Exploring aesthetic practices

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Date(s): 23. October – 25. October
All Day

University of Jyväskylä


The concept aesthetic practice offers a novel perspective on philosophical aesthetics by shifting the focus from objects and singular experiences to ongoing, repeatedly performed activities. Practice highlights the aesthetic relevance of doing and making, temporality, continuity, multimodality and intersubjectivity. Aesthetic practices can be, for example, engagement with the arts, popular culture, craft, sports and games, or some aspect of one’s everyday environment where a fundamental motivating factor is pleasure gained through the activity. Through active and long-term aesthetic engagement, people transform their identity and lifeworld, and explore values, the world, and their own position in it.

In addition to contributions from philosophical aesthetics we welcome proposals from neighbouring fields, the arts, psychology, cultural studies, game studies, sociology, history, media and communication studies, etc., as long as they address phenomena from a perspective of aesthetic practice.

The call for papers is now published. See https://www.jyu.fi/en/events/exploring-aesthetic-practices for a longer CFP and updates.