Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Conference: Radical Aesthetics and Politics: Intersections in Music, Art, and Critical Social Theory

Conference: Radical Aesthetics and Politics: Intersections in Music, Art, and Critical Social Theory
Friday, 9 December 2011 10am - 6pm
Roosevelt House, Hunter College, CUNY
47-49 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065

*Free* and open to the public Space is limited - reserve your seat now

In the past few decades, the study of sonic, visual, textual, and other media practices have emerged as productive areas of cultural analysis and critique. Often constitutive of paradoxes and tensions within society, these aesthetic practices have prompted critical engagements with structures of power and knowledge. Researchers and artists have sought to deconstruct particular relationships between aesthetics and power, creating renewed and emergent questions with which current social theory must engage. For instance, how might we think about the "œpublic sphere" in terms of nodes of encounters with the sonic, the visual, and the textual? What forms of political action and sociality emerge from civic engagements with visual, sonic, and textual culture? How are sonic and material landscapes engaged with as embodied practices? What might this imply about the corporeality of the political, the ethical, and the technological? What are the disjunctures and syntheses between artists and scholars concept-driven productions and the ways in which audiences interpret and construct life-worlds with these productions?

This multidisciplinary conference aims to explore these questions centering on the intersections between aesthetic practices and radical political action. The presentations engage with practices within sonic, visual, and textual culture, and understand these not merely in terms of the symbolic or the ideal, but also in terms of the material relations embedded within these practices. This conference is thus concerned with the ideological lives of aesthetic practices. Rather than focusing solely on overtly politicized artistic expression, however, this conference interrogates the boundaries of the political in music and art (and vice versa).

We seek to take a radical approach to aesthetics and politics by getting at the root of knowledge systems and changing the concepts of contemporary political, ethical, and aesthetic debates. This conference thus asks how we may think through and act on political commitments in art and music, and how social theory may displace and elaborate on the concepts of cultural and ethical debates.
Please visit http://chreculture.blogspot.com/<http:></http:>
for the full conference program and schedule.
Email Portia Seddon *to register*: portiaseddon@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Project Muse via Pratt Institute Libraries

‎"Doing research in the humanities or social sciences? Then you need to check out the Project Muse, where you can find scholarly full text articles from over 400 titles! For more info on Project Muse and other databases available through the Pratt Library visit http://library.pratt.edu/find_resources/articles_databases/databases_by_subject/ "
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The Pratt Libraries subscribe to more than 25 electronic databases, as well as more than 700 magazines, journals and newspapers in print and electronic formats. Several new databases have been added to Pratt Libraries collection recently. Please see sign for new databases. For help getting started...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

School Choice: Too Much of A Good Thing? A panel discussion hosted by Brian Lehrer Live at Pratt Institute

Brian Lehrer

 

WNYC Events
School Choice: Too Much of A Good Thing?

A panel discussion hosted by Brian Lehrer Live at Pratt Institute
Thursday, December 8, 2011

 
It’s time for New York City students to choose their middle schools and high schools. Parents universally complain that the system is hard to navigate. Join the conversation on how to make the best choices.
 

Location: Memorial Hall - Pratt Institute 200 Willoughby Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205


Tickets: Free admission, rsvp required.  

http://www.wnyc.org/events/

Friday, November 18, 2011

Text and Slides from SLAS Seminar “Diversity, Culture, Theory, & Data: Science on the Human Variety.”


The text and slides of "Until (and a bit after) Darwin" the first portion of the SLAS Faculty Research Seminar with Chris Jensen of Math & Science are now up and available on the Until Darwin website.  Click here or on the image above to go to the page.    When Chris puts his online, we'll post the link.