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Sydney School for Critical Social Thought – The Contemporary Possibilities…

Sydney School for Critical Social Thought – The Contemporary Possibilities of Romanticism and Modernism

Prof J.M. Bernstein, New School for Social Research

Prof Akeel Bilgrami, Columbia University

Prof Nikolas Kompridis, Institute for Social Justice

Prof Robert Pippin, University of Chicago

Two decades into this perplexing century, it has become a question whether romanticism or modernism have the conceptual resources to make sense of and respond to its enormous challenges. Both seem fated to be historicised and provincialised as exclusively Eurocentric conceptual frameworks, insufficiently capacious to speak to the concerns and circumstances of the global South. But might it be the case that modernism and romanticism are capacious enough to align dissenting voices in the West with dissenting voices in the South? Are romanticism and modernism really exhausted categories or are they in need of renewal through alliances with alternative perspectives and dissenting voices outside the Eurocentric frame?

What within their respective conceptual and normative frameworks would make such alliances possible? In this two-day symposium on the contemporary possibilities of romanticism and modernism, J.M. Bernstein, Akeel Bilgrami, Nikolas Kompridis and Robert Pippin will address these and other questions, with Bernstein and Pippin speaking about the possibilities of modernism and Bilgrami and Kompridis about the possibilities of romanticism.

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When: 16 and 17 May 2017, 10am – 5pm

Where: Level 12, 25AB, Tenison Woods House, 8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney

Event type: Symposium

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