Authoritarian Conditions: Arts and Culture Under Authoritarian Regimes and In Political Resistance
Arts and Culture Under Authoritarian Regimes and In Political Resistance
On November 8-9 2017, the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, will host a conference on art, culture and authoritarianism. This is done under the title "Authoritarian Conditions: Arts and Culture Under Authoritarian Regimes and In Political Resistance".
The conference will focus on Europe and the rest of the world's authoritarian movements and regimes and the political opposition to these. The conference is motivated by the fact that the past year has seen demagogues and radical right-wing movements win on the political scene and in several cases set the agenda for significant themes in the public debate. These political formations express themselves in a wide range of visual, auditive, textual and musical representations, which it is our intention to examine more closely in order to contribute to the criticism of them.
Exemplifying a multidisciplinary approach, the conference will have 15 contributions from the departments of music, literature, art and theatre, and one esteemed international guest speaker.
The conference is open to the public: Please sign up for the conference using this form.
Deadline for sign up is November 1 (confirmed speakers should not sign up).
Wednesday, November 8
09:30 – 10:00 Welcome Address (Mette Sandbye, Head of Department) & Opening (Morten Michelsen & Holger Schulze)
Panel I: Resistance Pop
10:00 - 10:40 Kasper Opstrup Frederiksen: The Art of Magic in the Time of Trump
10:40 - 11:20 Morten Michelsen: … but the little girls understand: Ariana Grande's One
Love Manchester Concert
11:20 - 12:00 Holger Schulze: Is It OK to Punch a Nazi? Aggression, Agonism and
Generativity in the Ubiquitous Resistance
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 13:50 Gholam Khiabany: Authoritarianism as Transgression of the “Law of
13:50 - 14:20 Coffee/Tea Break
Panel II: Thinking Authoritarianism
14:20 - 15:00 Christian Dahl: What Was Authority?
15:00 - 15:40 Mikkel Bolt: Trump’s Counterrevolution
15:40 - 16:10 Coffee/Tea Break
Panel III: Operation Systems
16:10 - 16:50 Torsten Andreasen: Authoritarian Interfaces: Determination and
Destitution in the Age of Algorithmic Control
16:50 - 17:30 James Day: After July: A Summer With A Thousand Augusts in the UK
Thursday, November 9
Panel IV: Comparing Authoritarianism 1930/2010s
10:00 - 10:40 Laura Luise Schultz: The 1930s Today: Blind spots and Convenient
Comparisons in Contemporary Cultural Depictions of the 1930s
10:40 - 11:20 Mette Risgård Tranholm: Uncanny dis/incarnations: The Notion of
Character between the Avant-Gardes and Hollywood
11:20 - 12:00 Karen Vedel: Mass Spectacle and Corporeal Normativity: A look at the
1920’s Dancing Girls from a Perspective in Social Choreography
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
Panel V: Ambivalent Art
13:00 - 13:40 Michel Fjeldsøe: Readings of Shostakovich’ Twelfth Symphony, ‘The Year
13:40 - 14:20 Kristian Handberg: Cosmonaut Paintings as Contemporary Art. The Soviet
Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 1924-1977 as a Presentation of Socialist
14:20 - 15:00 Michael Kjær: No Man's Land: Authoritarianism and the Destruction of
15:00 - 15:30 Closing (Morten Michelsen & Holger Schulze)
This conference is organised by Associate Professor Morten Michelsen and Professor Holger Schulze.
Advisory board: Laura Luise Schultz, Malene Vest Hansen, and Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen.