Kunst und internationale Politik

Andreas Stadler
Art Sciences and Art Education, Cultural Studies
2019W, Vorlesungen (VO), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S02976

Description

This course is on foreign policy and its interrelationship with the arts and culture, i.e. on cultural diplomacy and cultural cooperation.

The arts have always been a rich resource for the projection of power abroad. Artists, academics and intellectuals are instrumentalized by political elites for goals of public diplomacy such as increasing legitimacy and credibility. At the same time, artists, academics and intellectuals are often interested in cooperation to further national goals, but also as a means of extending their own networks and boosting their professional reputation.

In liberal democracies diplomatic service for the arts, academia and intellectuals has become an integral part of foreign policy - along with furthering political, economic or consular interests. Proactive cultural diplomacy has supported national artistic and academic operators with a view to fostering their international integration, cooperation and competitiveness. Sending creative talents abroad also helps to promote openness and reduce peripherality and inbreeding.

Cultural cooperation, educational exchange and diplomacy are deemed to improve international dialogue and cooperation and consequently foster peace and security.

Artistic and intellectual production, however, is always closely interwoven with power, be it critical or affirmative, political or economic.

States that developed after the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union as well as many aspiring countries of the former so called Third World devote considerable resources to the creation of new identities and to branding their images abroad.

While globalization of all sorts has been praised for decades in particular by the Anglo-Saxon world, it is particularly the United States of America and Great Britain that are in a process of withdrawing to identitarian and nationalist politics.

States do not only compete with well established competitors in the international arena, but also with international corporations, media and other interests´ networks which also exert considerable cultural power.

The underlying structures of power are often veiled or not fully transparent. Diplomacy remains – whether admittedly so or not – in the first place an instrument of securing national interests.

Other important issues such as inequalities, cultural and economic divergences in class and gender, as well as postcolonial imbalances are often sidelined to the “cultural and academic sector” where controversies can be negotiated in relative freedom, but with less political relevance.

Artists, academics and intellectuals often address these questions as well as the tensions that arise from their interaction with diplomacy. This has resulted in a vast body of critical, activist, and emancipatory creativity to challenge the status quo.

Progressive & democratic cultural diplomacy and cultural cooperation have to support this critical potential, challenging established structures of international power reproduction. This is how critical questions can be transferred from the sidelines to the center of political attention.

 

Most Tuesdays, 18-19.45 hours, starting 15 October

Examination Modalities

Presentation of artistic reserach, a concret project or project proposal or a written text. Active participation is required, only two absences are accepted.

Reading:

Literatur für Kunst und Internationale WS Politik 2019/20

Austria Kultur International. Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Auslandskultur (2017 und davor)
Außen- und Europapolitischer Bericht des Bundesministeriums für Europa,
Integration und Äußeres (2017, jährlich seit 1979)
Batora, Josef; Mokre, Monika (Hrsg.) (2011): Culture and External Relations.
Europe and Beyond. Ashgate.
British Council (2013): Influence and Attraction. Culture and the Race for Soft
Power in the 21st Century.
Burka, Alexander (2012): Was blieb vom Fenster in den Westen? Zur
Auslandskulturpolitik Österreichs in Ostmitteleuropa seit 1995 am Beispiel Polens und der Tschechoslowakei. Peter Lang.
Cull, Nicholas (2009): Public Diplomacy. Lessons Learned from the Past. USC
Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School.
Culture. Supporting Europe´s Cultural and Creative Sectors. European
Commission.
EICPC: Europäisches Institut für Progressive Kulturpolitik, Wien.
EDUCULT (2013): Kulturelle und Kulturpolitische Trends in Europa.
Fellner, Sabine (1997). Kunst Skandal. Die besten Nestbeschmutzer der letzten 150 Jahre. Ueberreuter.
Finn, Helena K (2003): The Case for Cultural Diplomacy; Engaging Foreign
Audiences. Foreign Affairs.
Huntington, Samuel (1993): The Clash of Civilizations. Foreign Affairs, 72/3
Kant, Immanuel (1795). Zum ewigen Frieden. Ein philosophoscher Entwurf. Online zB Universität Wien
Knapp, Marion (2005): Österreichische Kulturpolitik und das Bild der Kulturnation. Peter Lang.
Kramer, Helmut (2016): Austrian Foreign Policy 1995 -2015. Austrian Journal of Political Science.
Kunst und Kulturbericht (2018 und davor). Bundeskanzleramt.
Lemke, Christiane (2012): Internationale Beziehungen. Grundkonzepte, Theorien und Problemfelder. Oldenburg Verlag.
Lepik, Andres und Stadler, Andreas (Hrsg.) (2010): Raimund Abraham & the
Austrian Cultural Forum New York. Hatje Cantz.
Maaß, Kurt-Jürgen (2015): Kultur und Außenpolitik, Handbuch für Wissenschaft und Praxis. Nomos.
Morgenthau, Hans J. (1978): Six Principles in Political Realism, in: ders.: Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace; New York, 4-15
Mokre, Monika und Stadler, Andreas (Hrsg.) (2006): Kulturpolitik und Demokratie. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft.
Nye, Joseph S. (2004): Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics. Public Affairs.
Raunig, Gerald (2005): Kunst und Revolution. Künstlerischer Aktivismus im langen 20. Jahrhundert. Turia + Kant.
Seidl, Walter (2001): Zwischen Kultur und Culture. Böhlau
Stadler, Andreas (2010): „Disturbing Creativity: Phanton Pains, Arts, and Cultural Policies in Postwar Austria“ in: Bischof, Günter, Plasser Fritz (2010): Contemporary Austrian Studies, Volume 18, „The Schüssel Era in Austria“; New Orleans
Ullrich, Wolfgang (2011): An die Kunst glauben.
Wimmer Michael (2011): Kultur und Demokratie. Eine systematische Vorstellung der Kulturpolitik in Österreich. Studienverlag. Educult (Online Version).

Zeitschriften:
Kulturrisse, IG Kultur Wien (2000 bis 2013;
International, Wien

 

 

Comments

Participation of English speakers is possible to the extent that you can follow German lecturing and debating. Your presentation or contribution to the class ca be in English.

Key Words

installation, environment, architecture, fashion design, discussion, speech, context art, internet art, interventionist art, architecture related art, art in public space, performance, action, happening, talk, cultural politics, Curator, film, photographic processes, electronic media, actionist art, painting techniques

Dates

15 October 2019, 18:00–19:45 Seminar Room 2 , "Check exact dates!"

Course Enrolment

From 19 August 2019, 19:08 to 14 October 2019, 19:32
Via online registration
via email: andreas.stadler@bmeia.gv.at

co-registration: possible

Art Education: subject kkp (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject kkp (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject tex (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject tex (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject dae (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject dae (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject dex (Bachelor): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

Art Education: subject dex (Enhancements study): FOR: Lehrveranstaltungen nach Wahl aus Wissenschaftliche Praxis

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Theoretical foundations

Stage Design (1. Section): Kulturwissenschaften

Stage Design (2. Section): Kulturwissenschaften

Media Arts: Specialisation in Transmedia Arts (1. Section): Kulturwissenschaften

Media Arts: Specialisation in Transmedia Arts (2. Section): Kulturwissenschaften

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (1. Section): Kulturwissenschaften

Media Arts: Specialisation in Digital Arts (2. Section): Kulturwissenschaften

Design: Specialisation in Graphics and Advertising (2. Section): Humanities

Design: Specialisation in Fashion Design (1. Section): Free Elective Pool Methodological and Theoretical Basics

Fine Arts: Specialisation in Photography (2. Section): Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte

subject Fine Arts / Art and Communication Practices (1. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (2.5 ECTS)

subject Fine Arts / Art and Communication Practices (2. Section): Aus Kunst und Kulturwissenschaften, (davon min. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

subject Handicrafts / Design, Architecture and Environment (1. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften

subject Handicrafts / Design, Architecture and Environment (2. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften, (min. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

subject Textile Design / Textiles - Art, Design, Styles (1. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften

subject Textile Design / Textiles - Art, Design, Styles (2. Section): Aus Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften (mind. 4 SSt SE) (2.5 ECTS)

Fine Arts (2. Section): Art Theory, Cultural Studies, Art History, Philosophy

Fine Arts (2. Section): Free Electives out of Scientific and Research Practice

Design: Specialisation in Applied Photography and Time-based Media (2. Section): Humanities

Fine Arts: Specialisation in Painting (2. Section): Geisteswissenschaftliche LV nach Wahl

Fine Arts: Specialisation in Graphics (2. Section): Geisteswissenschaftliche LV nach Wahl

Individual courses: possible