Cultural Studies (Literatura, Art and Digital Edition)

New discourses, practices and institutions of the arts in the network society

This research focuses on the study of the arts in the context of the network society, from different perspectives: historical, theoretical, social, economic and / or political. The starting point is the diversity of the arts as well as their current relationship and hybridization in new forms (visual arts, design, sonic arts, music, performing arts, architecture, fashion, media arts, digital arts, art and science etc... ) and also the diversity of approaches, perspectives and methodologies for the study of art and the art world, in a disciplinary and, especially, interdisciplinary way. The objective is to obtain a comprehensive and materialistic view of the new discourses, practices and institutions of art and its relationship with the past, present and future visions .

History and theory of the arts: historical and theoretical studies of the arts today, and the way they redefined the past and projected future. Some key questions are: how are evolving the discourses and theories about the arts? How the network society, globalization and information and communication technologies are transforming stories and theories of contemporary art? What role does the materiality of the arts play in the definition of the field? Which epistemological and methodological changes facing art history today?

Museums and Arts: museological studies in the field of modern art and its connection with the new digital media and the ongoing transformations of the functions of the Museums and Arts Centers. Some key questions are: Which is the role of museums today? And how the museums and other art institutions redefine its scope in relation to the current social transformations? Which transformations are happening inside museums and other institutions due the intervention of new media? How to transcend the study of visitors and walk towards a relational view of the museums an art centers? How to walk towards a participatory museum and cultural center? What current challenges have documentation and preservation fields in museums and society in general? How to move towards a critical museology?

Sociology of the arts: social studies in the arts, relationship between art and society. Some key questions are: what is the role of the arts in the establishment and consolidation of social cohesion? How are social distinction dynamics happening through the arts? How is generated the value of art? How social relations are articulated in the art world? With whicht devices? How to generate relevant empirical social studies of art? What is the role of new media in redefining the relationship between art and society?

Political economy of the arts: economic and political studies of the arts, and studies of the arts from a systemic perspective, market analysis of the arts. Some key questions are: How it is constructed the symbolic and economic value of the arts today? How  arts markets are redefined in the context of the network society? What is the role of information and communication technologies in this redesign? What is the relationship between the current collecting practices and the material/ inmaterial artistic practices? What role do galleries and other cultural agents play in this system? How to articulate cultural policies related to the field of contemporary art in the network society?

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Comparative literature and reader-response theory

Analysis of a textual corpus or the production of a specific writer from the perspective of the aesthetics of reception. A special focus can be on literary analysis of images and myths related to technology and political utopias. Working languages can include English, French, Chinese, Catalan and/or Spanish.

Methodology is based on several research lines:

a) Exhaustive compilation of works or creation/selection of a corpus according to justified criteria.

b) Analysis of works in relation to their culture of reception, hypertexts, hipotexts and intertexts. Analysis of the success and impact of these works. Analysis of possible influences by these works or their writers upon the culture of reception.

c) In the case of translations/adaptations, contrast between the original work and the translated/adapted work and their cultures. Analysis of these works' editorial paratext.

Ebooks and digital publishing

In the context of the Internet and the digitization of information, books and written culture in general are undergoing major changes. In order to analyze these changes, with a solid empirical base and focusing on real phenomena instead of speculating about the future, we propose the following research areas that emphasize the special role of the different stakeholders involved and the practices by which usersappropriate and domesticatetechnological innovations:

a)     Transformations of the publishing industry: production, distribution and marketing of books.

b)     Changes in reading habits and prescribing systems

c)     Formats and reading devices: features and forms of interaction with the work

d)     Conflicts between free culture and proprietary culture

e)     Authors and digital strategy

f)      Public and Academic Libraries: access to digital works

g)     Applications and new textual genres

h)     Digital philological edition
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Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Catalan Literature and Culture

Contemporary Catalan literature and culture are a particularly fertile terrain to explore the issues associated with identity in the context of globalization. However, more frequently than it would be desirable, these issues are dealt with by reducing the entire field of identity to a single category (such as the nation), from the standpoint of an idea of a subject centred on rationality (without any other determinations), and therefore outside a theoretical framework able to account for the role of phenomena that escape rationality, such as fantasy or the complex net of misrecognitions and disavowals upon which the functioning of the cultural field is based (in other words: the role of the unconscious). Thus in this research line we are interested in the complex and often conflictive relations between subjectivity (desire, the body, identity, the processes of subject formation) and sociality, the institutional dynamics in culture (such as canon construction, authorship, or legitimation), collective phenomena such as the nation, mechanisms of social stratification such as taste, or the dynamics of subordination and resistance.

We do not attempt to answer these questions directly, but instead we approach them through the analysis of aspects of contemporary Catalan culture and its discourses, institutional practices, and representations (such as literary, cinematic and televisual texts, for example). The theoretical framework on which our work is based includes cultural theory, aspects of contemporary thought, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, and queer theory.

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