CFP for the International
Society for the Study of European Ideas 2014 conference, "Images of Europe: Past,
Present, and Future,” hosted at the Universidade Católica Portugeusa in Porto,
Portugal (August 4-8).
For more on the
conference, see http://www.issei2014.com/Home.html
Title: In Search of Adorno’s Legacy in Performance Theory and Practice
Zazzali, University of Kansas, USA
Garfinkle, MacEwan University, Canada
Adorno is widely regarded as one of the twentieth century’s premiere thinkers
in the areas of cultural criticism, aesthetic theory, philosophy, Marxism, and
the sociology of culture, among others. A trained musician, his
scholarship demonstrates an unusual balance of intellectualism and artistry, a
combination that distinguishes his work from many other theorists.
Whether addressing the so-called "culture industry’s” commodified
degradation of art or applying a dialectical analysis to defend modernism,
Adorno can be seen as a pioneer in the reciprocal critique of art and society.
Is his work,
however, relevant today? Moreover, what does it mean for performance
scholars and practitioners? Many respected theorists have dismissed
Adorno as an elitist whose attacks on popular culture constitute an
oversimplified argument arrogantly and negatively condemning the consumption of
artistic goods. A smaller chorus of supporters, such as J.M. Bernstein
and Martin Jay, has posited his work as a nuanced and prescient critique of aesthetics
in the context of capitalism. In keeping with ISSEI’s conference theme
for 2014, this workshop will explore the "Past, Present, and Future” of
Adorno’s cultural criticism, with particular attention given to its relevance
for performance. This working session therefore welcomes paper
submissions that use Adorno’s oeuvre to address matters that could include—but
are not limited to—topics such as the relationship between art and society,
global capitalism’s impact on cultural production, the role of performance in
the context of the culture industry, the distinctions between modernism and
postmodernism, and numerous other possible subjects.
contributors should submit a paper abstract of no more than 500 words to Dr.
Peter Zazzali firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 January 2014.