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Date | 29.01.2015 - 31.01.2015
Venue | Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Main Building, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna, M13a, M20

COMPARED TO WHAT? On the Relation between Normativity and Subversion in Pop Cultural Contexts

Keynotes: Hans-Christian Dany, Diedrich Diederichsen, Christian Höller, Chantal Mouffe

  © Matthias Noggler  

Questions regarding the currency and relevance of the concept of subversion in contemporary pop are at the center of the 7th annual conference of the "Popular Culture and Media" division within the German Association for Media Studies (GfM). If we are to follow the diagnosis that subculture, negation, dissidence and autonomy were once significant reference figures for a pop discourse that currently appears to be largely void of any political brisance, then the question of the possibilities and limits of subversion for pop culture is all the more urgent. On the one hand, the increasing commodification of deviant tendencies under capitalist conditions seems to be making the concept of subversion obsolete as a critical category of popular cultures. On the other hand, pop's supposedly thorough integration of calculated individual irritations suggests a restoration of the anti-totalitarian tendencies of the concept of subversion. The fact that a critique of the logic of this development in turn establishes an order that stabilizes an alternative in relation to this logic appears at once to be an opportunity and a problem.

In an attempt to mediate between various approaches to the problem of a subverted norm on the one hand and normalized subversion on the other, the conference strives for an entanglement of social, political, aesthetic and economic perspectives on popular cultures and their subverting potential. The goal of the conference is to debate the following questions in a multi-disciplinary manner: what makes up the subversive power of contemporary popular cultures? Which normative variable is used to legitimize subversion for pop culture? What are the subject, object and forms of subversion? What understanding of difference does subversion imply? And not least: what is the relation of pop cultural subversion to the political and to politics?

ORGANIZATION POPKONGRESS 2015

Tobias Gerber und Katharina Hausladen
team@popkongress.de
www.popkongress.de

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29th 2015

2:00-2:30 p.m.
Welcoming address, introductory words

2:30-3:15 p.m.1)
Drehli Robnik:
"Es geht um...: Das aktuelle Ineinander einsichtiger Einbildungen in Inszenierungen der politischen Theorie und des Horrorfilms"
Moderation: Sabeth Buchmann
Language: German

3:15-4:00 p.m.
Marcus Maida:
"How much is Subversion? Zur Revision der popkulturellen Subversionstheorie"
Moderation: Sabeth Buchmann
Language: German

COFFEE BREAK

4:15-5:00 p.m.
Thomas Ernst:
"Studien der Subversion. Konzeption eines medienwissenschaftlichen Analysemodells"
Moderation: Charis Goer
Language: German

5:00-5:45 p.m.
Moritz Ege:
"Subversiv, affirmativ und normativ? Ethnografische Notizen zum Umgang mit der Proll-Figur zwischen lokalen und hegemonialen Ordnungen"
Moderation: NN
Language: German

5:45-7:00 p.m.
KEYNOTE: HANS-CHRISTIAN DANY
Moderation: Tobias Gerber
Language: German

FRIDAY, JANUARY 30th 2015

10:00-10:45 a.m.
Pascal Jurt & Johannes Springer:
"Krisenanalyse und popkulturelle Subversion"
Moderation: Ruth Sonderegger
Language: German

10:45-11:30 a.m.
Nina Stuhldreher:
"When King Loot met King Ludd and King Crip joined the Rebecca Riots - Neurodiversität und die Kolonialisierung der Künste durch die Institutionalisierung von Subversion"
Moderation: Ruth Sonderegger
Language: German

COFFEE BREAK

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
KEYNOTE: DIEDRICH DIEDERICHSEN / CHRISTIAN HÖLLER   
"Unser Talk heißt so wie die ganze Konferenz"
Moderation: Katharina Hausladen
Language: German

LUNCH

RESEARCH WORKSHOP (Moderation: Katja Kaufmann and Mario Anastasiadis)

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Lectures:
1) Heinrich Deisl: Wiensounds. Sound-Topografie Wiener Populärkultur seit 1976
2) Lena Hintze: Zur Kompositionsstrategie einer Geschichte der Gegenwart -
     Rainald Goetz' Werkserie "Heute Morgen"
3) Melanie Ptatscheck: Suchtgenese und Selbstkonzept: Rekonstruktion
     individueller Entwicklungsverläufe heroin-abhängiger Musiker
4) Reinhard Kopanski: NS-Symbolik und -Ästhetik in der "Schwarzen Szene"
5) Anita Hafner: Visuals. Kontextualisierung, Begriffsbildung, Verortung

SHORT BREAK

3:40-5:00 p.m.
Discussion of the lectures in groups

5:00-5:15 p.m.
Concluding plenary

COFFEE BREAK

5:30-6:15 p.m.
Carsten Winter:
"Heimliche Freude an der Subversion von Ökonomie und Staat durch gewöhnliche Leute in unserer Musikkultur"
Moderation: Tobias Gerber
Language: German

6:15-7:00 p.m.
Roger Behrens:
"Aufstand im Schlaraffenland. Oder: Subversion als Normativität"
Moderation: Katharina Hausladen
Language: German

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31st 2015

10:00-10:45 a.m.
Rada Bieberstein:
"Reading Popular Culture and Subversion through Liminality"
Moderation: Charis Goer
Language: English

10:45-11:30 a.m.
Sofia Bempeza:
"The flip side of the coin: Actionism and subversion within the context of 'conservative revolution'"
Moderation: Charis Goer
Language: English

COFFEE BREAK

11:45 a.m.-13:00 p.m.
KEYNOTE: CHANTAL MOUFFE
Moderation: Sonja Eismann
Language: English

LUNCH

2:15-3:00 p.m.
Yuanchen Zhang:
"Chinesische Internetserien als Subversion?" Moderation: Moira Hille
Language: German

3:00-3:45 p.m.
Georg Spitaler:
"'Cheers!' Zur Theoretisierung von Postfeminismus, Subversion und politischer Handlungsfähigkeit in Denice Bourbons 'Stories of a Fabulous Queer Femme in Action'"
Moderation: Moira Hille
Language: German

COFFEE BREAK

4:00-5:00 p.m.
AG-MEETING2)
RÉSUMÉ

1) In the 45-minutes-lectures the time for discussion of the contributions is included.

2) The Pop Congress 2015 is the 7th annual conference of the Popular Culture and Media division (AG) within the German Association for Media Studies (GfM) . The subsequent plenary presentation serves both the discussion of the lectures/the congress and as an open session of the AG.

For further information please don't hesitate to contact us:
team@popkongress.de
Tobias Gerber and Katharina Hausladen (Team Pop Congress 2015)


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