BOLLETTINO '900 - Notizie / B, dicembre 2000             Successivo



- Conference: "Conducting Bodies":
Affect, Sensation & Memory - call for papers
Expressions of interest/short abstract: January 31, 2001
Final papers submitted: March 31, 2001
- International Social Theory Consortium Second Annual Conference,
July 5-8, 2001, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
call for papers - deadline: January 31, 2001


A project of The Art Association of Australia & New Zealand
(NSW Chapter) with support from The College of Fine Arts
University of New South Wales, Newcastle University, The
University of Technology Sydney, The Art Gallery of New South
Wales, The Power Institute of Art and Visual Culture University
of Sydney

*Conducting Bodies*:
Affect, Sensation & Memory

a juried conference exploring new thinking on affect, sensation
and bodily memory in relation to art and art history

The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
20th to 22nd July, 2001

Invited speakers include
Leo Bersani
Emeritus Professor, University of California Berkeley
books include *The Freudian body: psychoanalysis and art*,
*The culture of redemption*, and in collaboration with Ulysse
Dutoit, *Arts of impoverishment: Beckett, Rothko, Resnais*,
and *Caravaggio's secrets*

Ernst Van Alphen
Professor, University of Leiden
books include *Caught By History: Holocaust Effects in
Contemporary Art, Literature and Theory* and *Francis Bacon
and the Loss of Self*

Georges Didi-Huberman
Ecole des Hautes Etudes (Sciences Sociales) Paris
books include *Fra Angelico: Dissemblance and Figuration*

Doris Salcedo
artist, Colombia

Mieke Bal
Professor of Theory of Literature, University of Amsterdam
books include *The mottled screen: reading Proust visually*,
*Narratology : introduction to the theory of narrative*,
and *Quoting Caravaggio: contemporary art, preposterous

Geoff Batchen
Associate Professor, Art History & Theory, University of
New Mexico
books include *Burning With Desire: The Conception of

Call for Papers

This conference is organised into six sessions over two days.
Each session is devised and constructed by a chair and will
consist of either 3 x 20 minute papers or 2 x 30 minute papers
with a respondent or summation by the chair. Keynote speakers
will be invited outside this format. This international call
for papers will be assessed by members of a steering committee
or invited experts as appropriate.
Sessions are:

Chaired by Suzannah Biernoff, Chelsea College of Art and
Design/Susan Best, University of Technology Sydney
This session will address the ways in which theories of
affect (for example, those of philosophers such as Gilles
Deleuze or psychologists such as Silvan Tomkins) have been
taken up within the discipline of art history and theory.
Art historical applications of such theories include work
on medieval understandings of the affective image and on
the operations of digital media.

Chaired by Jill Bennett, School of Art History and Theory,
The University of New South Wales j.bennett@unsw.edu.au
This session will consider artists' approaches to the
subject of 'bodily memory' (various forms of sensory and
emotional memory; also post-traumatic memory) against the
backdrop of global politics and world events. How, for
example, is bodily memory conveyed in relation to events
such as the Holocaust, the Stolen Generations or war - or in
relation to phenomena such as racism? What do aesthetic
languages of bodily memory add to our understanding of these
events and experiences?

Chaired by Susan Best, University of Technology Sydney
In his recent catalogue essay for Force Fields: Phases of
the Kinetic, Guy Brett urges us to reconsider kinetic art and
the neglected 'language of move ment' and to reevaluate their
importance in the history of twentieth-century art. Kinetic
art, usually reduced to a brief art historical footnote, is
given much more expansive definition in this exhibition.
Repositioning this strand of twentieth-century art practice
may also help us to address more contemporary concerns
about the nature of aesthetic engagement, and theentailment
of affect, sensation, proprioception, and embodiment in
thatengagement. Papers for this session should address such
questions and/or the 'language of movement' and its legacy
in contemporary art practice.

Chaired by Keith Broadfoot, Department of Art History and
Theory, The
University of Sydney
The moment of Pop and Minimalism is often understood to be
a moment of "affectlessness" in art. How might we re-examine
this understanding today? Also, how might we re-examine the
legacy of Pop and Minimalism in relation to the question of
the work of art and its affect?

Chaired by Charles Green, School of Art History and Theory,
The University of New South Wales c.green@unsw.edu.au
This session looks at theories of memory that detach its
contents from simple allegorical organization and
registration: in other words, the session looks at models
and formulae for discursive memory organization such as
Walter Benjamin's epigrammatic late projects, Robert
Smithson's entropic essays, and Aby Warburg's pathos formula.
The potential dimensions of Warburg's iconological
reformulation of affective cultural memory andBenjamin's
Arcades project, for example, are only now becoming clear.
But what do they, or other similar, often obscure
projects, reveal about affect and culture?

Chaired by Anthony Bond, Art Gallery of New South Wales
This session will consider the work of artists who make
use of objects and materials that trigger powerful affective
responses and specific cultural memories as for example
Doris Salcedo's use of the shoes of the victims of political
violence in Colombia. There will also be discussion of cross
over between artistic practice and medicine where objects
are used to stimulate brain function in Alzheimer's patients,
long term work on cultural memory through the work of the
mass observation archive with particular reference to
photographic evidence and specific case studies of objects
as mnemonic devices in art making.


Expressions of interest/short abstract: January 31, 2001
Final papers submitted: March 31, 2001

Submissions to be sent to:
Anthony Bond, Committee Chair
Conducting Bodies Conference
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

or by email to session chairs

CFP posted by

Damian Sutton

Administrator cinephoto@jiscmail.ac.uk


International Social Theory Consortium
Second Annual Conference, July 5-8, 2001, University of Sussex,
Brighton, UK - call for papers

The purpose of this Consortium and its annual conferences is
to organize the international social theory community. This call
on behalf of the Consortium is addressed to scholars, faculty
and students who work in the various areas and traditions which
social theory embraces (e.g. sociological theory, identity
theory, cultural theory, political theory, social epistemologies,
political economy, critical race studies, science studies,
feminist theory, postcolonial theory). Since this is the first
time the Consortium has held a conference outside the United
States, we particularly invite papers addressing the differences
between European, American and 'other' perspectives on social

The conference organizers invite 350 word abstracts of papers,
as well as proposals for panels and sessions that promise to
address the concerns of this community, including the future of
social theoretic research and other issues that bear on the
present and future of social theory as a non-disciplinary or
post-disciplinary endeavour.

Please send abstracts or queries by January 31 to Centre for
Critical Social Theory, c/o William Outhwaite, School of
European Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton,
BN1 9QN , UK, (R.W.Outhwaite@sussex.ac.uk)
or fax + 44 1273 623246.

Travel and Accommodation
London Gatwick Airport is mid-way between London and the
seaside resort of Brighton, which is also easily accessible
from Heathrow and the other London airports.

Accommodation will be available on Sussex University's campus,
superbly situated on the beautiful South Downs. Details and
booking procedures will follow in subsequent mailings, as will
information about hotels in Brighton.

Streams proposed so far include:

1. Social Theory and its Publics: Making Spaces for Social Theory
Panels on
Social Spaces of Social Theory
Social Theory as Resistance (Deleuze, Guattari et al.)
'Whatever Happened to Values? The Value Debate in the
19th Century & since'. Christopher Adair-Toteff (American
University, Bulgaria)

2. Between Science and Literature: Modalities of Social Theory
Realism and social theory, evolutionary epistemology, memetics, etc.

3. Solidarities Beyond Borders
(normative international social theory, notions of global citizenship)

4. Democracy, Governance and Regulation in a Global Age

5. Theorizing Culture and Identity
(Historical and current theories of nationalism, ethnicity etc.)

Organizing Committee
Ipek Demir
John Holmwood
Maureen O'Malley
Anastasia Marinopoulou
William Outhwaite
Christien van den Anker



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