Conference Report on "The Ethics and Politics of Representation"
University of Bergamo, 25-27 October 2011
A report by Angela Müller and Claudia Weber
"Representation is never innocent" and yet it is at the heart of any cultural and literary practice. From Aristotle to Deleuze the notion of representation and its political and ethical implications constitute a major field of interest in both philosophy and literature. Values, so the organizers of the conference argue in their call for papers, are by no means stable entities but are continuously "created, negotiated, proposed and disseminated in culture". But how is this effected? What mechanisms are at work? Invited by ANGELA LOCATELLI (Bergamo), professors and doctoral researchers from the PhD-Net "Literary and Cultural Studies" partner institutions in Bergamo, Lisbon, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Giessen, as well as scholars from universities in Padua, Pisa, and Bielefeld, explored the diverse modes and purposes of representation in literature, the visual arts, and media, and presented theoretical and philosophical approaches to the notion of representation.
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