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Contemporary Arts and Society

"Contemporary Arts and Society" is a Faculty Research Seminar concerned with ongoing developments and debates in aesthetics, theory, media, and practice. How do we define the contemporary, and what does it mean to work with cultural materials that have no canon? What art practices and aesthetic theories are unique to our own moment, or distinctive of it, and what is their relationship to the world in the 21st century? What is the relationship between the contemporary and older art categories and periodizations?  The seminar brings together current and future scholars from a variety of disciplines (English, German, Italian, Art and Art History, Cinema Studies, Digital Humanities, and others) to investigate these and other key scholarly questions related to the arts of the present.

  • Tuesday, September 6, 2016
    3:30 pm
    Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
    Reading colloquy: Article titled “Thing Theory” and other work by Bill Brown, Professor of English, University of Chicago, and planning meeting for 2016-17
  • Monday, October 3, 2016
    3:30 pm
    Lindsay Young Auditorium, Hodges Library
    Thy Phu, University of Western Ontario (guest professor at Yale this year)
    Lecture:  “Reenactment and Remembrance:  Photography and the War in Vietnam”
  • Monday, September 14, 2015
    3:30 pm, 111 Art and Architecture
    Presentation by Jered Sprecher, Associate Professor, Art/Painting, "Haptic Epiphanies"
  • Monday, October 5, 2015
    3:30 pm, Melrose Seminar Room E102
    Reading Colloquy:"Accelerationist Aesthetics"
    Amy J. Elias, moderator
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    3:30 pm, Location TBA
    Talk by Joy Harjo, winner of Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award
    http://joyharjo.com
  • Monday, November 2, 2015
    3:30 pm, Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
    Presentation by Daniel Magilow, Associate Professor of German,
    Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
    "Beyond the Mimetic Imperative: Recent Trends in Holocaust Film"
  • Thursday, November 5, 2015
    3:30 pm, 1210 McClung Tower
    Rita Felski, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English, University of Virginia, editor of New Literary History
    Lecture : "Attachment Theory"
  • Friday, November 6, 2015
    12:00 pm, 1210 McClung Tower
    Rita Felski, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English, University of Virginia, editor of New Literary History
    Professor Felski will lead a discussion of her most recent book, The Limits of Critique

The info about the photo:
The Verge
by The Bridge Club, live performance with The Trailer. Prospect 3+ Biennial satellite venue programming presented by Press Street, New Orleans, LA, October 2014
photo credit Joseph V. Grey

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