Building Arts Scenes for Cultural Placemaking

Free and open to the public.

Thursday, June 23
11:30 am - 6:00 pm

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

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‘Scenes’ are part of our everyday social environment. Qualities such as glamour, self-expression, tradition, and neighborliness combine in various ways to create the diverse scenes that characterize cities and communities. They factor into crucial decisions about where to work, where to open a business, where to live, what political causes to support, and more.

Hosted by the Neubauer Collegium project Art Scenes: An International Perspective, this conference brings together an international network of researchers with the aim of developing tools to articulate and measure distinctive qualities that imbue social life with vitality and meaning.

Conference Schedule

10:30 a.m. 
Welcome: Jonathan Lear, Roman Family Director, Neubauer Collegium
Introduction: Terry Nichols Clark, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago; Principal Investigator of the Neubauer Collegium project, Art Scenes: An International Perspective

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Building And Mapping Neighborhood Scenes
Chair: Jonathan Lear, Roman Family Director, Neubauer Collegium
Speakers: Stephen Sawyer, American University of Paris; Marta Klekotko, Jagiellonian University, Krakow; Clemente Jesus Navarro Yanez, Universidad Pablo de Olavide Sevilla
Discussant: Anne Dodge, Executive Director, UChicago Urban

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
How the Arts Can Illuminate Scenes
Chair: Haun Saussy, Departments of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
Speakers: Chad Anderson, Incheon National University; Jong Youl Lee, Incheon National University; Matt Patterson, University of Calgary

2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Building Scenes Components
Chair: John Goldsmith, Departments of Computer Science and Linguistics, University of Chicago
Speakers: Daniel Silver, University of Toronto; Hye Sun Jeong, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago; Cristina Sakamoto, University of Chicago
Discussant: Robert J. Richards, Departments of History, Philosophy, and Psychology, University of Chicago

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Roundtable: Comparing Scenes and Future Directions
Chairs: Terry Nichols Clark, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago and Daniel Silver, University of Toronto