Aesthetics as Narration and Meta-Narration
Faculty of Social Sciences
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The 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 contemporary culture. 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 aesthetics.
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