[artinfo] Jacques Ranciere, Amsterdam, June 20-21

asca-fgw asca-fgw at uva.nl
Fri Feb 3 13:33:06 CET 2006


On Aesthetics and Politics: With and Around Jacques Ranciere

Universiteit van Amsterdam, June 20-21, 2006

The Photography, Film and Displacement group (ASCA, UvA) organises a 
two-day conference in the presence of the French philosopher Jacques 
Ranciere, to be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on June 20 and 
21, 2006.

This conference will focus on Ranciere's work on aesthetics and 
politics such as developed in his recent publications: Malaise dans 
l'esthetique (2004), (Le Destin des images (2003), and Le Partage du 
sensible. Esthetique et politique (2000, The Aesthetics of Politics. 
The Distribution of the Sensible, 2004). Scholars, writers and 
artists are invited to present papers in which they reflect upon 
Ranciere's ideas in relation to their own research and work. The 
contributions will be followed by a panel discussion enabling Jacques 
Ranciere to
respond to these interpretations of his thought.

The conference aims to raise such questions as: In what sense does 
aesthetics imply politics? To what extent does Ranciere's conception 
of the three regimes of art enable us to rethink and contextualise 
today's art? How is the ethical turn translated into different 
artistic forms?

What is inherently democratic in the aesthetics of politics? What are 
the implications of the statement that a political choice is the 
consequence of a poetic choice?

Jacques Ranciere (Emeritus Professor at the department of philosophy 
of the University of Paris VIII) is the author of some twenty essays 
and books on several subjects ranging from politics and the legacy of 
Marxism to cinema and literature. Following his work in the field of 
political philosophy: La Mesentente (1995, Disagreement. Politics and 
Philosophy, 1998), Aux bords du politique (1990, 1998, On the Shores 
of Politics, 1995), Ranciere's interest has more recently shifted 
towards visual culture and the relation between politics and 
aesthetics; two fields he perceives as inherently belonging to one 
another rather than being autonomous. In recent years, his work on 
politics and aesthetics has elicited wide-ranging responses from the 
field of criticism and philosophy. Further, his reflection on the 
three regimes of art, the distribution of the sensible, consensus and 
dissensus, and on the ethical turn in contemporary culture have 
fuelled numerous reactions and ongoing discussions in the 
contemporary art and intellectual scene.

We welcome papers from contributors from all disciplines including 
philosophy, art history, political, literary and media studies, but 
also practitioners from the art field (critics, curators and artists) 
who, in one way or another, engage critically with issues of 
aesthetics and politics in aspects of contemporary culture.

The language of the conference will be English.

Please send your proposal (no more than 300 words) for a 20-minute 
paper and a short biography to Marie-Aude Baronian 
(lousbaronian at uva.nl) and Sophie Berrebi (berrebi at uva.nl).

Deadline: 25 March 2006


Dr Marie-Aude Baronian Lecturer in Philosophy and Media Studies
Department of Media Studies Turfdraagsterpad 9 1012 XT Amsterdam,
lousbaronian at uva.nl   + 31 (0)20 525 72 79

Dr Sophie Berrebi  Lecturer in the History and Theory of Photography
Art History Institute Herengracht 286 1016 BX Amsterdam
berrebi at uva.nl      + 31 (0)20  525 30 14

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