Description: Panelists deal with the borders of aesthetic judgment—the critical approach to and aesthetic standing of texts that are unsuccessful, obnoxious, unintended, and so on. Case studies include Stalinist prose, the Portsmouth Sinfonia (an orchestra whose members had no prior training with their instruments), terrorist literature, the discourse of judgment and intention around visual art, and nonaesthetic documents incorporated into aesthetic texts.
Christopher Chiasson, U of Pittsburgh
Irina Meier, U of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Chris Reeves, U of Illinois, Chicago
Karen Sullivan, U of Queensland
Benjamin Massey Sutcliffe, Miami U, Oxford
Jacob Emery, Indiana U, Bloomington
Julia Vaingurt, U of Illinois, Chicago