Climate Change Anxiety and Contemporary Climate Aesthetics Adrián Kvokačka
This talk explores the concept of global climate anxiety, referring to the emotional distress caused by concerns about the effects of climate change. While psychologists have extensively studied this anxiety, and it became already part of everyday speech (Korpelainen, 2021) but unfortunately, just a little attention has been paid to it from the perspective of aesthetics. Are there any other than psychological ways to deal with such anxiety and how can aesthetics be of help in following them? In this talk I will explore the role of art (with its ability to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change and inspire people to take action – Richardson (2018), Hoggett (2019), Vaughn (2021) and Mikonnen (2022)) but also the role of aesthetics (aesthetic consolation in everyday life by embracing the familiarity and routines amidst climate change; climate aesthetics as aesthetics of loss). The talk concludes by emphasizing the importance of alternative or complementary perspectives from aesthetics in addressing climate anxiety, despite the vast and slow nature of the phenomenon.
May 3, 2023. A new issue of the ESA newsletter has just been published. It features information about the upcoming ESA conference in Budapest and a number of invitations to conferences organised by members and friends of the ESA. You may also learn about favorite books of the three keynote speakers at the ESA conference, Veronika Darida, Stacie Friend, and Alva Noë. Please, download the new issue here.
The issue contains an address by the new president of the ESA, Pauline von Bonsdorff, an interview with Alex Fisher, who received Fabian Dorsch ESA Essay Prize in 2022, call for papers and panel proposals to the coming ESA conference in Budapest and various calls, announcements, and invitations by the members of the Society. You can download it here.
The conference included more than 60 papers from all traditions and on a variety of systematic and historical topics in philosophical aesthetics. You can see the programme (below) or download the programme here. The ESA also held its general assembly 2013 during the conference.
MONDAY 25th June School of Architecture (Guimarães)
Plenary Session Krystyna Wilkoszewska (Kraków) Transcultural Studies in Aesthetics: The Ups and Downs
Science, Art, Aesthetics Vladimir J. Konečni (San Diego) Empirical Psycho-Aesthetics and Her Sisters: Substantive and Methodological Issues
Phenomenology of Art Nikola Mirkovic (Freiburg) Beyond Aesthetics: Heidegger’s Ontology of Art
Aesthetics of Environment Dan E. Ratiu (Cluj) Remapping the Realm of Aesthetics: Recent Controversies about the Aesthetic and the Aesthetic Experience in Everyday Life
Literature, Fiction, Narrative Dina Mendonça (Lisbon) The Experimental Solution for the Paradox of Fiction and the Paradox of Tragedy
Science, Art, Aesthetics Vid Simoniti (Oxford) New Directions in Neuroaesthetics and Their Relevance to Philosophy of Art
Phenomenology of Art Cristian Hainic (Cluj) An Investigation into the Heideggerian Roots of the Aesthetics of Everyday Life: A Hermeneutical Approach to Art
Conference Venues: Maison des Sciences de l’Homme – MSH-Alpes (no. 12 on the map): Registration, MSH Conference Theatre, and Coffee Breaks (all on the 1st floor) Bâtiment des Sciences de l’Homme et des Mathématiques – BSHM (no. 14 on the map): BSHM Conference Theatre (on the 1st floor) Restaurant Diderot (yellow no. 1 on the map): Conference Lunches Caffe Forte: Conference Dinner
14:00 – 14:30
14:30 – 16:00
Welcome Address & Plenary Session Roger Pouivet (Nancy) Modal Aesthetics
16:00 – 17:00
Expression Krzysztof Guczalski (Krakow) Expressiveness as a Quality and as the Expression of a Fictive Subject
Images Ken Wilder (London) Michael Fried and Beholding Video Art
17:00 – 17:30
18:30 – 19:30
Themes from Eliasson Ronald Shusterman (Montpellier) Aesthetic Effects and Determinism
Images Zsolt Batori (Budapest) Image and Imagination
9:30 – 11:00
Plenary Session Josef Füchtl (Amsterdam) Produced and Nevertheless ...
UPDATE (as of June 24, 2022). Those ESA members who do not go to Tallinn in person may join the general assembly, taking place on Tuesday, June 28, 18:30 EEST, online. For a zoom link, please write to Iris Vidmar Jovanović (ividmar (at) ffri.uniri.hr). The request should include your name, affiliation, and information about the ESA conference you attended in the past (if any) and should be sent three hours before the meeting starts the latest.
UPDATE (as of June 21, 2022). The ESA executive committee has nominated two candidates for executive committee, Claire Anscomb and Jochen Schuff, and a candidate for presidency, Pauline von Bonsdorff. We are also exploring the possibility of running the general assembly as ...
The Sublime Redivivus. Kant’s Legacy for Contemporary Art Adrián Kvokačka
I address the relationship between Lyotard’s account of the sublime in art (Lyotard 1988; 1991) and Kant’s original account of the notion. As is renown, according to Lyotard, the aesthetics of modern art corresponds in itself to an aesthetics of the sublime. Nevertheless, Lyotard affirms that the sublime we find in art is “still the sublime in the sense that Burke and Kant described and yet it isn’t their sublime anymore.” (Lyotard 1991, p. 93)
How should we make sense of this claim? And, more generally, how are we understand Kant’s legacy in Lyotard’s conception of the sublime? To attempt to answer these questions, my strategy is twofold. On the one hand, I show how indebted Lyotard’s conception of the sublime is to Kant’s treatment of the notion in the Third Critique. On the other hand, I discuss the amendments that the French philosopher proposes in order to make Kant’s analysis compatible with twentieth-century art. I begin in section one by focusing on some passages in ...
A new issue of the ESA Newsletter was published on May 5, 2022. It features an interview with Francisca Pérez-Carreño, whose term as the ESA president is approaching its final days, as well as the information on the new elections and conference in Tallinn. It also includes invitations to conferences, book announcements, and calls for papers. You can download it here.
The European Society for Aesthetics is born out of the idea to give voice to the unified and diverse voices of European debates in the field of philosophical aesthetics. The ongoing invasion of Ukraine by troops of the Russian Federation has shocked us all. It is a violation of international law and the sovereignty of Ukraine. Our solidarity is with the Ukrainian people as a whole and in particular our colleagues, friends, and students from Ukraine, to whom we are connected through a variety of co-operations. (Released on March 2, 2022.)
Põhja pst 7, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia. See the MAP
The conference takes place at the main building of the Estonian Academy of Arts, in the atmospheric Kalamaja district. Tallinn has one airport which has direct connections to 40 international (mostly European) destinations. The airport is located inside the city, only half an hour away from the conference venue (on public transport). See the map of the airport.
Visitors from Finland or Sweden could also opt for the ferry: a trip from Helsinki to Tallinn lasts a little over 2 hours, the trip from Stockholm to Tallinn around 17 hours.
Riga and St. Petersburg are accessible by bus as well. A bus ride from Riga takes approximately 4,5 hours, from St. Petersburg about 8 hours.
How to get to the conference venue from Tallinn Airport:
Take bus number 2 from “Lennujaam” (Airport) stop that is located on the city side of the passenger terminal of the airport (and a ...
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The ESA executive committee has been elected five times by the members of the ESA during the ESA Assembly meetings: in 2009 in Fribourg (Presidency and Committee), in 2012 in Guimarães/Braga (Committee), in 2015 in Dublin (Presidency and Committee), in 2018 in Maribor (Committee), in 2022 in Tallinn (Presidency and Committee).
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The goal has been to establish the ESA as one of the main research and communication platforms for people interested in aesthetics, with a special focus on aesthetics in Europe.
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The ESA Essay Prize for PhD students and early career researchers was launched in 2017 in memory Fabian Dorsch, a co-founder and a first secretary of the European Society for Aesthetics. Its former winners include Irene Martínez Marín (2019), Mark Windsor (2018), and Servaas van der Berg ...
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The 2023 Fabian Dorsch ESA Essay Prize was granted to David Collins (University of Oxford) for his paper “Expanding Davies’ Pragmatic Constraint for Philosophizing about Art“. The European Society for Aesthetics committee appreciated David’s original take on the problem of philosophical methodology, emphasizing its applicability in domain of philosophy of art as well as in other domains of philosophical inquiry. In addition, the committee felt that the author persuasively relates current philosophical debate to the history of philosophy, namely American pragmatist tradition. The paper presentation at the European Society for Aesthetics conference in Budapest in June was followed by a commentary by Alva Noe and the author’s response. A longer version of the winning essay will be published in Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics.
The ESA Essay Prize for PhD students and early career researchers was launched in 2017 in memory Fabian Dorsch, a co-founder and the first secretary of the European Society for Aesthetics. Its former winners include Alex Fisher (2022), Nemesio García-Carril Puy (2021), Jeremy Page (2020), Irene Martínez Marín (2019), Mark Windsor (2018), and Servaas van der Berg (2017).
Expanding Davies’ Pragmatic Constraint for Philosophizing about Art David Collins
David Davies advocates a methodological principle he names the ‘pragmatic constraint,’ according to which ontology of art is answerable ...
The European Society for Aesthetics awards an essay prize for PhD students and early career scholars (max. three years from the doctorate) in connection with its yearly conference. Former winners of the prize are not eligible to participate.
The prize consists of stipend of 500 €. The winning essay will be considered for publication in the journal Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics. For more information on the journal please visit https://estetikajournal.org/
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Despite the 2020 conference cancellation, we hope you would consider contributing your full paper to this year’s proceedings. Please note that this does not prevent you from publishing your paper elsewhere, and that you will retain all rights to your paper. It does however make the paper ineligible for submission to the conference planned for Tallinn in June 2021. There will be a new call for abstracts in the autumn. The deadline of submission to the proceedings is the 1st November 2020. We aim to publish in January 2021. Papers will ...
Keynote speakers Emmanuel Alloa: Sharing Perspectives. Points of View in Art and Philosophy Pauline von Bonsdorff: Aesthetics, Culture and Nature Virve Sarapik: Aesthetics and Semiotics. Partly Site-specific
Keynote speakers Hanne Appelqvist: What Can Mere Musical Form Show Us about Reality? Ruth Sonderegger: Emancipation, normalization, or coercion? Aesthetic education from Kant to Spivak Lydia Goehr: Painting in Waiting: Prelude to a Critical Philosophy of History and Art
A new issue of the ESA Newsletter was published on November 21, 2021. It features an interview with the 2021 winner of Fabian Dorsch ESA essay prize Nemesio García-Carril Puy and much more. It also includes invitations to conferences, journals’ and books’ announcements, and calls for papers. You can download it here.
The European Society for Aesthetics Newsletter (Issue 1, Vol. 2, June 2021) was published on June 8th 2021. It features the address by the ESA President Paca Pérez-Carreño as well as an interview with the winner of Fabian Dorsch ESA Essay Prize in 2020, Jeremy Page. It also includes invitations to online events, journal announcements, and calls for papers. You can download a second issue of the newsletter here.
The executive committee of the European Society for Aesthetics is happy to announce that the winning essay of the 2021 Fabian Dorsch ESA Essay Prize is “Interpretive Authenticity: Performances, Versions and Ontology” by Nemesio García-Carril Puy (University of Murcia). The committee appreciated careful, well-informed, and convincing argumentation backed up by a great choice of examples. Nemesio will present the paper on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 at the ESA conference. A longer version of the winning essay will be published in Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics.
The ESA Essay Prize for PhD students and early career researchers was launched in 2017 in memory Fabian Dorsch, a co-founder and the first secretary of the European Society for Aesthetics. Its former winners include Jeremy Page (2020), Irene Martínez Marín (2019), Mark Windsor (2018), and Servaas van der Berg (2017).
The conference of the European Society of Aesthetics is taking place online on June 21 – 23, its structure, however, closely follows the format of a real event. For a full programme, please go here. To attend the conference, please register by June 17.
The European Society for Aesthetics Newsletter (Issue 1, Vol. 2, June 2021) was published on June 8th 2021. It features the address by the ESA President Paca Pérez-Carreño as well as an interview with the winner of Fabian Dorsch ESA Essay Prize in 2019, Irene Martínez Marín. It also includes invitations to online events, journal announcements, and calls for papers. You can download it here.
The European Society for Aesthetics Newsletter (Issue 2, Vol. 2 December 2020) was published on December 8th 2020. It features the address by the ESA President Paca Pérez-Carreño as well as an interview with the creator of the new logo of the European Society for Aesthetics, Fernando Infante del Rosal. It also includes invitations to online events, journal announcements, and calls for papers. You can download a second issue of the newsletter here.
Dear members of the European Society for Aesthetics, please do submit your short (up to 150 words) contributions to a 2nd issue of the ESA newsletter. We are interested in: upcoming conferences, online events, recently published books and journals (or the forthcoming ones), joint project invitations, and any important news related to the field of aesthetics. The deadline for submissions has been extended to September 21st. Please, send your submissions (or any questions regarding the contents) to email@example.com.
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The European Society for Aesthetics Newsletter (Issue 1, Vol. 1 May 2020) was published on May 11th 2020. It features the address by the ESA President Paca Pérez-Carreño as well as an interview with the winner of Fabian Dorsch ESA Essay Prize in 2019, Irene Martínez Marín. It also includes invitations to online events, journal announcements, and calls for papers. You can download a second issue of the newsletter here.
Since no winner was selected, the executive committee have decided to open the call for the ESA logo, originally closed in March 2020, to new entries. A call for the ESA logo design is to be found here.
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The selected logo will be awarded a one off payment of €500.
The eleventh volume of the ESA Proceedings has just been published. It has been edited by Connell Vaughan and Iris Vidmar Jovanović and contains papers presented at the ESA Conference 2019 held in Warsaw.
The twelfth ESA conference takes place on June 21 – 23, 2021 online and it closely follows the format of a real event. Please, download the full programme (pdf) and the book of abstracts (docx and pdf).
Professor David Davies (McGill)
Professor Bence Nanay (Antwerp)
Professor Erika Fischer-Lichte (Freie Universität Berlin)
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