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To Sing Song Seminar

Chapter in book
Authors Mick Wilson
Published in To Seminar, Henk Slager (ed.)
ISBN 978-90-818302-6-3
Publisher Metropolis M Books
Place of publication Utrecht
Publication year 2017
Published at Valand Academy
Language en
Keywords seminar; disputatio; the university; orality-textuality;
Subject categories Visual Arts, Aesthetics, Rhetoric, Pedagogical Work


This text is produced within the context of participation in an art exhibition 'To Seminar' at BAK Utrecht and in response to Roland Barthes (1974) text “To the Seminar” . Barthes’ essay argues that a seminar is characterized by triangular relationships between institution, transference, and text. This response contrasts Barthes with Bourdieu's reflections on the institutions of higher education, and then provides a compressed genealogy of the seminar form and the antecedent practice of 'disputatio'. It is noted that he prominence of the seminar, as a pedagogical form specific to the university and its practice of research education, is informed by the reputation of nineteenth century German exemplars such as Ranke’s historical seminar. This leads into a proposition about the existence of differing economies of orality-textuality and a speculative proposition about the potential for a hybrid form - combining the 'sing-song' and the seminar.

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