The conference brings together UK and international speakers from arts practice, art education, curation, sociology and cultural criticism to ask - what is the current relationship between aesthetic judgment and social distinction?
In response to the influential twentieth century analysis of taste proposed by Pierre Bourdieu, how should we construct a cross-cultural analysis of taste in the twenty first century?
Taste After Bourdieu offers an analysis of taste across four key domains - the Museum, the Gallery, the Street and the Home - to re-evaluate the relationship of aesthetic judgement to social distinction for a new era. Working within and across these four domains enables us to embrace the Bourdieusian idea of a cross-cultural analysis of taste while questioning the reduction of aesthetics to social distinction that has accompanied it.
Day 1 keynote: Prof Tony Bennett, University of Western Sydney
Day 2 keynote: Prof Penny Sparke, Kingston University
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