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180110 SE The politics of aesthetics with Jacques Ranciere (2018S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 25 participants
Language: English

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Tuesday 20.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Monday 14.05. 08:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 15.05. 08:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Wednesday 16.05. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Monday 28.05. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 29.05. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Monday 11.06. 08:00 - 11:30 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 12.06. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock

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Aims, contents and method of the course

The seminar will examine Jacques Rancière’s conception of a politics of aesthetics. Undoubtedly, Rancière has been one of the most important thinkers of the relationship between aesthetics and politics in the present. The seminar will not only provide an immanent reconstruction of his notion of aesthetics and his corelative notion of politics, but also address his engagement with other philosophers such as Kant, Schiller, Adorno, Sartre, Badiou, and Lyotard. The seminar will consist of presentations and class discussions. All texts to be discussed will be made available in form of a reader.
The seminar participants will read and examine closely the following seminal texts by Rancière: May 14th, 8:00 – 11:30, Room 3C, NIG: The Distribution of the Sensible, pp. 10 – 30. May 15th, 8:00 – 11:30, Room 2H, NIG: The Distribution of the Sensible, pp. 31 – 45 (all from: The Politics of Aesthetics); Introduction, pp. 1 - 15 (from: Aesthetics and Its Discontents). May 16th, 8: 00 – 11:15, Room 3C, NIG: Aesthetics as Politics, pp. 19 - 44; Problems and Transformations of Critical Art, pp. 45 - 60 (all from: Aesthetics and Its Discontents). May 28, 8:00 – 11:15, Room 3C, NIG: Alain Badiou’s Inaesthetics: the Torsions of Modernism, pp. 63 - 87; Lyotard and the Aesthetics of the Sublime: a Counter-reading of Kant, pp. 88 - 105 (all from: Aesthetics and Its Discontents). May 29th, 8:00 – 11:15, Room 2H, NIG: Are Some Things Unrepresentable?, pp. 109 - 138 (from: The Future of the Image); The Ethical Turn of Aesthetics and Politics, pp. 109 - 132 (from: Aesthetics and Its Discontents). June 11th, 8:00 – 11:30: The Politics of Literature, pp. 3 - 30; The Intruder: Mallarmé’s Politics, pp. 80 - 98 (all from: The Politics of Literature). June 12th, 8:00 – 11:15, Room 2H, NIG: The Emancipated Spectator, pp. 1 - 24; Aesthetic Separation, Aesthetic Community, pp. 51 - 82 (all from: The Emancipated Spectator).

Assessment and permitted materials

In order to receive a grade for the seminar, either a presentation has to be given (30 – 35 minutes; the presentation has to be fully elaborated and submitted in written form on the day of the presentation! Also, presenters have to provide a 1-page hand-out for all the presenters on the day of their presentation), or a paper has to be written (20 pages; 1 ½ spaces). The presentations are to be chosen during the preliminary meeting on March 20th, 11:30 – 13:00, Room 2H, NIG!
The topic of the paper can be determined in consultation with the instructor.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The seminar will be conducted in form of close readings, presentations, and class discussions; it will provide students with the opportunity to hone their presentational and writing skills. Therefore, attendance is strictly required! Students are expected to be fully prepared, to have read the respective texts, and engage in class discussion!
The seminar will introduce students to Jacques Rancière’s novel thinking of the relationship between aesthetics and politics. Emphasis will be put on his re-reading of the European aesthetic tradition since the late 18th century; that is, we will interrogate his readings of Kant and Schiller, his counter-readings of both modernism and postmodernism, as well as his interventions into contemporary aesthetic debates (Badiou; Lyotard). As to the didactics of the seminar, it will consist of presentations and class discussions. All texts to be discussed will be made available in form of a reader. The seminar will provide a survey of Rancière’s seminal writings on aesthetics.

Examination topics

The seminar participants will read and examine closely the following seminal texts by Rancière: May 14th, 8:00 – 11:30, Room 3C, NIG: The Distribution of the Sensible, pp. 10 – 30. May 15th, 8:00 – 11:30, Room 2H, NIG: The Distribution of the Sensible, pp. 31 – 45 (all from: The Politics of Aesthetics); Introduction, pp. 1 - 15 (from: Aesthetics and Its Discontents). May 16th, 8: 00 – 11:15, Room 3C, NIG: Aesthetics as Politics, pp. 19 - 44; Problems and Transformations of Critical Art, pp. 45 - 60 (all from: Aesthetics and Its Discontents). May 28, 8:00 – 11:15, Room 3C, NIG: Alain Bodies’ Inaesthetics: the Torsions of Modernism, pp. 63 - 87; Lyotard and the Aesthetics of the Sublime: a Counter-reading of Kant, pp. 88 - 105 (all from: Aesthetics and Its Discontents). May 29th, 8:00 – 11:15, Room 2H, NIG: Are Some Things Unrepresentable?, pp. 109 - 138 (from: The Future of the Image); The Ethical Turn of Aesthetics and Politics, pp. 109 - 132 (from: Aesthetics and Its Discontents). June 11th, 8:00 – 11:30: The Politics of Literature, pp. 3 - 30; The Intruder: Mallarmé’s Politics, pp. 80 - 98 (all from: The Politics of Literature). June 12th, 8:00 – 11:15, Room 2H, NIG: The Emancipated Spectator, pp. 1 - 24; Aesthetic Separation, Aesthetic Community, pp. 51 - 82 (all from: The Emancipated Spectator).

Reading list

The seminar participants will examine closely the following seminal texts by Jacques Rancière:
The Distribution of the Sensible (from: The Politics of Aesthetics).
Introduction; Aesthetics as Politics; Problems and Transformations of Critical Art; Alain Badiou’s Inaesthetics: the Torsions of Modernism; Lyotard and the Aesthetics of the Sublime: a Counter-reading of Kant (all from: Aesthetics and Its Discontents).
Are Some Things Unrepresentable? (from: The Future of the Image).
The Ethical Turn of Aesthetics and Politics (from: Aesthetics and Its Discontents).
The Politics of Literature; The Intruder: Mallarmé’s Politics (all from: The Politics of Literature).
The Emancipated Spectator; Aesthetic Separation, Aesthetic Community (all from: The Emancipated Spectator).
Recommended Secondary Literature:
Jacques Rancière: History, Politics, Aesthetics (ed. Gabriel Rockhill and Philip Watts) (2009), Oliver Davis: Jacques Rancière (2010); Jacques Rancière: Key Concepts (ed. Jean-Philippe Deranty) (2010); Joseph J. Tanke: Jacques Rancière: An Introduction (2011); Reading Rancière (ed. Paul Bowman and Richard Stamp) (2011); Rancière Now (ed. Oliver Davis) (2013).

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