Registration Open – Antipodean Fields: Bourdieu and Southern Cultures Conference

Fred Myers is one of the keynote speakers: Flows of Culture, National Value, and Distinction: Papunya Tula Art in America

More conference information here.

A good deal of economic, social, cultural and political analysis in the antipodes has drawn on and engaged critically with the work of Pierre Bourdieu in order to adapt it to the particularities of Australian and New Zealand histories and conditions. There have been significant applications of Bourdieu’s field theory to the organisation of antipodean literary, musical, sports and media fields. The research that informed Distinction has been replicated in a national study of the relations between the practices of cultural consumption and cultural capital in contemporary Australia. Bourdieu’s general categories have been revised and extended to address the cultural capital holdings of different ethnic groups in relation to the governmental spaces of Australia and New Zealand, and to a range of multicultural practices and programs in the two countries. Bourdieu’s work on the logic of art fields has informed analyses of the place of Aboriginal and Maori art within the Australian and New Zealand art fields. Significant contributions have also been made to the operations of cultural capital in the relations between schools, universities and the occupational class structures of the two countries.

To date, however, no attempt has been made to draw these different strands of inquiry together to identify the specific qualities of antipodean economic, social, cultural and political fields or the respects in which analysis of these requires significant revisions of Bourdieu’s central theories and concepts. This conference will address the deficit by considering the specific theoretical and empirical considerations that have to be taken into account in order to apply, critique, and revise Bourdieu’s perspectives in the southern hemisphere.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Jane Kenway, Professor of Education, Monash University                               High Status Schools, Trans-national Capitals and Global Elite Formations

Jane Kenway, Professor of Education, Monash University
High Status Schools, Trans-national Capitals and Global Elite Formations
Conal McCarthy, Museum and Heritage Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
The Rules of (Māori) Art: Museums, Visitors and Indigenous Culture in the Field of New Zealand Art
 
Fred Myers, Silver Professor of Anthropology, New York University
Flows of Culture, National Value, and Distinction: Papunya Tula Art in America
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