What Should We Do With Our Brain?

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In October (28-29), NICA hosts a masterclass and lecture with Catherine Malabou, organized by Adam Chambers, Thijs Witty, Gianluca Turricchia, and Baylee Brits. The masterclass is open to graduate students and interested staff, and is designed as an intensive workshop to question, extend, and experiment with Malabou’s important theory of plasticity. In addition to the workshop, there will also be a lecture by Professor Malabou, followed by a response from Professor Patricia Pisters from the University of Amsterdam. Catherine Malabou is a French philosopher who is currently professor at the Université Paris-X Nanterre and the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at London’s Kingston University.

What is Cinema?

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Seminar Film & Philosophy

Directed by Josef Früchtl, Christoph Lindner and Patricia Pisters
Coordinator: Philipp Schmerheim

Fridays 3-6 pm:
2011: October 7, November 4, December 2
2012: February 3,March 2, April 13, May 11, June 8 

Cinema has died many times. With the invention of every new technology, its funeral was arranged repeatedly: the introduction of sound, the emergence of television, the video tape  and digital technology all stirred debates about the end of cinema. 


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The Department of Media Studies celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Media and Culture program with a symposium on media related events, technologies, artifacts and texts that reflect how the 2011 present embraces, enfolds, subverts, transforms, contradicts, erases, eclipses or reinvents the 1991 past.

21st October 2011 Universiteitstheater, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Perpetual Peace Project

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The Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University and the Syracuse University Humanities Centre, in collaboration with the Slought Foundation and Treaty of Utrecht Foundation present: grand opening of the Perpetual Peace Symposium & Exhibition, October 13, 2011.

“The Perpetual Peace Project begins from the understanding that for many politicians and policy experts, today "peace" is a poorly defined word that has many meanings in different contexts.”

More information at uu.nl and perpetualpeaceproject.org.

Mini Seminar at Syracuse University

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The Neuro-Image in Contemporary Digital Screen Culture

A Mini Seminar with Patricia Pisters

Professor of film studies and head of the media studies department University of Amsterdam

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The SU Humanities Center Seminar Room (304), The Tolley Building

Open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve, please call 315-443-7192

Patricia Pisters is an expert on the intersection of digital screen culture, philosophy, and neuroscience. Inspired by the film theories of French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, she examines the relationship between the brain and digital media and how the latter determines one’s perceptions and sense of self. Pisters is the author of several landmark books, including “The Matrix of Visual Culture: Working With Deleuze in Film Theory” (Stanford University Press, 2003).

The Mini Seminar series is presented by The SU Humanities Center in conjunction with the Mellon CNY Humanities Corridor, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation initiative (“Digital Humanities” research cluster).

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