ICE Seminar: Art and Social Practice

ICE Seminar: Art and Social Practice
Tuesday, February 28 at 5:30 PM
MLC Room 214

Over the past twenty years, discourse in the arts has increasingly blurred with that of the social sciences. Art critic Nicolas Bourriaud popularized the term “relational aesthetics” to describe “a set of artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context, rather than an independent and private space.”

Despite this trend, voices from professionals in social sciences are largely missing from the conversation. Come hear an interdisciplinary panel of faculty from anthropology, psychology, social work, and sociology share their reactions to some “classic” examples of relational art.

Jody Clay-Warner is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Criminal Justice Studies Program. Her specialty areas include social psychology, criminology, and gender.

Psychology professor W. Keith Campbell is the author of several books on narcissism including “The Narcissism Epidemic” and his research focuses on the regulation of the self in the context of close relationships.

Shari Miller joined the School of Social Work as an Assistant Professor after practicing as a social worker in New York City in a variety of settings, with a primary focus on the delivery of individual, family, and group mental health services to a diverse population of children, adolescents, and adults.

J. Peter Brosius is a Professor of Anthropology and the Director for the Center for Integrative Conservation Research. His research focuses on the understanding of the human impact on the physical and biotic environment, but also in showing how that environment is constructed, represented, claimed, and contested.