Georges Seurat, Casseur de pierres, Le Raincy (ca. 1879-91)

Anachronisms Conference
New York University
April 14-15, 2017

The event is free and open to the public.
No prior registration is necessary for the panels.
Registration is required for the keynote address. Please RSVP here.


Silver Center for Arts and Science, Room 405
31 Washington Place

Opening Remarks
9:30AM – 10:00AM

Emily Apter

Panel 1
10:00AM – 11:30AM
Moderator: Anastasiya Osipova

Rebecca Comay, “Willing Backwards: Testamentary Vicissitudes in Walter Benjamin”
Gabriel Rockhill, “Counter-History and the Transformation of Political Imaginaries”
Christopher Wood, “The Stigma of Mortality”

Panel 2
11:45AM – 1:15PM
Moderator: Daniel Howell

Roberto Dainotto, “Historical Immanence and the Problematics of the New: On the ‘Necessary Anachronism’ of György Lukács”
Erica Moiah James, “Decolonizing Time”
Sonia Werner, “Anachronism and Idiocy: Marx’s History and the Aesthetics of Verisimilitude”

Lunch Break
1:15PM – 3:15PM

Panel 3
3:15PM – 4:45PM
Moderator: Amy Obermeyer

Ana Dopico, “The Society for Creative Anachronism: Old Neighborhoods, Youth, and the Re-education of Cuban Time”
Harry Harootunian, “Restoring Untimeliness: Reflections on the Problem of ‘Second Hand Time’ in Postwar Japan”
Andrew Zimmerman, “Breaking Time: Conjure and Communism in Civil War Missouri”

Panel 4
5:00PM – 6:30PM
Moderator: Charles Gelman

Maggie Clinton, “Fascist Cultural Revolution in Interwar China”
R.H. Lossin, “Sabotage: A Certain Simple and Monstrous Thing?”
Erag Ramizi, “Anachronisms against Neologisms: Chronopolitics of the Peasant Question”

7:30PM – 9:30PM


Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, Room 475
238 Thompson Street

Panel 5
10:00AM – 11:30AM
Moderator: Juan Carlos Aguirre

Daniel Benson, “A Laughable Anachronism: State Temporality and Colonization in France, 1830-1880”
Hala Halim, “Revisionism and Allochronism in Martin Bernal’s Black Athena
Massimiliano Tomba, “Decentering Modern History/Decolonizing Time”

Panel 6
11:45AM – 1:15PM
Moderator: Ziad Dallal

Kristin Ross, “The Seventh Wonder of the Zad”
Manu Goswami, “‘A Conspiracy of Equality’: Early Communism in Late Colonial India”
Elizabeth Benninger, “Untimely Futures: Anachrony in Utopian Critique”

Keynote Address
2:00PM – 4:00PM

The Grand Hall
Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, Top Floor
238 Thompson Street

“Anachronism and the Conflict of Times”
Jacques Rancière

Please RSVP