[csaa-forum] CCLCS Research Seminar Wednesday 17 March
Andrew.Milner at arts.monash.edu.au
Tue Mar 9 10:44:58 CST 2010
Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies
Wednesday 17th March, 3.00 to 5.00 pm, Room W710, Menzies Building
(Building 11), Monash University, Clayton Campus.
LANDMARKS WITHOUT LANDSCAPE: AESTHETICS AND THE SOCIOLOGY OF ART
Andrew Milner is Professor of Cultural Studies in the Centre. His most
recent publications include Re-Imagining Cultural Studies (Sage, 2002),
Contemporary Cultural Theory (Routledge, 2002, co-authored with Jeff
Browitt), Literature, Culture and Society (Routledge, 2005), Postwar
British Critical Thought (Sage, 2005, 4-volume edited collection) and
Tenses of Imagination: Raymond Williams on Science Fiction, Utopia and
Dystopia (Peter Lang, 2010).
The paper begins with a sociologically triumphalist critique of
philosophical aesthetics, grounded on the work of Ernest Gellner and
Emile Durkheim. It proceeds to note the practical failure of this kind
of sociology to become institutionalised within the wider discipline. It
explores a number of possible explanations for the failure, but finally
suggests that a normalised sociology of art requires a normalised
conception of art itself, such as that tentatively advanced by Pierre
Bourdieu and Franco Moretti. The paper also has an autobiographical subtext.
For further details contact Professor Andrew Benjamin
<Andrew.Benjamin at arts.monash.edu.au>
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