30 – 1 May 2010
Constructions of History
Contrary to these rather static views dominating the discourse on history, artists in the Arab World seem to move in a cultural interspace through which they escape both the alleged orientalist verdict and the self-imposed idea of a general misfortune. This situation might be disclosing a different aspect of the ‘long sleep’, namely that of preserving a vital and dynamic search for identity in view of paralysing hopelessness. Thus, Arab artists take from contemporary Western art orientalistic attributions and thereby undermine them in order to enhance their creative power in complex cultural translations. In the same vein, the discourse on history is re-evaluated and subsequently infused into new aesthetic concepts that challenge and compete with common views on history. The question that remains is whether the impact of the arts will suffice to counter concepts of cultural defeat or whether their realm is mainly to be perceived as a place of introverted refuge.
The conference will focus on the relationship between traditional concepts of history and artistic endeavours as visions counteracting these concepts through an innovation of new forms or a re-definition of aesthetical norms. We will hear from researchers from different backgrounds as well as from artists discussing their works.
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Organized bySFB 626
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