Jiří Přibáň: The Arts’s Canon and Transformation of the Public Sphere

12/04/2012, DigiLab AVU Praha U Akademie 4 Praha 7, 6pm

This lecture mainly focuses on the difference between aesthetic and political forms of social communication. Modern art functions as a permanent process of constituting and breaking the cultural canon of defined values and norms of aesthetic perception and experience. This process is public and thus involves a meeting point of aesthetic and political dimensions of art.

Every transformation of the public sphere means transformation of the art’s canon and, in particular in the mass media constructed reality age, calls for rethinking the meaning and possibilities of politically engaged art and the relationship between symbolic forms in politics and art.

The lecture, therefore, also shall reflect on development of these forms in the post-1989 Czech art.


Jiří Pribáň graduated from Charles University in Prague in 1989 and joined Cardiff University as a full-time member of staff in 2001. Jiří received his LLD in 2001 and was appointed visiting professor of legal philosophy and sociology at Charles University by President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel in November 2002. He was also visiting professor or scholar at European University Institute in Florence, New York University (Prague Office), University of California in Berkeley, University of San Francisco, University of Pretoria, and University of New South Wales, Sydney. Jiří Pribáň has published extensively in the areas of sociology of law, legal philosophy, constitutional and European comparative law, and theory of human rights. He is an editor of the Journal of Law and Society and a regular contributor to the BBC World Service, the Czech TV, newspapers and other periodicals.

Published : 07. 03. 2012
Author: Frantisek Zachoval
Category: Info, Lecture, Seminar - PhD


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