The conference aims at exploring the relationship between politics and aesthetics in a wide variety of areas ranging from literature and cultural studies to film and media studies, linguistics and the social sciences. It is expected that participants will focus attention on past and present debates over the meaning of aesthetics, its resistance to and/or complicity with politics, and its relationship to ethics and morality.
Possible subtopics include:
Politics through Aesthetics - Politics vs. Aesthetics
Aesthetic categories and their political parameters; apolitical/politicised/depoliticised aesthetics; committed art vs. art for art's sake; revolt / conservatism and the literary text; aesthetics and the literature of ideas
Aesthetics, Politics and Language
Language, aesthetics and society; language, aesthetics and culture
Aesthetics, Politics and Ethics
Dangerous art; politics, aesthetics and the importance of being, or not being, earnest; the politics of sensation - the politics of cruelty; the (ir)responsibility of art/artists
Aesthetics and the Politics of Gender and Sexuality
Gendered/gendering aesthetics; the gendered/gendering gaze and fashion; post-gender developments: the cyborg; camp and queer aesthetics; the (anti-)aesthetics of transvestism and transexualism
Aesthetics and the Politics of Ethnicity/Race
Race/ethnicity, philosophy and aesthetics; race/ethnicity, history, literature, and the battlefield of ideas; pre-colonial/colonial/post-colonial views of ethinicity/national culture (or identity) in literature; aesthetic/political parameters of the representation of racial/ethnic others
Aesthetics, Politics and the Market
Political/economic infrastructures and the work of art; the market and canonization; aesthetic pleasure and popular culture; the market and exoticism; museums, libraries and aesthetic pleasure
Aesthetics and/in Space and Time
Aesthetic/political parameters of travel writing; sites of aesthetic/political homage; aesthetics, politics and everyday life
The (anti-)aesthetic and its (dis)contents
The (an)aesthetised message; the 'failure of the new' and the politics of nostalgia; pastiche vs. parody; the logic of kitsch and schlock
Politics and Genre
Political satire; the literature of sentiment in the service of politics; politics and the philosophical/moral tale; politics in popular/folk literature; the politics of science fiction; politics and cinema.
As this is going to be a 'travelling' conference with sessions held at two universities in two very different parts of South Eastern Europe, it is hoped that participants will further benefit from their interaction with cultural difference.
Abstracts of 200-250 words with a provisional title and a short bio should be sent by 31
January 2005 to:
a) Prof. Litsa Trayiannoudi (e-mail: email@example.com OR fax: +30 2310 997432 OR postal address: Dept of English Literature, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 540 06, Thessaloniki, Greece)
b) Prof. Ludmilla Kostova (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org OR fax: +359 (0)62621468 OR postal address: Dept of English and American Studies, University of Veliko Turnovo, 2 Teodosi Turnovski Str, Veliko Turnovo 5003, Bulgaria).
presentation: 20 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions/discussion.
of acceptance: 28/02/2005 -
Thank you for your interest.