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Hegel and the Humanities: A Symposium

Organizers: Andrew Cole (English) and Joshua Billings (Classics), Princeton University

September 29, 2017 · 11:00 am6:00 pm · 219 Aaron Burr

Humanities Council

G. W. F. Hegel is arguably the most important thinker of modernity whose legacy reaches to nearly all branches of humanist inquiry. He also remains a source of debate and controversy. This seminar explores Hegel’s thought in the humanities today in a multi-disciplinary frame: literature, philosophy, religion, political science, math, and intellectual history. Speakers will offer brief provocations for discussion, addressing Hegel’s place in the university in the present and future.

Participant speakers: Andrew Cole (Princeton University), Molly Farneth (Haverford College), Kristin Gjesdal (Temple University), Jeremy M. Glick (Hunter College), Anjuli Raza Kolb (Williams College), Robyn Marasco (Hunter College), Katrin Pahl (Johns Hopkins University), Russell Sbriglia (Seton Hall University), Chad Wellmon (University of Virginia). 

11.00-12.45: Panel 1
Kristin Gjesdal — “Why the Humanities Matter to Hegel (and Hegel to the  Humanities)”
Chad Wellmon — “Hegel, Helmholtz, and the Compensatory Work of the Humanities”
Molly Farneth — “Why Religion Still Matters: Provocations after Hegel”

2-3.30: Panel 2
Katrin Pahl — “Figures of Transformation: Queer-Feminist Hegel”
Robyn Marasco — “Hegel and the Passions”
Jeremy M. Glick — “Hegelian resonances/Afro-American Literary Studies: Some  Preparatory Notes”

4-5.30: Panel 3
Anjuli Raza Kolb — “Infinite Science: Hegel in the Weeds”
Andrew Cole — “Figures as Concepts; or, Math Problems”
Russell Sbriglia — “Hegel after the Objectal Turn: Neo-materialism, Neo-realism,  and the Specter of Subjectivity”

5.30-6.00: Closing discussion

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