Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 4:30pm
Klarman Hall, Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium
232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853
Society for the Humanities presents the Annual Invitational Lecture, this year with Jason Frank (Robert J. Katz Chair of Government) and his lecture, "The People as Popular Manifestation."
Democratic theorists have returned to the politics of peoplehood in recent years, considering how the political construction of the people confronts paradoxes of popular authorization and problems of membership. The question of popular manifestation, by contrast, concerns how the people appear and how they act: how the people takes shape as a collective actor when no formal rules or procedures for identifying popular will exist, or when these rules and procedures are so deeply contested as to be effectively deauthorized. This talk will introduce the problem of popular manifestation through the revolutionary politics of crowds and popular assemblies as they have been engaged--or evaded--in prominent works of contemporary democratic theory.
Jason Frank is the Robert J. Katz Chair of Government and his primary field is political theory. Jason’s research and teaching interests include democratic theory, American political thought, modern political theory, politics and literature, and political aesthetics. He received his MA and Ph.D. in political science from the Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before coming to Cornell, Jason taught at Santa Cruz, Duke, and Northwestern. He has also held research fellowships at UCLA’s Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies, Duke’s Franklin Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.