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80-952 Gdańsk, ul. Bażyńskiego 4
The Conference of Polish Society
Department of Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
„Aesthetics as Narration
(Venue: University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Social Sciences, 27-28 September 2012)
Conference is dedicated to reflection on aesthetics as narration and
meta-narration. Contemporary aesthetics does not limit itself to the
narrow spectrum of its traditional problems and interests. On the
contrary, last decades were marked by intensifying processes of
aestheticization of everyday life that resulted in extending the
range of objects and phenomena apprehended by this discipline.
Consequently, we also observe an
inner diversity of theoretical perspectives on these new issues in
aesthetics as well as on traditional ones. This polyphony can be
interpreted as its weakness, when what is underlined is the lack of
consent as to its fundamental problems and common understanding of
its basic notions, as well as lack of commonly accepted method of
inquiry. However, it can also be perceived as its value, since it
reveals the simultaneous validity of various narrations.
Nevertheless, it seems that despite this variety there still remains
a hypothetical possibility of creating a synthetic concept of
aesthetics or its universal narration; or, perhaps, aesthetics itself
can become a meta-narration of the new, emerging formation of
We wish to invite aestheticians,
philosophers of art, as well as art historians and critics, literary
theorists, artists, but also anthropologists, cultural theorists,
sociologists, political and educational theorists, and psychologists
to reflect upon these ideas. We wish to open the forum to everyone
who include into their research aesthetic aspect. The Conference will
also give voice to students and young researchers interested in
The proposed topics are the
I. First block:
1. Ethics and morality in art and of
2. Art and construction of identity.
3. Art and globalization.
4. Possibilities and forms of
political and social engagement of art.
II. Second block:
5. Nature as aesthetic phenomenon.
6. From theory of beauty to theory
7. Transfigurations of aesthetic and
III. Third block.
8. Art and beauty in everyday life.
9. Mass art, popular art, culture
10. Spaces of aestheticization:
design, city, fashion, science etc.)
11. Aesthetics of new technology:
net art, intermedia, multimedia etc.
12. Word, sound, image:
correspondence of the arts.
13. Meta-criticism of art –
The first day of the Conference
will have international character and will be organized in
cooperation with the circle of “ESTETIKA: The Central European
Journal of Aesthetics”. We invite proposals in English.
The second day will embrace the
same topics and we invite proposals in Polish. Also the general
assembly of Polish Society of Aesthetics will take place during the
second day of the Conference.
We believe that it is important to
create a friendly environment for young researchers (MA and PhD
students), therefore we plan to propose a panel for them in the form
of competition for the best student’s essay. This will complete
the first stage of student's essay competition organized by
“ESTETIKA: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics”.
Proposals are welcome both in English and in Polish.