2022 Past Events
Monday, December 5, 2022
Olin Humanities, Room 102 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EST/GMT-5
In this performance, I try to summarize Proust's beloved In Search of Lost Time with my own words, as a story of another time which reveals itself contemporary.
Véronique Aubouy has directed numerous short fiction films and documentaries (Albertine a disparu, 2018; Micaëla Henich, 2017; Je suis Annemarie Schwarzenbach, 2015, among many others). Since October 1993, she has been working on Proust Lu, and films people from all walks of life as they read Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, page after page, in a large array of settings. The first six volumes have been recorded to date, for a total of 140 hours and more than 1300 readers. Since 2011, Abouy has performed various versions of “Proust in One Hour”, in French and in English, in France, Italy, the UK and the USA.
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Olin Language Center, Room 203 (Tutoring Seminar) 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST/GMT-5
If you're interested in poetry and languages this is your event! Come and listen to your peers.
If you want to participate write to [email protected]. Please send the original text and an English translation. Any type of written art is accepted. Original works and translations are welcome too!
Food and drinks are provided.
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Preston Theater 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EST/GMT-5
In 1954, just after the start of what would later be called the Algerian War of Independence, François Mitterand—the future French president, then serving as minister of the interior—famously proclaimed, “Algeria is France.” The politician’s words succinctly express the French imperialist project’s purportedly assimilationist approach since, at the time, Algeria was part of France and Algerians were French citizens. And yet, the lasting repercussions of the violent war of decolonization expose these words as an example of the capacity for totalizing categories and claims to obscure the complex mechanisms underlying real historical and political circumstances—namely, the materially inferior status of ethnically Algerian French citizens despite their alleged juridical equality. Against the imaginary uniformity emblematized by Mitterand’s statement, this presentation turns to contemporary works of literature and art whose representations of the Algerian struggle for independence invent and enact forms—which I will describe as broken—that have the power to disrupt the illusions of homogeneity produced by ideological forces. A broken form inhibits any supposedly definitive interpretation so that spectators are left to draw their own tentative connections or simply to submit to the seeming irreparability of the represented object. Examples will include works by the author Nathalie Quintane and the visual artist Kader Attia that make use of poetic, performative, or literal acts of breaking in order to respond to the fragmentary reality of the Algerian War of Independence and put its fundamental brokenness on display.
Thursday, November 3, 2022
Thought and Culture, NYU
Christopher Preston Thompson, Tenor and Medieval Harpist
Bard Hall 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
This collaborative event – part lecture, part concert – by medieval literary scholar Sarah Kay and early music ensemble Concordian Dawn, under director Christopher Preston Thompson, draws on Kay’s experimental book Medieval Song from Aristotle to Opera and Thompson’s companion website of recordings. Together, Kay and Thompson find the sounds of medieval song in the least expected places: stars, the dawn light, the touch of a hand, beasts’ breath, and wild imaginings. The songs on their program range from the earliest alba to Guillaume de Machaut, but their voices sound from the outer spheres to the inner senses.