Thinking with Balibar

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - Friday, November 14, 2014  2:00pm East Gallery, Buell Hall (Maison Francaise)


Maison Francaise

College International de Philosophie

Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

Heyman Center for the Humanities

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.

RSVP here to register for the full conference.

RSVP here to attend the talk by Etienne Balibar on November 13 at 6:15 p.m.


  • 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 Thought

    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


    Collège International de Philosophie, Paris


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