...but is it art?

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Tuesday January 15, 2013 All Day
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TheDepartment of French at NYU is pleased to invite papers which explore how artis defined, institutionalized and practiced in the Francophone world. We areinterested in how boundaries are established and shift between the spheres ofart and non-art, and will welcome submissions that deal with all artisticgenres and media, spanning all historical periods. Papers are welcome to focuson individual authors or works, or to approach the topic more broadly.


Somequestions we wish to examine in the conference are:

How doparticular writers/filmmakers insert themselves into an artistic landscape? Doall writers situate themselves with regard to a concept of art? Why are certaincreative works classified as ‘art’, while others are not, and what are theconsequences of this? Can these works ever be said to exist in their ownautonomous domain, separate from other fields of knowledge and from reality?What happens when works of ‘art’ are interpreted from a non-artisticperspective? How does the institutionalization of art affect our understandingof it? How have definitions of art evolved?


Possibletopics include, but are not limited to:


·        High vs. low culture

·        Art critics/art criticism

·        Committed literature and/vs. propaganda

·        Obscenity trials or public outcry with‘art’ as defense

·        Literary hoaxes

·        The difference between art and craft:which cultural practices count as ‘art’

·        Art as ritual, rite, ceremony,transgression

·        Cultural specificity of art/lifeboundaries: is ‘art’ a European-derived concept?

·        Avant-garde movements

·        Art and/vs. the social sciences(history, anthropology, sociology, ethnography)

·        Art without reason; human vs. animalart

·        Aesthetics

·        Autobiography/autofiction: whenrecollection becomes ‘art’

·        Where art is created: literary circles,salons etc.

·        ‘Serious’ vs. ‘non-serious’ literature;canon creation; the role of the academy in influencing ‘great’ literature


Papersmay be given in either English or French and should be 8-10 pages in length. Participantshave the option of either presenting their papers in a more traditionalconference setting or discussing them in a colloquium. Submissions should besent to [email protected] by January 15th, 2013. Abstracts should be nomore than 250 words and should include the presenter's name, affiliation, andemail address. Please specify which presentation format you would prefer.


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