2021–2022 Lunchtime Talk Series

Over the past year, our relationship to the home has been profoundly transformed. For those of us who could retreat into our homes for safety, homemaking and worldmaking were elided, lives reduced to fit the space of a screen. The home became a place of survival and regeneration, of care and community, as well as one of fear and decay, of anxiety and isolation. No house is a fortress, and not every house is a “home.” Nor is every “home” a house. All year long we missed our homes away from home: “What makes a house a home? Unfortunately: revolution alone” (Sophie Lewis). 

The home gives but it also takes away. Viewing the pandemic from a place of privilege reminds us that capitalism offers security in a private house to some at the expense of collaborative homemaking in the world we all share. Coming face to face with both the advantages and inadequacies of the home, might we be ready to imagine new possibilities of homemaking? Of worldmaking? Might we be ready to “dwell on ‘this earth of mankind’ not as a stranger or a trespasser… but as home” (Silvia Federici)?

Fall 2021

September 24

Graduate Workshop, 3:00 - 4:00 pm Zoom
Kutay Onayli

October 27

Workshop, 12:00 - 1:30 pm Zoom
Kubra Khademi, Artist

November 5

Graduate Workshop, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Malina Buturovic & Junnan Chen

November 10

Workshop, 12:00 - 1:30 pm Zoom
Michael Rakowitz, Artist

November 17

IHUM Open House 5:00 - 7:00 pm


Spring 2022

February 2

Workshop, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Sophie Lewis, Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and Visiting Scholar, GSWS Penn

February 11

Graduate Workshop, 3;00 - 5:00 pm
Lina Abushouk & Gemma Peacocke

March 30

Workshop, 12:00 - 1:30 pm Zoom
Ariella Aisha Azoulay, Brown University

April 13

Faber Lecture 4:30-6:00 pm Zoom
Joy James, Williams College


“The Bad Girls” (Paris, 2018) by Kubra Khademi, courtesy of Collection les arts au mur artothèque, Pessac