The tone of collective discourse has rapidly degenerated, damaging the forms and rituals that give coherence to our lives, cultures and professional disciplines contributing to a sense of communal and global unrest. In these intimate Saturday morning seminars our desire is to nourish a spirit of reflection rather than repeating the sounds of panic and alarm, or pretend hopes. Stepping back from the present situation, we will reflect on the current moment through trans-disciplinary lenses including philosophy, theology, history, psychoanalysis, neuroscience, and anthropology. Together we will seek new perspectives that may help us move into an open future.
Continuing the theme of Ominous Transitions, the New School is offering a series of four seminars to extend the discussion generated by Dr. Alexander Hinton’s presentation on February 1st: The Extremist: From Cambodia’s Killing Fields To Charlottesville, USA. This series of Ominous Transitions seminars will center around themes of haunting and specters that linger in the social and political collective. Each seminar will focus on a particular theme; participants will be provided with readings prior to each meeting.
Voids and Xenophobic Fears – March 21, 2020
Presented by Ladson Hinton
Specters and Xenophobic Fears – April 18, 2020
Presented by Tony Stanton and Lane Gerber
Hauntings and the “Thing” of Slavery – May 16, 2020
Presented by Lisa Whitsitt and Mylor Treneer
“Ghostly Matters:” Race, Capitalism, and Technologies of Violence – June 13, 2020
Presented by Mylor Treneer and Nicole Torres