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The Persistence of Art

T.W. Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory: A Symposium

Friday, November 10, 2017, 4:00pm

Indiana Memorial Union, The Oak Room

What is the relationship between art and society? Can art be political without losing its force? What kind of experience does art enable and what kind of thinking does it demand? These are some of the questions at the heart of Theodor W. Adorno’s seminal Aesthetic Theory, published posthumously in 1970. This text guides the work of the Theory Center this term. A two-day symposium brings to campus leading scholars from a variety of disciplines to reflect on what remains alive in the Aesthetic Theory.

Friday, November 10

4:00pm: Welcome from Michel Chaoli.

4:15pm: Espen Hammer, “Thinking of Bring versus Dialectical Negativism: Adorno’s Critique of Heidegger.”

Saturday, November 11

10:00am: Sianne Ngai, “Transparency and Enigma in the Gimmick as Capitalist Form

11:40am: Surti Singh, “Adorno’s Theory of Aesthetic Play.”

1:00pm: Lunch break.

2:30pm: Christopher Wood, “Good Form and Bad Form.”

4:10pm: Adrian Daub, “Tone, Color, Program – Mimesis and Metaphysical Experience in 19th Century Music.”

Free and open to the public. For more information, visit: indiana.edu/~ctheory

The Center for Theoretical Inquiry in the Humanities is grateful for the support of the College Arts & Humanities Institute, as well as the Department of Germanic Studies, the Department of Philosophy, and the Robert E. and Avis Tarrant Burke Fund of the Department of Art History, all at Indiana University, Bloomington.