CALL FOR PAPERS Marx and the Aesthetic (University of Amsterdam, May 10-13th, 2012) The aim of this conference is twofold: on the one hand, to analyse the role of the aesthetic in the writings of Marx and, on the other, to examine works of art and literature which are based on, or have been directly inspired by, Marx’s writings. At the core of this conference, then, is an attempt to think the immanent relation between the aesthetic and emancipatory conceptions of politics. Previous attempts to make sense of Marx and Engels in terms of aesthetics have either been Marxist in a very broad sense – writing as productive force, aesthetic autonomy as critique of the commodity form, the critique of aesthetic ideologies etc. - or Marxological in a naïve sense i.e., merely assembling in one volume the stray comments on art and literature that pepper Marx's and Engels' writings. The problem with the first attempt is that it simply assumes that there is a prominent lacuna with respect to the aesthetic in Marx himself and that, therefore, Marxian grammar and vocabulary were in need of radical transformation. The failure of the second approach (although these attempts call for reconsideration in their own right, since they are now all about 40 years old) was that it restricted the understanding of "aesthetics" to statements dealing explicitly with art and literature.
Recent debates concerning the aesthetic (to be distinguished from aesthetics as a discipline), however, have allowed for a different understanding of the field. The aesthetic crosses disciplinary boundaries and cannot be restricted to specific subjects. The aesthetic is a form of thought in which a whole host of complex and interrelated issues are at stake: the orders of mind and matter, the disruptive dynamics of sense perception, expression and of metaphor, the logics of innovation and of “the event,” the indeterminate character of semiotic systems and so on. Aesthetics cannot, therefore, be restricted to art alone and does not even necessarily coincide with it. In other words, the aesthetic is in a constant state of “migration.” Authors like Nancy, Lacoue-Labarthe and Rancière, among others, have pointed out the way in which all radical attempts to theorize the political are profoundly dependent on figures of the aesthetic. The "aesthetico-political" has become a name for all aesthetic dynamics that cross (and confound) the hegemonic orders of reason and the established channels of perception. Against this backdrop, the entire history of radical political thought must be reconsidered. Socio-philosophical and strategically political claims, which were never originally considered as aesthetic, e.g. Sohn-Rethel’s notion that "Communism is the overcoming of the separation between intellectual and manual labor,” now appear in a new light.
The texts of Marx himself have not yet been sufficiently interpreted and reconstructed in these terms. And yet in these writings innumerable figures of the aesthetic are, so to speak, at work. From notions of an “aesthetics of production” to the "poetry of the future", from the radical modernism of bourgeois development to the very idea of “free association,” from references to Shakespeare and Dante in the original texts as well as in important translations, to the idea that bourgeois politics is nothing but a theatrical stage, the aesthetic has an undeniably prominent place in Marx's thought.
Conversely, Marx’s work has also become extremely rich “raw material” for artistic production. From theatre works on Capital to the Chinese attempt to stage this text as an opera, from Sergej Eisenstein’s and Alexander Kluge's attempts to make a film of Capital to Rainer Ganahl's reading seminars, from the work of Zachary Formwalt and Milena Bonilla to that of Phil Collins: these artists are producing Marx as an “aesthetic event.” In short, in Marx the aesthetic and the political are immanently related: this conference aims to explore how. Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to the following: - Aesthetic Production in the Early Writings - Marx and Engels as Historians of Literature - Modernism in the Manifesto - Aesthetico-Political Associationism - Aesthetic Form and Commodity Form
- Marx’s Method and the “Aesthetic Regime of Art” - Revolutionary Shakespeare - Monsters and Ghosts - Eisenstein, Kluge and the Cinematography of Capital - Staging Capital (Opera, Theatre) - Brecht’s Communist Manifesto - Images of Marx in Painting and Sculpture - The Beauty of Communism Confirmed Speakers: Keynote: Boris Groys (NYU) Keynote: Terrell Carver (University of Bristol) Keynote: Jochen Hörisch (Universität Mannheim) Keynote: Kristin Ross (NYU) Ruth Sonderegger (Akademe der Bildenden Künste, Wien) Sven Lütticken (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) Kati Röttger (Universiteit van Amsterdam) Josef Früchtl (Universiteit van Amsterdam) Helmar Schramm (Freie Universität, Berlin) Clint Burnham (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver) Gary Teeple (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver) Confirmed Artists: Rainer Ganahl Phil Collins Zachary Formwalt Milena Bonilla Pedro Reyes Organising Committee: Nathaniel Boyd (Jan Van Eyck Academie) Samir Gandesha (Simon Fraser University) Johan Hartle (Universiteit van Amsterdam) Daniel Hartley (Justus-Liebig Universität, Giessen) Partners: Universiteit van Amsterdam, Afdeling Wijsbegeerte Institute of the Humanities, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam Goethe Institut/Amsterdam Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis Duitsland Instituut, Amsterdam The conference fees will be 25 Euros for students/unwaged participants and 55 Euros for waged participants Please send your abstract (max. 500 words) including information about institutional affiliation and field of scholarship) before January 31st to email@example.com
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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.
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for the full conference program and schedule.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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Saturday, November 19, 2011
School Choice: Too Much of A Good Thing? A panel discussion hosted by Brian Lehrer Live at Pratt Institute
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.
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.
"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/
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CALL FOR PAPERS Stance seeks original philosophical papers authored by current undergraduates. ...Tuesday at 7:52pm
Tina Campt on "The Motion of Stillness: Diaspora, 'Stasis' and Black German Vernacular Photography." Wednesday November 16th, 12.30-2 pm
Internships at WNYC's Soundcheck show.
Interested in being an intern for Soundcheck? Soundcheck, hosted by John Schaefer, is WNYC’s daily talk show about music from all genres. It features interviews, live performances and discussions about trends in the music industry. The program is currently looking for interns to help with rese...
Text and slides of "Until [and a bit after] Darwin" --- my portion of the SLAS Faculty Seminar with Chris Jensen. -- Ric
A good time was had by all and we'll try to do more like it in the future.
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Zizek: "I think today the world is asking for a real alternative. Would you like to live in a world where the only alternative is either anglo-saxon neoliberalism or Chinese-Singaporean capitalism with Asian values? I claim if we do nothing we will gradually approach a kind of a new type of authoritarian society. Here I see the world historical importance of what is happening today in China. Until...
By saying "Asian values" have corrupted capitalism, Zizek aligns himself with generations of Orientalist thinkers.
Another take on the Internship question.
Over 1 million Americans a year work as interns. About half of them are unpaid. Alex Footman was among them, working for the film Black Swan. "This really just seemed like I was just working and wasn't getting paid for it," Footman says. So he is suing for back pay.
Researcher of Medieval manuscripts Wendy Stein discusses her fascination with writing and its history.
Researcher of Medieval manuscripts Wendy Stein discusses her fascination with writing and its history.
Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn | New York Historical Society
In November 2011, the New-York Historical Society will present Revolution!, a path-breaking exhibition and educational initiative. The exhibition explores the enormous transformations in the world’s politics and culture between the 1763 triumph of the British Empire in the Seven Years' War and the e...November 11 at 9:54am ·
The Birth of Promotion: Inventing Film Publicity in the Silent-Film Era via The New York Public Library
Explore the elements of film promotion and distribution first established in the silent film era. The exhibition "The Birth of Promotion: Inventing Film Publ...November 11 at 9:53am ·
Please join us for this semester's faculty research seminar on Monday, November 7th from 12:30-2:00 in Dekalb 206.
Diversity, Culture, Theory, and Data: Science on Human Variety
B. Ricardo Brown and Christopher X J. Jensen
Happy Birthday Pratt alumnus Robert Mapplethorpe, born on November 4, 1946. He would have been 65 today. http://t.co/dQtn35Bw
Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, Harvard Museum of Natural History
Where can you see the colors of spring all year long, or the flame-like blaze of an autumn maple leaf even in the dead of winter? Visitors to the Harvard Museum of Natural History can witness the forever-blooming botanicals that make up the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, aka The...November 4 at 3:48pm ·
Map Division, The New York Public Library
Help NYPL build the geospatial library of the future! How? Join our next Citizen Cartography Workshop this Sat, Nov 5th. Learn how to use our Map Warper tool to transform old maps into a new digital resource. Workshops are free and open to the public so be sure to tell a friend. http://bit.ly/tEsIsD
Help NYPL build the geospatial library of the future! This workshop (which takes place the three times a month) will get you oriented with the a set of tools the Library has developed (available at maps.nypl.org) that enables librarians and the general public to add valuable geographic context to ol...November 4 at 3:08pm ·
A Q&A with musician, artist, and 2011 Pratt Institute Legend Laurie Anderson recently featured on WWD.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library
"From Marcus Garvey to Marvin Gaye, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s investigations of African-American culture, leadership and politics were relentless, profound, and in some cases potentially deadly."
To read more, visit: http://
The Math and Science Department's Research Lunch Seminar series presents: Moving from the search for the lost Leonardo’s mural - the Battle of Anghiari - a conversation on Cultural Heritage Science. Thursday, November 3rd from 12:30-1:30 pm in ARC room E5
Please join Platypus in considering the historical sources of the ongoing anti-Wall Street protests through the lens of two recent films that highlight the popular imagination of contemporary Capitalism and its discontents.
Battle on Wall Street? Battle in Seattle Film Screening
Tuesday, November 1 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
"Works on the program are Go Guitars for 5 electric guitars, performed by Oren Fader live, with recorded guitar parts by Dave Seidel, Blue Jets Red Sprites for accordion, performed by William Schimmel and Demon Star for marimba and cello, performed by Matthew Gold and Chris Gross. This concert is part of the Experimental Intermedia/XI series at the Stone, curated by Phill Niblock. See a video performance of Blue Jets Red Sprites at http://www.youtube.com/
Chamber music by Lois V Vierk will be presented on Saturday, October 29 – 8:00 PM at The Stone, corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street in Manhattan’s East Village.October 28 at 7:29pm ·
Film Review --- “Anonymous,” a costume spectacle directed by Roland Emmerich, from a script by John Orloff, is a vulgar prank on the English literary tradition, a travesty of British history and a brutal insult to the human imagination. Apart from that, it’s not bad." --- A. O. Scott
UPDATE: New Deadline for Proposals: 3 October, 2011
Official CFP available at www.CulturalStudiesAssociation
The Cultural Studies Association (CSA) invites participation in its tenth annual conference. This year’s theme, “Culture Matters,” calls for proposals that critically and creatively reflect on culture and “the material” broadly conceived. How do we theorize the relationship between cu...
Jerilyn is a painter of American history, and teaches drawing at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers and Spring Studio, and collage at TheOctober 28 at 5:56pm ·