Upcoming Great New Books in the Humanities

This series of book launches features books published by NYU faculty.

Great New Books in the Humanities: Critical Terms for the Study of Gender

Date: November 11, 2014

In the introduction to Critical Terms for the Study of Gender, Dr. Catherine Stimpson and Dr. Gilbert Herdt call attention to the ways in which “gender systems pervade and regulate human lives—in law courts and operating rooms, ballparks and poker clubs, hair-dressing salons and kitchens, classrooms and playgroups.” With regard to the interdisciplinarity of Gender Studies, the editors suggest that “Exactly how gender works varies from culture to culture, and from historical period to historical period, but gender is very rarely not at work. Nor does gender operate in isolation. It is linked to other social structures and sources of identity.” The twenty-one essays in this volume of the University of Chicago Press’s “Critical Terms” series consider the rapidly changing study of gender in very different disciplinary contexts. This event is co-sponsored by the New York Institute for the Humanities.

Event Location:
The Humanities Initiative at NYU
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Great New Books in the Humanities: The Feminine Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos

Date: November 18, 2014

Emanuela Bianchi’s new book explores how Aristotle's ideas about sex and gender in his biological writings permeate his physics, metaphysics, and cosmology, and argues that the traditional understanding of the female as allied with passive matter should be supplanted by an understanding of the feminine as what disrupts the teleological system. The analysis connects with recent biological and materialist political thinking, and makes the case for a new, antiessentialist politics of aleatory feminism.

Emanuela Bianchi, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, New York University

Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy, The New School for Social Research

Claudia Baracchi, Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Milan-Biococca

Moderator: Joy Connolly, Dean for the Humanities and Associate Professor of Classics, New York University

Event Location:
The Humanities Initiative at NYU
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Great New Books in the Humanities: Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City by Ara Merjian

Date: December 2, 2014

Dr. Ara Merjian’s new book examines how the Metaphysical cityscapes of Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978), which were painted in Paris on the eve of World War I, redirected the course of modernist painting and the modern architectural imagination alike. The book considers the two most salient dimensions of the artist’s early imagery: its representations of architectural space and its sustained engagement with the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Dr. Merjian is an Associate Professor of Italian Studies at New York University, where he is an affiliate of the Institute of Fine Arts and the Department of Art History.

Dr. Ara Merjian, Associate Professor of Italian Studies, New York University

Event Location:
The Humanities Initiative at NYU
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States


Great New Books in the Humanities: Political Performance in Syria by Edward Ziter

Date: December 9, 2014

Political Performance in Syria charts the history of a theatre that has sought the expansion of civil society, challenged existing Arab power structures, and imagined alternate political realities. While most of the works examined are oppositional, the book also considers the work of pro-regime artists. Placing performances in their historical context allows the reader to grasp how theatre makers have intervened in central debates in the Arab World, and to see the potential of theatre and performance to help build a vibrant civil society even in the aftermath of a bloody conflict. Dr. Edward Ziter is an Associate Professor of Drama at New York University.

Event Location:
The Humanities Initiative at NYU
20 Cooper Square
New York, NY
10003
United States