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Blade Runner – A Screening and Panel Discussion

November 7th, 2015 at the Brooklyn Commons, 7pm

Join us for a screening of Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic Blade Runner followed by a panel discussion in conjunction with our upcoming course Replaceable Parts: Becoming Cyborg in America. Panelists will discuss the film through the lens of contemporary technology studies, cybernetics, and cyborg theory while paying particular attention to questions of media, mediation, and the film’s own prescient visions of the blurring of organic and inorganic systems at the fraying edges of life itself.

This event is free to the public with a suggested $8 donation. Food and drinks will be available.


Danya Glabau is a doctoral candidate in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Cornell University. Her research unites STS and the anthropology of medicine and focuses on patient advocacy and the everyday experience of pharmaceutical use in modern biomedical regimes.

Nathan Jurgenson is a social media theorist, a Contributing Editor for The New Inquiry, and a researcher at Snapchat. Nathan and colleague PJ Rey created and run the Theorizing the Web conference and founded the Cyborgology blog.

Thyrza Nichols Goodeve is a writer who has published numerous interviews and essays on contemporary artists in Parkett, Artforum, Art in America as well as museum catalogues and book anthologies. She obtained her Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Program in Santa Cruz, California and his currently a faculty at School of Visual Arts.

Ajay Singh Chaudhary holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and is the founding Director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. He is also a Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University and his research focuses on comparative philosophy, political theory, cultural theory, Iranian and Islamic intellectual history, the Frankfurt School, modern Jewish thought, global thought, religion, social and critical theory, visual/media studies, and post-colonial studies.


Call for New Faculty Applications! Call ends: 7/12/2015



The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research seeks scholars who are interested in becoming part of an interdisciplinary research and teaching institution to teach and design rigorous seminar-style courses to adult students in various locations throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. We are currently seeking five new faculty members with specialized expertise in one of the following collected areas:

Philosophy, Feminism, Psychoanalysis: Works in Feminism, French Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and Affect Theory (especially approaches influenced by the works of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Lauren Berlant, etc.) Strong familiarity with the complete corpus of Freud is preferred.


Sciences Studies and New Materialism: Works at the intersection of Science Studies, New Materialism, Feminism, and Queer Theory. Disciplinary familiarity with literary studies and/or the natural sciences is preferred.


Philosophy and Critical Theory: Works in Marx, Marxism, critical theory in the Frankfurt School tradition, Benjamin (especially approaches influenced by the works of Susan Buck-Morss, Miriam Hansen, etc.), non-Heideggerian, Jewish intellectual history, Spinoza (familiar with the original works, not merely contemporary interpretations), social and political philosophy, materialism. Familiarity with boundaries between different critical traditions is preferred.


American Social and Intellectual History: Theoretically literate and informed. Specializations: New York City, Labor, Social Movements, etc. Periods: Early Modern to contemporary, with preference from Civil War to 21st century.


European Social and Intellectual History: Theoretically literate and informed. Period: Modern Europe since the French Revolution. Specializations: French Revolution, social and economic history, revolutions of 1848, Russian Revolution, WWI, WWII, Weimar Period, Soviet Union, post-war Europe.
Classes at the Brooklyn Institute are typically four to six weeks long and meet once a week for two or three hours in the evening, followed by short cocktail hour. They are primarily discussion-based seminars, unless the material demands otherwise. We teach in a variety of locations, from spaces in bars and bookstores to cultural centers, including the Center for Jewish History, the Goethe-Institut, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. The Brooklyn Institute does not offer credit of any kind for its courses.

Applicants should have considerable experience teaching at the college/university level, a commitment to thoughtful pedagogy in small seminar-style classroom settings, and possess or be in the advanced stages of a terminal degree in their field. We are particularly interested in applicants who also wish to take an active part in other Institute programming beyond the classroom, including digital projects, an ongoing podcast series, forthcoming publications, development, and other programming.

To apply, please contact and Please include a C.V. and course proposal and indicate which position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. For more information about the Brooklyn Institute and to get a sense of our previous course offerings, please visit us at

The deadline for applications is Sunday, July 12 and we will be holding interviews later that week. All applicants must be residents of the New York City metropolitan area. Skype interviews will only available for those who are residents but travelling during the interview period. Thank you!

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Call for Volunteers!

Dear Friends of the Brooklyn Institute:

We hope this message finds you very well! We’re writing you as the Brooklyn Institute enters its third year. Not that long ago, we thought the Institute might be no more than a side project that we launched during grad school, a few classes in the back room of a bar. Thanks to you, to overwhelming public interest in our courses and programs, and to the generosity of partner organizations like the Center for Jewish History, the Barnard Center for Research on Women, the Goethe-Institut, and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, it’s become much more than that. We’re working hard to make the Institute an enduring part of the New York City cultural landscape. In addition to our courses, we’re working on a digital humanities initiative, podcasting, and producing original research in our own digital publishing platform, Arcades, which will make its debut later this year. As we make this transition, we’re reaching out to ask for volunteers to help with these projects. We’re looking for people who share our commitment to expanding access to high-level study and intellectual conversation well beyond the traditional audience for higher education. We are specifically seeking people with skills and experience in these areas: audio recording/editing, video recording/editing, other podcast-related skills such as transcripting (in particular, we are looking for someone to work on creating our distinctive time-stamped and hyperlinked podcast “Notations”), intra-office communications, social media management and advertising, publicity (including good old-fashioned pavement-pounding), and working to scan/preserve delicate and/or rare academic texts for our ~Archive project.

All our volunteers will, of course, have access to classes at the Brooklyn Institute free of charge. If you’d like to volunteer with us, or if you have friends or family members who might be interested, we’d be grateful if you’d get in touch and/or pass this message along. If interested, please email with a paragraph or two about your interest in the Institute, what relevant skills and experience you’d bring to the table, what project(s) you’d like to work on, and what aspects of the Institute you’d like to be involved with.Thanks so much for being part of our community, and for taking the time to read this!

All best wishes,

Ajay Singh Chaudhary and Abby Kluchin
Brooklyn Institute for Social Research
“Not Yet Real”: Videogames, Theory, Criticism



We are pleased to announce the full program for “Not Yet Real”: Videogames, Theory, Criticism! In close coordination with the Goethe-Insitut New York, this will be a three part program, including our currently running course “Better Than Real Life”: Towards a Critical Theory of Videogames, an interactive gaming installation, and two talks.  For more information and the full program please see the Goethe-Institut’s program page here. All of these events are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

January 18-February 2
Opening: January 18, 6:00pm

Not Yet Real features an interactive installation open from January 18 through February 2 at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building in the East Village. The four games in the installation will be accompanied by a series of long-form essays by invited participants. These participants, from a variety of disciplines, were given a simple prompt: to reflect upon a single game and how they understand and interpret it. Adrienne Shaw (Media Studies, Temple University),Sarah Wanenchak (Sociology, University of Maryland), McKenzie Wark (Cultural Studies, The New School), and Dave Riley(journalist and video game critic) contributed four very different inquiries into four very different games. These texts will be available in a special booklet edition for the duration of the installation.

January 23 & 30

The first talk, entitled A Ludic Century?, is a talk by and conversation with McKenzie Wark on January 23, addressing both the recently published Manifesto for a Ludic Centuryby Eric Zimmerman as well as broader questions about the medium of videogames itself. The second event, entitled Games, Representation, and Experience, is a roundtable discussion on January 30 featuring Adrienne ShawSarah Wanenchak, andDave Riley, who will hold a wide-ranging conversation about games, game criticism, and their specific contributions to Not Yet Real.

Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
5 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10003


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