The Poetics of Material Life

11/15/2019 - 10:00am to 6:30pm
Aaron Burr Hall 219
Martin Jay Professor Emeritus , University of California, Berkeley and Andrew Ford, Classics, Princeton University

MASTER CLASS - Aristotle's Poetics with Andrew Ford (Classics) - November 15, 2019 10am -12:30pm

PUBLIC KEYNOTE - "Adorno and the Vicissitudes of Sublimation"  Martin Jay (Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley)  with Anson Rabinbach (History) as conversant - November 15, 2019 5pm – 6:30pm (Reception to follow)



We are conceiving of this symposium as an experiment in the form that intellectual collaborations take, just as much as its theme and organizing principle arises from a thought experiment about Aristotle’s Poetics.

In addition to the public-facing events listed above, our invited authors will gather in private seminars to workshop their individual contributions with one another. At these private workshops, our authors will share some of their preliminary thoughts on how their work has been energized by being in conversation with the Poetics, and more generally to reflect upon what the interdisciplinary experiment has contributed to their thinking through the individual projects that will make their way to publication. We are open and eager for our seminar conversations to evolve into something we truly cannot anticipate – though what we do anticipate is that Princeton’s greater community, in joining us on Friday morning and evening, will contribute to our thinking in immeasurable ways!

Sponsored by: Princeton Humanities Council, English Department, History Department, Program in American Studies, Center for Human Values,
Classics Department, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, Howard Marks Chair of Economic History at the University of Pennsylvania