Call for papers : Modes of Authority and Aesthetic Practices from South to Southeast Asia, 23-25 May, 2018

The French program Autoritas, a project funded by PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres University), is focused on the study of the relationship between modes of authority and aesthetic practices from South Asia to Southeast Asia.

The project is conducted jointly by four French research units: The CASE (Center for Southeast Asian Studies), the CEIAS (Center for South Asian Studies), the LAS (Social Anthropology Laboratory) and the GSRL (Societies, Religions & Secularities Group). By opening a dialogue among historians, art historians, epigraphists and archaeologists on the one hand, and anthropologists and ethnomusicologists on the other, the EHESS, the EFEO, the Collège de France and the EPHE pool their resources to bring together research results coming from a multidisciplinary approach aimed at examining the relationship between the aesthetic phenomenon and authority.

The conference  Modes of Authority and Aesthetic Practices from South to Southeast Asia intends to think comparatively about the relationship between aesthetic phenomena and authority in a region, South and Southeast Asia, where the aesthetic dimension plays a particularly important role in the legitimation strategies of different types of authority, be they religious, politic or artistic, and where the diversity of societies range from stateless communities to kingdoms and sultanates via various models of states.
This meeting will gather together researchers from several social science fields (history, art history, literature, archaeology, epigraphy, ethnomusicology, ethnochoreology, social anthropology) and several cultural areas, inviting a dialogue between scholars of South and Southeast Asia.

Date : May 23-25, 2018

Venue : Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

Deadline: Please submit a 300-word abstract and a short biographical note by September 30th 2017.
For more informations and for abstract submission please visit the conference website :
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