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September 2017

Material and Institutional Aspects of Field and Discipline Formation

September 25 - September 26
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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How do fields, disciplines, and larger formations such as “the sciences” or “the humanities” come into being? What roles do objects, institutions, and materialized concepts play in these processes? These are some of the questions addressed by this two-day exploratory workshop on September 25-26, 2017.

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Pierce Salguero – Chanting as Literature: Contemporary Buddhist Medicine

September 25, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia Unviersity
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This lecture series will explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies, healthy and unwell. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.”

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Anne-Lise François – Explorations in the Medical Humanities: Special Event

September 26, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia Unviersity
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This lecture series will explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies, healthy and unwell. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.”

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John Tresch – Barnum, Bache, and Poe: American Science and the Antebellum Public

September 27, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This talk will explore how the sharp increase of printed matter and an elitist movement to unify knowledge through centralized institutions in the 1840s influenced Barnum, Bach, and Poe, therefore changing the relations of science and public in this early phase of industrialization.

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C. Richard Johnson, Jr. – Weave Maps and Rollmates: Computational Analysis of European Old Master Canvases and Early Chinese Silk Paintings

September 29, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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One way of connecting paintings is to establish that they are painted on two pieces of fabric originally from the same roll. Using Thread Count Automation, and the visualization of the results as weave maps, provides evidence of rollmate pairings from the 15th - 19th centuries and may be applied to silk paintings from the 12th – 13th centuries as well.

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October 2017

Céline Frigau Manning – Silencing the Body: Hypnosis, Music, and Pain in the 19th C.

October 2, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia Unviersity
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This lecture series will explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies, healthy and unwell. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.”

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Stephanie Barral – Banking on Nature: The Market as a New Feature of Environmental Policies

October 5, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Oct 5. Conservation banks, like carbon offsets, are a new form of economic exchange promoted and facilitated by governments as a means to achieve environmental sustainability for endangered species. The expansion of these banks reflects a new relationship between environmental sciences, markets, financial instruments and public regulations, but questions remain about their benefits and efficacy.

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Michael Barany – Invidious Comparisons: International politics, the Fields Medal, and the past, present, and future of mathematics, 1936-1966

October 11, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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First presented in 1936, the Fields Medal quickly became one of mathematicians' most prestigious, famous, and in some cases notorious prizes. Because its deliberations are confidential, we know very little about the early Fields Medals. This talk will analyze newly discovered letters from the 1950 and 1958 Fields Medal committees.

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Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco – Explorations in the Medical Humanities: Inventions of the Soul

October 16, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia Unviersity
New York, NY 10027 United States
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This lecture series will explore the enigma of how what we write relates back to the experience of bodies, healthy and unwell. Our speakers will explore how the medical humanities build on and revise earlier notions of the “medical arts.”

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Music and Meaning – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

October 19, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
The Italian Academy at Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027 United States
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Music taps into cognitive mechanisms that govern our daily interactions with the world, such as expectations and violations of these expectations, and appears to have much in common with language. In addition, music plays social and ethical functions that can be understood from philosophical, historical, and cultural perspectives. Join us for a discussion with three renowned scholars from the humanities and cognitive science who will show how these modes of inquiry bear on each other – and explain what makes music mean.

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