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Complexity Aesthetics: The Arts and Humanities as Complex Adaptive Systems

In recent years models of complex adaptive systems have enhanced understanding of fields as diverse as biology, information theory, sociology, city planning and economics. Incorporating such sub-fields as emergent phenomena, networks, contagion theory, self-organizational swarms, agent-based modeling, interfaciality, autopoiesis (biological, social and conceptual), recursive causality and more, complex adaptive models would seem also to offer compelling frameworks for the consideration of the arts and humanities in terms of practice, criticism and history.

Exploring MSA 16'€™s theme of Confluence and Division, this panel will consider the following questions: Can the contemporary art world, now allegedly absent a dominant discursive framework, justifiably be considered a complex adaptive system? Do emergent properties scale across domains, e.g. from the microscale subjective experience of literature to the macroscale crystallization of genres, styles and discourses? How might network topology correlate with narratives and metanarrativity? How might we articulate the differential tensions between non-deterministic swarm formation and medium-specific or genre boundary differentiation? Where to position critique within a system of dynamic feedback equilibria among and between creative fields? This session invites paper proposals that address the topics and questions above, or those involving the arts and humanities in relation to complexity theory in general.

Conference Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Conference Starts: November 06, 2014
Conference Ends: November 09, 2014

CFP Submission Deadline: April 27, 2014

For more information, contact: Jason Hoelscher

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