Jacques Rancière on “Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art”

Wednesday, September 19, 2012  6:00pm International Affairs Building, Altschul Auditorium


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Maison Française

Heyman Center for the Humanities

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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Jacques Rancière will deliver the Eugene J. Sheffer Distingished Lecture, followed by a roundtable discussion with Phil Watts (French, Columbia), Patricia Dailey (English, Columbia), and James Swenson (French, Rutgers).

Professor Rancière will discuss his new work Aisthesis (2011).  In Aisthesis, Rancière examines some 15 moments over the last 200 years, from James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and an evening Mallarmé spends at the Folies-Bergère to Dziga Vertov's newsreels, all of which put into question what art is and what art can do.  With this book, Professor Rancière continues to refine his concept of the "aesthetic regime" and to challenge the frontiers between art and everyday experience.


  • Featured Speaker

    Jacques Rancière

    Professor Emeritus

    Université de Paris

  • Discussant

    Philip Watts

    Professor of French

    Columbia University

  • Discussant

    Patricia Dailey

    Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

    Columbia University

  • Discussant

    James Swenson

    Associate Professor of French

    Rutgers University


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