ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, July 2014

Research Committee on
Sociology of Arts, RC37

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Program Coordinator

Number of allocated sessions including Business Meeting: 14.

 

Planned sessions and dates/time subject to further changes

in alphabetical order:

 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 05:30 PM - 07:20 PM

Analyzing Art Works as a Way to Social Knowledge. Part I

Session Organizer
Paulo MENEZES, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, paulomen@usp.br

Session in English

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.

 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 07:30 PM - 08:50 PM

Analyzing Art Works as a Way to Social Knowledge. Part II

Session Organizer
Paulo MENEZES, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, paulomen@usp.br

Session in English

 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 08:30 AM - 10:20 AM

Artistic Reputations, Success and Consecration: A Sociological Analysis

Session Organizers
Alain QUEMIN, Université Paris 8, France, aquemin@univ-paris8.fr


Session in English

The sociology of art in its present form emerged in the 1960`s in France with a double tradition that developed strong empirical research: Raymonde Moulin and her analyses on the art market, and Pierre Bourdieu (and collaborators) with his innovative and seminal studies on audiences. Since then, empirical research has led to a remarkable development of the sociology of art not only in France but also worldwide. Nonetheless, the study of how reputations and success are created and constructed has not been central to either Pierre Bourdieu’s or Raymonde Moulin’s research. However, it became prominent in the Anglo-Saxon world in the 1980’s with the work of Sherwin Rosen and that of Alan Bowness; a preeminence that continues at present. This session welcomes papers devoted to the study of the social construction of artistic reputations and fame focusing on a variety of art sectors: the visual arts and contemporary art in particular, but also music, dance, cinema, and theater. Empirical research is strongly encouraged.

 

Monday, July 14, 2014: 5:30 PM - 7:20 PM

Carving Out Gastronomical Spaces of Aesthetic Publics: Cuisine and City in Global Perspective

Session Organizer
Eiko IKEGAMI, The New School for Social Research, USA, ikegame1@newschool.edu

Session in English

This session focuses on the social dimension of aesthetic practices, broadly defined. By connecting various kinds of people and resources, sharing and appreciating aesthetic practices can yield powerful communicative spheres in urban settings. However, spaces of aesthetic publics can be carved out not only by conventionally defined categories of art. This panel proposes to look at social dynamics of cuisine culture and its relationship in the context of urban dynamics in a globalized world. In our contemporary world, gastronomical experiences are often talked about as if they embody cultural tastes. People talk about their experiences of cuisines and put photos in blogs and Facebook. Star chefs are often treated as popular culture icons as embodiment of culinary art and originality. Cuisine is becoming a powerful means of attracting local people as well as tourists, with huge economic consequences. The dynamics of food culture often results in transformations of the urban landscape. At the same time, the global migration of ethnic cuisines and food cultures also constantly redefine local identities. This panel welcomes innovative papers that highlight any aspect of social and communicative dynamics of cuisine culture in regional and global settings.

 

Monday, July 14, 2014: 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM

Emotions and the Sociology of Art

Session Organizer
Marta HERRERO, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, m.herrero@sheffield.ac.uk

Session in English

This session seeks contributions exploring the role of emotions in sociological analyses of art. It welcomes papers with a strong bias on empirical research, as well as theoretical analysis focusing on a wide range of research topics, from audiences and arts engagement, artists and careers, management of the arts, studies of arts organisations, analyses of art markets. The aim of the session is exploratory, it is designed to map out research in the fields of sociology of art and of emotions.

 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 08:30 AM - 10:20 AM

Literature and Sociological Knowledge

Session Organizer
Ana Lucia TEIXEIRA, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, alu.fteixeira@gmail.com

Session in English

Literature has always been at the centre of the sociological studies of art. This session seeks to discuss the mutual contribution that may arise by combining both fields of knowledge. Its purpose is to explore new approaches to sociological studies of literature based on theoretical analyses of this classic theme in sociology. This session welcomes presentations discussing the following: 1- the role of literature as an object of sociological interest; 2- the use of literature as a vehicle for the re-formulation of other sociological concepts; and 3- the status of the sociological text as a literary text.

 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM

Meta, Macro, Meso, Micro: Different Levels of Analysis in the Sociology of Art

Session Organizer
Eduardo DE LA FUENTE, Flinders University, Australia, eduardo.delafuente@flinders.edu.au

Session in English

The sociology of art has experienced a significant revival in the last three decades. It now has contemporary ‘classics’ such as Becker’s Art Worlds and Bourdieu’s Rules of Art; and a significant amount of research has been carried out on different types of art in various local, national and global contexts. But the latter raises an interesting question: what level of analysis should the sociology of art aim for? Is the field best suited to the study of localized art worlds? Or does the sociology of art have something to offer social science reflection on civilizational and other long-term historical developments? This session invites papers that reflect either theoretically or empirically on the different levels of sociologizing that might productively be undertaken with respect to art and other aesthetic phenomena.

 

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 05:30 PM - 07:20 PM

RC37 Business Meeting

Session Organizer


 

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 08:30 AM - 10:20 AM

Sociological Approaches to Western Music in Japan

Session Organizer
David G. HEBERT, Bergen University College, Norway, dgh@hib.no

Session in English

This session features research into historical and contemporary aspects of western music in Japan, from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Presenters include musicologists, sociologists and experienced performers, who address what is "Japanese" about the phenomenon of western music in Japan, as well as how Japan has made unique contributions to global practices in this field. Research in this session will be based on case studies of notable ensembles and individual musicians, as well as more holistic examination of institutions and social practices that illustrate how aspects of Japanese and European traditions have fused through creative agency.

 

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 03:30 PM - 05:20 PM

Sociology of the Arts. Open Session

Session Organizer
J. MARONTATE, Simon Fraser University, Canada, jmaronta@sfu.ca

Session in English

This session focuses on studies of the visual and performing arts as affordances, a term coined in psychology (Gibson 1979) that has been adapted in theoretical and empirical research on music by sociologist Tia DeNora (2003). Proposals are encouraged that present research on the visual or performing arts as affordances for cognition, affect and/or action.

 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM

The Arts in `Times of Trouble`

Session Organizer
J. MARONTATE, Simon Fraser University, Canada, jmaronta@sfu.ca

This session examines research on the arts and art worlds in `times of trouble`. The `troubles` could be socio-political or economic strife (such as the violent demonstrations that began in the Middle East during the so-called `Arab Spring`) or they could be natural or man-made disasters (like tsunamis or the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear melt-down). Papers are encouraged that present empirical research and study questions about the place of the arts in societies confronting challenges. For example, how have creators, mediators or audiences used the arts to engage in public discourse to confront inequalities or address cultural trauma? How have the arts served as affordances for social action, resistance or recovery? Have times of trouble shaped the arts in positive or negative ways? How have the arts been used to promote positive change or, in a critical perspective, to enhance the hegemonic powers of forces of oppression?

 

Monday, July 14, 2014: 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM

The Artwork Made Me Do It: Reflections on Art and Agency

Session Organizer
Eduardo DE LA FUENTE, Flinders University, Australia, eduardo.delafuente@flinders.edu.au

Session in English

Ever since the late anthropologist Alfred Gell’s (1999) posthumously published Art and Agency there has been significant discussion of the material, symbolic and even cognitive causal properties of artworks. The design theorist Donald Norman has also spoken of how objects as mundane as coffee pots can generate ‘love’, ‘hate’ and other emotional-cum-aesthetic responses. The importation of material culture and sociology of science/technology perspectives to the study of art has led to a further emphasis on how art objects embody distinct kinds of agencies – many of which transcend human intentionality. But how are we to explain these various agencies without resorting to either an old-fashioned ‘formalism’ or ‘psychologism’? Should sociologists of art be interested in fields such as cognitive psychology or neuroscience? And what role do the senses play in aesthetic agency? Presentations are welcome on any aspect of how art shapes and exercises agency in the world at large.

 

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM

The Sociology of Art in Japan

Session Organizer
Yoshitaka MOURI, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, mouri@ms.geidai.ac.jp

Session in English

This session welcomes contributions reflecting on the impact sociological studies of the arts in Japan have made to Japanese sociology, and vice-versa, how Japanese sociology has shaped and influenced sociological approaches to the arts. It also welcomes papers exploring wider theoretical influences that have shaped the sociology of the arts in Japan, as well as empirical studies of the arts in Japan.

 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 03:30 PM - 05:20 PM

What is the Worth of Art?: Approaches to the Sociology of Art Valuations and Evaluations

Session Organizer
Marta HERRERO, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, m.herrero@sheffield.ac.uk

Session in English

This session brings together empirical and theoretical papers on approaches to the valuation and evaluation of art; more specifically, it seeks contributions that explore how the value of art is measured by agencies, institutions and individuals outside the artistic/cultural realm, e.g. governments, corporations, banks, activists, as well as the types of mediums being employed for such measurements, e.g. indexes, quantitative tools. This session also welcomes submissions focusing on the role of sociology to the study of valuation in the context of other social-scientific approaches to the same topic.

 

Joint Sessions

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Production, Circulation and Cossumption of Visual Conceptual Frames

Joint session of RC37 Sociology of Arts and WG03 Visual Sociology [host committee]

 

Using Visual Material for Knowledge Creation: The Process of Analysis and Interpretation

Joint session of RC37 Sociology of Arts and WG03 Visual Sociology [host committee]

 

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