2013 Art, Social Justice, & Critical Theory Conference

Olmsted Room, Kalamazoo College

May 16 - 18, 2013


Thursday Evening 8:00 PM:

  • Keynote Address: “Active Passivity: On the Aesthetic Variant of Freedom.  Martin Seel, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main. [Text] [Video]

Friday Morning: Theories of Art and Aesthetics: Focus Seel and Zuidervaart:

8:30 – 10:30 Session 1:

Coffee Break:

11:00 – 1:00 Session 2:

  • Michael Kelly:True Just Art” (Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Charlotte) [Text]
  • Elizabeth Millán: "Aesthetic Opportunities and the Spanish American Landscape: A Look at Alexander von Humboldt’s Aesthetic of Nature through the Lens of Seel’s Aesthetic of Appearing."  (Philosophy, DePaul University, Chicago) [Text]
  • Comments

Lunch: 1:00 – 2:00: Banquet Room

Friday Afternoon: The Theory and Practice of Activating Art:

2:00 – 3:45: Session 3:

  • Sandra Shapshay: (Philosophy, Indiana University): “"Schopenhauer on the Symbiotic Relationship between Artistic and Philosophical Truth, a Reconstruction and Defense" [Text on Request]
  • Veronique Fóti:“Art and Appearing: Reflections on the Missed Dialogue Between Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Martin Seel” (Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University) [Text]
  • Comments:


4:15 – 6:00 Panel Discussion: Mural as Public Art: Artist Dialogue:

6:00 – 8:00 Dinner, Stone Room

8:00 – 9:15 Keynote Address: “Theses on Pictures and Films.” Martin Seel, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main. [Video]

Reception: Humphrey House Lounge:

Saturday Morning:

9:00 – 10:30 Panel Discussion: The Aesthetics and Politics of Food:

  • Amelia Katanski (English, Kalamazoo College)
  • Alison Geist (Director, Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Institute for Service-Learning, Kalamazoo College)
  • David Strauss (History, Kalamazoo College)

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30 Panel Discussion: Museums and Curatorship:

12:30 – 2:00: Lunch: Stone Room:

Saturday Afternoon:

2:00 – 3:30: Panel Discussion: Performance Art

Coffee Break:

4:00 – 5:30: Round Table Discussion and Closing Comments [Video]

5:30 – 6:00 Reception, Stone Room

6:00 – 8:00 Dinner, Stone Room

Prior Events Leading to the Conference: