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Fisher Center 2021-2022 Speaker Series: Beyond

What does it mean to be, or to go beyond? “Beyond” names a crossing over, a surpassing of constraints. Beyond can signal hope (as in beyond racism) or despair (beyond survival). Beyond can index a change in pace (an acceleration) or a movement in space (moving out, moving towards). Beyond is about possibility and change, but what kind of possibility/change?

Beyond can query ethical principles: moving beyond the binaries/divide of relativism and universalism, communitarianism and individualism. Beyond ignites debates over human enhancement and transhumanism. Beyond foregrounds the possibilities and perils of geo-engineering as we address global climate change. Beyond illuminates scientific horizons and gulfs in our understanding as we race for a Covid vaccine/cure or struggle to imagine life beyond Earth or beyond carbon.

Does the beyond simply name a condition after something, such as “post-” in post-capitalist, post-historical, post-secular, posthuman? In its surpassing of limits, “beyond” shares conceptual territory with transgression. Is an overcoming of a limit, simultaneously, its affirmation? Beyond the human still names the human as the point of reference and comparison. And is the phrase “beyond racism” a prospect for a reconciliation or does it deny its painful and ongoing reality? Should we conceive the beyond in a more radical sense, as moving beyond the given coordinate space entirely, taking off in a yet unknown direction-the radical outside of imagination and thought?

FALL 2021

Anindita Banerjee

September 22

Anindita Banerjee


7 p.m., Zoom

Anindita Banerjee is an associate professor of Comparative Literature and the chair of the humanities concentration in the Environment and Sustainability Program at Cornell University. Her latest book is South of the Future: Marketing Care and Speculating Life in South Asia and the Americas, co-edited with Debra Castillo and published by SUNY Press in December 2020.

Rahman Ahmad Austin

October 6


Summer 2021 Woodworth Fellows

7 p.m., Zoom (Meeting ID: 965 7673 8276 Passcode: 297605)

Sadia Rahman '22: "Hashtags and Social Media in the Farmers' Protest"

Aroob Ahmad '22: "Immigration, Identification and Capitalism"

Caleb Austin '22: "Antidemocracy in America"


October 20

Jayna Brown, Professor at Pratt Institute


7 p.m., Zoom (Meeting ID: 935 0231 9968 Passcode: 270454)

Jayna Brown is professor in the Graduate Program in Media Studies at Pratt Institute. As well as numerous essays, Brown is the author of Babylon Girls: Black Women Performers and the Shaping of the Modern (Duke University Press, 2008) and Black Utopias: Speculative Life and the Music of Other Worlds (Duke University Press, 2021). Her areas of research and specialization include performance studies, black expressive cultures, black feminism, speculative fictions, music, and our changing media landscape. Her current work is located at the intersections of science and performance.


November 10

Abou Farman, Anthropologist, Writer, Artist and Associate Professor at The New School for Social Research


7 p.m., Zoom (Meeting ID: 925 7338 2797 Passcode: 738502)

An anthropologist, writer and artist, Abou Farman is author of On Not Dying: Secular Immortality in the Age of Technoscience (2020, Minneapolis: Univ. Minn. Press) and Clerks of the Passage (2012, Montreal: Linda Leith Press). He is Associate Professor of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research and founder of Art Space Sanctuary as well as the Shipibo Conibo Center of NY.


The Fisher Center brings together faculty, students, and experts in gender-related fields in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary society.

Building upon their long-held commitment to interdisciplinary liberal arts education for men and women, both separately and together, Hobart and William Smith Colleges established (in 1998) the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men to support curricular, programmatic, and scholarly projects which address the question:

How do we more nearly realize, through our educational program, scholarship, and presence in the larger community, our democratic ideals of equity, mutual respect, and common interest in relations between men and women?


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