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Most of the papers published in this special number on everyday aesthetics
were presented at the VIII International Summer School of Applied Aesthetics in
June 2008 in Finland. This series of summer schools and summer conferences is
organized by the International Institute of Applied Aesthetics (IIAA), based in
Lahti, Finland. We as the editors of this number are grateful to the IIAA for
giving us the opportunity to put this issue together. We thank all those who
contributed in their many different ways to making the summer school a
Published by Airiti Press.
The Scope of the Symposium
Art and Aesthetic Theories investigate and define the cultural, social and political world
views that are reflected in the works of culture and art that express meanings of human value
through their forms. Until quite recently philosophical aesthetics seemed to be mostly an
attribute of the West. In recent decades, international symposia and publications have shown
the historical and conceptual richness of art and aesthetic theories in the East and in non-
Western cultures. This symposium intends to present these diverse cultural approaches to art
and aesthetics by bringing together scholars from Asia and Europe. Accordingly, it is
observed that the theoretical foundations of contemporary art which is of Western origin are
questioned and that the Asian and Anatolian roots of its aesthetic values are discussed in
terms of creation processes. This symposium will not only deal with these issues from a
historical and contemporary perspective in which Asian, Anatolian and European art and
aesthetic theories are defined but will also try to treat the very important and actual subject of
technology in relation to art and aesthetics.
"Aesthetics, Art and Pornography: An Interdisciplinary Conference." Institute of Philosophy, London, June 16-18, 2011.
The aim of this conference is to investigate, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the artistic status and aesthetic dimension of pornographic pictures, films, and literature.
Is there such a thing as pornographic art? Or are pornography and art mutually exclusive? Can a line be drawn between these two domains of representation? Or is there perhaps some interesting overlap, some common ground worth exploring? To answer these questions certain fundamental issues in the philosophy of art need to be addressed. One cannot hope to critically examine the middle ground between art and pornography without seriously engaging with current research on the definition of art, the nature of aesthetic value, aesthetic experience, aesthetic properties, the relation between art and morality, the psychology of picture perception, and the role of imagination in art. However, more is involved than just an abstract philosophical problem. In the history of art, and especially also in the contemporary world of art (construed in the broadest sense), there are many paintings, photographs, prints, films, poems, short stories, novels and graphic novels which have been labeled `pornographic art'. Any investigation of the artistic status and potential of pornographic representations would not be complete without a careful examination of such works that consciously explore the boundaries between art and pornography.
The conference will bring together philosophers and aestheticians, art historians and film theorists, to explore these topics. This interdisciplinary approach is intended to throw new light on these general questions, and to lead to a more accurate and subtle understanding of the range of representations that incorporate explicit sexual imagery and themes, in both high art and demotic culture, in Western and non-Western contexts.
Scholars East and West are invited to explore the Interre¬lations of Philosophy, Art, and Ethics East/West. Invited Speakers include: Gao Jianping (aesthetics and literary theory), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences); Liu Yuedi (aesthetics, contempo¬rary art theory), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Peng Feng (aesthetics, philosophy), Peking University; Wang Chunchen (contemporary art), Central Academy of Fine Arts; Eva Man, (philosophy) Hong Kong Baptist University; Zhou Xian, (aesthet¬ics and literary theory), Nanking University; Liu Chengji (phi-losophy), Beijing Normal University); Cheng Xiangzhan, (aes¬thetics and literary theory), Shandong University; Noel Carroll (aesthetics and ethics), Graduate Center, CUNY; Stephen Davies, (philosophy, aesthetics), University of Auckland; Ivan Gaskell, (art history), Harvard University; John Lysaker, (philosophy), Emory University; Garry Hagberg (aesthetics and ethics), Bard College; Richard Shusterman (philosophy), Florida International University; Jason Wirth, (philosophy, film), Seattle University; and Mary Wiseman (comparative philosophy), CUNY. Papers from the Conference will be published in a book.
Contemporary Relevance of this Conference: The interest in literally all aspects of cultural exchanges between China and the West, from economic and trade concerns to philosophy, art, and ethics, are at the forefront and intersection of pressing contemporary issues. This conference, which brings scholars into cross-cultural conversation, aims to bring forth new insights into the conceptual and social interrelations of philosophy, art, and ethics. Examining these interwoven topics will both contribute to a global appreciation and critical analysis of the worth of philosophy, art, and ethics in Chinese and Western thought.
Opening Keynote Address and Reception: Haggerty Museum,
5:30 pm October 12, 2011
We invite you to consider submitting an abstract for the upcoming
International Congress Image, Imagination, Fantasy. Twenty years without Vilém Flusser
at Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil.
The CALL FOR PAPERS & PARTICIPATION for the congress is available:
Please distribute widely.
Vice-President of ABRE - Associacao Brasileira de Estetica
Call for papers from Tropos. Journal of Hermeneutics and Philosophical Criticism. (Directed by Gianni Vattimo & Gaetano Chiurazzi). Tropos invites submissions of papers on topics related to creativity, between philosophy and arts. Guest editors: Alessandro Bertinetto and Alberto Martinengo.
Deadline for subimission: August 31st, 2011.
International Symposium - CFP: Mobility and Fantasy in Visual Culture. Istanbul, May 21-22, 2011.
This international symposium will be addressed by keynote speakers Professors Stephen Bann, Victor Burgin and Lisa Parks.
Department of Photography and Video
Bah esehir University
CFP: Mobility and Fantasy in Visual Culture
International Symposium in Visual Culture
Bahcesehir University, Faculty of Communications, Department of Photography and Video 20, 21 May 2011
Mobility and Fantasy in Visual Culture, the first of a series of international symposia on visual culture to be held at Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, aims to enable discussion and debate on topics critical in the conceptualization, analysis, evaluation of and intervention in visual culture today.
Dutch Association of Aesthetics - Call for Abstracts - Annual Conference - May 27th-28th, 2011 - Ghent, Belgium
The Dutch Association of Aesthetics (http://nge.nl/daa/) is a society for everyone interested in theoretical, philosophical and critical reflection on the arts and the aesthetic dimensions of contemporary culture. The association offers a meeting place for philosophers, artists, art critics, art scientists, and people employed in art education and art policy.
On Friday May 27th and Saturday May 28th 2011, the Dutch Association of Aesthetics holds its annual conference at Ghent, Belgium. Keynote speakers are:
Paul Crowther(National University of Ireland, Galway)
Jerrold Levinson (University of Maryland)
Papers on any topic in aesthetics or the philosophy of art are invited. Abstracts should be appr. 1,000 words, and must be prepared for blind review. The deadline for abstracts is March 10th 2011. Conference languages are Dutch and English.
Conference venue: Ghent University, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent
Organising Committee: Hans Maes, Annelies Monseré, and Bart Vandenabeele
Gimme Shelter. Global discourses in aesthetics contains a series of reflections on the impact of globalization on the arts and the aesthetic reflection on the arts. The authors – fifteen distinguished aestheticians from all over the world - discuss a variety of aesthetic questions brought forth by the aforementioned process of globalization. How do artistic practices and aesthetic experiences change in response to these developments? How should we articulate these changes on the theoretical level? When reflections on the significance of art and aesthetic experiences can no longer pretend to be universal, is it still possible to lay claim to a wider validity than merely that of one’s own particular culture? What type of vocabulary allows for mutual – dialogical or even polylogical – exchanges and understandings when different traditions meet, without obliterating local differences? Is there a possibility for a creative re-description of globalization? And is there a meaning of ‘the global’ that cannot be reduced to universalism and unification? Can we seek shelter in a legitimate way?
Yearbook No. 15 is now available in a free Open Access edition and may be downloaded at the IAA Yearbook section of this website.
Figural uniquely offers a platform for scholars and workers of the humanities and the arts as well as the social and natural sciences to publish sayings and apophthegms that express aesthetic concerns or relate to aesthetic issues. The word "aesthetic” is not here restricted to some vague idea of beauty or formal matters; rather, the aesthetic refers to the experience of meaning (as in Hans-Georg Gadamer’s interpretation) at the crossroads of culture and sense perception (as implied in the ancient Greek etymology of the word – aisthesis). Our conception of the aesthetic goes therefore beyond the narrowing field defined by 18th century Europe.
Of course, the appearance and style of aphorisms, or any writing for that matter, are essential but only inasmuch as form and content become indistinguishable. What we care about is the Way that goes beyond skill, as Chuang Tzu would have it. We are interested in aesthetic aphorisms that find thoughtful ways to express perceptual experiences of the reality of this world and to renew such a reality through creative imagination.
The publication series does not aim at providing theoretical explanatory models or narratives of any kind; instead, we seek to publish aphorisms that are neither abstract nor figurative, but “figural,” as Gilles Deleuze defined the word when referring to painting in his Francis Bacon (1981) – aphorisms that are thought, written, and hopefully read as such.