Welcome to CAAS: Contemporary Arts and Society, a research group at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, chaired by Jered Sprecher (Art), Daniel Magilow (Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures), and Amy J. Elias (English). CAAS was started in 2004, and is being relaunched in 2015, as an interdisciplinary research group studying the late 20th-century and 21st-century arts. The group is open to UT faculty and graduate students by invitation. If you are interested in participating in the seminar, please contact one of the organizers with your request.
NEXT MEETING: November 7th, 2016, 3:30pm, E102 Melrose Hall.
Click here to download flyer: thy-phu-flyer-oct-3-2016
Come see “a violet, a vein” opening Friday night. The reception is from 6pm-10pm. It runs from September 30th to October 3rd.
Knoxville’s Public Cinema has released its film program for fall 2016:
Thirteen films (and counting) from eight countries, with a particular interest in movies that blur the line between documentary and narrative. It’s fitting, then, that Werner Herzog is in the program, as he’s played fast and loose with truth and fiction throughout his career. The rest of the lineup is full of discoveries, with a special repertory screening thrown in for election week.
Join us August 8 at Scruffy City Hall, as we kick off the fall season with Anna Rose Holmer’s debut feature, The Fits.
See the program trailer and full list at their website.
Amy Elias was an invited speaker at the University of Pittsburgh’s lecture series, “Coevality: Global Ethics in a Time of Total Change.” She delivered her paper, titled “The Temporality of Dialogue,” on April 1 as part of a symposium with Christian Moraru. Descriptions of the paper and rest of the symposium can be found in the attached poster.
National Book Award winner Nikky Finney will give a poetry reading at the University of Tennessee’s Writers in the Library on Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The reading is free and open to the public.
Our next meeting is coming next Monday, April 4th, at 3:30 in the Melrose seminar room. We will be discussing Caroline Levine’s Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (Princeton University Press, 2015) (description below). Please remember to contact Amy Elias for a headcount for this particular meeting, if you haven’t already.
See you there!
The March meeting of CAAS will take place Monday, March 7, at 3:30 in the Melrose Humanities Center Seminar Room. This month, Amy Elias will workshop a talk she is presenting in early April at the University of Pittsburgh, at a one-day symposium titled “Coevality: Ethical Being in a Time of Total Change,” featuring talks by Amy and by Christian Moraru. The paper is titled “The Temporality of Dialogue” and the description is as follows:
What time does it take to interact meaningfully with another? In what time zone does relation take place? How do the arts address these questions? In this paper I discuss dialogue not only as an activity or aesthetic aim but as a temporal register in relation to coevalness. Responding to Johannes Fabian’s claims in Time and the Other, one of the touchstones of this Pittsburgh event, I examine different art works in which dialogue fails, is withheld, or is silenced as limit cases that contest the primacy of voice to dialogic interaction in a time of materialist theory; attempt to parse the different temporalities that conjoin in the coeval as revealed through these artworks; and, consequently, raise thorny questions about the difference between relationality and dialogue as political and ethical projects. The paper builds from a talk I gave at Rice University in fall of 2014 that examined the ethics of dialogics, particularly in art that depended upon silence.
Also on the agenda for this meeting is selecting a book to read for our next meeting. Books to be considered include:
- Caroline Levine, Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network. Princeton University Press (January 2015)
- Villem Flusser, Towards a Philosophy of Photography, Reaktion Books (October 2000)
Hope to see you there!
Chancellor’s Professor and CAAS member Beauvais Lyons will present a key-note address on the topic of “Prank Theory” at the University of Nevada, Reno College of Liberal Arts Graduate Symposium on Friday February 26th.
Full details and the paper abstract can be found on the UTK School of Art and the University of Nevada’s CLAGS websites.