Cogut Institute for the Humanities

Peter Szendy

2023–24 Seminar Leader, David Herlihy University Professor of Comparative Literature and the Humanities


Peter Szendy is David Herlihy University Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature. At the Cogut Institute, he directs the Economies of Aesthetics initiative. His published work has focused on the archaeology of listening — Listen: A History of Our Ears (Fordham University Press, 2007), All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage (Fordham University Press, 2016) — on the politics of reading — Prophecies of Leviathan: Reading Past Melville (Fordham University Press, 2009), Of Stimatology: Punctuation as Experience (Fordham University Press, 2018), Pouvoirs de la lecture: de Platon au livre électronique (La Découverte, 2022) — and on the economies or ecologies of visuality — Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World (Fordham University Press, 2015), The Supermarket of the Visible: Toward a General Economy of Images (Fordham University Press, 2019), Pour une écologie des images (Éditions de Minuit, 2021). He has curated the exhibition “The Supermarket of Images” at the museum of the Jeu de Paume in Paris (February–June 2020). He will lead the 2023–24 Cogut Institute Fellows Seminar.

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