[artinfo] CFA Book publication: The Aesthetics and Politics of Irony
Elsa de Freitas Alves
elsa.fr.alves at gmail.com
Fri Sep 12 23:26:30 CEST 2014
CALL FOR ARTICLES
The Aesthetics and Politics of Irony
Organizers: Elsa Alves (University of Copenhagen
/ CECC) and Ana Dinger (CECC, Catholic University
CFA: Following on from the 4th Graduate
Conference in Culture Studies, Irony: framing
(post)modernity, held in January 2014 at the
Catholic University of Portugal, we would like to
prompt a reflection on the problem of irony in
modern and contemporary culture.
After the tragedy of 9/11 in the West and the
crisis of socialism in the East, the overriding
ironic tone that had pervaded the 80s and 90s has
begun to withdraw from the aesthetic and
socio-political scenes. The last decades have
witnessed an increasing celebration of affects
and emotions, a return of authenticity and the
real, and the birth of a "new sincerity". This
backlash against ironic alienation or "cynical
reason" hopes to replace playfulness, shallowness
and negativity for an ethos of commitment,
sensitivity and integrity. Nevertheless, these
attempts could easily turn out to be rhetorical
The present book seeks to address, on one hand,
the impulse of and the resistance to irony in
today's artistic, cultural and political
discourses and practices. On the other hand,
given that ironic attitudes and expressions in
late modernity are anticipated in German
idealism, constituting as such a Romantic
possibility, we welcome reflections on modern
irony at large.
Some of the key questions we wish to tackle are:
how does irony become political? Can it build a
community? How does it affirm the subject (e.g.
in post-structuralism)? How does it provide a
model of opposition to the status quo or,
instead, how does it neutralize critique? How
does it become an aesthetic principle and what
are the strategies that this entails or, instead,
how does it perform deaestheticisation? What kind
of relation can the ironic and the tragic have?
Are there historical moments that can be
nominated "ironic" (e.g. post-modernity)? What
are the post-ironic alternatives?
In this volume, Michele Cometa (University of
Palermo) will address the theory of irony in
Schlegel and Paul de Man, and its potential for
culture analysis, Jorge Fazenda Lourenço
(Catholic University of Portugal) will analyse
irony's political overtones in Jorge de Sena's
poetry and Philip Auslander (Georgia Institute of
Technology) will discuss irony in the
We invite contributions to be sent to the
editors, Elsa Alves & Ana Dinger
(<mailto:irony2014 at gmail.com>irony2014 at gmail.com),
until the 1st of March 2015.
Authors are encouraged to write an article
specifically for the volume. However, it is also
possible to draw on already published work,
adapting this to address the volume theme.
Articles need to be written in English and
language editing is the responsibility of
The texts will be selected according to
their relevance regarding the goals set out for
the volume, originality of scope and theoretical
Articles will need to be max. 20 pages in length,
Times New Roman 12, including bibliography. For
more information see the style sheet enclosed.
Please attach a short bio-bibliographical text (c. 150 words).
Deadline for submissions is 1st of March 2015.
The organizers will return their decision by the
end of April 2015.
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