1-2 May 2000
A two-day cross-disciplinary workshop dedicated to thinking about a set of emergent social and cultural problematics related to what William James called "things in the making." What is the potential of pragmatist thought to address these issues of our time? Alternatively or additionally, what other perspectives or critical strategies might be brought to bear on them?
1 May 2000
Casey Nelson Blake, Joan Ockman, John Rajchman
Session 1: The Public
How might we rethink/reconstruct the relationship between private and public life today? between public life and democracy? If a public sphere is essential to any conception of democracy, should our model of democracy be consensual? contestatory? something else?
Gwendolyn Wright, moderator
Session 2: Geographies of Citizenship
Are new forms of "citizenship" arising today that transcend national boundaries? How should we rethink issues of identity, rights, and civic responsibilities in the context of globalization and deterritorialization?
Andreas Huyssen, moderator
Session 3: The Past / The Future
Do classic narratives of the twentieth century need to be rewritten? Is the "American Century" over? How should the past be reimagined? How should we imagine the future?
Andres Stephanson, moderator
Session 4: Aesthetics / Experience
DJ spooky, Richard Shusterman, Bernard Tschumi
2 May 2000
Session 5: Technologies / Techniques / Perception
How are questions of perception, experience, and knowledge to be rethought in light of accelerating technological change? How are scientific methodologies to be restructered in light of new logics of organization, information, and temporality? How are changing relations between knowledge and power to be analyzed?
Manuel De Landa
Reinhold Martin, moderator
Session 6: Place
How can we best address the new problems of place emerging today? How can a sense of community be sustained within contemporary urban and "posturban" settings?
Abdou Maliq Simone
Okwui Enwezor, moderator
Session 7: Social Life and the Everyday World
What might a pragmatist city look like? What types of interactions, what forms of participation and spectatorship would it foster? How might everyday places like airports, train stations, subways, streets - and the internet - get transformed?
Mary McLeod, moderator