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.

Center to Study Lyotard's The Differend in Spring 2018

In The Differend, Lyotard analyzes how injustices take place in the context of language. His exploration of a multiplicity of language games speaks to our present situation, which is characterized by an accelerating fragmentation of the public sphere and the emergence of unbridgeable differences of perspectives. Johannes Türk (Germanic Studie) and Estela Viera (Spanish/ Portuguese) will be our guides.

New Work by Faculty:
Eyal Peretz, The Off-Screen

From the Renaissance on, a new concept of the frame becomes crucial to artistic media, Eyal Peretz (Comp Lit) argues in his new book. The modern theatrical stage, framed paintings, the novel, the cinematic screen—all present us with such framed-off zones. But what is outside the frame constitutes the primary enigma of the work of art in the modern age.

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