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The International Congress of Aesthetics is held every three years under auspices of the International Association for Aesthetics and is a main event in aesthetics worldwide. The 19th, Jubilee Congress will take place in Krakow, July 21-27, 2013. For additional information, subscription etc., please visit the congress website. The final Congress Program is now available!
The International Association for Philosophy and Literature - 37th annual IAPL conference
National University of Singapore, 3-9 June 2013
Deadline for submissions of abstracts / proposed sessions: 15 October 2012
Go to: www.iapl.info for submissions and details
CALL FOR PAPERS IAA CONFERENCE 28– 30 June 2012
SIE, Società Italiana d'Estetica
Laboratory for Research on the City, University of Bologna
The 2012 Interim meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) of the IAA will take place in June 28-30 2012 at sala Farnese, Piazza Maggiore, Bologna. The theme is “Nature and the City”. All researchers and scholars interested in this topic are invited to participate in the conference with a paper.
Only Word documents will be accepted, the suggested font type and dimension are Times New Roman and 11, the number of page shall be between 5 and 15.
In order to select the paper that will be presented during the conference abstracts will be evaluated by a group of experts.
Theme: Nature and the City
The city, too, is landscape. We can leave it by going into nature exchanging the urban for the rural, but we can also enter the city to live within the architecture and contemplate its forms. Every architectural structure is a landscape and promotes an educational or paedeumatic relationship between the spirit and the environment. Our gaze and our bodies activate a certain way of contemplating that promotes the interchange between the external perception of the physical world and an internal seeing, which is the psychic perception of the visual image. There is a close relationship between the aesthetic experience of the natural environment and that of the urban landscape. In the same way that humankind lives on the earth so, too, it lives in the city.
The theme could be approached from various perspectives such as, 'nature/culture'; 'city as human nature'; 'ecology and the city'; symbols and metaphors; domesticated nature; nature interiorized; parks and natural environments, and other related issues.
Possible topics: City Landscapes, The Garden City, History of City/Nature relations, Nature-Culture, Nature and the City from Ecological, Design, Artistic aspects.
Students and Ph.D. students 60 euro
Academics and all Participants 120 euro
The admission fee covers the attendance to the whole conference, related materials, two light lunches and the social dinner.
Registrations are possible on the web site www.laboratoriocitta.unibo.it
University of Cyprus, July 2 – 6, 2012 The Ethical Challenge of Multidisciplinarity: Reconciling ‘The Three Narratives’—Art, Science, and Philosophy
Section I: History, Geography, Science
Workshop Title: Art and Medicine at the Intersection of the Humanities
Chair: Manfred Milz, Asst. Prof. of Art History, Design Theory, and Visual Culture, College of Fine Arts & Design, Randa M. Mostafa, Prof. of Physiology, College of Medicine, University of Sharjah, P.O. Box 27272, Sharjah University City, United Arab Emirates
Phone:+971 6 5057876, Cellular: +971 56 1070644
In recent years there has been growing interest in the relationship of Art and Medicine, as seen, for example, in the medical humanities courses offered in medical schools and by the parallel, yet less marked scholarly attention given to the subject in Art History departments.
As a relatively new field of research, Art and Medicine is situated at the intersection of the humanities, the arts, and healthcare. Distinguishing itself from the more conventional study of the cultural history of medicine, it seeks to explore the role of medicine in the various arts—literature, painting, sculpture, film, performance, music etc.—and concomitantly—to study the role of art in the medical humanities.
The inter- or more correctly, multi-disciplinary, attempt to propose a unifying perspective for the two ‘faculties’—of art and medicine—is based on both historical and modern approaches to their shared theoretical and practical features—cognitive, physiological, psychological, and phenomenological. Beyond the aesthetic notion of art as the creation of beauty, its curative powers, ascribed to its cathartic functions, have been debated since antiquity. If art has direct and indirect healing powers, it cannot but be an integral part of medical training; and, by the same token, themes and concerns of medicine—both particular and general—should gain atten-tion in the study of art history.
The main goal of this workshop is to discuss the current research status of Art and Medicine and historical and contemporary approaches to their joint study.
I invite scholars working in these and related fields to consider presenting a paper on the various aspects—historical, ethical, theoretical, practical etc.—of the issues raised by Art and Medicine at the intersection of the humanities.
Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
- Renaissance Artists Researching Human Anatomy
- Physiognomy, Facial Expression and Personality Structure
- The Divided Self: Idealist Aesthetics / Origins of Psychoanalysis and Modernism
- Self-Images of Artists as Patients: Reflective Psychopathology or Psychosomatics
- Patients’/Artists’ Exterior and Interior Battlefields
- Melancholy – Creativity’s Source and Barrier
- Neuroaesthetics: Neurology and Artistic Creativity
- Artistic Activity and Clinical Care (Expressive Arts Therapies): Enhancement of Psychological and Physical Healing through Literature, Drama, Painting, Sculpture, Music, and Dance
Dutch Association of Aesthetics
March 2 - 3, 2012, KU Leuven
Submissions on all areas of interest in aesthetics and philosophy of art are welcome. Panel proposals must be submitted by January 1, 2012, and must include a brief description of the topic, names of participants, paper titles and abstracts. Papers must be submitted as an abstract (350 words)
Submission deadline: January 15, 2012
Keynote speakers are:
Hilde Heynen (KU Leuven)
Matthew Kieran (University of Leeds)
- Members NGE: 15 euro
- Students, members NGE: free
- Students KU Leuven: free
- Non-members NGE: 50 euro *
- Students, non-KU Leuven, non-members NGE: 20 euro *
* This fee includes membership of NGE for one year
Fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders Faculty of
Arts & Philosophy Ghent University (Belgium) Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Ghent,
+32 9 264 98 86
Last July, Spain hosted the 5th Edition of the Mediterranean Congress of Aesthetics. Entitled “Art, Emotion, and Value”, it was organized by both the University of Murcia and the Technical University of Cartagena and took place in the campus of the latter. The venue of the conference was particularly unique: the old Navy Training Barracks, a stunning old military building which has recently been refurbished. Its huge windows and awnings provoked games of light and shadow in the best tradition of Mediterranean architecture, and so created a singular atmosphere that drew the admiration of all the participants. The plenary room offered impressive views over the city harbour, which could also be enjoyed in a pleasant rest room where the debates continued over the beautiful sea view. What is more, the building had a charming interior patio covered by geometrically shaped awnings where the welcome dinner and breaks were hosted.
The choice of venue was one of the many correct decisions of the Organizing Committee, all from the area of Aesthetics and Theory of Arts (University of Murcia) in collaboration with the College of Architecture and Building Engineering of the Technical University of Cartagena. They not only dealt efficiently with all the practical issues but also hosted the visitors with kind hospitality, which favoured a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. During the official Opening session, professor Dyonisis A. Zivas, from the National Technical University of Athens, and organizer of the First edition of the Congress in Greece in year 2000, thanked Matilde Carrasco and the rest of the Organizing Committee for their efforts in giving continuity to an initiative that aims to reinforce the cultural relations shared by the diverse peoples of the Mediterranean for thousands of years.
Following the line of the previous encounters, and given that the common link is a geographical space and not a particular language, the Congress had English, French, and Spanish as official languages. The participants came from various countries of the South of Europe, the North of Africa and the Middle East, but there were also people from Brazil, Canada, USA, Switzerland, or the Czech Republic, which confirms the drawing power and the consolidation of these encounters beyond the natural boundaries of the Mediterranean. This geographical diversity was combined with the multi-disciplined nature of the conference as philosophers, historians of art, researchers from communication sciences or theatre, and artists attended. It should be emphasized that many young researchers, new doctors and PhD. students participated, giving vitality to the discussions.
The Congress lasted five days, however, the large quantity of papers forced their organization in three parallel sessions and so demanded of the participants a similar division that consequently fragmented the debate. This might be the only regrettable aspect of the conference and far from being exclusive to this event, it is currently a problem in most international meetings, which could be even more serious in other more crowded fields of knowledge. We will have to learn to deal with this difficulty to reap the benefits of internationalization and multidisciplinarity.
The subject of the congress, “Art, Emotion and Value”, led to two main kinds of discussion in particular. On the one hand, the issue of the relation between art, ethics and politics, a wide debate in which many people work nowadays and which is attracting more all the time. The relation between art and politics was the main subject, for example, in the last conference organized by the Nordic Society for Aesthetics, hold last spring in Copenhagen, and it will be of others already planned for 2012. On the other hand, there was the relation between art and emotions: the analysis of the emotions expressed by artworks and the emotional responses of the public to art, a line in which the researchers of the Area of Aesthetics and Theory of Art from the University of Murcia have been working hard on for many years. However, besides these two principal issues, other papers focused on aesthetic experience and judgement, aesthetics of nature, the analysis of the role of senses in aesthetic appreciation, and so on.