The Contemporary: Culture in the 21st Century

Hosted Conference
March 3, 2016 4:30 PM
March 5, 2016 5:30 PM
Aaron Burr 219
Hosted Conference
March 3, 2016 4:30 PM
March 5, 2016 5:30 PM
Aaron Burr 219
A Conference at Princeton University

We are constantly under pressure to define the “now.” When did it begin? What does it include? When will it end? Recent attempts to capture this moving target have offered an array of starting points–the end of World War II, 1968, the end of the Cold War, the start of the new millennium, 9/11, the 2008 financial crisis. These attempts have also offered an array of periodizing concepts–postmodernism, post-postmodernism, late capitalism, neoliberalism, the anthropocene, the post-civil rights era, the post-human. We propose to respond to and circumvent this pressure in two ways. First, by creating a dialogue between our periodizing concerns and recent literature and art. Second, by contextualizing our concerns against recent developments in politics, science, technology, philosophy, and education. We aim to illuminate what makes the now new—and how and why we should study it.

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Keynote Lecture presented by Johanna Drucker, UCLA
“Other Others”
4:30 – 6:00 PM | McCormick 101

Friday, March 4, 2016 – Panel Presentations*
8:45 AM – 6:00 PM | Aaron Burr 219
(Venue change, no longer in Wallace 300)

Saturday, March 5, 2016 – Panel Presentations*
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Aaron Burr 219
Reception to follow
(Venue change, no longer in Wallace 300)

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  2. 'The Pulse of Black Life in the Long 19th Century' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Autumn Womack 30:42
  3. 'Rethinking Empire and Democracy' Reena N. Goldthree, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. 44:49
  4. 'The Formation of Religio-Racial Identity' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Judith Weisenfeld 47:32
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  7. 'An Insistence on Not Being Discouraged' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Chika Okeke-Agulu 55:19
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  10. 'Langston Hughes, Religious Thinker' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Wallace Best 45:50
  11. 'Convergences and Dissonance' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Keeanga-Yamahatta Taylor, Naomi Murakawa, & Imani Perry 60:08