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Conference: Contemporary Confrontations Between Art, Morality, and Politics 

When? 1 and 2 June 2012

Where? University of Nanterre-Paris X

Organization: Sophiapol (University of Nanterre), CRHIA (University of Poitiers) and CEHUM (University of Minho)
This conference will investigate the intersections of art, morality, and politics, with particular focus on the shifting dynamic between these cultural and social forces over the last fifty years. Throughout the twentieth century, the de-functionalization of art seen in radical practices such as Dada and Fluxus, along with the secularization of its institutions and the affirmation of its transgressive role, have loosened the ties between art and traditional notions of morality. Even the aestheticised Kantian ideal of a community of taste has been abandoned; it seems that art, alongside morality and politics, no longer congregate around a shared political project of emancipation.
Researchers and practitioners wishing to present their work during the conference are invited to propose papers that may address the following themes.

 The function of art: autonomism, aesthetic moralism and immoralism

 Aesthetic imagination and moral imagination

 The relationship between neuro- aesthetics and neuro-ethics

 Judging artworks: assessment and recognition.

 The institution of the space of art: a space of asylum or of control?

 The relationship between the artistic and political avant-gardes

These suggestions are only intended to encourage the confrontation of normative theory with the socio-political facts in order to promote the interdisciplinary perspectives that such a confrontation reclaims.

Guidelines for submission

The conference languages will be English and French. Abstract proposals should address a major issue related to the conference’s topic and should be between 300 and 400 words in length. Abstracts should be suitable for blind review. Submission deadline is 15 January 2012. Notification of acceptance will be provided by 1st of March 2012. Preferred format for all submissions is RTF attachment submitted by electronic mail to both Pauline Colonna d’Istria (p.colonnadistria@hotmail.fr), Florian Gaité (florian@floriangaite.fr) and Roberto Merrill (nrbmerrill@gmail.com) with “Art, morality, and politics: Submission” in the subject line of the email.


The conference fee is 50 € and can be paid in cash at the conference desk.


You will soon find information on accommodation on the conference’s webpage. For additional information, please write to Pauline Colonna d’Istria (p.colonnadistria@hotmail.fr), or Florian Gaité (florian@floriangaite.fr), or Roberto Merrill (nrbmerrill@gmail.com)

Scientific Committee: Noël Carroll (CUNY Graduate Center), Matthew Kieran (University of Leeds), Christian Lazzeri (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre), Jerold Levinson (University of Maryland), Ruwen Ogien (CERSES-CNRS), Catherine Perret (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre)

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