Event Date: 9 March 2012
Senate House, University of London
London WC1E 7HU
Jacques Rancière in London
Professor Jacques Rancière – Modernity Revisited
Working against simplistic visions of the historical break and the conquest of autonomy which underpin the modernist doxa, the aim is to bring out once again the multiplicity of interweavings that have made up what is called artistic modernity: articulations of heterogeneous temporalities, the diagonals traced between artistic practices separated by their own particular primary material, the constant borrowings by the noble arts from the popular arts, the crossings and tensions between the forms of art and those of everyday experience, and between its paradigms and the modes of interpretation of the common world and of the causality of collective action.
Jacques Rancière is emeritus professor at the University of Paris VIII, where he taught in the Philosophy Department from 1969 to 2000, and visiting professor in several American universities. Most of his work has been devoted to the articulation of politics and aesthetics. Among the books recently translated into English are Staging the People and The Emancipated Spectator (both Verso), Politics of Literature (Polity Press), Mute Speech (Columbia University Press), Chronicles of Consensual Times, Mallarmé and Althusser’s Lesson (all Continuum). His latest book Aisthesis. Scènes du régime esthétique de l’art has recently come out in France (Galilée).
Welcome by Professor John O’Brien (Royal Holloway) .
Introduction by Professor Andrew Gibson (Royal Holloway) .
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