Society for the Humanities at Cornell and the Mellon Central New York Humanities Corridor
Global Aesthetics: Intersecting Culture, Theory, Practice

October 15-16, 2010
A. D. White House, Cornell University

Leading international artists, curators, and scholars will gather at the Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, to discuss transformations of aesthetics and interdisciplinary practice in our age of networked connection.  Of particular interest to this discussion will be reflection on global approaches to aesthetics and intermedial artistic practice that have been articulated in dialogue with or in contention with the Occidental tradition of aesthetics.

How does the aesthetic function in Latin American, Asian, African, South Asian, and Middle Eastern contexts?  And how might procedures of creative practice and curatorial engagement combine with academic practices of criticism and translation to enable or enhance cross-cultural expressions of aesthetic difference?  The conference will feature two days of presentations and discussion by leading international figures in the related fields of art, music, media, aesthetics, and critical theory.  Guests from China, Mexico, Africa, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, and the UK will include:

Akin Adesokan, Comparative Literature, Indiana University

Jennifer Bajorek, Society for the Humanities/Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, London, UK

Bruno Bosteels, Society for the Humanities/Romance Studies, Cornell

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Artistic Director, Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany

Brenda L Croft, Indigenous Art Culture & Design, University of South Australia

Iftikhar Dadi, Art and Art History, Cornell

Kay Dickinson, Society for the Humanities/Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College, London, UK

Salah Hassan, Art History and Africana Studies, Cornell

Gregg Lambert, Director, Syracuse University Humanities Center

Andrew McGraw, Society for the Humanities/Music, University of Richmond

Tejumola Olaniyan, Louis Durham Mead Professor of English, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Jolene Rickard, Society for the Humanities/History of Art, Art, and American Indian Program, Cornell

Grace Quintanilla, Director, Pedro Meyer Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico

Yukiko Shikata, Director, Media Art Consortium, Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo, Japan

Sui Jianguo, Sculpture, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

Shin-Yi Yang, Curator, Beautiful Asset Management, Beijing, China

Sharon Willis, Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester

Yao Jui-Chung, Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts an National Taiwan Normal University


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