torsdag, september 21, 2006


Nordiskt nätverk för rätt och litteratur
Södertörn University College & The Royal Institute of Technology,
Stockholm, 9-12 November 2006

The conference is organized jointly by the Research Project on
Aesthetics and Political Philosophy, Department of Media, Art and
Literature at Södertörn University College, and by the Nordic Network
for Law and Literature

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Eric Alliez, Philosophy, Middlesex Univertsity
Cathy Caruth, Comparative Literature, Emory University
Elizabeth Hatz, School of Architecture, Royal Institute of Technology
Leonard Lawlor, Philosophy, University of Memphis
Catherine Malabou, Philosophy, Université de Paris X (Nanterre)

Conference theme

Is there a significant relation between aesthetics and politics to be
studied today? Or must we give up on the relevance of art and
aesthetics when debating the most important contemporary political
and legal issues, such as questions of equality, rights, justice,
identity, recognition, etc. The relation between aesthetics and
politics has never been an easy one, and has been made particularly
problematic during the 20th century. The political power of art has
often been regarded with suspicion and it is often said that the
aestheticization of politics leads to a de-politicization of
politics. In the Frankfurt School one has analyzed how totalitarian
societies have used aestheticization as a means of control, whereas
progressive forms of politicized art have been held as overstated and
crude. On the other hand, the philosophy of Nietzsche has pointed to
aesthetics as a form of becoming that cannot be dissociated from law
and politics, a point of view widely adopted in French philosophy of
the 1960's and onwards. Is the potentiality of the critique,
resistance and revolution still present in the marginal practices of

This conference will be joining philosophers and the network for law
and literature. It is also open for papers that examine the relation
between aesthetics and politics from other theoretical viewpoints.
Although the main speakers are from the fields of Philosophy,
Architecture, Law, and Literature, we also welcome participants from
Aesthetics, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Communication & Media
studies, Gender studies, History, Music, etc. We welcome papers on
aesthetics and political philosophy focusing on, for example,
Nietzsche, psychoanalysis, critical theory, Deleuze, Foucault,
Derrida, human rights, jurisprudence, post-colonialism etc., but also
on other schools of thought that may be relevant to the theme. We
also welcome papers that wish to debate the problem from other
vantage points.

The questions that may be examined are, for instance, how does the
practice of art influence the formation of spatial practices and of
subjectivities and collectivities? What is the relevance of the
humanities for law today? What is the significance of aesthetics and
politics in relation to new media? In what way can aesthetics and
politics be related to philosophies of becoming? In what way has the
Frankfurt School gained insights that may be applicable today?
Participants will be presenting papers in panels, organized according
to topic and discipline.

Graduate course

In conjunction with the conference there will be organized a graduate
course on Law and Literature, for information contact Leif Dahlberg.
Contact information:

Nordic Network for Law and Literature:

Leif Dahlberg,
Per-Anders Forstorp,

Research Project on Aesthetics and Politics, Department of Media, Art
and Philosophy, Södertörn University College:

Cecilia Sjöholm,
Fredrika Spindler,

The Nordic Network for Law and Literature is funded by the Nordic
Research Council (NordForsk)
The Research Project on Aesthetics and Politics is funded by The
Baltic Sea Foundation
The conference is also sponsored by Södertörn University College and
the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

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