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IV Lisbon Summer School for the Study of Culture

Latencies: Europe 1914-2014

Lisbon, June 30 – July 5 2014

Deadline for abstracts: January 30, 2014


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.
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 Lisbon Consortium and the Project Culture@Work together with the
PhDNet in Literary and Cultural Studies (University of Giessen, Catholic
University of Portugal, University of Stockholm, University of Bergamo, University
of Helsinki and University of Graz) are the 2014 organizers of the Lisbon Summer
School and invite work from doctoral students and post-docs working in every
field of the humanities and social sciences.

Suggested topics are, amongst others:

- Latency as a cultural concept;
- War and artistic latency;
- Art, repression and change;
- European crisis and cultural policies;
- Propaganda, censorship, and cultural production;
- Latency, transition, translation;
- Affect and crisis;
- Europe as latency.

Confirmed keynote speakers
- Samuel Weber (Northwestern University)
- Xavier Antich (Tapiés Foundation, Barcelona)
- Antonio Monegal (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
- Alexandra Lopes (Catholic University of Portugal)
- José Miguel Sardica (Catholic University of Portugal)
- Knut Ole Eliasen (University of Oslo)

Abstract and paper submissions

Proposals for 15-minute papers should be sent to lxconsortium@fch.lisboa.ucp.pt.
Submissions should include paper title, abstract in English (200 words), name, email
address, institutional affiliation and a brief bio (max. 100 words) mentioning
main research interests and ongoing projects.
The Organizing Committee will return its decision by March 1st 2014.
Full papers must be submitted three weeks before the beginning of the Summer
School (date to be announced).

Registration fees

Non-Consortium participants – 250€ for the entire week;
Students from the School of Human Sciences – 150€ for the entire week;
Participants without paper – €50 per session/day | 150€ for the entire week
For The Lisbon Consortium students and for the students from Universities
affiliated with ESSCS (European Summer School in Cultural Studies) there is
no registration fee.

Organizing Committee

Isabel Capeloa Gil
Peter Hanenberg
Alexandra Lopes
Paulo de Campos Pinto
Daniela Agostinho

For more information: lxconsortium@fch.lisboa.ucp.pt

Find us online at: www.lisbonsummerschool.wordpress.com

The IV Lisbon Summer School is co-funded by the Culture programme of the
European Union.