Subject: CFP: Aesthetics and Modernity from Schiller to Marcuse
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Aesthetics and Modernity from Schiller to Marcuse

Thursday, 10 - Friday, 11 September 2009
Venue: Stewart House/Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Co-Ordinators: Professor Steve Giles, Dr Jerome Carroll and Dr Maike Oergel (University of Nottingham)

Call for Papers
From Schiller to Marcuse the aesthetic dimension has been conceived among other things as a kind of moral forum, a critical mirror for society, an outlet for otherwise impermissible drives, and as a dimension in which a more affirmative mode of existence is possible. It has been seen as characteristic of modernity's orientation around the individual and as a means of counteracting the rationalisations of modern life. This two day-conference will investigate the many and conflicting relationships between aesthetics and modernity.
In particular, the 250th anniversary of Schiller's birth in 1759 seems a timely point to reflect on the German tradition of socio-cultural and aesthetic theory and artistic practice from the late Enlightenment to the Frankfurt School and beyond, in which Schiller played such a seminal role. Papers are therefore invited on any and all aspects of the relationship between aesthetics and modernity from the 1790s to the 1970s, and in particular, contributions that develop an interdisciplinary perspective - embracing German studies, philosophy, social and cultural theory, aesthetics, literature, music, art....
Papers should last no more than 30 minutes; the conference languages will be English and German. Please send proposals (including an abstract of 200 words max.) by 31 August 2008 to:
Dr Jerome Carroll
Dr Maike Orgel

An edited collection of papers from the symposium will be published.
University of London School of Advanced Study
Room ST272, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Telephone: +44 (0)20-7862 8966  Fax: +44 (0)20-7862 8672
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