# LECTURES AND SYMPOSIUMS /// When is Utopia? & Injured Cities, Urban Afterlives at Columbia


October will be a rich month of symposiums at Columbia University. In fact, on October 3rd, the French House in collaboration with GSAPP is organizing a panel entitled When is Utopia? with Jean-Louis Cohen, Sylvère Lotringer, Jean-Louis Violeau, Craig Buckley and Hubert Tonka. About two weeks later, on October 14th and 15th, Columbia will host a potentially extremely interesting symposium, Injured Cities. Urban Afterlives that will probably constitutes a good sequel to the symposium organized two years ago by Saskia Sassen, Cities and the New Wars (see previous article). Participants includes authors regularly quoted on the Funambulist such as Eyal Weizman, Teddy Cruz, Saskia Sassen and more. I attach here the program which can also be found on the symposium’s official website:

Friday: Miller Theater
11a.m. – 12:30p.m. Panel 1: “Injured Cities/Threshold Catastrophes
Ariella Azoulay
Bar Ilan University, Israel, Program for Culture and Interpretation
Saskia Sassen
Columbia University, Department of Sociology
Karen Till
National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland, Geography
Moderator: Saidiya Hartman, Columbia University
12:30p.m. – 2:00p.m. Lunch Break
2p.m. – 3:30p.m. September 11 Oral History Narrative and Memory Project: Life in the Political Aftermath Living with Terror at Home

Narrators: Talat Hamdani, Zorah Saed
Moderator: Mary Marshall Clark, CU Oral History Program

3:45p.m. – 5:15p.m. September 11 Oral History Narrative and Memory Project: The Legacy of Colonialism and InvisibilityStories Before and Beyond the Event

Narrators: Somi Roy, Roberta Galler
Moderator: Gerry Albarelli, CU Oral History Program

5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m. Reception Dodge Café
Welcoming Remarks
7:30p.m. Evening Event: Witness to the Ruins: a Lecture-Performance with Mapa Teatro, Bogotá, Colombia, followed by a panel discussion with the artists
Discussion moderated by Diana Taylor Miller Theater
SATURDAY: Wood Auditorium (breaks/receptions in Brownies Café)
9:00a.m. – 9:45a.m. Light Breakfast
9:45a.m. – 11:45a.m. Panel 2: “Bodies and Borders in the Aftermath”
Nina Bernstein, Journalist, New York Times
Anne McClintock, University of Wisconsin, Madison, English and Women’s and Gender Studies
Ann Jones, Author/Journalist
Moderator: Hazel V. Carby, Yale University
11:45p.m. – 1:00p.m. Lunch Break
1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. Panel 3: “Spatializing Afterlife”
Eyal Weizman, Architect/Author, member of the Decolonizing Architecture Project (Bethlehem/Palestine)
Clive van den Berg, Artist, Curator and Author (South Africa)
Teddy Cruz, Architect (Los Angeles)
Moderators: Mabel Wilson (CU Architecture)
and Rosalind Morris (CU Anthropology)
3:00p.m. – 3:30p.m. Coffee Break
3:30p.m. – 5:30p.m. Panel 4: “Art and Archive After Catastrophe”
Walid Ra’ad, Artist and Professor of Art, Cooper Union
Dinh Q Le, Artist
Shirin Neshat, Artist
Moderator: Carol Becker, CU Dean of the School of the Arts