For regular updates, please visit AWG’s Facebook page. Here is a list of AWG events since the group was founded in 2011 (for details, look here):
- 4/28/15: “Apocalypse Within: The War Epic as Crisis of Self-Identity” Garry Hagberg (Philosophy, Bard College)
- 4/16/15: “Props and Poetic Devices in Zacharias Werner’s Romantic Plays,” Amy Emm (German, Citadel)
- 4/10/15: “Individual Memories, Brazilian Longings: Nostalgia, Popular Music and Television,” Dan Sharp (Music, Tulane)
- 4/3/15: “Art, Authenticity and Appropriation,” Rebecca Stanley (Philosophy and Political Science student, CofC)
- 3/26/15: “A Civilization of Discontents: Social Media in the Golden Age of Crisis in the Humanities,” Eric Jarosinski (@NeinQuarterly)
- 3/13/15: “Ecomusicology and Political Protest in Appalachia,” Abby Tennenbaum (Political Science student, CofC)
- 2/26/15: “Liveness, media, and the overflowing carnivalesque of murga porteña,” Michael O’Brien (Music, CofC)
- 2/19/15: Discussion of Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle
- 2/6/15: “Participatory Culture and Performative Process in René Pollesch’s Theater,” Morgan Koerner (German, CofC)
- 1/22/15: discussion of Jacques Rancière’s “Aesthetics As Politics”11/21/14: “Make It Funky; Or, Music’s Cognitive Travels and the Despotism of Rhythm,” Paul Taylor (Philosophy and African AmericanStudies, Penn State)
- 11/7/14: “Philosophy in Song,” Ayala Asherov-Kalus (Songwriter, Music, CofC)
- 10/16/14: Title TBA, Margaret Moore (Philosophy, University of Tennessee)
- 10/10/14: “Reading Danto’s Red Squares as a Political Thought Experiment, Or, ‘Catching the Conscience of our Kings,’” Lydia Goehr (Philosophy and Music, Columbia University)
- 9/18/14: “How to be an Optimist about Aesthetic Testimony,” Rachel McKinnon (Philosophy, CofC)
- 8/29/14: “Paleostructure: Biological, Spiritual, and Architectural Evolution at the Oxford Museum,” Nathaniel Walker (Art History, CofC)
- 4/11/14: “The Concept of Freedom in Sartre and Adorno,” Stefan Koester (Philosophy/Economics student, CofC)
- 4/3/14: “Like Themselves: Personhood, Intellectual Disability and the Utopian Imagination,” Claire Curtis (Political Philosophy, CofC)
- 3/28/14: “Ethical Ideals in Artworks: Schopenhauer and Murdoch on Self Lossness in Aesthetic Experience,” Scott Clifton (Philosophy, CofC)
- 3/17/14: Recital for Piano and Violin, Troy Gardner and Elizabeth Karelse perform at the Monday Night Concert Series (co-sponsored by AWG)
- 3/13/14: “Poetry after Auschwitz,” Johannes Wich-Schwarz (German, Maryville University)
- 2/17/14: “The Aesthetics of Affirmative Action,” Brian Soucek (University of California, Davis School of Law)
- 1/31/14: “Bad Art and the Mere Exposure Effect,” Jennifer Wright (Psychology, CofC) and Jonathan Neufeld (Philosophy, CofC)
- 1/17/14: “Mirror Neurons and Simulation Theory: A Neurophysiological Foundation for Cinematic Empathy,” Dan Shaw (Philosophy, Lock Haven University)
- 11/15/13: “Games, Striving and Topologies of Choice,” Thi Nguyen (Philosophy, Utah Valley State University)
- 10/4/13: Urban Cultural Studies introduction to inauguaral issue, Ben Fraser (Spanish, CofC)
- 9/19/13: “A Social Ontology of Art,” Mathew Rabon (Philosophy student, CofC)
- 9/5/13: “Affect in German Theater after the Performative Turn: Elfriede Jelinek’s Theater Texts in Performance,” Morgan Koerner (German, CofC)
- 4/12/13: Discussion of “Bach Defended Against his Devotees” by T. A. Adorno.
- 2/22/13: Discussion of Chapters 3-4 of Philosophy of the Performing Arts, by David Davies.
- 2/14/13: Roundtable discussion of The Lives of Animals with Jonathan Neufeld (Philosophy, CofC), Simon Lewis (English, CofC), and Ornaith O’Dowd (Philosophy, CofC)
- 2/6/13: Discussion of Chapters 1-2 of Philosophy of the Performing Arts, by David Davies.
- “Lisa Sanditz and the Suburban Sublime,” Jennifer Baker (Philosophy, CofC)
- Public Lecture, “Cover Records as Social Commentary,” Ted Gracyk (Philosophy, MN State, Moorhead)
- “Why Birds Don’t Make Music,” Ted Gracyk (Philosophy, MN State, Moorhead)
- Public Lecture, “Participatory Art,” Michael Kelly (Philosophy, UNC, Charlotte)
- “Participatory Art and Aesthetics,” (AWG meeting) Michael Kelly (Philosophy, UNC, Charlotte)
- “The Transgender Gaze in Film,” Richard Nunan (Philosophy, CofC ),
- Discussion of “Living Takes Many Forms,” by Shannon Jackson and “Microutopias: Public Practice in the Public Sphere,” by Carol Becker
- Discussion of “Living as Form,” by Nato Thompson and “Eventwork: The Fourfold Matrix of Contemporary Social Movements,” by Brian Holmes.
- “Participation as Spectacle: Where Are We Now?” by Claire Bishop and “Democratizing Urbanization and the Search for a New Civic Imagination,” by Teddy Cruz
- “Metaphor and Metaphysics in Zhuangzi,” Tyler Ray (Philosophy and Religious Studies student, CofC)
- Public Lecture, “The Norms of Nature Appreciation,” Glenn Parsons (Philosophy, Ryerson University, Toronto)
- Discussion of “Interaction and Nature Appreciation,” by Robert Stecker.
- “Tibetan Poetry in Exile,” Amberjade Mwekali (Philosophy student, CofC )
- “Emotional and Ethical Expression in Music,” Jonathan Neufeld (Philosophy, CofC)
Professor Thi Nguyen, from Utah Valley State, will discuss his work, “Games, Striving and the Topology of Choice,” on the nature of games (video games, board games, card games, sports). “This is my claim: games are a form of landscape. They’re a constructed space, designed to support and enhance human choice. This isn’t the gospel truth, or even complete story, but I offer it in the spirit of a productive metaphor. And I offer it because I think that the prevailing metaphor – that games are a form of text – is missing something.”
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We had a boisterous discussion of ontology and art on Thursday, September 19. Matt Rabon’s (3rd year philosophy major) account of ontology was provocative and got a lot of us talking and jumping in. Professor Hettinger’s “Hat-rack David” example was particularly fruitful (Michelangelo’s David used as a hat-rack–for very large-headed people, pointed out Prof Nadelhoffer–instead of a work of art). Discussion touched on Michelangelo, Beethoven, Cage’s 4’33”, Jeff Mangum, and the different versions of Nirvana’s In Utero. A pen was (temporarily) transfigured into a work of art (documentation by Prof Koerner can be seen on AWG’s Facebook page), though authorship was contested as was the possibility of the temporariness of the transformation.
Our first meeting will be led by Morgan Koerner of the German Department at C of C. He will be discussing the philosophical background of his position paper, “Affect in German Theater after the Performative Turn: Elfriede Jelinek’s Theater Texts in Performance.” We will read the position paper (it’s very short—4 pages), and the Introduction of Altieri’s The Particulars of Rapture: An Aesthetic of the Affects. Professor Koerner or I will send these readings along shortly. We will also take a look at a few video examples of productions of Jelinek’s work. The topic is connected to last year’s discussion of authenticity in performance and raises new topics on the role of the affects in artistic production, appreciation, and performance.
“Die Kontrakte des Kaufmanns” von Elfriede Jelinek – inszeniert von Nicolas Stemann
After a rousing meeting on Davies’s first two chapters (who knew ontology was so invigorating?), let’s do a bit on Authenticity in Music from Davies. I will summarize the bits of chapter 3 that are relevant for chapter 4, so you only need to read 4. But, of course, those interested should feel free to read 3. We will also give a quick snapshot of Ch’s 1 and 2 for those who couldn’t make it last time.
After we finish Davies, we’ll do something a little less analytic and abstract. I’m open to suggestions, if people are interested in anything in particular–I was thinking it might be interesting to do a screening of something (of an opera, a film, whatever) at some point, if there was interest. Professor Koerner will be giving us something on affect later in the term.
Roundtable discussion with Jonathan Neufeld (Philosophy), Simon Lewis (English), and Ornaith O’Dowd (Philosophy)
In 1997, J. M. Coetzee’s delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values that would become his novella The Lives of Animals. Typically, the Tanner lectures are philosophical essays presenting arguments on specific ethical or political problems or concepts. Instead of presenting the usual set of arguments, Coetzee delivered two lectures that were two chapters from a novella. The novella’s central character, Elizabeth Costello, herself delivers two lectures on humans’ mistreatment animals (to put it mildly). While she presents arguments and counterarguments, as do other characters in the story, these arguments do not simply stand as arguments—they are also, of course, literary devices that constitute the book as the work of art that it is. Is Coetzee really just making an argument, and just adding color to it with the story? Or does the fact that it is a piece of literature change the status of the arguments in it? Why might we make certain kinds of ethical claims in artistic form rather than in some other form (the form of philosophical argument typically found in the Tanner Lectures, for example)? Is there something about talking about the lives of animals, in particular, that calls for a literary, rather than a philosophical response?
February 14, 12:15-1:30PM Alumni Center in the School of EHHP
Narrative Ethics & The Lives of Animals(pdf flier)
This is nicely appropriate to our discussion of performance and the relationship between the arts (and just interesting on its own):
The Halsey Institute will be hosting a series of poetry readings during the January to March 2013 exhibition, Lesley Dill’s Poetic Visions: From Shimmer to Sister Gertrude Morgan. The Tongues Aflame poetry series is design to be a response to Dill’s fusion of language and image. All readings are free and open to the public. They will begin at 7:00pm and take place in the Halsey Institute galleries. A reception will follow each reading.
Co-sponsored by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, the College of Charleston’s Department of English, Poetry Society of South Carolina and Crazyhorse.
Thursday, February 7 | Poetry Society of South Carolina Members
Richard Garcia, Kit Loney, Susan Finch Stevens, Marjory Wentworth, and Katherine Williams
Thursday, February 14 | College of Charleston Students
Alexandra Daley, AJ Johnson, Avis Norfleet, Anthony Pugliese, and Madeline Thieringer
Tuesday, February 19
Thursday, February 21 | National Celebrated Poets
Samual Amadon, Emily Rosko, and Jillian Weise
We will discuss Chapter 1 (“The Nature of Artistic Performance”) and Chapter 2 (“The Classical Paradigm I: The Nature of the Performable Work”) from David Davies’s Philosophy of the Performing Arts. If you need a copy of the reading, contact Jonathan Neufeld in the Philosophy Department.