CFP Reminder for the following panel: 

The Legacy of Enlightenment and the Politics of Spectatorship

44th Annual Convention:
Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

March 21-24, 2013

Boston, MA

Host Institution: Tufts University

Dramatic shifts in the
realms of philosophy, art, economics, physiology, and jurisprudence during the
Age of Enlightenment were predicated on a preoccupation with spectatorship.
This panel’s inquiry begins from the proposition that a central “dialectic” of
Enlightenment lies at the meeting point between medium and spectator. From
Lessing’s theater to the philosophy of Adorno and Horkheimer, from Brechtian
and Artaudian notions of viewership to the construction of contemporary
museums, the visual legacy of  Enlightenment rationalism continues to
affect the way we engage politically and culturally with the world around us.

We seek contributions
that explore diverse manifestations of the politics of observation. How do
“enlightened” performances and artworks construct or critique particular modes
of viewing? What are the political
implications of the work-to-audience relationship in the realms of gender,
race, class identity, or other social categories? What spectatorial
expectations underlie philosophical works by Leibniz, Kant, La Mettrie, and
others? How do notions of the public and private spheres map onto concerns for
spectatorship? And how do notions of “enlightened” observation change in the aftermath
of the Age of Enlightenment strictly speaking? 


Topics might include, but
are not limited to: 

·       Theoretical and
philosophical approaches to spectatorship in the Age of Enlightenment from
Descartes to Lessing to Kant.

·       The politics of
spectatorship in medical shows and other events in the public sphere. 

·       Modern and post-modern
approaches to Enlightenment spectatorship in film, literature, and art history.

·       Implications of the
philosophy of the Frankfurt School for contemporary spectatorship. 

·       Analyses of audience-work
relations and the politics of the spectatorial gaze in visual or literary

welcome abstracts for interdisciplinary papers.

send a 500-word abstract and one-paragraph biographical
sketch to Pascale
LaFountain ([log in to unmask]) and Tracy Graves ([log in to unmask]).

deadline: September 30, 2012.

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Assistant Editor:  Olaf Schmidt
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