[csaa-forum] Prof Michael Grenfell at the University of Canberra

Scott.Brook Scott.Brook at canberra.edu.au
Wed Oct 30 13:18:26 CST 2013

Dear all,

Please see below for details of a CCCR seminar and Public Lecture by Prof Michael Grenfell, both of which apply and discuss Pierre Bourdieu's notion of 'fields of cultural production'.

Working with Bourdieu: Practicalities and Responsibilities
Centre for Creative & Cultural Research Public Seminar
Monday 4 November 1pm-2:15pm
Building 1, Teaching Commons

This talk focuses on cultural space as conceptualised by the French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu. It begins by outlining Bourdieu's own background as an explanation for the derivation of concepts and world view he promoted. Such concepts as field, habitus and capital will be considered as analytical instruments to understand both production and consumption within the cultural field. This discussion will feature examples from Bourdieu's own work and studies undertaken by the speaker in the fields of fine art and music. Key common features of site contexts will be contrasted and compared up to and including what such an analysis shows us. Methodological Practicalities and responsibilities will be considered in approaching the cultural field in this way.

When Two Fields Collide: War and the British Artistic Avant-Garde
Centre for Creative & Cultural Research Public Lecture
Thursday 7 November 5.00-6.30pm (Refreshments will be provided after the lecture)
Building 6, Theatre 6C35

This lecture focuses on painting in St Ives, Cornwall during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s as a case study in the application of the methodology of the French Social Theorist Pierre Bourdieu to an example of the British art field. It will address the 'problem of aesthetics' and the conceptual terms Bourdieu brought to such. After outlining his methodological approach, I shall show the way an artistic avant garde formed itself as a result of war and the consequent migrations of artists. This will be analysed in terms of field position, biography (habitus) and the actual painting themselves to show how, for a moment at least, St Ives became the centre of the art world.

Michael Grenfell is Professor of Education at Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. He his background is in French Studies and he has a long research association in areas including education, language teaching and sociology, especially with respect to the application of the approach of the French social philosopher Pierre Bourdieu to a range of research topics. He knew and collaborated with Bourdieu for over twenty years and was three times Visiting Scholar at the École des Haute Études, Paris. Besides a number of articles on Bourdieu, he is author of Bourdieu and Education: Acts of Practical Theory (with D. James, Falmer, 1998), Bourdieu: Agent Provocateur (Continuum, 2004), Bourdieu, Education and Training (Continuum, 2007), Art Rules: Bourdieu and the Visual Arts (Berg, 2007, with C. Hardy) , Bourdieu, Language and Linguistics (Continuum, 2007) and Bourdieu: Key Concepts (Acumen, 2012). He is currently working on a book on Bourdieu and Data Analysis, and has recently completed an English translation of Bourdieu's essay 'The Future of Class and the Causality of the Probable' first published in the Revue Française de Sociologie in 1974.

Dr Scott Brook
Centre for Creative and Cultural Research
Faculty of Arts and Design
University of Canberra
ACT 2601
02 6201 2609
Staff page<http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/arts-design/courses/undergraduate/writing/writing-staff/brook-scott>
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