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Assigning Cultural Values

Edited By Kjerstin Aukrust

Assigning Cultural Values is a collection of thirteen essays focusing on the analysis of cultural value in light of aestheticization or aesthetic practices. Reflecting the fruits of the Research Council of Norway’s comprehensive programme for cultural research (KULVER), this anthology studies cultural phenomena not as static dimensions, but rather as factors involved in negotiations and exchanges. By examining the processes in which aestheticization is prominent, the contributors show how the experience-based, relational, and perceptual aspects of assigning cultural values come into focus. Each of the essays offers unique perspectives on the value given to different cultural phenomena, by focusing on their historically changeable aspects, their reciprocal relationships, and their connection to social contexts and power. Drawing on case studies from the fields of cultural history, aesthetics, literature, film, gender studies, art history and theory, design history, and museology, the collection provides a wide-ranging and multifaceted analysis of how the assignment of cultural values is changed, displaced, transferred, and acquired, and will therefore interest all researchers and students within the field of humanities.


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The KULVER Research Programme:The Research Council of Norway’s Programmeon Assigning Cultural Values


297 The KULVER Research Programme: The Research Council of Norway’s Programme on Assigning Cultural Values The present anthology is a part of the Research Programme on Assigning Cultur- al Values (KULVER), the Research Council of Norway’s programme for cultur- al research for the period 2008-2012. Seventeen research projects have been funded by KULVER: – Ibsen Between Cultures – Routes, Roads, and Landscapes: Aesthetic Practices en route, 1750-2015 – Exhibiting Europe: The Development of a European Narrative in Museums, Collections and Exhibitions – Being Together: Remaking Public Intimacies – Patterns of Cultural Valuation: Priorities and Aesthetics in Exhibitions of Identity in Museums – Animals as Things and Animals as Signs – Art Value: A Research Project on Trash and Readymades, Art and Ceramics – Contemporary Soundspaces: Acoustemology and Musical Agency – Inside Out: New Images and Imaginations of the Body – Border Aesthetics – Ruin Memories: Materiality, Aesthetics and the Archaeology of the Recent Past – Muslim Devotional Practices, Aesthetics and Cultural Formation in Migrancy – Conflicts and Negotiations: Gender and Value in Art and Aesthetics – Religion as Aestheticizing Practice – Alumination: Design as Aesthetic Practice and Cultural Valuation in the Aluminium Industry – The Ambiguities of Sex and Gender in the Aesthetic Theories of Bildung (postdoctoral project) – Time and Aesthetic Value in Early Modern Literary Culture (postdoctoral project) Please visit KULVER’s web page for more information on all the KULVER projects: 298 The KULVER research programme’s board has coordinated the programme on behalf of the Research Council of Norway. The board has consisted of the fol- lowing members: – Kjersti Bale, Professor, Department of...

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