XVIIth International Congress of Aesthetics: ‘Aesthetics Bridging Cultures’

Date: July 9 – 13, 2007
Venue: Ankara, Turkey

The Congress is organized by the Sanart Association of Aesthetics and Visual Culture, in cooperation and with the support of the Middle East Technical University and the Faculty of Architecture, under the auspices of the International Association of Aesthetics.

The third millennium is proceeding with threatening declarations, both in deed and in discourse as to the possibility to reconcile differences. The partiality of prevailing political and cultural attitudes jeopardizes dialogue amongst cultures and convictions. Yet, culture as human nature means diversity as well as synthesis. As aestheticians we can ask whether it is possible to keep diversities alive as well as to render them communicable, and to create new forms of synergie, through art and aesthetics.

The XVIIth International Congress of esthetics will approach art and culture in terms of historic ruptures, continuities, tensions and hybridities. With worldwide participation, it is expected that alternative disciplinary attitudes within aesthetics and philosophy with focuses on art, architecture, urbanism, landscape, music, literature, film, etc., can contribute to the discussion of ‘Bridging Cultures’. The exchange of ideas and experiences of an aesthetic nature can also encourage relationships between different cultures.

Session titles will be made definitive after paper proposals. Yet, the following items can be a guide for choosing thematic or conceptual approaches.

Idealism and Pragmatism, Local and Global, Orientalism and Occidentalism, Pluralism and Egalitarianism, Sacred and Profane, Historicism, New Taxonomies of Art, Culture Industry, Aesthetics of Technologies, Aesthetics and the Everyday, High/Low, Real and Virtual, Philosophical Approaches, Interculturalism and the Arts, Territory and Cultures, Art in Transhistorical Perspectives, Violence, Ethics/Aesthetics, Education

Organizers will be happy to consider proposals both from Turkey and for international events. Please write to aesth@metu.edu.tr
Contact: Jale Erzen
e-mail erzen@arch.metu.edu.tr
Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University
Balgat ? Inonu Cad. 06531 ? Ankara ? Turkey
Fax: 90-312-2101249
Telephone: 90-312-2102215

See for submissions details, registration, and all further information: http://www.sanart.org.tr
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