CGT Lunchtime Seminars

The CGT Lunchtime Seminars are an informal forum for scholars to discuss current research assessing issues of global importance with members of the Columbia community, including students.

Past Lunchtime Seminars

Rooted Globalism: Arab–Latin American Business Elites and the Politics of Global Imaginaries

Tuesday, November 1 at 12:00 PM with Kevin Funk, moderated by Nikhar Gaikwad and Bahia Munem.

The First 21st Century: From Globalization to Fragmentation

Tuesday, October 18 at 12:00 PM with Jean-Marie Guéhenno, moderated by Mark Mazower.

Bridging the Gulf: Experimental Evidence on Migration’s Impact on Tolerance and Internationalism

Friday, April 1 at 12:00 PM with Nikhar Gaikwad, moderated by Andreas Wimmer

Money and Empire: Charles P. Kindleberger and the Dollar System

Monday, February 21 at 12:00 PM with Perry Mehrling, moderated by Katharina Pistor

On Worldly Philosophers and Cooperation

Friday, November 19th at 12:00 PM ET with Bernard E. Harcourt, moderated by David K Park.

Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror, 1817-2020

Monday, October 4th at 12:00 PM ET with Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb


Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought

March 16, 2021 at 12:30 PM ET with Durba Mitra


The Concept of Adaptation

March 23, 2021 at 12:30 PM ET with Ben Orlove


The Morals of the Market: Human Rights and Neoliberalism

March 5, 2020 with Jessica Whyte, moderated by Joseph Slaughter

State-formation in a ‘Disputed Territory’: The Case of Naya (New) Kashmir

November 8, 2018 with Hafsa Kanjwal

Climate Change and Discursive Change: Tracing Terms and Concepts through International Climate Organizations

November 1, 2018 with Ben Orlove

APPROVED BY US FORCES’: Showing and Hiding Art from GuantaìnamoMarkets in Mothers and Markets in Children

October 25, 2018 with Erin Thompson

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