‘Art and Affect’: CHE Meanings Program Collaboratory
Dates: 12‒14 July, 2017
Venue: Toowong Rowing Club, 37 Keith St, The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Registration: Register online here by 7 July 2017. Registration is essential.
Enquiries: Xanthe Ashburner firstname.lastname@example.org
From antiquity to the present, literature and the arts have been associated with the solicitation of the passions. Thus a profound tradition, stretching from Plato’s dialogues to Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice and beyond, has viewed art’s engagement of the passions as a form of bewitchment, opening the way to dangerous psychological, moral and political disorder. An equally powerful mode of thought, however (much championed by the Romantics), has conceived of art’s investment in the affective life positively, as a route to personal fulfilment, a vehicle for social sympathy, or as nourishing the imaginative powers necessary to bring about progressive political change. Still other traditions find in art capacities for governing, or subduing, merely passional attachments and drives. This conference, hosted by the UQ Node of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100‒1800), will explore the long and complex history of the relation between aesthetic production and concepts of ‘the passions’. Topics will range from the medieval to the contemporary, and will address literature, visual art, film, philosophy, music and intellectual history.
- Helen Deutsch (UCLA)
- Joshua Scodel (The University of Chicago)
- D. Vance Smith (Princeton University)
Registration includes entry to ‘War of the Buffoons’, a concert of Baroque music performed by the Badinerie Players on original instruments (12 July, 5:30‒7:00pm, University of Queensland Art Museum).
The program for the 2017 CHE Meanings Program Collaboratory ‘Art and Affect’ is now available to view or download from our website: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/media/259068/art-and-affect-lowres-final-program.pdf. Abstracts and biographies will be added shortly.