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20th May, 2022

On Culture’s Spheres of Political Action in the Neoliberal Welfare State


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20th May, 2022
11:00 - 18:00
John Galsworthy Building, room 2001, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE

A Research Workshop in collaboration with the Stockholm (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond) project, ‘Autonomy, Culture, Action’.

Discussion in the afternoon sessions will focus on two pairs of texts, which may be downloaded here:   

10.45 Arrival and coffee
11.00 Welcome & PIs Presentation of the general research project 
11.20–12.20 Individual presentations, departing from the Report by the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis, Så fri är konsten (2020) / This Is How Free Art Is: 
11.20 Gustav Strandberg (Philosophy, Södertörn University) The Heteronomy of the Creative Industries 
11.40 Kim West (Critic, Stockholm; author of The Exhibitionary Complex) Administration and the Project of Autonomy 
12.00 Josefine Wikström (Dance, Stockholm University of the Arts) From Autonomy to Social Form 
12.20 Discussion 
13.15–14.15 Lunch 
14.15–17.00 Seminar on Philosophy and the Criticism of Cultural Policy 
14.15 Main texts 
Theodor W. Adorno, ‘Culture and Administration’ (1960) Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis, Så fri är konsten (2020)/ This Is How Free Art Is – English summary, pp. 18–28 
15.45 Break 
16.00 Supplementary Texts 
Tony Bennett, Differing Diversities: Transversal Study on the Theme of Cultural Policy and Cultural Diversity (2001), Part 1, pp. 7–69 
Peter Osborne, ‘Whoever Speaks of Culture Speaks of Administration as Well’: Disputing Pragmatism in Cultural Studies’, Cultural Studies, Vol. 20, no. 1 (2006) 
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