The Disciplines Series

  • Carolyn Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
  • Robert Hockett, Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School
  • Gustav Peebles, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, The New School

The phenomenon known as “hoarding” has become quite prominent in two separate disciplines lately. On the one hand, an efflorescence of literature in Psychiatry has sought methods to diagnose and treat individuals who suffer from “hoarding disorder.” On the other hand, economists and other policy experts have been pondering various methods to reduce bank hoarding and thereby revivify the lending that seized up during the 2008 financial crisis.

Economics as a Discipline and Profession

Friday, February 6, 2015
  • James K.  Galbraith, Professor of Government, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas
  • Prabhat Patnaik, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Joseph E.  Stiglitz, University Professor, Columbia University

James Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and Professor of Government, converses with Prahbat Patnaik, one of India's most prominent economists and Professor Emeritus at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning School of Social Sciences. Joseph Stiglitz, University Professor, will chair the talk.

The Society of Fellows in the Humanities presents “Calculating Capitalism”

Friday, April 25, 2014 - Saturday, April 26, 2014

Among the most striking trends charted in the humanities in recent years has been the remarkable investment made in trying to understand modern capitalism. This conference seeks to profit from that boom by bringing together a range of scholars from the various disciplines that have developed novel methods for studying economic life: history, sociology, anthropology, science and technology studies, literary studies, as well as economics, accounting, and business studies. Please note: Seating is limited for this event.

Botanically Queer

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Plants have been profoundly queer players in the modern project of describing "life" for ethical and political consideration. From their taxonomic destabilizations of colonial order in the eighteenth century to their current questionings concerning agency in recent posthumanist discourses, plants demand that we think about living, being, and becoming in ways that interrupt anthropocentric and heteronormative figurings of ethics, agency, futurity, and life in general.

The History of Poverty in Africa: A Central Question?

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - Friday, March 7, 2014

In the popular mind, Africa exemplifies poverty. Media coverage focuses on destitution. Recent focus on a growing elite serves to emphasise the abject condition of the majority. This discourse depicts African poverty as timeless or as gripped in a worsening spiral. Africanist historians have long called for the historical study of the African poor with the argument that the most ‘useful’ or ‘usable’ aspect of African history could be to find solutions to poverty in Africa by developing historical understanding of the phenomenon.



Albert Hirschman and the Social Sciences

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Albert O. Hirschman, who died on December 10, 2012, was one of the most fascinating and versatile social scientists of the twentieth century. After fleeing Germany as a young opponent to the Nazi regime, he  moved across countries, languages, and disciplinary boundaries. He was a pioneer of development economics and other social sciences, to which he contributed with exemplary works on the analysis of the processes and mechanisms of political, economic, and social change.

For the Embodiments of Science lecture series, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Heyman Center for the Humanities present a talk by Professor Evelyn Fox Keller, Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science, Emerita at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jeanne Haffner and Anthony Vidler will investigate the lasting impact of novel techniques of vision and representation on the ways in which we have come to "see," analyze, and approach urban form--and to link it to social life.

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