How to capture the elusive character of aesthetic experiences and their emotional, affective side? What is the role of aesthetic materials and technologies in everyday cultural practices? And how to account for the aesthetic without losing sight of the social, especially social differences and inequalities?
These questions have haunted sociologists at least since Georg Simmel's and Max Weber's early contributions on the subject, but have become more pressing now that Pierre Bourdieu's work (particularly Distinction) has become the dominant mode of studying the relations between cultural practices and social differences.
This seminar will host speakers whose work is struggling with this tension between 'the aesthetic and the social'; who are exploring aesthetic practices in their richness but without renouncing to sociology's critical and political edge.
Full programme and abstracts. Free and open to all, but please book a place here. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.
Organised by Dr Simone Varriale, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick. Co-funded by the Faculty of Social Sciences Research Forum, the research cluster on Culture, Media and Creativity, and the Leverhulme Trust.
How to get to the Social Sciences Building (Room S.018 is on the ground floor).
(Photo by Paolo La Valle, artwork by Blu)