[Msa-discuss] CFP: Complexity Aesthetics: The Arts and Humanities as Complex Adaptive Systems (MSA 16)

Jason Hoelscher jason.hoelscher at gmail.com
Mon Mar 3 15:23:28 EST 2014


Complexity Aesthetics: The Arts and Humanities as Complex Adaptive Systems

In recent years models of complex adaptive systems have enhanced
understanding of fields as diverse as biology, information theory,
sociology, city planning and economics. Incorporating such fields as
emergent phenomena, networks, contagion theory, self-organizational swarms,
agent-based modeling, interfaciality, autopoiesis (biological, social and
conceptual), recursive causality and more, complex adaptive models would
seem also to offer compelling frameworks for the consideration of the arts
and humanities in terms of practice, criticism and history.

Exploring MSA 16's theme of Confluence and Division, this panel will
consider the following questions: Can the contemporary art world, now
allegedly absent a dominant discursive framework, justifiably be considered
a complex adaptive system? Do emergent properties scale across domains,
e.g. from the microscale subjective experience of literature to the
macroscale crystallization of genres, styles and discourses? How might
network topology correlate with narratives in general and metanarrativity
in particular? How might we articulate the differential tensions between
non-deterministic swarm formation and medium-specific or genre boundary
differentiation? Where to position critique within a system of dynamic
feedback equilibria among and between creative fields? This session invites
paper proposals that address the topics and questions above, or those
involving the arts and humanities in relation to complexity theory in
general.

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Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief bio to Jason Hoelscher by April
12, 2014
jason.hoelscher at gmail.com

Conference Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Conference Starts: November 06, 2014
Conference Ends: November 09, 2014
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