Indiana University Bloomington

Fall 2017: Theodor W. Adorno's Aesthetic Theory

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. The text guides the work of the Theory Center this term. The reading group aims to make its way through the book in its weekly meetings. A symposium brings to campus leading scholars from a variety of disciplines to reflect on what remains alive in the Aesthetic Theory. Join us.

All Center events are open to the public.

New Work by Faculty

Ilana Gershon (Anthropology), a new member of the Center's steering committee, has published an essay on how the emphasis on "passion" in the workplace has encouraged a new relationship to work and has led to what she calls "the quitting economy." For a deeper look at the changing nature of work, see her book, recently published by the University of Chicago Press, Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don't Find) Work Today.


Fall 2017 Graduate Courses

The Center offers two graduate courses in the Fall: An "Introduction to Theory" taught by Professor Johannes Türk (Germanic Studies) and an advanced course on Hegel's Science of Logic, offered by Professor Patrick Dove (Spanish & Portuguese).
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