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Oproep voor bijdragen:

– “Environment, Aesthetics, and the Arts” Lahti, Finland, 3.6.-6.6.2010. Annual Conference of the Nordic Society for Aesthetics 2010 People interested in exploring issues regarding environmental aesthetics are asked to send an abstract of no more than 300 words to ((e-mail adres). Deadline for abstracts is 31.1.2010. Paper proposals dealing with other issues in aesthetics are also highly welcome. The time allotted to each paper is 40 minutes (30 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for
http://www.nexthotels.fi/en/hotels/salpaus/) Keynote speakers: Karsten Harries (Yale University), Nathalie Heinich (EHESS, Centre de recherches sur les arts et le langage , Paris), Crispin Sartwell (Dickinson College), Yrjo Sepanmaa (University of Joensuu). Contact person: Kalle Puolakka, University of Helsinki, (e-mail adres)
Nordic Society for Aesthetics website: http://www.nsae.au.dk/en/nsae IIAA website:
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– Skepsi’s Third International and Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, “Pleasure in the Text — Pleasure of the Text” 17 April 2010, Paris, Reid Hall Campus. Just as we seek pleasure in our daily lives, so, as readers, we seek pleasure in literary texts. We may look for and discover pleasure in the content of the text — that is, in representations of emotions, situations or images — but we may also look for it in the form of the language that attempts to capture them. How do the content and the form of a literary text stimulate readerly pleasure? Hegel sought aesthetic delight in the ideal of an ‘immanently harmonious and self-reliant’ narrative. Barthes suggested that the pleasure of the text is independent of ‘the logic of understanding’ and alluded to its equivocation by calling it ‘a drift, something both revolutionary and asocial […] something neuter’. For his part, Lacan advanced the view that language is asymptotic to carnal pleasure and that the text will never successfully communicate the peculiarity of this experience. To what extent — if at all — can intellectual, aesthetic, erotic or sexual pleasure be represented in or by a text? What textual devices can be used to convey pleasure? Does the contemporary proliferation of different media further problematise the relationship between pleasure and text? Are different media capable of conveying different pleasures? Do the pleasure and the methods of its representation evolve in a temporal and spatial sense? The conference theme, ‘The Pleasure in and of the Text’, can be interpreted in many ways. We invite potential speakers to enquire into the sources and conditions of the reader’s jouissance and to analyse its various forms as well as to explore the possibilities, temptations and risks of reproducing the ‘real life’ pleasure.


Abstract proposals (max. 300 words) for twenty-minute papers in English should be sent as a Microsoft Word attachment to the conference organising committee at: (e-mail adres)

– “Waiting for the Political Moment” Utrecht & Rotterdam, June 17-19, 2010. Over the last decades, several political and cultural theorists have argued that the domain of politics, and even the very idea of the political, has been hollowed out. Politics today appears to have lost its proper status or has been submerged in the more powerful and encompassing infrastructures of late capitalism. Instead of frantically affirming or denying the emptying-out of the political, this conference traces the appropriation of the political by apparatuses of state, church, capitalism and media in modernity to look for ways to reinvigorate it. To do so, the conference focuses on a key concept: the political moment – the moment in which political agency becomes possible, as well as the formative role of the moment in politics. To get to grips with the political moment we not only need to understand our current moment; we need to have an idea of how it developed over time. Not considering the political moment from an exclusively contemporary point of view, this conference also calls for proposals that focus on the formation of the political in relation to its emptying-out from the late Middle Ages to the present. www.waitingforthepoliticalmoment.org


– “Film-Philosophy III” The University of Warwick, with the support of its Humanities Research Centre, is hosting Film-Philosophy III: the third annual conference of the Film-Philosophy journal, 15-17 July 2010. We welcome proposals for 30 minute papers that explore any aspect of the relationships between film, film studies and philosophy.
Proposals should be sent to film.philosophy@warwick.ac.uk by 28 February 2010. Conference registration will open in mid-January 2010. Details of the on-campus accommodation, conference dinner and registration fee will be provided in mid-January on the conference website at www.warwick.ac.uk/go/film-philosophy. For general enquiries please contact film.philosophy@warwick.ac.uk. For details about the journal please go to www.film-philosophy.com



Aisthesis: Revista Chilena de Investigaciones Estéticas


Aisthesis is a mainstream Journal that seeks to develop a disciplinary dialogue both nationally and internationally. Philosophy is its main genealogical reference, but it moves around other disciplines; from the analytic register of a work of art to its social sphere, and from all the instances of the work of art’s symbolic production, in general. Our approach to Aesthetics also comprehends a dialogue within fields of study such as History, Theory, Art Criticism and Cultural Criticism, as well as the religious-philosophical-anthropological fundaments of the aesthetic experience in its educational, psychological, sociological and historic dimensions. Aisthesis naturally emphasizses on Chilean and Latin American cultures.

Email: (e-mail adres)

Internet. Abstracts available online in Spanish and English. Articles available in HTML and PDF format in Spanish.



Conferenties en workshops:

– The University of Warwick announces the visit of Professor Lydia Goehr from 18 January to 29 January 2010. The programme of events for Lydia Goehr’s visit includes two public lectures, an early career workshop and a one-day workshop on and around Goehr’s work. For further details, see http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/ias/visitingfellows/ and http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/philosophy/news

– “Language, truth, and literature” Monday 7th June 2010, Dept of Philosophy, 7 Abercromby Square

Liverpool L69 7WY.
The speakers are Peter Lamarque (York), Mark Rowe (UEA), and Richard Gaskin (Liverpool). The workshop will address the issue of the cognitive value of literature. All queries to Prof Gaskin at gaskin@liv.ac.uk.


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