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History and Identity in Arab Contemporary Arts

Collaborative Research Center “Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits” of Freie Universität Hosts Conference from April 30 to May 1

№ 110/2010 from Apr 27, 2010

Constructions of history and the development of new ideas of identity in contemporary Arab art are the focus of a conference to be held by the Collaborative Research Center “Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits” from April 30 to May 1. The conference will be held in English. Questions and answers following the presentations will be translated into German by the organizers. The meeting is open to the public, admission free.

“Constructions of History: Aesthetic Transcriptions in Arab Contemporary Arts” is the title of the conference. It will focus on the issue of whether the Arts can suffice to counter concepts of cultural defeat or whether they are mainly to be perceived as a place of introverted refuge. Academics, artists, and curators from the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. will discuss the tension between traditional historical discourses and the search for counter historical visions and their impact on artistic practice and aesthetic standards.

Time and Place:

  • Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, 2010; starting at 10:00 a.m.
  • ICI Kulturlabor Berlin, Christinenstr. 18–19, Haus 8, 10119 Berlin

For further information, please contact:

  • Hannelies Koloska, Research Associate, Sfb 626, Research Project C8: Aesthetic Dimensions of the Arabic Language: Text, Image, Sound, and Artistic Artifact
    Tel.: +49 80)30/ 838- 57436, Email: h.koloska@fu-berlin.de

Link to further information and the program:

www.sfb626.de