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Seminar 2023/2024

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Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA)

Classification Seminar with Jennifer Lena (Teachers College, Columbia University)


From: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 01:10pm

To: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 04:10pm

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CCA Main Seminar series on Classification with guest Jennifer Lena, Associate Professor of Arts Administration and Sociology at Columbia University Teacher's College. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for access to pre-circulated readings. Open to the public. Lunch served beforehand; reception to follow.

Professor Lena's research focuses on understanding processes of classification, particularly the organizational and institutional conditions for the creation, modification, or elimination of cultural categories. Recently, she has started to publish on related issues within the study of artistic identity, careers, and non-profit arts management.

She is the author of Banding Together: How Communities Create Genres in Popular Music (2012; paperback, 2014), which presents a sociological examination of musical genres, conceptualizing them not as collections of similar sounds, but as communities of shared practices.

Her second book, Entitled: Artistic Legitimation and the Democratization of Taste, will be published by Princeton University Press in 2019. Utilizing archival and historical methods, Lena explores how the legitimation process was harnessed to expand definitions of art (to include graffiti and comics, jazz and computer code), and why such a profound expansion of the arts happened in such a short period of time.


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