[Msa-discuss] Deadline Extended for Presumed Autonomy Conference

Rasmussen Goloubeva, Irina i.rasmussen.goloubeva at gmail.com
Thu Dec 17 03:27:34 EST 2015


*PRESUMED AUTONOMY: LITERATURE AND ART IN THEORY AND PRACTICE 10–13 MAY
2016*



*full name / name of organization:*

Department of English, Stockholm University, Sweden



*contact email:*

*autonomy at english.su.se <autonomy at english.su.se>*



*Deadline for paper proposals extended: 5 January, 2016*



*Confirmed Keynotes*:

Tim Armstrong (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Jane Bennett (Johns Hopkins University)

Nicholas Brown (University of Illinois, Chicago)

Anne A. Cheng (Princeton University)

Peter Kalliney (University of Kentucky)

Gisèle Sapiro (L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales, EHESS, Paris)

Lisa Siraganian (Southern Methodist University)



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:



–Autonomy and the Avant-garde

–Theories of aesthetic autonomy

–Fields, markets, capitals, commodities and autonomy

–Autonomy and the body



The conference organizers invite contributions that address the issues
indicated in the rubrics above. You can choose either to earmark your
abstract for one of the streams, or send it in for general consideration.
The list below can be taken to indicate the scope of those particular and
general concerns, while not necessarily restricting the possibilities.
Proposals for presentations should address the problematics of autonomy in
relation to one or several of the following thematic headings:

• aesthetic codings of the modern: myths, styles, temporalities, and
techniques

• affect

• the architecture of thought

• biopower and control

• capitalism

• the commodity

• contemporary critical efforts to re-theorize form

• the debate between activist and normative formalisms

• early twentieth-century theorizations of literature and modern art

• ecologies

• fields of cultural production

• education, the university: formation, reproduction and defense of autonomy

• forms of capital

• global modernisms

• the historical avant-garde

• inaesthetics

• institutions

• living materialities

• national, transnational, and postnational frameworks

• object-oriented vs. becoming-oriented paradigms

• politics

• the (post)human body

• spaces, territories, place

• the state as the source of autonomy or heteronomy

• “world literature,” the postcolonial condition, and economic globalization



For more information about the conference, please visit our website:
presumedautonomy.se



Please submit your paper abstract (about 500 words) and a brief
biographical note either by email to *autonomy at english.su.se*
<autonomy at english.su.se>, or by using the ‘Proposal Submission’ tab on the
conference’s website page “Call for Papers” for online submission.



*Conference organizers:*

Gül Bilge Han

Bo G. Ekelund

Marina Ludwigs

Charlotta Palmstierna Einarsson

Irina Rasmussen Goloubeva

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Irina Rasmussen Goloubeva
Assistant Professor
Department of English
Stockholm University
SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden

www.english.su.se/

irina.goloubeva at english.su.se

room: E884
office: +46 (0)8-164305
mobile: +46 (0)709-118 301
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