and builds on a one-day workshop called "Pourquoi Balibar" that was organized in Paris on January 17, 2014 by the Collège International de Philosophie (Étienne Balibar is a member of its Scientific Board) after he published several important books in recent years – Violence et civilité and La Proposition de l'égaliberté in 2011 (the latter now translated as Equaliberty: Political Essays), Citoyen sujet et autres essais d'anthropologie philosophique in 2011, and Saeculum: culture, religion, idéologie in 2011. This conference will further develop these analyses, bringing together some of the participants from the Paris meeting with other scholars working in the U.S.

Program

November 13, 2014  Thursday

2:00pm - 2:15pm EDT

Opening Remarks by Souleymane Bachir Diagne and Diogo Sardinha

2:15pm - 3:45pm EDT

Roundtable and Discussion: Anthropology and Politics
Moderator

Shanny Peer

Director of Maison Française

Columbia University

Democracy and Sovereignty

Jean Cohen

Nell and Herbert M. Singer Professor of Political Theory and Contemporary Civilization

Columbia University

Political Anthropology

Stathis Gourgouris

Professor of Comparative Literature

Columbia University

Hegemony and Ideology

Frédéric Neyrat

Lecturer in Comparative Literature

University of Wisconsin-Madison

3:45pm - 4:35pm EDT

The Subject in Translation
Moderator

Marie Gaille

Head of Research (CR1) and Doctor of Philosophy - CNRS

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

John Rajchman

Adjunct Professor of Art History and Archaeology

Columbia University

4:35pm - 5:00pm EDT

Break I

5:00pm - 5:50pm EDT

Declarations and the Meanings of Revolutions
Moderator

Marie Gaille

Head of Research (CR1) and Doctor of Philosophy - CNRS

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Gabriel Rockhill

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Villanova University

6:15pm - 8:00pm EDT

Can we say: After the Subject Comes the Stranger?
Introduction

Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Professor of French

Columbia University

Etienne Balibar

Visiting Professor of French and Romance Philology

Columbia University

November 14, 2014  Friday

9:30am - 10:00am EDT

Welcome and Introduction

10:00am - 10:50am EDT

Consciousness Against the Common: Balibar’s Reading of Locke
Moderator

Lydia Goehr

Professor of Philosophy

Columbia University

Warren Montag

Brown Family Professor in Literature, English and Comparative Literary Studies

Occidental College

10:50am - 11:40am EDT

The Violence of Anthropology
Moderator

Lydia Goehr

Professor of Philosophy

Columbia University

Diogo Sardinha

President

Collège International de Philosophie, Paris

11:40am - 12:00pm EDT

Break I

12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT

Body, Health, Life and Death in Medical Decision: A ‘Worksite’ for Democracy
Moderator

Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Professor of French

Columbia University

Marie Gaille

Head of Research (CR1) and Doctor of Philosophy - CNRS

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Break II

2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT

Politeia. Violence, Alliance, Recognition: Reflections on the Political in Dialogue with Etienne Balibar
Moderator

Diogo Sardinha

President

Collège International de Philosophie, Paris

Marcel Hénaff

Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Anthropology

University of California at San Diego

2:50pm - 3:40pm EDT

Relations
Moderator

Diogo Sardinha

President

Collège International de Philosophie, Paris

Jacques Lezra

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature

New York University

3:40pm - 4:00pm EDT

Break III

4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT

Roundtable and Discussion: Equaliberty
Moderator

Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Professor of French

Columbia University

Akeel Bilgrami

Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy

Columbia University

Sudipta Kaviraj

Professor, Indian Politics and Intellectual History

Columbia University

Bruce Robbins

Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities

Columbia University

Lawrence D. Kritzman

John D. Willard Professor of French and Comparative Literature

Dartmouth College

Participants
  • Etienne Balibar Visiting Professor of French and Romance Philology Columbia University
  • Akeel Bilgrami Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy Columbia University
  • Jean Cohen Nell and Herbert M. Singer Professor of Political Theory and Contemporary Civilization Columbia University
  • Souleymane Bachir Diagne Professor of French Columbia University
  • Marie Gaille Head of Research (CR1) and Doctor of Philosophy - CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • Lydia Goehr Professor of Philosophy Columbia University
  • Stathis Gourgouris Professor of Comparative Literature Columbia University
  • Marcel Hénaff Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Anthropology University of California at San Diego
  • Sudipta Kaviraj Professor, Indian Politics and Intellectual History Columbia University
  • Lawrence D. Kritzman John D. Willard Professor of French and Comparative Literature Dartmouth College
  • Jacques Lezra Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature New York University
  • Warren Montag Brown Family Professor in Literature, English and Comparative Literary Studies Occidental College
  • Frédéric Neyrat Lecturer in Comparative Literature University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Shanny Peer Director of Maison Française Columbia University
  • John Rajchman Adjunct Professor of Art History and Archaeology Columbia University
  • Bruce Robbins Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities Columbia University
  • Gabriel Rockhill Associate Professor of Philosophy Villanova University
  • Diogo Sardinha President Collège International de Philosophie, Paris