XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Sociology on the move, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2010

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Sociology of Arts RC37

Programme Coordinator
Jean-Louis Fabiani, Central European University, Hungary, fabianij@ceu.hu

Congress Programme


Sessions descriptions

Session 1: Publics on the move

Organizer: Jean-Louis Fabiani, Central European University, Hungary, fabianij@ceu.hu
Are publics creative? In the last ten years, the sociological analysis of audiences and publics in art and culture has undergone various changes: more attention has been devoted to ethnographic approaches and comparative studies. Research on festivals has become central, as well as continuous surveys on cultural institutions.

We are now provided with a large data set that allows us to discuss the efficiency of public policies and the expectations of increasingly fragmented audiences.. The session will aim at confronting different sociological works on the assessment of public participation in the arts.

Session 2: Changes in the art worlds in the aftermath of the current economic crisis of the twenty-first century
Organizer: Cyrus Yeganeh, Iran, cyeganeh@hotmail.com
From Damien Hirst's "Investment Banker in Formaldehyde ($400 billion!)"pic

to Christie's auction of Yves Saint Laurent's art collection, what changes have been, and are, occurring in the realms of creators, conventions, gatekeepers, organizations, suppliers, audiences, users, and products of artistic creation in the aftermath of the current economic crisis of the twenty-first century.

Session 3: Analyzing Art Works as a way to social knowledge
Organizer : Paulo Menezes, University of Sao Paulo; paulomen@usp.br
This session aims to evaluate the state of art of research in sociology and social sciences that have their principal focus in the analyses of art works as a way to achieve social knowledge about societies or social groups. It intends to discuss sociological possibilities and strategies in the analyses of art works in their epistemological, methodological or analytical problems and approaches, in order to problematize art works as an important social phenomena that alludes to the observer various possibilities of meaning constitution and interpretation about reality and social organization, social groups and their relational systems of values and social structuration. In this way, it aims to compare differentially these possible perspectives related to art works in their various supports, from the visual arts like painting, sculpture, video art, films and photographs to the written and performed ones, as literature, theater, scenic arts, etc., in order to discuss their epistemological, methodological or analytical proximities or discrepancies in the social sciences researches.

Session 4: Art et territoire
Organisateur: Alain Quemin, Université Paris-Est, France, quemin@univ-mlv.fr
Dans l’émergence de la sociologie de l’art comme discipline, la thématique territoriale n’a pas occupé tout d’abord une place centrale. C’est davantage une fois le domaine d’études clairement structuré que cette thématique a émergé, notamment sous l’influence des recherches sur la globalisation qui se multipliaient alors en sociologie, tout particulièrement dans les pays anglo-saxons.
Il s’agira, dans le cadre de cette session, de faire le point sur les travaux les plus récents éclairant la thématique spatiale en sociologie de l’art, que l’attention se situe au niveau local, régional, national ou international. Une attention toute particulière sera portée aux données empiriques et à l’articulation entre celles-ci et les analyses plus théoriques sur la dimension spatiale, analyses dont il est souhaité qu’elles soient introduites pour étudier en quoi les données inédites présentées permettent de les mettre à l’épreuve.

Session 5: Who owns Jackson Pollock? When national art goes global
Organizer: Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College,  USA, plevitt@wellesley.edu
This panel will explore how national media, artistic, and cultural institutions create global and national citizens.  When the boundaries of social life no longer stay within national borders, how do national museums, cultural organizations and media outlets change in response? To what extent are institutional gatekeepers aware of these demographic and social shifts?  How do they respond to them? How do they manage the sometimes competing imperatives of creating national and global publics simultaneously? What are the challenges and opportunities involved in doing so?

Session 6: Culture on the move: Arts and societies in the 21st century -rationalization in the arts
Joint session of RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture and RC37 Sociology of Arts [host committee]

Session 7: Rationalization and Resistance in the Arts, Culture, and Communication
Organizer: Jeffrey A. Halley, USA,  Jeffrey.Halley@utsa.edu
This session addresses the problem of rationalization, paramount for such thinkers as Weber, Lukacs (in the notion of reification), Adorno and others of the Frankfurt School, and beyond.  The process of rationalization has been very present in the last decades in various forms, such as the growth of mergers and acquisitions, patterns of globalization, the instrumentalism of art and culture, and the very acceleration of the pace of these trends. What has been the effect of this political economic and socio-cultural process on the arts, culture, communications, and knowledge?  What forms of resistance have developed by culture workers, consumers, social collectivities, and others?

Session 8: Business Meeting

Session 9: Heritage and the city
Organizer: Alexandra Kowalski, Central European University, Budapest, kowalskia@ceu.hu
This session explores the uses and effects of heritage policies and discourse in/on the urban. Both theoretical and empirical contributions are invited, which may for example focus on the mobilization of historical or cultural categories in strategies of "urban renewal", on their specific effects on processes of gentrification, on phenomena of city or neighborhood "branding", or on the specifities of memory and identity construction in urban context.

Session 10: Sociologies of art markets and inter-disciplinary collaborations
Organizer: Marta Herrero, University of Plymouth, USA, marta.herrero@plymouth.ac.uk
This session will explore sociological approaches available to the study of art markets as well as prospects for inter-disciplinary collaborations with, for example, economics, anthropology, art history, management studies.

Session 11: Leisure, culture and the arts
Organizers: Ishwar Modi, India International Institute of Social Sciences, India, iiiss2005modi@yahoo.co.in and Jean-Louis Fabiani, Central European University, Hungary, fabianij@ceu.hu
The Arts are central in the definition of “cultural tourism” or “cultivated leisure”. But they are also a growing  element in mass tourism, popular leisure and global competition among cities and countries to reaching wordly attention space. This session will aim at providing new analyses and fresh insights about the relationships between culture, the arts, tourism and leisure.

Session 12: Art scenes as “Trading Zones”
Organizers: Jan Marontate, Simon Fraser University, Canada, jmaronta@sfu.ca and Vera Zolberg, New School for Social Research, USA, zolbergv@newschool.edu
This session explores the notion of art scenes as “trading zones”, a term widely used in anthropology and social studies of science as a metaphor for social (and material) spaces where people from different cultures or disciplines collaborate, without necessarily sharing the same values, language or understandings of what they hope to achieve. Proposals are encouraged that explore the emergence of mixed artistic forms that transgress boundaries producing new social formations in theoretically-grounded, empirical studies of “travelling cultures”, survival, change, and innovation. At their best, these encounters may result in aesthetic enrichment, transcend differences and make new connections, but they may also give rise to contention.

Session 13: Navigating the cultural economy
Organizer: John Vail, University of Newcastle, UK, j.j.vail@newcastle.ac.uk

Joint sessions hosted by other RC

Joint session: Intellectuals on the move in the global age
Round Table
Joint session of RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture [host committee] and RC37 Sociology of Arts

Joint session: Art, alienation and politics of resistance
Joint session of RC36 Alienation Theory and Research [host committee] and and RC37 Sociology of Arts