CFP: High & Low (Paris, 27 Oct 2018)

Symposium “High and Low”

Call for papers
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Paris, INHA, October 27, 2018
Deadline: Jun 11, 2018

Marges n°29

In recent times, the traditional distinction between “high” and “low” art forms appears to be quite old fashioned. One has the impression, however, that some implicit hierarchies remain, regarding the division between “authentic” art and the rest —even when artistic merits’ scales are contested in different contexts. It has to do, among other things, with the common understanding of the notion of “art” itself, seen in laudatory terms (Schaeffer; 1996), a quality that enhances ordinary artefacts and rescues them from their usual and trivial aspect. Indeed, some “professionals”—aestheticians or art critics— have often the task of classifying art products, following the idea that they should or should not be called art. The question of merit, regarding the arts, has to do with the promulgation of aesthetic or artistic judgments, as well as moral ones. At the same time, specialists don’t seem to decide or deliberate solely over philosophical discussions; their activity has also consequences, directly or indirectly, on the repartition of “precious resources” of all kinds (Becker; 1982): concert halls, museum spaces, funding, grants, positions, etc. Continue reading “CFP: High & Low (Paris, 27 Oct 2018)”

CONF: Objects of Exchange: Art and Economic Encounters (Paris, 7-8 Sep 17)

International Symposium
Institut National d’Histoire de l’art (INHA)
Paris, 07. – 08.09.2017

Org. Alexander Alberro (Columbia University), Sophie Cras (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Exchange is classically described by economists as a phenomenon of equalization of values within a given system. When heterogeneous orders of economic rationalities meet, material objects and practices come to embody the paradoxes of dissonant exchange. This symposium aims to explore how artifacts and artistic practices have materialized ruptures within, and encounters between, economic systems in the modern and contemporary period.


7 September 2017

2.oo pm / Introduction, Alexander Alberro (Columbia University) & Sophie Cras (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) Continue reading “CONF: Objects of Exchange: Art and Economic Encounters (Paris, 7-8 Sep 17)”