Lisbon : Latencies

IV Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture, Latencies | Europe 1914-2014, 30. 06.-05.07.2014 Lisbon, Portugal

Over the past century, Europe has been a site of contradiction. Marked, on the one hand, by the utmost explosions of violence, it has also given rise to the most peaceful post-national political project in modern times. It has been a haven of peace and a locus of disorder and violence, giving vent to experimentation, transgression and creation, while preserving tradition and enforcing normativity.

01.07. 2014, 16:00 – Raul Gschrey (GCSC – JLU Giessen):
„Disappearing Boundaries and Latent New Frontiers: Contemporary Arts and the Construction of European Borders“
Catholic University of Portugal – Library Building

Developed within the larger context of the European Project Culture@Work, the 2014 Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture addresses artistic latency in Europe. Latency periods are defined as states of transition pre-dating structured change and characterized by indefinition as well as what Freud considered a repression of desire and a return to normativity. These periods of cultural and artistic latency are often accompanied by social and political crisis or violence (Spanish Civil War, WWI and II, Cold War, Yugoslav Wars, austerity crisis, etc.) and despite the limitations of the context, they harbour the seeds of cultural change and revolution. In the contradictory relation of repression and creativity, it is particularly relevant to ask how does latency affect the partition of the sensible? How does a repressive context impact on artistic agency? How does art created as a reaction to the disruption of war and the destruction of life affect communal life?

The European Summer School in Cultural Studies is a network-based seminar for interdisciplinary research training in the fields of art and culture, organized by the the Lisbon Consortium, the Copenhagen Doctoral School of Cultural StudiesThe Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, The International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at the University of GiessenThe London ConsortiumÉcole Doctorale Esthétique, sciences et technologies des arts, Université de Paris VIII, Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis Ljublanaand The PhD programme in Humanities and the Arts at the University of Trondheim.