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Michael Fried Decorated in France

The Humanities Center congratulates Michael Fried for his recently being honored by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Professor Fried has been named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his significant contributions to furthering the arts and literature in France and throughout the world. The award reflects a recognition of decades of important scholarship by Michael Fried in the areas of French painting, art criticism, and literature.  Major books include Absorption and Theatricality: Painting and Beholder in the Age of Diderot (1980), Courbet's Realism (1990), and Manet's Modernism, or, The Face of Painting in the 1860s (1996).  All three have been published in French translation by Gallimard.  In 2012, Fried published a major study of Gustave Flaubert, Flaubert's "Gueuloir": On Madame Bovary and Salammbô.  And a new book about to appear from Yale University Press, Another Light: Jacques-Louis David to Thomas Demand, includes major essays on David, Théodore Géricault, and Gustave Caillebotte.  In November 2014, the Centre Pompidou in Paris featured six lectures by artists and others under the rubric "Selon Michael Fried," all the speakers (among them Johns Hopkins professor Molly Warnock) having been invited and introduced by Fried.

New Master's Program in Humanistic Studies

   The Humanities Center is pleased to
   announce a new course of study, the
   Master of Arts in Humanistic Studies.

   Please click here for more information.

Poetics and Politics: with Lacoue-Labarthe

The Humanities Center, in collaboration with the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, is pleased to announce a workshop on “Poetics and Politics” that centers on the work of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe to be held February 18-19, 2016. Explored topics include Lacoue-Labarthe’s reflections on Heidegger, Hölderlin, experience, typography, mimesis, all of which will be discussed from a variety of perspectives, including philosophy, literature, theology, and politics. The keynote address will be given by Avital Ronell (NYU). Other confirmed speakers are Christopher I. Fynsk (University of Aberdeen), Nidesh Lawtoo, Paola Marrati, Jean-Luc Nancy (Université de Strasbourg), Rochelle Tobias, and Hent de Vries.

50th Anniversary Conference

On March 24-25, 2016, the Humanities Center will organize a commemorative and celebratory conference marking its 50th anniversary. Our aim is not to indulge in nostalgia, much less in the vain attempt to replicate the 1966 conference on “The Language of Criticism and the Sciences of Man.” On the contrary, while we wish to measure the distances our intellectual fields have travelled since our beginnings, we will be looking forward together with invited speakers opening new avenues of thought under current conditions (as others did then and, it seems, in very different theoretical terms and with methodological principles in mind in that particular historical context). Confirmed speakers are Lorraine Daston, Michael Fried, Ruth Leys, Béatrice Longuenesse, Tori​l Moi, Samuel Moyn, Robert Pippin, Antonio Somaini, and Jeff Wall.

Spinoza on Learning to Live Together

The Humanities Center is pleased to announce three lectures by Susan James, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, and Associate of the Humanities Center, to be given March 29–31, 2016


   ​Spinoza on Learning to
   Live Together

   Tuesday, March 29, 2016
   Philosophy as a Political  Project

   Wednesday, March 30, 2016
   Finding Stability in the State

   Thursday, March 31, 2016
   Fortitude and Freedom

Towards a Theory of Form

The Humanities Center welcomes David Wellbery, LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor, University of Chicago, and Associate of the Humanities Center, for a series of lectures.


   ​April 25, 26, and 27, 2016

Call for Papers "The Making of the Humanities V"

The Fifth Making of the Humanities conference to be held at Johns Hopkins University,  5–7 October 2016, brings together scholars interested in the history of the humanities disciplines, including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, musicology, philology, and media studies, tracing these fields from their earliest developments to the modern day.
We welcome paper and panel submissions on any period or region. We are especially interested in work that transcends the history of specific humanities disciplines by comparing scholarly practices across disciplines and civilizations.
Keynote Speakers will be Karine Chemla (CNRS & Université Paris Diderot), Anthony Grafton (Princeton), and Sarah Kay (NYU).
Selected conference papers will be published in the new journal History of Humanities. The journal is also open for direct submissions.


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