Conventional art institutions such as museums and galleries have had problematic relationships with three-dimensional utilitarian objects since their inception. As several scholars, including Ruth Phillips and James Clifford, have argued, conventional displays deprive objects of their functionality and turn them into highly anaesthetized fetishes of high culture. The notorious notion of the modernist white cube has often been challenged and debunked by craft and design practitioners as unsuitable and denigrating for exhibiting utilitarian objects.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Aesthetics in the 21st Century
University of Basel
September 13-15, 2012
Confirmed Speakers: Graham Harman, Iain Hamilton Grant, N. Katherine Hayles
Ever since the turn of the century aesthetics has steadily gained momentum as a central field of study across the disciplines. No longer sidelined, aesthetics has grown in confidence as evidenced by recent works by major contemporary thinkers such as Jean-Luc Nancy (Muses II), Jacques Rancière (Dissensus; Aesthetics and its Discontents) and Alain Badiou (Handbook of Inaesthetics). In this vein, aesthetics does not merely designate a discipline concerned with theories of art, but more fundamentally the primacy of sensation and sensual encounter itself.
3rd Global Conference
Thursday 10th May – Saturday 12th May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Papers:
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference marks the continuation of a project dedicated to the study of the experience of imprisonment.
2nd Global Conference
Ethical Living: Ethics in Everyday Life
Wednesday 16th May – Friday 18th May 2012
Prague, Czech Republic
21-24 March 2012
Tim Armstrong, University of London, Royal Holloway
David Bradshaw, Worcester College, Oxford
Laura Marcus, New College, Oxford
Steven Connor, University of London, Birkbeck
Robert Crawford, University of St Andrews
Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University
Enda Duffy, University of California at Santa Barbara
Maud Ellmann, University of Chicago
Tom Gunning, University of Chicago
Andreas Huyssen, Columbia University
Tyrus Miller, University of California, Santa Cruz
Julian Murphet, University of New South Wales
Moving Modernisms Postgraduate Conference
On 21-24 March 2012 Oxford University English Faculty will host a four-day conference entitled Moving Modernisms. The conference will bring together many scholars of international distinction with a view to examining, through plenary lectures and round-tables, Modernism's diverse manifestations, its manifold constructions and its future directions.
The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference 2012
What Happens Now?
Interdisciplinarity for the Future
On February 24-25 2012, graduate students from across academic disciplines will gather at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to query, "What happens now?"
This conference invites contemporary, cutting-edge interdisciplinary work in the humanities, arts, and sciences. We seek to raise new questions, extend disciplinary and interdisciplinary boundaries, and reflect upon the current state of knowledge production in relation to our 21st century future.
From Verdi's Otello and Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata to Anthony Burgess's literary and musical compositions and Kazuo Ishiguro's fictional musicians, literature is obsessed with music, and vice versa. This is the first conference critically to explore the connection between music and literature in a comprehensive fashion.
Keynote Speakers: Stephen Benson (UEA, Norwich, UK), Wendy Lesser (Berkeley, USA) and Gerry Smyth (John Moores University, Liverpool, UK). More names to be announced shortly.
With Performances by Special Guests including Willy Vlautin (Richmond Fontaine), Tom McCarthy, Zsolt Sores, Tiffany Murray, Douglas Cowie. More names to be announced shortly.
THE ATRIUM: A Journal of Academic Community Voices, is a peer-reviewed cross-disciplinary journal published twice annually by Ivy Tech Community College Northwest. Ivy Tech is an academic home to 160,000 students throughout Indiana and is one of the largest community college systems in the United States.
Though Americanist scholarship of the past quarter-century has focused almost exclusively on the political and ideological, questions of culture, identity, and exceptionalism have more often than not supplanted rather than complemented economic analysis. With the advent of the 2008 global financial crisis, however, economic concerns have again risen to the fore.