Universitetet i Tromsø
970 422 528
2012 Border Aesthetics Conference
5-7 September 2012
University of Tromsø, Norway
Registration deadline August 23!
Download programme here.
Download abstract book here.
Wednesday, September 5:1715-1830 at room E-0101
- Debra A. Castillo (Cornell University): "Rasquache Mockumentary: Alex Rivera’s ‘Why Cybraceros?’"
Thursday, September 6:1045-1200 at room E-0101
- Ulrike Hanna Meinhof (University of Southampton): "From Border Communities to Networks and Neighbourhoods: Re-imagining Europe in the 21st Century"
Friday, September 7:1045 - 1200 at room E-0101
- Frederik Tygstrup (University of Copenhagen): "Credit Crunch. Re-negotiating the Border between Fiction and Reality"
Thursday, September 6:1800 - 1900 at Tromsø Art Society (Kunstforeninga), city centre
- Presentation by Russian artist group "Chto Delat? / What is to be Done?"
Friday, September 7: 1300-1430 at room E-0101
- Participants: Knut Erik Jensen (filmmaker), Liv Lundberg (poet), Liv-Hanne Haugen (dance artist), and Luba Kuzovnikova (artist collective Pikene på Broen)
Participation in keynotes, culture panel, and artistic presentation is open to all and does not require registration.
There is a “border aesthetics” group on facebook and a twitter presence (@bordaesth) – if you want to tweet about the conference, use the #bordaesth tag
Scope of conference:
This conference will investigate how changing perceptions of borders relate to shifting aesthetic practices. In so doing, it draws upon two guiding observations that must inform any notion of a border aesthetics, these being a) that aesthetic theories and practices regularly invoke and engage with notions of the border; and b) that borders are in turn capable of producing aesthetic effects and can themselves be conceived of as aesthetic objects. Papers can focus on the literature, film, photography, visual design, urban planning, and video art to name but a few examples. Also work produced by creative artists working in or imagining border regions will be welcomed. In particular, the Barents Region and the Mediterranean are important areas of study but we also will consider – and encourage – investigations of other regions.
Our concentration on border regions enables the Conference not only to explore and develop further the relatively new field of migratory aesthetics, but it will also formulate what might provisionally be called a zonal aesthetics. Indeed, one of its principal goals will be precisely to establish how a new ‘aesthetics of space’ of a kind likely to be required by the study of the divergent groups, objects, values and activities that inhabit and pass through border zones can be described, explained, negotiated, and evaluated.
In the process, the conference will explicitly address the question of how aesthetic activity participates in the processes by which people relate to the real and conceptual geographies in which they live and through which they move. This focus is both socially engaged and inquisitive about the dynamic ways in which cultural phenomena are ascribed value through aesthetic practice. At the same time, it situates the conference at the vanguard of current thinking about aesthetics.
See our Website for a full account of our project and our past activities.
Ulrike Hanna Meinhof is Professor of German and Cultural Studies at the University of Southampton and a specialist in discourse analysis. Her main areas of research currently involve ethnographic research on transnational networks of migrants, especially musicians from African countries, in multicultural neighbourhoods across European border communities, in provincial regions and in metropolitan spaces across Europe. She has previously led the EU Border Identities and Changing City Spacesprojects; ongoing projects are SoFoNe: Searching for Neighbours: dynamics of mental and physical borders in Europe, and TNMundi: Diaspora as social and cultural practice: A study of transnational networks across Europe and Africa.
Frederik Tygstrup is the director of the Copenhagen Doctoral School in Cultural Studies and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Copenhagen. His primary specialization is in the history and theory of the European novel and his present research interests focus on the intersections of artistic practices and other social practices, including urban aesthetics, the history of representations and experiences of space, literature and medicine, literature and geography, literature and politics.
Debra A. Castillo is Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Emerson Hinchliff Professor of Hispanic Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell Univeristy. She also directs the Latin American Studies Program. In her often transdisciplinary research, she specializes in contemporary narrative of the Americas, gender studies, and post-colonial literary theory. Her most recent book is the co-edited volume (with Kavita Panjabi) Cartographies of Affect: Across Borders in South Asia and the Americas.
The platform Chto delat / What is to be done? was founded with the goal of merging political theory, art, and activism in early 2003 in Petersburg by a workgroup of artists, critics, philosophers, and writers from Petersburg, Moscow, and Nizhny Novgorod. They are at present working on a project concerning the Norwegian-Russian border.
Send all communications directly to both Johan Schimanski and Stephen Wolfe: (firstname.lastname@example.org;email@example.com). More information available on the project website.
For recommended accomodation please click here.
Information on travel and transport
Journeys to the arctic always involve concern about the very changeable weather. Please check yr.no for accurate weather reports. Bring good shoes if you want to go for a walk at Sommarøy. Those of you travelling from outside Norway usually have to travel via Oslo. Please remember that, if you have checked luggage, you must in Oslo gather your bags off the carousal; take them through customs and bring them upstairs for rechecking; and then proceed through security before boarding your connecting flight.
At the airport you will remember that there are two ways to get to your hotel: taxi or the Airport Bus that leaves regularly from in front of the airport terminal—times are posted on an electronic board near the luggage carousel.Airport express buses run to all major hotels in the city center, and some also directly to the University campus. Remember most of you are staying at the Rica Ishavshotel,Fr. Langesgate 2, 9008 Tromsø (+47) 77 66 64 00. It is the last stop on the airport express bus. Bus cost is 55-60NOK.Taxis at the airport: Join the queue outside, make sure you are visible to the camera if there are no taxis waiting, and a taxi will arrive shortly. Taxi phone number: 77 60 30 00. Cost to the town center: NOK 150-200. You can also take a taxi directly to the conference (“HSL Faculty at the University”), which is about the same distance. You can take 20 or 21 busses from the town centre to the university.
Looking forward to seeing you in Tromsø.
Påmeldingsfristen har gått ut. Beklager
Påmeldingsfristen har gått ut. Beklager