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A symposium within the framework of republicart, organized and moderated by Stefanie-Vera Kockot (University of Athens), Diethelm Stoller and Ulf Wuggenig (Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg)

Saturday, 26th of june 2004, 10 am - circa 7 pm
Sunday, 27th of june 2004, 10 am - circa 4 pm

Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg
Lecture-hall 5, Campus

After a boom in the 1980s and 1990s, the notion of the public sphere seems to have slipped into a theoretical outside position and near discursive invisibility. In the cultural field, a growing tendency to address partial public spheres, communities and new audiences paved the way to cultural political programs. The concepts of "culture for all" and "cultural democracy", initially created as emancipatory tools, have shifted in a neoliberal context of customer orientation and the fetishisation of audiences, so that the public sphere becomes a means of social control. Now that new transnational (counter-) public spheres are emerging, what are their political and theoretical implications?

Schedule (click on names for abstracts)


10.00 A.M. Welcoming Remarks

10.15 A.M. Oliver Marchart, University of Basel: Staging the Political. (Counter-) Publics and the Theatricality of Acting
11.15 A.M. Linda M. G. Zerilli, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.: Aesthetic Judgment and the Public Sphere in the Thought of Hannah Arendt
12.15 P.M. Nick Stevenson, University of Nottingham: The Possibility of European Cosmopolitanism and Civil Society

1.15 PM Lunch Break

2.30 P.M. Gerald Raunig, eipcp, Vienna: Beyond the Public. Non-Representationist Practices and the Empty Space of Poststructuralist Theories
3.30 P.M. Simon Sheikh, Malmoe Art Academy: In The Place of the Public Sphere? Or, the World in Fragments

4.30 P.M. Break

5.00 P.M. Stefan Nowotny, eipcp, Vienna: Clandestine Publics - Clandestine Publicity
6.00 P.M. Marion von Osten, University of Art and Design Zurich (HGKZ): Changing Methods, Shifting Discourses, Producing Publics: Project Exhibitions as a Feminist Artistic Practice


SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2004

10.00 A.M. Alex Demirovic, University of Frankfurt / Main: Hegemony and the Paradox of Private and Public
11.00 A.M. Jim McGuigan, Loughborough University: The Cultural Public Sphere
12.00 A.M. George Yúdice, New York University: Violence and Public

1.00 P.M. Lunch Break

1.30 P.M. Thomas Locher, Vienna University of Technology: Public / Private
2.30 P.M. Roger M. Buergel, University of Lüneburg / Ruth Noack, University of Vienna: Art without Audience

Guided tours
for contemporary art exhibitions in Lüneburg, june 27 after the symposium:

THE GOVERNMENT, curated by Roger M. Buergel and Ruth Noack (Lüneburg, Vienna), Kunstraum der Universitaet Lüneburg  University Art Gallery Lüneburg, exhibition hall, building 25 Campus

ID TROUBLES - SHAKE, curated by Zoran Eric (Belgrad), Heike Munder (Zuerich) and Bettina Steinbruegge (Lüneburg), Halle für Kunst, Reichenbachstrasse 2


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Arrival by train
the grand stations (for ICE-trains) nearby are Hanover in the south and Hamburg in the north. From Hanover (main station) you take an IC-train to Lueneburg (about 1 hour) from Hamburg (main station) an IC-train or a fast regional train (ME) (both 30 minutes). There are also slow regional trains (RB) that you should avoid. For finding out connections you could use the service (in english): www.bahn.de

Arrival by aeroplane
the airports nearby are Hamburg and Hanover. From Hamburg airport you go by bus to Hamburg main station (then see train, above), from Hanover airport you take the subway to Hannover main station (then see train, above).

From Lueneburg station you take a cab to the university (about 5 to 10 minutes).