Art Autonomy, Ethics and the Freedom of Speech

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 14 (Juridicum)
RC37 Sociology of Arts (host committee)

Language: English

This session invites papers concerning different problems and experiences related to the autonomy of art, ethics, and conflicts between art autonomy, ethics and the freedom of speech. Basically the autonomy of art means that artists may create art expressions independent of the opinion and influence of others. The freedom to create art independently is also closely related to the freedom of speech. 
However, this may sometimes cause ethical problems, if the art is controversial, or experienced as offending by some individuals or social groups, for example art at work, in museums and galleries, or in the public space. This may rely on several factors, such as the art content, the meaning of the art, as well as on art knowledge, cultural capital, age and gender of the art audience, etc. Sometimes this creates public debates, and sometimes artworks are removed, which may be experienced as art censorship, as well as leading to questions on art autonomy, ethical responsibility and the freedom of speech. It may also problematize the relation between independently created and commissioned art. Both artist experiences and the experiences of the art audience are relevant for this topic.
Session Organizer:
Malfrid Irene HAGEN, Temporarily working freelance, Norway
On Lifting the Quilts: Ethics, Autonomy, and South Asian Queer Films
Mashrur HOSSAIN, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh
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