Whole Worlds: Systems of Affect, Capital, Aesthetics

February 13th - 14 2014

Literary and cultural study have developed overlapping vocabularies to triangulate “worlds” on multiple scales: the psychic worlds of psychoanalytic consciousness invested in the labor of repair, the sociocultural worlds of artistic and political community apprehending a space for multiplicity to endure, and global worlds of transnational capital that totalize the capture of exchange.  With so many worlds, is there a whole world or a world that is whole? What marks off a space as a world and what mechanisms mediate between a world and its own sense of wholeness? What are the parts that compose a whole world or the procedures that give to a world the fantasy of wholeness? What is the place of art-objects in developing and sustaining worlds and in what ways do worlds either totalize or resist closure?