Call for Papers: The Critical Role of Art in the Public Sphere

Call for Papers: The Critical Role of Art in the Public Sphere

Date 1st July, 2014

6th Annual Research Student Conference in Art and Design
FACULTY OF ARTS & DESIGN
University of Wolverhampton

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Historically, the public character of the arts was secured in the normativity of aesthetic judgement, of which requires us to set aside the subjective, private conditions of our own judging and instead to put oneself into the standpoint of others. This inter-subjective criteria of aesthetic judgement, what Kant termed the “sensus communis”, was considered crucial in underpinning our capacity for the exercise of public reason in the political sphere and for practical judgement in the moral sphere.
From Diderot to Kant and Schiller the public role of the arts was entwined with the broader Enlightenment project of the collective understanding of our moral and political purpose, a communicative model of rationality and to the development of our species-wide predispositions to the use of reason.
However the legacy of much 20th century art and art-theory consisted in a rejection of this Enlightenment ideal of reason. Whether in formalist attempts to purify art of the cognitive and moral interests which attach to its public reception, the avant-garde’s collapse of distinction between the sphere of aesthetic and that of the practical, and in the rejection and subversion of the moral problems facing the society in which artworks are made and received.
The conference is concerned with asking the following questions:

-How might we articulate the public role of art today?
-To what extent are the arts responsible for producing alternative social models?
– How do the arts serve discourses of unity or difference?
– Has the progressive role of the arts in the public sphere come to an end?

We invite proposals for papers, workshops, and artistic presentations on the following topics (papers with related concerns will also be considered) :
– Collaborative processes
– Forms of collectivity
– Negotiating conciliation and conflict
– The enculturalisation of politics
– Socially engaged art practices
– The moral role of the artist
– Art and human progress

We are now welcoming abstracts. Please send abstracts of 250 words to cadre@wlv.ac.uk by the 20th May, 2014

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Proposals are invited for art works in any medium and from any discipline for inclusion in an exhibition and performance event to accompany the conference. Artworks should address the conference theme.
Proposals will be considered for inclusion not only on artistic, thematic and theoretical grounds but also with consideration of practical and logistical factors. Artists submitting expressions of interest received by the deadline will then enter into a conversation with exhibition organisers to accommodate proposed ideas.
Please send expressions of interest that include a description of the proposed work and how it addresses the conference themes in no more than 250 words to cadre@wlv.ac.uk. Representative images and/or videos (including web links) are encouraged. Deadline 20th May 2014.

The Faculty is formed of the following Research Institutes and Centres:

Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation (CADRE)

formed of five research groups, working in theory and practice-based research across a range of media:
Art, Critique & Social Practice
Communication and Pedagogy
Creative Processes in the Performing Arts
Digital Theory, Technology & Practice
Material and Theoretical Practice

 Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research (CTTR)

 Centre for Film Discourse and Cultural Studies (CFDC)

 Cluster for Research in Cultures and Humanities (RiCH)
Now in its 6th year, this annual conference is intended as a forum for discussion, an exploration of the diversity of current PhD research and a facilitation of networking and exchange amongst PhD students in Art, Design, Craft, Performance and Social and Critical Theory.
For further information please visit: https://phdconference.wordpress.com/

CADRE Research Student Conference 2014

FACULTY OF ARTS & DESIGN Research Student Conference 2014

Now in its 6th year, this annual conference is intended as a forum for discussion, an exploration of the diversity of current PhD research and a facilitation of networking and exchange amongst PhD students in Art, Design, Craft, Performance and Social and Critical Theory.

Call for Papers and Works.

Registration is free. Please email cadre@wlv.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

Faculty of Arts & Design

University of Wolverhampton

City Campus North, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DT