Workshop | “Architecture is for Everyone:” Politics, Value, and Architecture in Argentina

11/04 Friday | 2pm

The Oikos working group at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to join us for a workshop on politics, value and architecture in Argentina with Nicholas D’Avella. In the aftermath of Argentina’s political and economic crisis in 2001, buildings became an important form of economic investment for middle class Argentines, resulting in a boom…


Decolonial Computing

11/04 Friday | 9:30am

NYU’s Media, Culture and Communication Department and the Institute for Public Knowledge invite you to join us for a colloquium on decolonial computing. Calls to wrest the history and anthropology of computing, information technology, and digital media away from eurocentric analyses have been raised in the fields of STS and media studies over the last…

Book Launch

Book Launch | Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas

10/17 Monday | 6pm

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to join us for the launch event for Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, with editors Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. The editors will be in conversation with contributors Garnette Cadogan and Jonathan Tarleton. The program will include readings and Q&A with the audience, followed by a reception, during which books will be available…


Public Lecture: Laurent Thévenot on Reconstructing Critique

10/05 Wednesday | 6pm

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to a lecture by the sociologist Laurent Thévenot, Directeur d’études at the Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and a renowned theorist of the critical social sciences. Democratic nation-states are increasingly governed by non-democratic procedures. The rise of neo-liberalism, the celebration of the market as an arbiter of the…


Psychoanalysis meets Democracy: A Conversation on Free Speech and How Talking Cures

09/29 Thursday | 6:30pm

How do we make meaning of mass shootings? Why did Britons vote for Brexit? What has led to a presidential campaign founded on hateful speech, lies, misogyny, calls to “law and order,” and even sub-rosa encouragement to break the law? Democracy and free speech are in peril, and the peril exposes deeply symptomatic social, racial, and…

Book Launch

Book Launch | Creativity Class: Art School And Culture Work In Postsocialist China

09/28 Wednesday | 6pm

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to a book launch for Lily Chumley’s Creativity Class: Art School and Culture Work in Postsocialist China. The author will be present in conversation with Zhijian Qian, Michele Matteini, Christina H. Moon, and Xudong Zhang. The last three decades have seen a massive expansion of China’s visual culture industries, from…

Book Launch

Book Launch | Strangers in Their Own Land

09/28 Wednesday | 12:30pm

The Institute for Public Knowledge, in collaboration with NYU’s Department of Sociology, invites you to a book launch with Arlie Hochschild for her new work, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. In Strangers in Their Own Land, Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country –…

Book Launch

Book Launch | A Dream Denied

09/26 Monday | 6pm

The Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to join us in celebrating the release of A Dream Denied: Incarceration, Recidivism, and Young Minority Men in America by sociologist Michaela Soyer. The author will be in discussion with Ruth Horowitz and Jamie Fader. Young men of color are often portrayed in the media as victims of poverty and discrimination. In A Dream Denied,…


Oikos Workshop | Financial Planning as Self-Fashioning in the Age of Financialization

09/23 Friday | 1pm

The OIKOS Working Group and NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to join for a presentation and discussion with sociocultural anthropologist Ainur Begim about her work on financial planning as self-fashioning. Please email chumley[at]nyu[dot]edu for a copy of the paper. Begim’s work, based on 15 months of field research, examines the emergence of life insurance as a savings device for multi-generational households in postsocialist Kazakhstan. An oil-based economy,…

Book Launch

Book Launch | Michael Ralph’s Forensics of Capital

09/12 Monday | 6pm

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to join us for a discussion and reception to celebrate the release of Forensics of Capital by Michael Ralph. The author will be in discussion with Gustav Peebles and Fatoumata Seck. As one of Africa’s few democracies, Senegal has long been thought of as a leader of moral, political, and economic development on the…

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