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Co-Sponsor; Vanishing Lines, Soluble Boundaries, Sliding Identities

September 19, 2016 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Columbia Maison Francaise East Gallery, Buell Hall

Ananda Devi, in conversation with Madeleine Dobie

(Maison Francaise event, co-sponsored by IAS and IRWGS*)

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Feminist to the Core with Jack Halberstam

April 27, 2017 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Butler Library Room 523

Feminist to the Core with Bernard Harcourt

April 21, 2017 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
754 Schermerhorn Ext

Feminist to the Core with Bernard Harcourt on Nietzsche 

Bernard E. Harcourt is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University.


Co-sponsor; The Right to Maim: States of Debility/Capacity/Disability with Jasbir Puar

February 22, 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
South Tower, Barnard Hall

The Right to Maim: States of Debility/Capacity/Disability

A Talk by Jasbir Puar

American Studies (Barnard/Columbia) event, cosponsored by IRWGS


Jasbir K. Puar is Associate Professor of Women's & Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She has also been a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999 and an M.A. from the University of York, England, in Women's Studies in 1993.

Hunting Girls: Patriarchal Fantasy or Feminist Resistance with Kelly Oliver

March 1, 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Case Lounge, Jerome Greene Hall


Kelly Oliver is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of over 100 articles, thirteen books, and ten edited volumes. Her authored books include, most recently, Hunting Girls: Sexual Violence from The Hunger Games to Campus Rape, forthcoming from Columbia University Press (2016); Earth and World: Philosophy After the Apollo Missions, 2015 also with Columbia. Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital Punishmentcame out with Fordham in 2013; Knock me up, Knock me down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Film was published by Columbia in 2012; Animal Lessons: How They Teach us to be Human in 2009; Also, Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex and the Media (2007); The Colonization of Psychic Space: A Psychoanalytic Theory of Oppression (2004); Noir Anxiety: Race, Sex, and Maternity in Film Noir(2002); and perhaps her best known work, Witnessing: Beyond Recognitionpublished with Minnesota in 2001.

She has published in The New York Times, and has been interviewed on ABC television news, various radio programs, and Canadian Broadcasting network. Her work has been translated into seven languages. Most recently, she has written two novels in the Cowgirl Philosophy Series, forthcoming.

Co-sponsor; A Celebration of Mahasweta Devi (1926-2016)

December 5, 2016 - 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Columbia University, School of International Public Affairs 1501, 420 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10027.


Panel 1: 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Opening Remarks (Columbia University)

Moinak Biswas, 'Claw of the Burning Leap' (Director of Film Studies, Jadavpur University)

Discussant: Richard Peña (Director Emeritus, New York Film Festival, Columbia University)

Naveen Kishore, Talking Writing, (Seagull Books), followed by a brief discussion




Panel 2: 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Gauri Viswanathan, Moderator (Columbia University)

Sadia Abbas (Rutgers)

Meena Alexander (CUNY)

Ben Baer (Princeton)

Etienne Balibar (Columbia)     

Partha Chatterjee (Columbia)

Yvette Christiansë (Barnard)

Sudipta Kaviraj (Columbia)

Lydia Liu (Columbia)
Rachel McDermott  (Barnard)

Sonali Perera (CUNY)


Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Closing Remarks (Columbia)


Sponsored by The South Asian Institute, The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, The Department of English, The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and Global Cultural Studies.

Feminist to the Core Goes to the Opera: Sexual Violence Onstage

October 24, 2016 - 4:10pm - 6:00pm
203 Butler Library

New Books in the Arts and Sciences: Panel Discussions Celebrating Recent Work by IRWGS Faculty Elizabeth Povinelli & Lila Abu-Lughod

October 18, 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Common Room of Heyman Center

New Books in the Arts & Sciences
         —panel discussions celebrating recent work by the Columbia Faculty

Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society, 30th Anniversary Edition, with a New Afterword by Lila Abu-Lughod

First published in 1986, Lila Abu-Lughod’s Veiled Sentiments has become a classic ethnography in the field of anthropology. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Abu-Lughod lived with a community of Bedouins in the Western Desert of Egypt for nearly two years, studying gender relations, morality, and the oral lyric poetry through which women and young men express personal feelings. The poems are haunting, the evocation of emotional life vivid. But Abu-Lughod’s analysis also reveals how deeply implicated poetry and sentiment are in the play of power and the maintenance of social hierarchy. What begins as a puzzle about a single poetic genre becomes a reflection on the politics of sentiment and the complexity of culture.
This thirtieth anniversary edition includes a new afterword that reflects on developments both in anthropology and in the lives of this community of Awlad 'Ali Bedouins, who find themselves increasingly enmeshed in national political and social formations. The afterword ends with a personal meditation on the meaning—for all involved—of the radical experience of anthropological fieldwork and the responsibilities it entails for ethnographers.

Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism by Elizabeth Povinelli

In Geontologies Elizabeth A. Povinelli continues her project of mapping the current conditions of late liberalism by offering a bold retheorization of power. Finding Foucauldian biopolitics unable to adequately reveal contemporary mechanisms of power and governance, Povinelli describes a mode of power she calls geontopower, which operates through the regulation of the distinction between Life and Nonlife and the figures of the Desert, the Animist, and the Virus. Geontologies examines this formation of power from the perspective of Indigenous Australian maneuvers against the settler state. And it probes how our contemporary critical languages—anthropogenic climate change, plasticity, new materialism, antinormativity—often unwittingly transform their struggles against geontopower into a deeper entwinement within it. A woman who became a river, a snakelike entity who spawns the fog, plesiosaurus fossils and vast networks of rock weirs: in asking how these different forms of existence refuse incorporation into the vocabularies of Western theory Povinelli provides a revelatory new way to understand a form of power long self-evident in certain regimes of settler late liberalism but now becoming visible much further beyond.

Panel Discussion with Joao Biehl (Princeton), Vanessa Agard-Jones and Anupama Rao; co-sponsored by Heyman Center, Anthroplogy, ISERP and IRWGS

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New York City Party Culture 1980-83: Conjuncture, Queers, Women with Tim Lawrence

October 17, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
754 Schermerhorn Ext

Co-sponsor; Queer Disruptions: A National Conference on Gender and Sexuality - WGSS Council

October 13, 2016 - 1:40pm - October 14, 2016 - 1:40pm

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