On August 29th 2013, I presented a paper entitled “Toward an Ecological Critique in Art? On Art Criticism in Times of Ecological Crisis”, at the 11th conference of the ESA (European Sociological Association) in Turin, Italy. (The presentation shared some insights I gained thanks to a number of ecological art practitioners. I will soon work towards a publishable article/text on this topic, so that the insights from these artists, curators and critics/writers can be more widely shared.) I also chaired two sessions within the ‘Sociology of the Arts’ research network, which included some interesting presentations.
Lasting from August 28th to 31st and with 2500 participating sociologists around the theme of “Crisis, Critique and Change”, the conference included many interesting presentations from all areas of European sociology, including (but not limited to) the research networks and streams I could visit at the conference, i.e. sociology of the arts, cultural sociology, environment and society, sexuality, and also a research stream on post-growth transitions.
At the ‘business meeting’ of the ESA Research Network ‘Sociology of the Arts’, we gave the first edition of our PhD student paper Award, and I was re-elected for another two years as board member. The new chair of our board is Dan Eugen Ratiu and the new vice-chair is Ian Sutherland. Next year, in early September 2014, Dan Ratiu will be organizing the next ESA Arts conference, in Cluj, Romania! (The call for papers will be released in November… and announced also on the Cultura21 website.)