Commoning Art and Culture | Summer University at the Central European University

Course date: 19 June - 29 June, 2021
Application deadline: 14 February, 2021
Details, application:

This course asks how and why art and open societies have sustained each other across history, and how they may continue to do so beyond the crisis they jointly undergo in the current context of rapid technological, economic and political transformation. While focusing more specifically on artistic production, on its present crisis, and its possible futures, this course puts art in the broader perspective of the history of cultural production, and of its social, political and economic conditions of possibility at the modern intersection of state and market. Instrumental in this project is the conceptual lens of the “common(s),” a notion that has always been defining cultural production in the modern era in one way or another (as a common good, as a public good, as a human right, e.g.); one, however, that has recently gained new meanings and dramatic currency since the digital turn in media and the financial turn in economics. Digitization and financialization, commodify, segment, and often alienate ever larger segments of our private lives and democratic public spheres. In response to these threats, theories of the commons and practices of commoning coming from the digital and art worlds are transforming the goals and means of art, politics, and economics on the margins of the old state-market infrastructure.

Course Director(s):
Jean-Louis Fabiani
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, CEU, Budapest, Hungary/Vienna, Austria
Dorothea von Hantelmann
Human Rights Program & The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College Berlin, Germany
Alexandra Kowalski
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, CEU, Budapest, Hungary/Vienna, Austria

Course Faculty:
Paul Basu
Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS University of London, UK
Ian Cook
Center for Media, Data and Society at CEU's Democracy Institute, CEU, Budapest, Hungary
Séverine Dusollier
Law School, Science Po, Paris, France
Agnes Gagyi
Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Olga Sezneva
Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Joseph Stiglitz
School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, USA
Pelin Tan
Human Rights Program & The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale, USA
Mary Taylor
Center for Place, Culture and Politics, Graduate Center, The City University of New York, USA