Institute for Critical Social Inquiry Announces 2016 Faculty Lineup

(text from The New School’s Marketing and Communications, Sep. 1 2015):

ICSI copyright Paulo SaludThis summer, The New School’s Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI), will launch its second year of Summer Seminars. Housed at The New School for Social Research (NSSR) in New York City, the ICSI, founded and directed by Ann Stoler, offers advanced graduate students and faculty from around the world a weeklong Fellowship in which they work closely with eminent scholars who have shaped how we think today.

The Summer Seminars will run from June 12-18, 2016 and will be led by Jay M. Bernstein (New School for Social Research), who will convene the seminar Of Masters and Slaves: Reading Hegel’s Phenomenology; Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley), who will convene the seminar Freud to Klein: Death Drive, Pleasure, Ethics; and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia), who will convene the seminar Why Marx Today?.

ICSIStudent_1688_PauloSaludCopyright_webBorn of The New School’s historic focus on exploring pressing contemporary issues, the ICSI is designed to cultivate a style of critical inquiry that applies conceptual care and innovation to real-world problems. ICSI provides a rare opportunity for young and seasoned scholars to re-immerse themselves in intensive graduate-level study with leading theorists in morning Master Classes and to workshop their dissertations and book projects in the afternoon.

“ICSI is founded on the premise that responding to current and emergent problems requires developing our collective capacities to formulate new and better questions, rather than relying on ready-made theories,” said Ann Laura Stoler, the founding director of the ICSI and Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at The New School for Social Research. Stoler is the author of a range of books on colonialisms, imperial genealogies, sexuality and race, most recently Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination, as well as Duress: Concept-Work for Our Times, forthcoming from Duke University Press.

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The application portal for the 2016 Summer Seminars opens Sept. 1, 2015 and closes Dec. 1, 2015. International scholars, especially those in the Global South, are encouraged to apply; scholarships and travel grants are available.

The 2015 inaugural cohort of fellows included PhD candidates, post-doctoral scholars, and junior and senior faculty from 17 countries who worked intensively in seminars led by Talal Asad (City University of New York), Simon Critchley (NSSR), and Patricia J. Williams (Columbia Law School).


Willi Semmler Appointed to Evaluation Committee at International Research Institute

Willi Semmler, Henry Arnhold Professor of Economics, has been appointed to the evaluation team at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria. He joins several other representatives on an international committee to review research programs related to advanced systems analysis; water; and, risk, policy, and vulnerability.

The IASA is considered an important large-scale research institute conducting academic research for several purposes, including reaching the United Nations’ stated Sustainable Development goals. The institution supports research on issues of global impact, and its mission, described in its current strategic plan, is “to provide insights and guidance to policymakers worldwide by finding solutions to global and universal problems through applied systems analysis in order to improve human and social wellbeing and to protect the environment.”


Bio | Semmler is Henry Arnhold Professor of Economics at the New School for Social Research. He received his PhD from the Free University of Berlin. His research and teaching interests are: Empirical Macroeconomics, Macroeconomics of the US and EU, Financial Markets, Economics of Climate Change, Business Cycles, and Macro Dynamics. Semmler recently co-authored The Oxford Handbook of the Macroeconomics of Global Warming (Oxford University Press, 2015). Other publications include Reconstructing Keynesian Macroeconomics, Volume 2: Integrated Approaches (Routledge, 2012) and Asset Prices, Booms and Recessions: Financial Economics from a Dynamic Perspective (Springer Publishing, 2011).

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