CGT Lunchtime Seminars

The CGT Lunchtime Seminars are a forum for Columbia University faculty and visiting scholars to discuss current research characterizing and assessing issues of global importance. These events are open to Columbia affiliates only. The seminar takes place on Thursdays from 12-1pm in Fayerweather Hall Room 411, unless otherwise noted. Check back for updates to the schedule.

Click on the titles below for more information and suggested readings for the seminars.

Fall 2017 Schedule

Below is the schedule for Fall 2017. The seminar takes place on Thursdays from 12-1pm in Fayerweather Hall, Room 411 unless otherwise noted. Please check back for updates to the schedule.

October 12

Mark Mazower on “The Rise of the Bolsheviks: Uncovering a Family View”

October 19

Peter de Menocal, Topic TBA POSTPONED

November 9

Venkat Venkatasubramanian on “How Much Inequality is Fair? Mathematical Principles of a Moral, Optimal, and Stable Capitalist Society”

December 7

Bernard Harcourt, What Is To Be Done? After the Illusions, a Critical Practice for the Twenty-First Century

Past Lunchtime Seminars

China’s Urban Transformation

       Apr. 6, 2017 with Professor Weiping Wu

The Commander of the Faithful in Islamic History and the Taliban-Islamic State Rivalry

Mar. 23, 2017 with Professor Neil Krishan Aggarwal

The Urban Apparatus: Mediapolitics and the City

Feb. 23, 2017 with Professor Reinhold Martin

Differences in Aging Across Cultures: A Global Perspective

Dec. 1, 2016 with Professor Vegard Skirbekk

The Latest Catastrophe: History, the Present, the Contemporary

Nov. 17, 2016 with Professor Henry Rousso

Movement without Mobility, Settlement without Belonging: A Proposal for Theorizing ‘Unsettlement’ Today

Nov. 11, 2016 (Fri., Fayerweather 301M) with Professor Rosalind C. Morris

Being the Other: The Muslim in India

Nov. 10, 2016 with Author Saeed Naqvi

Generators, Electricity and the Infrastructural Life of Cities

Oct. 27, 2016 with Professor Brian Larkin

Hijacking Human Rights: Neoliberalism and the End of the Third World

Oct. 6, 2016 with Professor Joseph R. Slaughter

The Limits of Global Thought: Western Social and Human Sciences on Trial

Sep. 22, 2016 with Visiting Professor Kian Tajbakhsh

The Construction of a Global Institution: International commercial arbitration, 1890-1960

Mar. 29, 2016 with Visiting Professor Jérôme Sgard

Nation Building: Why some countries came together while others fell apart

Mar. 22, 2016 with Professor Andreas Wimmer

The Sufi and the State: Discussing the notion of a state being ‘Islamic’

Feb. 9, 2016 with Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne

The Wheel: Inventions and reinventions

Jan. 26, 2016 with Emeritus Professor Richard W. Bulliet

The Legacy of Bandung

Nov. 10, 2015 with Professor Partha Chatterjee

The Question of Intervention

Oct. 27, 2015 with Professor Michael Doyle

The Identity of Modern Indian Political Thought

Oct. 20, 2015 with Visiting Professor Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Political Transition in East-Central Europe and the End of the Cold War, 1988-1991

Oct. 13, 2015 with Visiting Professor Csaba Békés

Women’s Emancipation and the Rise of Fundamentalism

Oct. 6, 2015 with Visiting Professor Abram de Swaan

The Enlightenment, Enchantment, and the Mentality of Democracy

Sep. 15, 2015 with Professor Akeel Bilgrami