Event, Dispositif, Agency in Literature, Theatre, and Beyond Workshop & Call for Papers

Event, Dispositif, Agency in Literature, Theatre, and Beyond (from 1700 to our days) Workshop

Free University Berlin – January 11, 2018


Although it will gather no more than a dozen of speakers, this event is quite special - just as Berlin is located at (more or less) equal distance from Moscow, Paris, and Oxford, the theme of the workshop stands at some distance from my areas of expertise and could potentially encompass all of them. This geographical and disciplinary location of the workshop makes it a unique opportunity to bring together interlocutors from these geographical and disciplinary spaces and beyond.

ABSTRACT: Workshop at the Free University Berlin – 11 January 2018

Organisers: Dr Alexei Evstratov and the Dahlem Humanities Center
Deadline for abstract submission: 25 October 2017


The workshop will address the problem of reconstructing “artistic” experience, where “artistic” is defined by an event’s sponsors, participants, or audience. We will approach this frame of experience not only as a set of rules of conduct, changing through time, but also as a site of knowledge production. While a certain emphasis will be placed on theatre and literature in Europe from 1700 to recent past, students of other areas and artistic media are encouraged to submit proposals. The workshop will bring together researchers working on approaches to experience and its reconstruction ‘from below,’ from both historical and theoretical perspectives, across geographical areas and art forms. While spurring reflection on the possible sources for the historical reconstruction of an experience framed as artistic, the workshop aims at a broad revision of the studies in ‘reception’ of the arts. This rethinking will draw on recent developments not only in everyday history, but also in the history of the senses and emotions, as well as in qualitative social history.
Keywords: art and experience, art and agency, subject and subjectivity, social history, sociology of the arts, reception, non-expert knowledge, interactions, social anthropology, art and ethnography, power, dispositif.


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