The health and safety of the fine arts: austerity, politeness, and litigation culture

Ventrella, Francesco (2012) The health and safety of the fine arts: austerity, politeness, and litigation culture. Journal of European Popular Culture, 3 (1). pp. 61-76. ISSN ISSN-20406134

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Abstract

By looking at an episode of censorship of a student’s artwork dealing with explicit visualizations and naming of sex, this article discusses the relationship between austerity measures and the spread of litigation culture in current academic life. My aim is not to defend the artwork, but to understand how the institutional ‘straight mind’, operating for the health of public morality, may become a threat to the safety of art teaching in times of austerity. Jacques Rancière’s elaborations on the stultification of contemporary culture will provide a theoretical framework to show how litigation culture is an effect of austerity measures, which, by pre-empting any space for intellectual disagreement, may erode the relationship between education and citizenship.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Art History
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
N Fine Arts
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Depositing User: Francesco Ventrella
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2014 11:56
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 03:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46697

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