Sunday, December 20, 2009

SBU Philosophy and the Arts Conf., Manhattan

DEADLINE for paper and artwork submissions is JANUARY 13TH, 2010.

Third Annual Philosophy and the Arts Conference at Stony Brook
March 26-27, 2010
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Simon Critchley, Chair of Philosophy at the New
School for Social Research

The Masters program in Philosophy and the Arts at Stony Brook
University in Manhattan studies the intersections of art and
philosophy. In our efforts to further the dialogue between these
complexly related fields, we offer this conference as an
interdisciplinary event. We welcome participants working in a variety
of disciplines and media to respond to this year’s topic:


During a period marked by globalization, proliferating social
networking sites and virtual forums, and a reissued political call for
increased civic participation, investigating the nature of ‘the
collective’ continues to be a vitally important project. The term
‘collective’ itself is heavily politicized, foregrounding the tension
between the individual and the whole. While groups may capitalize upon
collective force to secure political visibility and achieve goals,
collectivization is often a vehicle of homogenization and silencing.
Yet many collectives intentionally jeopardize individual visibility as
a form of critique. Artists’ collectives like the Critical Art
Ensemble and the Wooster Collective, and philosophical collaboratives
such as Deleuze-Guattari, question the value of the singular and
identifiable, as well as problematizing the market economy that
sustains artistic and academic norms. In any case, the notion of the
collective raises questions of authority and agency as they relate to
knowledge, ownership, and intersubjectivity. What are the mechanisms
through which collectives form, maintain their coherence, and engage
with other entities? How do various types of collections—museum
holdings, units of information, digital and material objects, or
persons—relate to classificatory systems, globalized and virtual
commerce, and rapidly evolving technologies?

As collectives arise and disperse, we often find ourselves with a
dearth of criteria by which to judge their success and viability. This
conference will investigate the forms, motivations, methods,
justifications, and consequences of persons and things acting
collectively. We encourage submissions from across the artistic and
theoretical disciplines that approach these themes from practical and
theoretical perspectives. Projects may be collaborative in nature, and
may examine the collective as an entity or activity.


We welcome the submission both of original academic papers and of
artwork for exhibition or performance, relating to the above themes,
from graduate students across disciplines. All submissions should be
formatted for blind review, and suitable for a 20-minute presentation
(approximately 3000 words or 8-11 pages).

**Please send the FULL paper with your submission -- abstracts sent
alone will not be reviewed.**

Please visit the Philosophy and the Arts Conference website at for complete submission
instructions, as well as information on past conferences and regular
updates. All submissions must be received by January 13th, 2010 in
order to be considered by the conference review committee. Submitters
will be notified of the committee’s decision regarding their work via
email no later than February 4th, 2010.

The conference will take place on Friday March 26th and Saturday March
27th at Stony Brook Manhattan, 401 Park Ave. South. Feel free to
contact the conference coordinator for help with additional questions

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