The conference proposes rethinking issues of aesthetic production in the light of cultural differences by introducing the concept of conflict into the debate. At stake is conflict as a theme, as an aesthetic practice, and as a description of a specific historical-cultural context. To speak of cultures in conflict allows one to look at the different types of articulation that make up a cultural field. This could include semantic conflict on the most simple level, namely within the rhetorics employed by a text, but also conflict as the fruitful tension between the visual, the verbal, and the acoustic. It could also refer to the manner in which texts fruitfully negotiate different genres in which they give voice to contradictory meanings, or sustain an ideological antagonism. To speak of conflicting cultures, in turn, means rethinking Huntington's clash of cultures in a productive way, so as to ask how the production of national and personal identity presupposes alterity as well as internal difference.
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Bronfen, University of Zurich
Prof. Dr. Mario Klarer, University of Innsbruck, Austria
PD Dr. Christina Ljungberg, University of Zurich
The conference will take place in the rooms KOL F-152 and KOL F-153 of the Hauptgebäude, Rämistrasse 71, CH-8006 Zürich
Registration form is to be sent to cljung [at] es.uzh.ch by November 5, 2012.