Ever since the emergence of the modern marketplace for cultural goods, literary texts and art works have, on occasion, defied the expectations of its readers and audience, affronted their moral ethos, or flaunted a disregard for their sensibilities and norms. The potential power of art to disrupt the perceptions of its audience was foregrounded in the critical discourse of the modernists and the historical avant-garde and this possibility continues to animate critical debates, particularly those organized around some understanding of autonomy. With the all but complete commodification of every artistic and literary practice, it is more urgent than ever to pose the question whether we can still presume autonomy.
The four-day conference seeks to bring together researchers from a range of disciplines to assess, from the perspective of the present, the historical trajectory of autonomy as it has been conceptualized, recognized, assumed, deployed, and questioned by critics and practitioners of art, and to explore artistic, philosophical, cultural, and institutional negotiations of art as embedded in and entangled with the multiple heteronomies of market, state, religion, education… (a list that cannot be complete). As there are important intersections between various definitions of autonomy as well as artistic practices, several methodological and thematic strands will be brought together in four streams:
Confirmed Keynotes: Nicholas Brown (University of Illinois, Chicago), Gisèle Sapiro (L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales, EHESS, Paris), Anne A. Cheng (Princeton University), Tim Armstrong (Royal Holloway, University of London), Jane Bennett (Johns Hopkins University), Peter Kalliney (University of Kentucky) and Lisa Siraganian (Southern Methodist University).
Please submit your paper abstract (about 500 words) and a brief biographical note either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or clickPROPOSAL SUBMISSION for online submission. The deadline for submissions is on 15 December, 2015.