Columbia Humanities in the News
Grant Wythoff (English and Comp Lit)

"[Hugo] Gernsback left a trail of technical writings, patents, interviews, newspaper clippings, and prophetic essays, and the best of these have now been gathered into a beautifully illustrated compendium and sourcebook titled The Perversity of Things: Hugo Gernsback on Media, Tinkering, and Scientifiction."

Read the review of Wythoff's The Perversity of Things in the New York Review of Books.

Ana Paulina Lee (Latin American and Iberian Cultures)

Ana Paulina Lee won a Junior Faculty Diversity Grant Award for her project "Mapping Asian Diasporic Performances of Race, Gender and Nation."
Eugenia Lean (East Asian Languages and Cultures)

Eugenia Lean was awarded an Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship for her project "Manufacturing Matters: Chen Diexian (1879-1940), a Chinese Man-of-Letters in an Age of Industrial Capitalism."
Matthew Hart (English and Comparative Literature)

Watch Hart speak about the recent dramatic increase in sales of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four on CBS News.
Bernard E. Harcourt (Institute for Comparative Literature and Society)

"When Dr. Al Homssi looked at his passport, he noticed that the J-1 visa page had been marked diagonally with a fat black marker pen drawn through it, and in blue pen along that black mark, it was written: 'Cancelled E.O. 59447v.8.'"

Harcourt is one of three lawyers suing the Trump administration on behalf of a Syrian doctor who was barred from returning to work in Illinois. Read the story in the New Yorker.
Hamid Dabashi (MESAAS)

"In the more than 40 years that I have lived in the United States, I have never seen it (even the day after 9/11 in New York) so deeply forlorn, frightened, out of joint, as I have seen it since Donald Trump was declared the winner of the presidential election early in the wee hours of November 9, 2016."

Watch Dabashi speak on Al Jazeera's UpFront about what a Trump presidency means to the world. Dabashi also wrote "Lady and the Trump" for Al Jazeera.
Susan Boynton (Music)

"At the Cluny Abbey in the 11th-12th centuries, the musical performance of the liturgy echoed the theological and political significance of Cluniac ecclesiology. The monastic customaries, the Miraculis of Peter the Venerable, or the images of the manuscript 17716 of the National Library of France, inform our understanding and our restitution of places of Clunisian performance."

Boynton spoke at the Institut national d'histoire de l'art on "Cluniac Spaces of Performance" as part of the Institut's series on "L'iconographie musicale et l'art occidental - Lieux et espaces en musique (Musical iconography and Western art: Places and spaces in music)."
Congratulations to the winners of the Lenfest Junior Faculty Development Awards (Fall 2016), including:

Clémence Boulouque (Religion)
A religious crucible: Kabbalah and religious coexistence in the work of Elia Benamozegh (1823-1900)

Alessandra Ciucci (Music)
A new sonorous dimension of the contemporary Mediterranean

Matthew Hart (English and Comp Lit)
Late, Contemporary, Uneven: Literature in the Present

Joseph Howley (Classics),
2017 Meeting, Society of Classical Studies

Mariusz Kozak (Music)
The Role of Bodily Action in Musical Development

Ana Paulina Lee (Latin American and Iberian Cultures)
Mandarin Brazil: Memory, Race and Representation and Mapping Asian/Americas Art

Cristobal Silva (English and Comp Lit)
Symposium: Post-Exceptionalist Puritanism
Recently Published
Jennifer Wenzel (English and Comp Lit)

"As has become increasingly clear since the election, Trump's victory also means a victory for Big Oil and the world that it has made. 'Making America Great Again' also means keeping it powered by oil, gas and coal. ... At a moment when much of the world is ready to take up the challenge of global warming, the US will have a fossil fuel presidency."

Read "Standing Rock and Shaky Ground: Fueling Culture and Politics in the Years Ahead" in Fordham Impressions.
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (English and Comp Lit)

"Universities are a great weapon for us. The university needs to be used. Yet when a
vision is institutionalised, it is the laws of institutionalisation and disciplinarisation
that take over rather than the power of the vision itself. The beginning of what seems
like success is actually the beginning of problems."

Read Spivak's "A Bit on Theory" in The European. She also recently published "Humanities, Democracy and the Politics of Knowledge in Higher Education" in Disrupting Higher Education Curriculum: Undoing Cognitive Damage.
Andreas Huyssen (German)

"At a time when the boundaries of European citizenship are challenged both from the inside and the outside, those boundaries, in whatever form they may finally consolidate after the current crisis, cannot be equated with the imaginary boundaries of European memory."

Huyssen's keynote, "European Memory in the Art from Elsewhere," delivered last June at the European Commission-sponsored conference in Barcelona, "European Citizenship in Challenging Times," has been published in Spanish translation in La Maleta de Portbou.
John McWhorter (English and Comp Lit)

"The truth is that President Trump's choppy, rambling self-expression is not so exotic. A great many thoroughly intelligent people talk more like Donald Trump than they might know. What's new is that someone who talks like this in public has become the president of the United States."

Read McWhorter's "How to Listen to Donald Trump Every Day for Years" in the New York Times.

Joanna Stalnaker (French)

Read Stalnaker's "Jonathan Israel in Dialogue" in the Journal of the History of Ideas. Stalnaker also wrote "Rousseau’s First Person" for A History of Modern French Literature: From the Sixteenth Century to the Twentieth Century, edited by Christopher Prendergast, available in March from Princeton University Press.
Zainab Bahrani (Art History and Archaeology)

"This expert guide to the art of Mesopotamia, spanning more than 8000 years, is especially important as this ancient cultural legacy is threatened by contemporary conflict."

Bahrani's latest book, Art of Mesopotamia, was published this January from Thames & Hudson.
Upcoming Events
New Books in the Arts & Sciences
Celebrating Recent Work by Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Wednesday, February 8, 6:15pm
Maison Française, Buell Hall East Gallery

New Books in the Arts & Sciences is celebrating the publication of The Ink of the Scholars: Reflections on Philosophy in Africa, by Souleymane Bachir Diagne. More information at

This event is sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities; the Society of Fellows in the Humanities; the Dean of Humanities, Arts & Sciences; the Dean of Social Science, Arts & Sciences; and Maison Française.
Refugees and Gender Violence: Vulnerability and Resistance
Thursday, February 9, 4:15pm
523 Butler Library

Speakers and more information at

Reframing Gendered Violence is a two-year initiative of Women Creating Change at the Center for the Study of Social Difference, supported by the Dean of the Humanities, the Office of the President, the Columbia Global Centers, and linked to the project on "Religion and the Global Reframing of Gender Violence" supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.
New Books in the Arts & Sciences
Celebrating Recent Work by Liza Knapp and Irina Reyfman

Thursday, February 9, 6:15pm
Second Floor Common Room, Heyman Center

New Books in the Arts & Sciences is celebrating the publication Anna Karenina and Others: Tolstoy's Labyrinth of Plots, by Liza Knapp and How Russia Learned to Write: Literature and the Imperial Table of Ranks, by Irina Reyfman. More information at

This event is sponsored by the Heyman Center for the Humanities; the Society of Fellows in the Humanities; the Dean of Humanities, Arts & Sciences; the Dean of Social Science, Arts & Sciences; and the Department of Slavic Languages.
Rethinking Philosophy's Past: 1300-1800
February 18-19
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room

More information is available at

Distinguished historians and philosophers will share recent scholarship on women and other understudied figures in the history of philosophy to encourage more accurate accounts of philosophy's past and more inclusive teaching. Sessions rethink standard stories and offer practical ideas about to incorporate understudied figures in our philosophy courses, both historical and non-historical.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but requires registration. RSVP here.

Fellowships, Grants, & CFPs
The Heyman Center for the Humanities and Humanities New York (formerly, the New York Council for the Humanities) announce a call for applications for the 2017-2018 Heyman Center Public Humanities Fellowship. Please note that only current Columbia graduate students and recent doctoral recipients (PhD awarded after January 2016) are eligible to apply.

Deadline: February 17, 2017
For more information about the fellowship, visit
The Arts and Sciences invites applications for summer research support for non-tenured research faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Any full-time, continuing non-tenured faculty member in the Humanities and Social Sciences holding the rank of assistant or associate professor may apply for summer support. Grants of $3,000 per summer are available for any two summers during a faculty member’s non-tenured career in the Arts and Sciences.

Deadline: February 28, 2017
Questions about the program may be directed to Susan Drange,
The Center for the Study of Social Difference (CSSD) welcomes proposals for a new project that would begin in 2017. Proposals may be submitted for consideration by any Columbia or Barnard faculty member(s) whose project aligns with the mission of CSSD. Submission

Deadline: March 8, 2017
For more information, go to
Call for proposals:
Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy, and Engagement
a2ru invites proposals from researchers, field leaders, and practitioners investigating the intersections, synergies, and interfaces of arts in the public sphere and their influence on civility, advocacy, and engagement.

Proposals due: April 7, 2017
For more information, go to
The Kluge Prize celebrates the importance of the study of humanity and recognizes individuals whose outstanding scholarship in the humanities and social sciences has shaped both public affairs and civil society. The Prize is ordinarily a $1 million award.

For more information about the Prize, visit
The Heyman Center for the Humanities invites applications for the Edward W. Said Fellowship, to support promising scholars early in their careers to produce scholarship that crosses disciplinary boundaries, promotes humanistic inquiry in the service of intercultural communication and understanding, and engages the public. Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to subsidize a short-term residency at Columbia, from one month to one semester, including associated travel costs.

For more information, visit

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