October 17, 2017


Common Room, Heyman Center

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Event Organizer

Nick Nesbitt (Princeton)

Jana Ndiaye Berankova

Oskar Arnorsson

Ashraf Sami Abdalla

Rachel Lee Hutcheson

Isobel Plowright.

Event Sponsor

Event Co-Sponsor(s)

Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society; The Heyman Center for the Humanities; Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture; Department of Art History and Archaeology, Department of French and Romance Philology
Princeton University, Department of French and Italian

This workshop requires an application. Please see directions below.


Alain Badiou

Graduate student workshop: Being and Event

3 – 6 p.m.

The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Common Room, Columbia University



Alain Badiou: “Immanence of Truths”

Lecture on the forthcoming third volume of his ontology Being and Event

Introductory lecture: Kenneth Reinhard UCLA

4:30 p.m.

Friend Center Lecture Hall 101, Princeton University


Alain Badiou

Graduate student workshop: Logics of Worlds

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Chancellor Green Seminar Room 105, Princeton University

In order to celebrate Alain Badiou’s major new work The Immanence of Truths, two graduate student workshops will be organized at Princeton and Columbia Universities. The workshops will introduce students to the basic concepts of Badiou’s ontological system, addressing sequentially his key works Being and Event and Logics of World. The workshops will be capped by Badiou’s public lecture introducing his forthcoming book The Immanence of Truths.

To apply:

The lecture on the 18th of October is open to the public.

To apply for the workshops, please send your name, departmental affiliation, and a brief description of your research interests and particular interest in Alain Badiou’s work. Please state also your language proficiency. (The workshops will be held in English, but French proficiency is preferred.)

The applications can be sent to by October 1st.

Selected participants will be notified by October 12th, 2017.

Readings will be sent to selected participants via e-mail.

Recommended readings:

Alain Badiou, Being and Event, transl. by Oliver Feltham; (New York: Continuum, 2005)

Alain Badiou, Conditions, transl. by Steve Corcoran; (New York: Continuum, 2009)

Alain Badiou, Logics of Worlds: Being and Event, Volume 2, transl. by Alberto Toscano; (New York: Continuum, 2009)

Introductory readings:

Alain Badiou, Manifesto for Philosophy, transl. by Norman Madarasz; (Albany: SUNY Press, 1999)

Alain Badiou, Second Manifesto for Philosophy, transl. by Louise Burchill (New York: Polity Press, 2011

Alain Badiou is a French philosopher and playwright. He is a professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Philosophy of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and one of the founding members of the Faculty of philosophy of the Université Paris VIII. His major works include the two volumes of Being and Event and Being and Event 2.: Logics of Worlds. His philosophical oeuvre connects continental and analytical philosophical traditions along with his reflections on set theory and contemporary mathematics. The third volume of Being and Event is to be published in 2017/18 under the title The Immanence of Truths.

Kenneth Reinhard is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Comparative Literature, UCLA. He is the author, with Slavoj Žižek and Eric Santner of The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology (U. of Chicago Press, 2005), and with Julia Reinhard Lupton, of After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis (Cornell UP, 1993), as well as articles on Freud, Lacan, Levinas, Henry James, Jewish Studies, and the Bible. In 2004 he founded the University of California Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory. Together with Susan Spitzer, he is currently working on the translation of Alain Badiou’s seminars and his forthcoming book Immanence of Truths.

Events organized by Nick Nesbitt, Professor, Department of French and Italian, Princeton University and Columbia university graduate students committee:Jana Ndiaye Berankova, Oskar Arnorsson, Ashraf Sami Abdalla, Rachel Lee Hutcheson and Isobel Plowright.

For more information or questions, contact or

The graduate workshop is now available on video! Check out the event on Youtube:

Part I

Part II

 The Heyman Center for the Humanities, Room B-101
74 Morningside Drive
New York, NY, 10027
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