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01RN02Developments in Particular Domains in Arts: Architecture, urban planning, applied arts, arts within the domain of popular culture as well as traditional 'High' arts.

02RN02The Process of Production, Distribution, Promotion and Commercialisation of works of Art: Artistic practices, the impact of technology, new means of production, forms of collaboration, the formation of art theory, the development of arts markets, the process of valuation.

03RN02The Process of Presentation and Mediation of Arts: Art criticism and publicity in all domains of the arts, museums, theatres, concerts, audience studies, attitudes towards the audience, educational programs.

04RN02 – Professional Development: Amateurs and semi-amateurs, vocational education, art schools, professional differentiation, artistic income, artistic reputation.

05RN02Arts Organisation: Investigation of historical development, power relations, effects, managerial processes, program selection, processes within the organisation such as gate-keeping, leadership.

06RN02Arts Policy (especially the sociological aspects thereof): Legal issues, public and private funding, public discourse and debates (e.g. classification of art, arts and religious symbols, arts and sexuality, arts and racism), censorship, analysis of the impact of arts, sustainability, lobbying associations, cultural ministries or other government bodies.

07RN02Social and Cognitive Effects of the Arts: Arts and identity formation, arts and bodies, aesthetic experience, arts and ethics, coding and decoding, gender related practices, ethnographic aspects, art for social transformation, arts in communities, and arts as a part of urban culture.

08RN02Arts from a Macro-Sociological Perspective: (De-) institutionalisation, economisation, globalisation vs. localism, digitalisation, media morphosis, arts and social cohesion, arts and ethics, arts and hegemony and arts and power.

09RN02Theoretical Development in Arts Sociology: The production of culture approach, (post-) structuralism, field theory, system theory, praxeology as well as methodological issues.

10RN02 – Arts and Everyday Life: Relations between art worlds and day-to-day worlds, the experiential and the sensory, embodied and mediated elements of practice and places, the social and cultural significance of the senses, the aesthetics of everyday life, and sociological or interdisciplinary approached to the everyday and to daily and organizational life. 

11RN02 – Sociology of the Arts (open): papers that do not fit into one of the suggested sessions above should be submitted to this open session.

01RN07 – Sociology of Culture: General session with an emphasis on theoretical contributions. 

02RN07 – Making and Taking Place: Cultural Practices of Social Spatialization. 

03RN07 – Urban Mobilities:  The Movement of People, Artefacts, Symbols and ideas. 

04RN07 – Rights to the City:  Spatial Practices of Inclusion and Exclusion.

05RN07 – (De)Territorialization: Boundaries, Enclosures and Transgressions.

06RN07 – Out of Place: Obsoleteness, Waste and Dirt

07RN07 – Rhythms of the City: Noise, Tempo, Repetition and Interruption.

08RN07 – Sensing the Urban Landscape: Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Feeling and Tasting Places. 

09RN07 – Gendering Place/Placing Gender: All About Making a Difference 

10RN07 – Arts, Culture and Public Memory

11RN07 – Open Session: Papers that do not fit into any of the suggested sessions above should be submitted to this open session

Last Updated: 22 August 2017

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