Media @ McGill

2015-2016 Art, Media and the Public Sphere


Art, Media and the Public Sphere: During the 2015-2016 academic year, Media@McGill will dedicate most of its research and conference activities to the question of the cultural public sphere, examining its relation to the political sphere and its operativeness both as an analytical tool and an aesthetic category. While some models of the cultural public sphere have failed, others have been reinvented and must be assessed. These models have been historically and are still today critical for the development and reconsideration of democracy, justice, commonality, relationality, ecology, vitality and publics, as well as for the evolution of the museum as one of the privileged institutions of the public sphere. Read the full description of the 2015-2016 Media@McGill theme.

Fall 2015

Media@McGill invited Professor Wendy Brown for our 2015 Beaverbrook Annual Lecture. The title of her talk was "Neoliberalism Contra Democracy: Ten Theses.” The 2015 Beaverbrook Annual Lecture was held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 6 p.m. and was given at the Faculty of Law, Moot Court, 3644 Peel Street.

In November, 2015, we are hosting a panel entitled The Long Eighteenth Century’s Public Spheres with professors from McGill University participating.

Winter 2016

Next February, 2016, professor and political scientist Nancy Fraser will join us for a public talk entitled “Crisis and Critique of Financialized Capitalism.”

Finally, in March, 2016 we are holding a two-day international colloquium at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal on Aisthesis and the Common: Reconfiguring the Public Sphere. An impressive roster of speakers has already been confirmed for this major event.

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