[csaa-forum] [Fwd: Aesthetics: An International Colloquium on Art, Aesthetics and Imagination, Monash University December7]

Andrew Milner Andrew.Milner at arts.monash.edu.au
Thu Dec 3 13:11:41 CST 2009

Aesthetics: An International Colloquium on Art, Aesthetics and

Social Aesthetics Research Unit, Monash University

Monday December 7, 2009
Caulfield Campus, Monash University
Building H, 7th floor, Room 84

Enquiries: <Peter.Murphy at arts.monash.edu.au>

Online registration and conference dinner:
Web: http://www.arts.monash.edu/saru/conferences/aesthetics/


8.30-9.15 Registration and Coffee

9.15-10.00am Thomas Ford, “Nineteenth-Century Climate Change”

10.00-11.15am Agnes Heller, “The Contemporary Historical Novel” (Keynote

11.15-11.45am MORNING BREAK

11.45am-12.30pm Elizabeth Burns Coleman, “Esthetic Appreciation as a
Normative Ideal”

12.30pm-1.15pm Eduardo de la Fuente, “Georg Simmel and an Artefactual
Theory of Communication”

1.15-2.15pm LUNCH BREAK

2.15-3.00pm David Roberts, “The Image and its Double. Three Theses on

3.00-3.45pm Dimitris Vardoulakis, “Kafka’s Aesthetics of Imprisonment”


4.15-5pm Massimo Leone, “Afterlife and Second Life—The Virtual Varieties
of Religious Experience”

5.00-5.45pm Andrew Milner “It’s the conscience collective, stupid:
philosophical aesthetics and the sociology of art”


6.00-6.45pm Peter Murphy, “Living in a Kitsch World: An Aesthetic
Anthropology of Contemporary Infantilism”



The dinner will begin at 7.45pm, and will be held at “Django, Django”
restaurant (formerly “Idibidi”), 356 Brunswick Street Fitzroy (corner of
Kerr and Brunswick Streets). http://www.menulog.com.au/idibidi


$40 for registration for the day

$15 registration for the day for postgraduates, students, and non-waged

$45 for 3-course meal (including coffee and tea, but excluding alcohol
and other drinks) for the Colloquium dinner


About the speakers:

*Agnes Heller* is the author of over 40 books, including /Immortal
Comedy: The Comic Phenomenon in Art, Literature, and Life/ (2005), /The
Time is Out of Joint: Shakespeare as Philosopher of History/ (2002), /A
Theory of Modernity/ (1999), /The Concept of the Beautiful /(1999), /An
Ethics of Personality/ (1996) and /A Philosophy of History in Fragments
/(1993). Awards for Heller’s intellectual achievements include the 2006
Sonning Prize, Denmark ; Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Philosophy,
Bremen, 1995; the Szechenyi National Prize in Hungary, 1995; the Lessing
Prize of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg for Philosophical
Activity, 1981. She is a Correspondent-Member of the Hungarian Academy
of Sciences.

*David Roberts* is Emeritus Professor of German, Monash University and a
former director of the Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural
Studies at Monash. His books include /Art and Enlightenment: Aesthetic
Theory after Adorno/, /Dialectic of Romanticism/ (with Peter Murphy),
/Canetti’s Counter-Image of Society: Crowds, Power, Transformation
/(with Johann Arnason), and forthcoming /The Total Work of Art in
European Modernism/.

*Massimo Leone* is Research Professor of Cultural Semiotics at the
Department of Philosophy, University of Turin, Italy. Leone has been
visiting scholar at the CNRS in Paris, at the CSIC in Madrid and
Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
(USA). In 2009-2010, he will be Endeavour Research Visiting Scholar at
the School of English, Performance, and Communication Studies at Monash
University. His work focuses on the role of religion in contemporary
cultures. Massimo Leone is the author of /Religious Conversion and/
Identity (Routledge 2004) and /Saints and Signs/ (Walter de Gruyter
2009) and more than 100 papers in semiotics and religious studies. He
has lectured in Africa, Asia, Europe and USA.

*Elizabeth Burns Coleman* is Lecturer in Communications and Media
Studies at Monash University, author of /Aboriginal Art, Identity and
Appropriation/ (Ashgate, 2005), and co-editor of /Negotiating the Sacred
II: Blasphemy and Sacrilege in the Arts/ (ANU, 2008) with Maria Suzette
Fernandes Dias and of /Negotiating the Sacred I: Blasphemy and Sacrilege
in a Multicultural Society/ (ANU, 2006) with Kevin White. Coleman and
White’s new edited collection /Religion, Medicine and the Body/ is in press.

*Eduardo de la Fuente* is Lecturer in Communications and Media Studies
at Monash University, a Faculty Fellow of the Yale Center for Cultural
Sociology. and co-convenor of the TASA Cultural Sociology Thematic
Group. He is author of a forthcoming work for Routledge on twentieth
century classic music and cultural modernity.

*Peter Murphy* is Associate Professor of Communications at Monash
University. He is co-author with Simon Marginson and Michael Peters of
/Global Creation/ (forthcoming 2010) and /Creativity and the Global
Knowledge Economy /(Peter Lang, 2009). A further volume in the series is
in preparation /Imagination/. Murphy’s other recent books include
/Dialectic of Romanticism: A Critique of Modernism/ with David Roberts
(Continuum, 2004) and / Civic Justice: From Greek Antiquity to the
Modern World/ (Prometheus/Humanity Books, 2001).

*Dimitris Vardoulakis *is Lecturer in the University Western Sydney. His
monograph /The Doppelgänger: Literature's Philosophy/ is forthcoming by
Fordham UP. Other edited or co-edited volumes include /Spinoza Now/
(Minnesota UP, forthcoming), /Benjamin and Heidegger /(Continuum,
forthcoming), /Kafka's Cages/ (forthcoming) /The Political Animal/ (in
Substance journal, 2008), /After Blanchot/ (Delaware UP, 2005), and /The
Politics of Place/ (in Angelaki journal, 2004). He is the author of
numerous articles published in English and Greek and he has translated
two books into Greek. His is currently writing a book on sovereignty
based on a genealogy of the word “stasis”.**

*Thomas Ford* has recently completed his PhD at the University of
Chicago on /The Language of the Crowd in British Romanticism/, and has
contributed articles to the volumes /What John Berger Saw/ and /Kafka’s
Creatures/. He has written on landscape photography, soma-technics, and
Mary Wollstonecraft, and has translated the work of Boris Groys. His
commentary has also appeared in the /Australian Higher Education

*Andrew Milner* is Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for
Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Monash University. His
main areas of research include: literary and cultural theory, especially
Bourdieu, Jameson and Williams; utopia, dystopia and science fiction;
and the sociology of literature. His recent publications include:
/Contemporary Cultural Theory/ (Routledge, 2002), /Re-Imagining
Cultural Studies: The Promise of Cultural Materialism/ (Sage, 2002) and
/Literature, Culture and Society/ (Routledge, 2005). He also edited the
four-volume collection, /Postwar British Critical Thought/ (Sage, 2005)
and / Tenses of Imagination: Raymond Williams on Utopia, Dystopia and
Science Fiction/ (Peter Lang, 2009).

Professor Andrew Milner
Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies
Monash University
Victoria 3800

Phone: (61) (3) 9905 2979
Fax: (61) (3) 9905 5593
Email: Andrew.Milner at arts.monash.edu.au
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