28 - 31 August 2013
Torino, Italy

RN02 – Sociology of the Arts

Tasos Zembylas zembylas@mdw.ac.at University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria

The general theme of the 11th conference of ESA will be “Crisis, Critique and Change”. With these keywords one may associate the questions “What crisis?”, “Whose critique?” and “What changes?”. Art’s position within society and politics has always been complex and ambivalent. Artists may raise a critical voice or offer ideological legitimation for a dominant, hegemonic image of society. They may display a strong commitment or keep a distance from others’ fate. The attitude of the arts towards contemporary issues such as the ecological crisis, the debt crisis, violence against minorities and opponents, economic exploitation, and deprivation of people’s rights has never lost any relevance. Therefore, we would like to create special sessions and invite papers on this topic with the expectation that they may include a broad nexus of sub-issues around the relation and commitment of arts in society.

The ESA-conference has always been open to other themes that are not related to the main theme. This openness to all areas of the sociology of the arts is highly valued since the Research Network aims to bring together researchers and supporting interchange and mutual learning. For this reason, we invite experienced and young scholars from various disciplines sensitive to social inquiries into the arts to submit papers with a different thematic focus, such as:


Joint Sessions

  • 02_b02JS07Artistic Practices and economic constraints

    Joint session with RN07 – Sociology of Culture

    Anna Lisa Tota tota@uniroma3.it, Università degli Studi Roma Tre Graciela Trajtemberg gtraj@mta.ac.il, The Acedemic College of Tel Aviv-Jaffo

  • 02JS07Creative Practice

    Joint session with RN07 – Sociology of Culture

    Chairs: Graciela Trajtenberg & Anna Lisa Tota

    The concept of creativity has long been neglected by sociologists. However the sociological perspective has added a very important dimension to its study: creativity is no longer conceived as a merely individual property, disposition or capacity but rather as one that is embedded in discursive, interactional, communal and institutional practices. In this session we invite papers on the social dimensions of creative practice in all artistic fields – including popular, amateur, and outsider art.

  • del02JS07gArtistic practices and beyond

    Joint session with RN07 – Sociology of Culture

  • 03_b02JS07Artistic Practices and the Public Sphere

    Joint session with RN07 – Sociology of Culture

    Rudi Laermans Rudi.Laermans@soc.kuleuven.be, KU Leuven

  • 04_b02JS07Artistic Practices – New Creativities

    Joint session with RN07 – Sociology of Culture

    Michael Hutter, michael.hutter@wzb.eu, Wissenschaftszentrum, Berlin

  • 05_02JS07Artistic Practices and the Process of Creativity

    Joint session with RN07 – Sociology of Culture

    Thomas Eberle Thomas.Eberle@unisg.ch, Universität Sankt Gallen

  • 06_b02JS07Artistic Creativity Outside the World of Arts

    Joint session with RN07 – Sociology of Culture

    David Inglis dinglis99@gmail.com University of Exeter

  • 07_b02JS07Artistic Practices and the Conditions of Creativity

    Joint session with RN07 – Sociology of Culture

    Hubert Knoblauch Hubert.Knoblauch@tu-berlin.de, Technische Universität Berlin

Thank you very much to all participants for making esa torino an outstanding conference.