CGT Lunchtime Seminars

The CGT Lunchtime Seminars are a forum for Columbia University faculty and visiting scholars to present current research characterizing and assessing issues of global importance. 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 2018 Schedule

Please check back for the list of Fall 2018 Lunchtime Seminars.


Past Lunchtime Seminars


Markets in Mothers and Markets in Children

April 19, 2018 with Yasmine Ergas


As You Sow, So Shall You Reap: Gender-Role Attitudes and Late-Life Cognition

April 5, 2018 with Ursula Staudinger


Climate Change and Urban Heat: Exploring Patterns and Factors of Future Global Vulnerability

March 29, 2018 with Peter Marcotullio


From Cells to Society: Rethinking Public Policy in a Changing World

March 8, 2018 with Esteban Calvo


Some Philosophical Reflections on Our Political Ideals

February 22, 2018 with Akeel Bilgrami


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

Dec. 7, 2017 with Bernard Harcourt


How Much Inequality is Fair? Mathematical Principles of a Moral, Optimal, and Stable Capitalist Society

Nov. 9, 2017 with Venkat Venkatasubramanian


The Rise of the Bolsheviks: Uncovering a Family View

Oct. 12, 2017 with Mark Mazower


China’s Urban Transformation

       Apr. 6, 2017 with Weiping Wu


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

Mar. 23, 2017 with Neil Krishan Aggarwal


The Urban Apparatus: Mediapolitics and the City

Feb. 23, 2017 with Reinhold Martin


Differences in Aging Across Cultures: A Global Perspective

Dec. 1, 2016 with Vegard Skirbekk


The Latest Catastrophe: History, the Present, the Contemporary

Nov. 17, 2016 with Henry Rousso


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

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


Being the Other: The Muslim in India

Nov. 10, 2016 with Saeed Naqvi


Generators, Electricity and the Infrastructural Life of Cities

Oct. 27, 2016 with Brian Larkin


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

Oct. 6, 2016 with Joseph R. Slaughter


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

Sep. 22, 2016 with Kian Tajbakhsh


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

Mar. 29, 2016 with Jérôme Sgard


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

Mar. 22, 2016 with Andreas Wimmer


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

Feb. 9, 2016 with Souleymane Bachir Diagne


The Wheel: Inventions and reinventions

Jan. 26, 2016 with Richard W. Bulliet


The Legacy of Bandung

Nov. 10, 2015 with Partha Chatterjee


The Question of Intervention

Oct. 27, 2015 with Michael Doyle


The Identity of Modern Indian Political Thought

Oct. 20, 2015 with Pratap Bhanu Mehta


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

Oct. 13, 2015 with Csaba Békés


Women’s Emancipation and the Rise of Fundamentalism

Oct. 6, 2015 with Abram de Swaan


The Enlightenment, Enchantment, and the Mentality of Democracy

Sep. 15, 2015 with Akeel Bilgrami