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Confronting Universalities

Aesthetics and Politics under the Sign of Globalisation

A part of the series Acta Jutlandica (Humanities Series, 2011:4) and the subject areas , and


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365 pages
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ISBN 978 87 7934 555 3

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The universe is expanding, the world has gone global, and the US has launched a crusade to export the universal right to democracy to every part of the world. Under the circumstances, it is hardly surprising that the concept of universality is making a remarkable comeback in aesthetic and political theory. The meaning of the world, however, seems more contested than ever. Some denounce it as the ideological guise of particular interests, others as the conceptual equivalent of totalitarianism. But a growing number maintain that universality is an indispensable notion for any genuinely critical aesthetics and politics.

Confronting Universalites consists of 12 contributors that examine how contemporary works of art in different media and genres influence, shape, or confront the political realm in both theory and practice by way of the universal. The topics of the essays include depictions of German unification, identity politics of aesthetic taste, contemporary uses of van Gogh, globalized photography, the infamous Danish cartoons, iconic architecture, cinematic representations of migration, the speeches of Nicolas Sarkozy and the interventions of contemporary art in the war in Afghanistan. From various theoretical points of departure, they all demonstrate the importance of the universal in the description of political aesthetic practice in a globalising world.

Table of contents

UNIVERSALITY, GLOBAL POLITICS AND HEGEMONY

Ernesto Laclau in an Interview with Mads-Anders Baggesgaard and Jakob Ladegaard

THE CONCEPT OF INTERMITTENCY

Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason and Contemporary French Philosophy

AESTHETICS OF EMPIRE

Affect, Class and the Universality of Consumption

THE IDEOLOGY OF UNIVERSALISM

Or, One Good Reason to Celebrate Lenin

TASTING THE WORLD

Universal Openness and New Boundaries in Contemporary Cultural Tate

UNIVERSALITY, IDENTITY AND POLITICS

COMPETING UNIVERSALS

Sarkozy and Literature

CANONS AND CARTOONS

On National Identity, Strategies of Reterritorialisation and the Role of Universality in the Danish Cartoon Initiative and Canon Projects

UNIVERSAL OSTALGIA

Hegelian Reflections on the Remembrance of the Berlin Wall

A THOUSAND AND ONE VOICES

THE WHITE KNIGHT OF ART

Das Beckwerk's Democratic Invasions

QUANTITY OR QUALITY?

Some Reflections on the Paradoxes of the Icon Building as a "Global" Phenomenon