Practice / Product / Process: 2018–2019 Lunchtime Talk Series

'As a concept, methodological commitment, and object of study, practice has assumed enormous significance among social scientists and humanists. As an analytical category, practice foregrounds the routine activity constitutive of intellectual, cultural, and political work, and thereby reframes the vexed opposition of product and process. The 2018–19 lunchtime talk series of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton triangulates practice against process and product, convening scholars from different fields to reflect on practice as concept, object and method.

We will invite speakers and participants to consider questions such as:  how does practicing an action through repetition transform the practitioner? How does one practice politics, in art, in scholarship, or in daily life? In the eyes of one wielding the methodological cudgel of practice, is everything practice, even theory itself? How do phenomena of networks and complex ystems, such as recursivity, self-production, and feedback inflect the concept of practice? How does pedagogic practice outside the university, such as prison education, relate to teaching inside it? Given that universities in North America rely increasingly on casualized academic workers, what solidaristic practices support adjunct and graduate labour?

All talks are 12:00–1:20 pm.
Lunch will be provided.
RSVP to Barbara Leavey


Fall 2018

October 2, 2018

Experiments in Artificial Intelligence
Justin E. H. Smith, Professor of Philosophy and director of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7

November 7, 2018

Practice and Time: Unfolding Effects of the Success of a Concept
Karin Knorr Cetina, O. Borchert Distinguished Professor at the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology University of Chicago

November 19, 2018

Constructing a Musical Phrase from the Ground Up
Ellen Fullman, American Composer and Artist in Residence

December 11, 2018

Land as Relationship: Building Cross-Struggle Solidarity through Land-Based Practice
Glen Coulthard, Yellowknives Dene and an associate professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and the Departments of Political Science at the University of British Columbia

Spring 2019

March 13, 2019

From Rehearsal to Simulation
Sabeth Buchmann, Professor of the History of Modern and Postmodern Art at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna

April 2, 2019

Problems with Practice
Gadi Algazi, Professor of Medieval History at Tel Aviv University