Conference Schedule


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All events take place in 101 McCormick Hall and are free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 12

Welcome: Brigid Doherty

Perspectives on European Culture: Recent Doctoral Research at Princeton
Moderator: Effie Rentzou

Emmelyn Buttereld-Rosen
The Disposition of Persons: Conventions of Pose and the Modernization of Figural Art, 1886-1912

Miguel Caballero
A Monument to the People? Debates on Monumentality in Madrid During the Spanish Civil War

Rachel Cristy
Asceticism and the Right to Believe: Friedrich Nietzsche and William James Against the Unconditional Will to Truth

Daniela Fabricius
An Economy of Forms: Calculation and the Rational Turn in Postwar German Architecture

Federica Soletta
Between Toy and Science: The Stereoscopic Magazine and the Popular History of Architecture

ECS in the World I: Studying Cultures after Princeton A conversation among ECS alumni from the classes of ’97 through ’14
Moderators: Anthony Grafton and Eileen Reeves

Panelists: Nicholas Bellinson ’13, Holly Borham ’97, Max Botstein ’14, Jacob Denz ’10, Daria Foner ’11, Marina Isgro ’08, Chenxin Jiang ’09, Madeline McMahon ’13, Mariam Rahmani ’10

Friday, May 13

Conflict, Culture, and Pedagogy
Moderator: David Bell

Robert Darnton
ECS 406: Recollections of a Collaboration with Clifford Geertz

Sophia Rosenfeld ’88
The History of Mentalité and the Study of Politics

Deborah Krohn ’83
Teaching Cultural History through Food

Maryam Wasif Khan ’08
Teaching The Iliad in Post-9/11 Pakistan: The Unspeakable Burden of Narrative

ECS in the World II: Reflections from Beyond the Academy
A conversation among ECS alumni from the classes of ’76 through ’06
Moderator: Brigid Doherty

Panelists: Susan Feder ’76, Julia Friedlander ’06, Isabella de la Houssaye ’86, Jonathan Kevles ’90, Joshua D. Pollack ’99, E. Randol Schoenberg ’88, Joshua Sternfeld ’01, Naomi Wolfensohn ’87


Debora Silverman ’75 (UCLA)
Europe Without Borders, Modernity Unbounded: Fin-de-Siècle Imperialism and the Avant-Garde in King Leopold’s Belgium and Freud’s Vienna

Objects, Spaces, and Institutions in European Modernity and Beyond
Moderator: Spyros Papapetros

Anthony Vidler
Architecture and Cultural Studies at Princeton

Lisa Saltzman ’88
Daguerreotypes: Fugitive Subjects, Contemporary Objects

John Monroe ’95
Mirages of Modernism: Inventing Histories of African Sculpture in Interwar Paris

Jill Casid ’88
Necro-Tactics at the Limits of Refuge

Hilary Ballon ’77
Abu Dhabi: Nation Building and Urbanism

Saturday, May 14

Historicizing Power, Sovereignty, Self-Determination in Europe and Beyond
Moderator: Anson Rabinbach

Jerrold Seigel
Europe in Two African Mirrors

Stefanos Geroulanos ’01
Napoleon as Lawgiver: Sovereignty in the Composition of the Civil Code and its Afterlives

Timothy Nunan ’08
Between Berlin and Moscow: Iranian Visions of Self-Determination in a World at War, 1914-1921

Anne O’Donnell ’02
Ending an Endless Revolution: Property, Law, and Time in the Russian Revolution, 1917-1923

Paul Silverstein ’92
Moroccan Coalminers, Ethno-Religious Revivalism, and the Fate of Cosmopolitan Europe

Bernard Harcourt ’84
The Expository Society: Theorizing Power After May ’68


Michael Steinberg ’78
The Future of the European Past