Taste after Bourdieu conference

Thursday 15 May - Friday 16 May 2014

The conference Taste After Bourdieu brings together UK and international speakers from arts practice, art education, curation, sociology and cultural criticism to ask - what is the current relationship between aesthetic judgement and social distinction?

In response to the influential twentieth century analysis of taste proposed by Pierre Bourdieu, how should we construct a cross-cultural analysis of taste in the twenty first century? 

Taste After Bourdieu offers an analysis of taste across four key domains - the Museum, the Gallery, the Street and the Home - to re-evaluate the relationship of aesthetic judgement to social distinction for a new era. Working within and across these four domains enables us to embrace the Bourdieusian idea of a cross-cultural analysis of taste while questioning the reduction of aesthetics to social distinction that has accompanied it.  

On the one hand, the reduction of aesthetic value to social distinction has proposed an end to the separation of high and low culture and anxiety about status and respectability. On the other hand, this same reduction of aesthetic value to social distinction is supported by new kinds of personal and cultural anxiety, new forms of cultural institution and new expressions of social and political power. 

Thursday 15 May

Taste and the Museum - considers the fate of the ‘post-taste’ museum in Europe, which, while it is no longer required to deliver the self-cultivation of the individual, is facing new strictures on what kinds of taste building it can now assume. 

Taste and the Gallery - charts a course between the either / or of the sociological reduction of aesthetic experience and an uncomplicated assertion of the autonomous individual subject of taste. 

Friday 16 May

Taste and the Street - looks at public taste from an Asian perspective using examples from street fashion, popular culture and high art to challenge the co-ordinates of a Bourdieusian analysis.

Taste and the Home - adopts the cross-cultural ambitions of a Bourdieusian analysis, while questioning whether the very act of switching from one context to another or from one geographical space to another, undermines the social mechanisms of distinction that Bourdieu has described. 

Introductory Panel

Keynote Speakers

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Taste After Bourdieu conference schedule [PDF, 158 KB]

Venue

Chelsea College of Arts
Banqueting Suite
45 Millbank
London
SW1P 4RL

Contact

gsevents@arts.ac.uk

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Organised by the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School and supported by TrAIN Research Centre.

Taste After Bourdieu engages with two key Graduate School themes: Identities and Social Engagement.